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Boat Brothers Watercress

Postby Sir Briand » Sun Mar 04, 2007 5:03 pm

BOAT BROTHERS WATERCRESS
Following 'Daddy's' passing in 1937, the Boat twins assumed operations of the watercress farm. As everyone knows, 'Momma' runs the place but she's just celebrated her 94th birthday so she isn't quite as spry as she once was.
The twins- they've always been called "The twins" and in the best tradition, they still dress exactly alike- never married and they haven't been separated in their 70 years. They've never ventured far from home either, choosing to stay close to family and farm.
It's 1957 and the demand for watercress is waning. The twins have had offers for the farm- most recently from a trout breeder- but Momma won't sell. The twins wonder what it would be like to retire to a warm climate. They think that Windsor sounds nice.
They can handle most of the work at the farm these days but when it gets really busy, Dave from down the road will be hired on to help. They could use him today but he hasn't been home in days. The circus was in town on the weekend and Dave does like the sideshows ....
So, today, Rusty Boat will make some 'inspection' tours on the old open cab Brookville. This week's harvest can wait until tomorrow.
By the way, that's Red Boat in the red canoe.

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Christopher Creighton's latest effort that appeared at Copetown a week ago. It is loaded with his Schomberg Scale Models' crates and other goodies. In case you are wondering where Dave is, he is floating face down under the little bridge on the left side as seen in the last image. Thank Scott B for that suggestion :shock:.
The wonderful tree is made from old well trimmed Potentilla branches. Short lengths of coarse string were then dropped onto this armature. The foliage is strips of shiny paper cut unto strips with pinking shears and then chopped up in the blender.
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Postby Steve Bennett » Sun Mar 04, 2007 5:57 pm

Oh WOW, that is superb, seems we are on a roll here at the moment with all these new layouts appearing. Wonderful work Chris, I really like the concept here and you have created a great atmosphere on the layout. That tree is outstanding and even though it does dominate the scene, it also ties it all together. The cut down Brookville looks great, in a lot of ways, I prefer it to Winky, it doesnt have quite the same character, but is more versatile. Well done, yet another truly inspirational layout.

Thanks Brian for taking and posting the pics, must go, I need to study them some more :wink:
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sun Mar 04, 2007 6:25 pm

Noting your post Brian thoughts were :- well you've been busy since Shepton :lol: :lol: .
A fine layout and I also like the tree; thanks for explaining how it was constructed. Unfortunately we no longer have any Potentilla :cry:
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Postby greengiant » Sun Mar 04, 2007 7:50 pm

Some really nice modelling there, thanks for sharing.
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Postby Crouton » Sun Mar 04, 2007 7:53 pm

Thanks for the kind words gentlemen and thanks 'Whippy' for taking the photographs.

Its been lots of fun building this layout. It still has a long way to go as I've just begun laying on the details but, then, that tends to be the really fun part anyway.

I'll post some pictures in a while when its more complete. I do like the way the tree looks in the pictures.....

Back to the castatorium, I'm up to my elbows in resin today.

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Postby Jim Snee » Sun Mar 04, 2007 8:12 pm

Hi Chris

A great layout. There is so much inspiration at the moment - and I just don't have tme for any serious model making.

I have to say I am already impressed with the detail - and you are laying on more!

I hope you will post some more pictures as it develops.

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Re: Boat Brothers Watercress

Postby Sir Briand » Sun Mar 04, 2007 8:13 pm

Sir Briand wrote:The twins wonder what it would be like to retire to a warm climate. They think that Windsor sounds nice.


This is a sort of inside joke. Windsor is in the Southwest corner of Ontario (actually lies just South of the North border of California) so sounds like it should be warm to the likes of the Boaters :lol: . Right now it is not at -8˚C :shock: .
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Postby scott b » Sun Mar 04, 2007 8:40 pm

Trust me it looks even better in person. There is alot of small detail scenes already, small piles of rusty bits in a pile beside the shed. The big stack of boxes and the detail in the canals is really impressive. The tree is large but gives the layout a feeling of being much larger than it actually is as the trains disappear behind it for a time giving the viewer time to study the details and wait for its reappearance.
As Steve said such alot of great work all at the same time.

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Postby Steve Bennett » Sun Mar 04, 2007 8:49 pm

As Chris is busy with the resin, is anybody able to tell us what the size of the layout is :?: I would take a guess at 4' by 2' ish (60cm by 30cm) but could be a long way out :)
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Postby Sir Briand » Sun Mar 04, 2007 11:31 pm

Close :roll: Just phoned himself and it is 22" x 42". He was out of the castatorium for a bit of supper and fresh air :D
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Postby Steve Bennett » Sun Mar 04, 2007 11:37 pm

Thanks Brian (or should that be Frank :D ).
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Postby ian holmes » Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:35 am

It was only last week that I quit. I cant quit again so soon after that.
wonderful work Sir Crouton

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Postby Sir Briand » Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:28 am

Steve Bennett wrote:Thanks Brian (or should that be Frank :D ).


Boy, word gets around quickly :shock:

One of Howard Martin's Small and Delightful group (The Shepton organisers) has a habit of giving his own "names" to people and I was honoured with "Frank". Did Howard tell you Steve he now has a "name" as well? Mine host John inavertently called him "Norman" during lunch when he dropped me off on his way back to Southwest Wales. We both had a good laugh over that much to John's embarassment :lol: :lol:
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Postby Steve Bennett » Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:35 am

Sir Briand wrote:Did Howard tell you Steve he now has a "name" as well? Mine host John inavertently called him "Norman" during lunch when he dropped me off on his way back to Southwest Wales. We both had a good laugh over that much to John's embarassment :lol: :lol:


:lol: He forgot to mention that :lol:
I'm sharing a hotel room with Howard (Norman) next weekend, so it might just be slipped into the conversation :D
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Postby michael » Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:41 am

Wow :!: :!: :!: I'm glad that it turned out to be Christopher Creighton's work :) , because when I first started looking at the pictures what went through my mind was.... J#*^s how the h^@# did you pull that off so fast :!: :!: .

Thanks for sharing the pics Brian, Im sure that you are just as capable given your own skills, so my previous comment was not meant as a slight in any way, I was just taken aback at first, given that christmas is only just past and then you shot off to the old country, I was thinking that I was beginning to loose it. Too many hours gazing at other peoples amazing work. I cant quit because it would appear that I would be just jumping on someone elses bandwagon :twisted:

Great stuff lads, keep it up and keep inspiring us novices.
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Postby SOUTHPASS » Mon Mar 05, 2007 3:02 am

G,day....this is embarrassing, seeing all this great work actually looking finished. Think I might have to extract the digit and get something done :( .
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Postby DCRfan » Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:12 am

ian holmes wrote:It was only last week that I quit. I cant quit again so soon after that.
wonderful work Sir Crouton

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Amazing work. I hereby join you in quitting :shock: All toys removed from cot and placed carefully in the corner (I might change my mind soon :lol: )
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Postby michael » Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:21 am

No you can't Quit because if you did it would send a message to the rest of us that there is no hope!!!

Nooooooooo.......
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Postby Steve Bennett » Mon Mar 05, 2007 11:50 am

No, dont quit, be inspired :) . All this wonderful modelling gives us something to aim for :) , well thats what I'm trying to convince myself of anyway :) .
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Postby Crouton » Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:30 pm

You Gnights are too kind.

In fact, the process begins with building a model of something and when that's done, build a model of something else. Eventually you have enough models to assemble into a layout. As a high school teacher by day, I find this to be very therapeutic.....

The best part for me is thinking of new ways to do things. I usually realize after a while that there are better ways but I can feel satisfied for a while, anyway.

I will send more pictures when the detailing begins in ernest.

Thanks again, you guys keep me inspired!

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Postby ian holmes » Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:48 pm

Steve Bennett wrote:No, dont quit, be inspired :) . All this wonderful modelling gives us something to aim for :) , well thats what I'm trying to convince myself of anyway :) .


Quit? Me?
There's just been too much inspiration this weekend my brain has turned to mush...
I've done watercress but Mousehole is a very attractive place indeed
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Postby scott b » Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:08 pm

If I thought Crouton was actually listening to me I should have told him instead of dead Dave he should have put the shapely miss from Richards Ship Inn layout going for a skinny dip in the canal :shock:
Hang on Its Crouton not Sir Briand, I take that back. 8)

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Postby Crouton » Tue Mar 06, 2007 1:50 am

"If I thought Crouton was actually listening to me"

Of course I listen to you Sir Scotty. That's why there's a dead guy floating under the engine shed in the canal. And you are right, I'll leave the 'friskie' girls to Sir Briand. He does enjoy giving his layout a good trolloping.

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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Mar 06, 2007 2:14 am

Crouton wrote:And you are right, I'll leave the 'friskie' girls to Sir Briand. He does enjoy giving his layout a good trolloping.


:lol: :lol: :lol:
You would think that Brian/Frank/Whippy would know better at his age, could have something to do with his many aliases, I thought it was sailors that had girls in every port :lol:
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Postby Crouton » Tue Mar 06, 2007 7:10 pm

Whippy does have a girl in every port. They just happen to be thermoplastic.


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