Chipping Clinker Engine Shed - Simplicity sidings style

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Chipping Clinker Engine Shed - Simplicity sidings style

Postby Mark Goodwin » Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:39 pm

The following photos show the construction of a simple two road engine shed diorama featuring the assembled kits & figures of Mike Rayner's Smallbrook Studios GN15 Nellie range. This diorama was entered into the Dave Brewer Memorial Trophy held at EXPO NG today.

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base material 2' x 8.5"

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progress on the engine shed, No 4 "Fidget" used to ensure that the doors are high enough for the chimney

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Plasticard retaining wall in primer

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Close up of the engine shed - hinges are 1:12 dolls house type, the doors work and the MG & FT LR sign adds detail (Much Gnattering & Far Twaddle Light Railway). The letters are from the Slaters plasticard range for SM32

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This view shows the stone wall effect, subsequently replaced, to my regret, with a different paint scheme. Steve, I agree with going with the first try as we discussed at Expo NG. Notice the extended hinge detail. The paint scheme is base coat, subject to further weathering.

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Weathered engine shed. I use games workshop paints and their new washes are superb to highlight detail.

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Ground cover using DAS air drying modelling clay. Lamps are G scale and are battery powered, the water crane is a Duncan Models 7MM GWR ground mounted. The canvas hose at the end of the water crane is made from 10mm heatshrink (used by electricians to keep wires tidy).

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This picture shows some ground cover. I used Vallejo "Black Lava" acrylic medium (the coarsest grade) as the overall ground cover. The grass is a flock product for G scale. The Elbow Grease tank wagon of the "Buffers End Polish Co.Ltd" and the barrells of axle grease and squeak retarder keep everything spick, span and running smoothly on the MG&FTLR. Please take note of the sign - no teasing of engines !

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Final view - I hope you enjoy viewing the diorama as much as I enjoyed building it.
A big thank you to Greenwich and District Narrow Gauge Society for organising the exhibition and not forgetting the many traders, creative geniuses and others who make the hobby and exhibition such an outstanding success.
With kind regards & best wishes
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Postby foswaldy13 » Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:58 pm

Wow Mark, That is very impressive. Although I did not need anyone else tempting me with photos of Nellie. :wink: :lol:
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Postby Rockley Bottom » Sat Oct 31, 2009 9:11 pm

Great modelling it all works very well. how tempting it is to get a Nellie and a circle of track :roll: :roll:
Are you going to extend it :?: :?:

Saw the real thing at the 51 Festival of Britain but had not got the cost of the fare to spare to have a ride :cry: :cry:
To a young student it looked like fairy land :lol: :lol:
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Postby Mark Goodwin » Sat Oct 31, 2009 9:26 pm

Ralph & Matt

Ralph, in the longer term I would like to built a small exhibition layout. In the short term, my next project will be a similar sized diorama of a small station. This was my first project to get experience in scratch building structures and trying out ground cover techniques. I am pleased with the project to see a design go from plan to build.

Matt,
Have a look in trade tittle tattle at "Hector" (a tender loco in the Nellie style). I am afraid I am an addict, building the kits and making variations gives me agreat deal of pleasure.

Finally, thank you for your kind comments
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Postby cornelius » Sat Oct 31, 2009 9:28 pm

I thought this looked great at Swanley today and it's nice to see some detail of the construction. Cheers!
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Postby underworld » Sat Oct 31, 2009 9:29 pm

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Awesome model!!!!! I love the tall
Gnarrow doors!!!!!!


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Postby Mark Goodwin » Sat Oct 31, 2009 9:33 pm

Stephen,

I am pleased you enjoyed it - thanks for your comments.

Matt - apologies for my previous reply - I see you have already seen Hector (trust me - they are addictive :!: :roll: :idea: :D )

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Postby Mark Goodwin » Sat Oct 31, 2009 9:35 pm

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I forgot to include you in my previous reply - apologies, and thank you for your kind comments
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Postby greengiant » Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:32 pm

Looks very good.
I never got to see this at Swanley :(
Every time I went to that corner it was crowded, why they tucked it in the corner when there was plenty of space in the squash court beats me.
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Postby michael » Sun Nov 01, 2009 12:08 am

Mark, what a wonderful piece of model work. I would love to have seen it at Swanley unfortunately it is a rather long swim across the big pond.
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Postby Adrian » Sun Nov 01, 2009 12:16 am

G'day Mark
You wrote:
in the longer term I would like to built a small exhibition layout.


Take it from somebody who has been there, be very careful. I built a small 'Emett' layout in 1991 and had more invites than I could handle.

In 6 years I went to 60 shows and travelled 60,000 km.

In the end the layout started to become a bit 'tired' and so I had to retire it in 1997 but I still get asked about it when I visit exhibitions even now.

You have done a great job with the diorama and I am sure that Emett would admit that you had caught his style very well.

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Postby Rockley Bottom » Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:16 am

The more I see your pictures the more I am tempted :wink:
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Postby Little Andi. » Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:42 am

Rockley Bottom wrote:The more I see your pictures the more I am tempted :wink:
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You're not the only one Ralph. It would be so easy to just give in and immerse oneself deep into the whimsy of it all.
Luckily? - I have a lot of time, energy and effort already invested in projects that keep me from straying.

Mark ............. I just adore what it is you've done here - simply marvellous.

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:46 am

Now all can see this superb Diorama, shame the judges weren't of the same opinion.
Great to meet you Mark and as I said look forward to seeing what develops.
Many other excellent layouts on show, of which I have photos, but not yet uploaded.
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:36 am

I thought that this diorama would benefit from some close-ups.
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Last one a bit outside camera capability.
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Now these close-ups IMHO show none of the nasties that many a modeller dreads when such photos are taken - great modelling Mark. 8)
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Postby KEG » Sun Nov 01, 2009 1:35 pm

What a great little Diorama. Thnaks for showing.

For those, who missed the 1951 show, here is a shot filmclip
http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=33312

The coaches seem to be quite long. Will cost a fortune to fill them with passengers.

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Postby Mark Goodwin » Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:23 pm

Dear Gerry, Andi, Juergan and others,

Thanks for your very kind comments - and Gerry thanks for posting the close-ups. Although I have attended EXPO NG for a number of years, this was my first attempt at diorama building. Part of the reason for the delay is that I like trains/railways in al shapes and forms so I have built up quite a collection of locos in a variety if scales/gauges, but have never built anywhere to run them. It was only when Mike Rayner produced Nellie that my creative desire started to head in the direction of the Much Gnattering & Far Twaddle, of course helped a little by GN15 forum members. Then came the diorama competition - got bitten by the design bug. So, longer term...........somewhere to run them.......... :!:

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Postby ijopson » Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:12 pm

I got there early, so managed to get a look in, brilliant job and I admired the paintwork. My photo of the model is allready printed out and on the shed wall. I really should get on with my edition of Nellie. As a matter of interest, I believe the original 1951 station, not counting the seperate booking office, was 40 foot long, quite a size in 1/24th,

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Postby AndyA » Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:40 pm

We got there late, perhaps at a shift change or something, so although we had to keep swapping around to get close, we got to see all the dioramas and this certainly caught our eye it's a lovely piece of modelling and the detail is excellent (which is not to do down any of the other entries, the quality of which made me glad I hadn't even considered this year).

I found the lamps particularly effective. I thought I'd got a couple of overall shots showing how effective they were in ambient light, but something fooled the camera's AF. Does anyone have a shot or two?

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Postby matt » Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:59 pm

There are some snaps and links on NGrm online nad rmweb in the EXPONG thtread on each

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:52 pm

Look in http://forum.gn15.info/viewforum.php?f=18 for more photos. Others will follow tomorrow.
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Postby Dallas_M » Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:01 pm

Mark --

Truly delightful! The Emmett items are a riot ... the concept and execution of your diorama are outstanding ... creating a fabulous combination of entertainment and fine modeling. And that tall skinny engine shed with the tall skinny doors ... unbelievable and totally brilliant. I want one! :lol:
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Postby Mark Goodwin » Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:30 am

Dallas,

Having purchased quantities of Bachmann ON30 with a view to making ON30 the preferred scale/gauge combination for my intended Railway Modelling- before the Nellie bug bit - and having seen your excellent kits and conversion items on your website, this is praise indeed!! :D

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Postby Steve Bennett » Mon Nov 02, 2009 4:03 pm

Well I found my camera from the pile I unloaded from the car, so here are a few more of Mark's fabulous little layout. Some repeat previous views, but I'm sure nobody will mind :)

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Was going to leave this one big, but it would mean a lot of scrolling up and down with these tall loco's :lol:

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It's a real shame there was not more space on the table to get a better view, the ammunition box next to it really got in the way :roll: maybe next time :wink:
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Postby martin » Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:01 pm

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