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Postby howard jones » Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:34 pm

Saying ‘’Hello’’ properly for the first time on this great site, so please be gentle with me if I get things a tad’ wrong ! Like most others on this group ( I assume ) I have been into model railways all my life and done more or less a full circle starting with Twix Twin Railways ! in the 50’s right through to 5’’ live steam and back to the small stuff – probably where my heart is really.
A few years ago ( I think it was at Narrowgauge North ? ) I met up with Steve Warrington on his trade stand and was smitten by the newly derived modelling in Gn15. Needless to say ‘ I spent a few bob !’ on some rolling stock and a Gnat kit and left them resting in a shoebox for a few years. Retirement arrived for me in March so I took up the challenge of modelling a little line in Gn15 and added to what I already had by buying some of Steve Bennetts excellent goodies at the 7mm annual show in Burton upon Trent. The end result ( well....nearly finished ) is St. Aubin’s Bay, an imaginary line running from the grounds of Noirmont Manor to the sands of the bay, with loading facilities for the export of fine home grown fruit and veg. From the grounds of the Noirmont estate. A couple of short sidings provide stabling etc. for the diesels on duty, and a short platform for visitors to enjoy the free ride by 15’’ gauge rail from the estate to the beach. The layout is built as an ‘out-and-back’ with a fiddle yard beyond the Tudor style building and measures 4’ x 2’ + fiddle length. I have almost finished a pair of ‘Katie’ loco kits from Smallbrook Studios which will give me some inspiration to build another layout – again Gn15 – with a different theme in mind.

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Postby Thorness » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:29 pm

Great stuff!
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Postby Artizen » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:30 pm

This is great! Have you got any closeups of the details?
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Postby johna » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:40 pm

Love the white shed :) Is it scratch built?

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Postby howard jones » Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:59 am

Thanks guys for the kind replies. The little building by the platform is a potting shed laser-cut wooden kit from www.petite-properties.com and is a simple kit to alter and build. Good selection of wooden 1:24th buildings. although some are a tad' expensive - this was around the £15 mark posted out to me. I will try and get some close ups of the detailing and post these.
Will probably sell this layout on as I like to build more than 'play' and will help fund material for another. Track has isolating sections and points have Seep motors on them.javascript:emoticon(':lol:')
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Postby Si » Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:36 am

Very nice - the way that it blends into the back scene is great. and I always enjoy a nice bit of mock-tudor.

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Postby Bilco » Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:48 am

Hi Howard - a very nice piece of modelling. The backscene is very effective and gives a sense of openess to the layout. I echo the call for more detail photos!
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Postby chris stockdale » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:02 am

Howard,

Great stuff! I particularly like how you've blended the layout into the backscene - very effective.

Is the fiddle yard part of the 4' x 2'? Is it just a single piece of track that you lift stuff on and off or something more please? It's always interesting to understand the 'behind the scenes' stuff.

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Postby DCRfan » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:39 am

I can even hear the seagull squarking all the way to New Zealand :P

I agree with the other responses - great open feel.
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Postby franckcombe » Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:57 am

very gnice. I love the beach site.

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Postby demaine22 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:55 pm

Fantastic layout! The petite-properties shed is well suited to it's purpose. Very inspirational!
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Postby howard jones » Thu Sep 05, 2013 3:50 pm

Thanks again guys for the comments. Chris : the fiddle yard has not been made yet, but intentions of a simple (1) point to (2) sidings - about a 18''long to simply ''slot in '' when operating.
Thanks also 'Francke ' - it's your '' Woolacombe '' layout that inspired me to
continue with the beach theme.
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Postby Colin Peake » Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:53 pm

Looks very nice, I especially like the way the dunes blend in with the backscene. A 'Katie' on there will really make the scene come to life.

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Postby howard jones » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:55 pm

Hi chaps, some more pictures of St Aubins Bay as requested.


A close up of the shelter area showing the detail a little more of petite-properties ''potting shed '' ( useful for numerous buildings ! )
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A close up of the engine siding area with William ( a Smallbrook 'Katie' ).
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Close up of the ( 2 ) Katies almost finished - Awaiting brass nameplates and a little more paint detail,

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and lastly a shot showing a closer view of the dunes blending into the printed backscene.

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:04 pm

Strange Howard, the photos only appeared in the last few minutes. :?
The backdrop does look good Join really is seamless, apart from the piece at right angles behind the Landrover.
I've been using Petite Properties items for awhile now, great kits.
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Postby demaine22 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:07 pm

Lovely stuff Howard!

Those engines are very nicely painted - I may have to try and hack a kit down to run on a Gnine layout at some point :twisted:
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Postby chris stockdale » Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:17 pm

Gerry Bullock wrote:Strange Howard, the photos only appeared in the last few minutes. :?


I call it the 'Stockers help effect' :D

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Postby howard jones » Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:39 am

Gerry
The pale blue piece behind the Landrover is not a permanent fitting, it was just 'propped' up there to show the trees / and to hide the ''clutter'' on my workbench !
Never enough time to tidy up eh'?
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Postby howard jones » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:05 am

Hi guys.
St Aubins bay is now up for sale to raise some funds for my next layout.
Size is 4' x 2' ( app. 1220 x .610 ) and will need to be collected from the Manchester area. £250 to Gn15 members. Layout has isolating sections and all points have motors / switches.
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Postby franckcombe » Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:21 pm

howard jones wrote:Thanks again guys for the comments. Chris : the fiddle yard has not been made yet, but intentions of a simple (1) point to (2) sidings - about a 18''long to simply ''slot in '' when operating.
Thanks also 'Francke ' - it's your '' Woolacombe '' layout that inspired me to
continue with the beach theme.


It's an honour for me to inspired other layout.

My next layout is an harbor from norway !

I hope you will sell your layout because it's worth it.

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Postby howard jones » Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:59 pm

Thanks for the kind comments Franke !
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