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Posted: Tue May 28, 2013 10:17 am
by demaine22
Hi chaps,

I pressed on with the scenic work over the long weekend, doing a small amount at a time and trying to preserve as much as I could from the original arrangement. The layout probably doesn't appear all that different, but I promise it did when the bushes were off the board!

I finally managed to expand the static grass right to the depths of the layout now, so all of the ground work is quite consistent, with the smaller lengths of grass being used in the undergrowth and longer lengths in the yard.

Looking closer here you can see just by removing one bush from the left side has allowed more space here, and moving the log that was here means a decent camera could probably take a good shot of the yard...I need to re-locate my tri-pod before doing this!

The yard has gained weeds, from the couple of bushes that broke apart when being moved – all the replaced bushes are further in the board, meaning the protective case doesn't rub against them now when I put the layout back! Rather than chuck anything away, I felt everything would benefit from recycling. I think I'll develop this little area a bit more over time, it doesn't quite look 'natural' at the moment.

And finally Eddie, the loco and the shed all received their final Matte varnishes this weekend in the sun! Thanks to this they now appear a little more solid than before and 'complete'.

Next step is to re-paint the board surrounding the layout – I've sanded it down and tidied the edges ready for work!

Also I have just noticed the cat has knocked the platform hoist...I'll be having word with him later.

Posted: Thu May 30, 2013 7:10 pm
by Simon Andrews
The change in scale is going well Si. Looking forward to seeing the finished layout at Pewsey.


Posted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:11 am
by demaine22
Thanks Si,

It's hard knowing what to change, ideas seem good on paper then look poor in practice, by the time pewsey comes all will be ready :)

Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:34 pm
by demaine22
More pics 8)

I have been throwing paint around again in the hope 'the little things' get out of the way before MOMING, the little details are really bringing the scene to life now. I have also been thinking about replacing the building...we'll see. :twisted:

There is a nice and heavy white metal casting on this to keep it on the straight and narrow :)
Below is my personal favourite (still need to add couplings...):
Posing through the bushes...

For those interested I have detailed the wagon purposes in my latest blog post:

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:41 am
by demaine22
8) And so we sit a little under two weeks away from MOMING '13 at Pewsey on 1oth August, and I am scraping the final sections of the puzzle together for Blackhall Sidings exhibition debut (in Gnine).

The boy is fully trained in operating the layout now, and can work out the shunting puzzles far quicker than me...I need more practice!

The Gnine-a-mite is stuck together and painted:

The seat is so generous the driver has room for his lunch boxes...

And I have finally got matching couplings on all of my stock, meaning I have a greater variety available to me than I imagined I would!

I now only need to paint up and weather 'stuff' and to add details here and there...with several evenings before the show, I think I can find the time to add the little touches now!

Once the show is done I have a decision to make about the layout and it's future - but I can procrastinate until the cows come home!

Please come and say hi if you are attending MOMING on the 10th!

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:40 am
by Boghopper
I really like the wagon loads. They look very natural, as if the contents have just been 'chucked' in. Well done!

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:38 pm
by Jack Clarke
Great looking layout Simon. I agree with Chris about the wagons and their loads, they look really natural. Well done.

Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:51 am
by RoGNer
Great super smashing - excellent looking layout and wonderful stock and their loads - very inspiring indeed


Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 7:24 am
by demaine22
Thanks very much chaps :)
In all honesty, the loads were what I was most looking forward to doing, part of the final touches etc

Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 11:38 am
by Broadoak
Simon you have done a most impressive job.

I like it very much. 8)

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:31 am
by demaine22
Thanks Peter :)

Showtime this weekend...everything is packed, and I am anxiously checking and double checking I have all that I need for the day. :?

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:32 pm
by chris stockdale
I hope you have a great show!


Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:40 pm
by demaine22
Chris Stockdale wrote:I hope you have a great show!


Hi Stockers, the show went really well - minus some minor gremlins in the first hour or so.

The layout has now passed into new hands, and I'll leave it up to the new owner if they wish to update this thread they're welcome too. I'm glad the layout has gone to such a good home - and that it'll get to see even more shows! 8)