7mm A Change of Direction, Blakeney (Glos.)

Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by Alan, 2 February 2019.

  1. Brian T

    Brian T Western Thunderer

    Perhaps you have answered your own question there Alan!. ;)

    I would have thought that the fence along the path to the station would`nt have been touched in awhile,if they knew closure was coming,so it would be quite weathered?.

    And the station platform,will that be succumbing to the weeds and grass also,as this picture show`s; (Ruspidge halt,1967)
    Ruspidge Station

  2. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    In answer to the seedy platform the answer is yes but not as much as that photo. The layout is a year of two earlier, the fence will also be weathered.
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  3. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    I like the sound of that Alan.

    Just the odd bit of static grass will suggest neglect and a gentle run down.


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  4. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    I always painting a station meant it was doomed for closure shortly afterwards!
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  5. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    I've put leaves on the first of the sedum trees. The planting my be temporary. I've put it next to one awaiting leaves.


  6. Overseer

    Overseer Western Thunderer

    Good to see some large trees in 7mm, the wagon looks small in comparison as they are in reality.
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  7. michael mott

    michael mott Member

    Nice looking Trees Alan.
  8. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Thanks Michael.

    Couldn't resist posting these 2 Ben Ashworth type shots taken by my good friend Frank Drake.


  9. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    A little more done over the last couple of days. A bit more post and wire fencing, a new tree has grown, and a lamp hut has appeared on the platform.


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  10. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    That's a great shot through the trees
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  11. Jordan

    Jordan Mid-Western Thunderer

    Agreed. For the authentic F-o-D look, though, you're going to need some Scraggies wandering around, as per Brian's photo of Ruspidge above. ;)

    Scraggies is the local name for sheep, which wander freely through the Forest. AFAIK they're not as plentiful these days after that Foot and Mouth outbreak a few years ago, but when I was regularly delivering down that way in the 90s they were everywhere, and would lie by the roadside quite unpeturbed by traffic. I bet their ancestors in the 60s were similarly unphased by trains.
  12. Alex W

    Alex W Active Member

    Actually that might be a reason to show recent works!
  13. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    A slight change today. I'm having a rest from scenery and I decided I ought to look at the other Dapol 16ton mineral I have. I don't think it's been out of the box. As with the other one the back to backs were all over the place. I don't know why they can't get them right, but a little while with the B-B gauge and everything was OK. I decided I'd weather it. Here are a few photos with it lightly weathered with the other one which has had a tiny bit more weathering added.



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  14. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Taking it easy today, I don't want to get ahead of myself and find I have very little to do when Boris keeps us in for another3 months or so.

    So I took a couple of picks of the layout as a whole. Still a fair bit to do though, Lampost to construct, telegraph post, hedges and trees to foliate and perhaps one or two more to plant as well as some bushes etc, a pannier to weather, people to paint, 2 wagons to build (another ply van and another mineral (BRexMOWT)) a Dodge flat bed to build and paint plus obviously small details etc. The trouble is with all this time on our hands it could all be done in relatively quick order. Hence pacing myself.

    Anyway todays photos.

    the first looking along the front of the layout from the fiddleyard end and the second one what you see of the scenic section when you walk into the railway room.


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  15. Jordan

    Jordan Mid-Western Thunderer

    Hmmm... I wish!! I keep hearing about all this free time we're all supposed to have, & wonder where mine is. I've only just finished 'proper' work today (being self employed) and now have a load of jobs at home to crack on with :rolleyes:
    Anyway never mind free time - I am not at all envious of this layout in any way whatsoever, honest... :confused: :)
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  16. Phil O

    Phil O Western Thunderer

    It all fits together very nicely to form a very realistic overall scene, good work.
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  17. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Thanks Phil.
  18. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    Been thinking the same since I retired Jordan, same happened with the so called permissive society in the swinging sixites. I remember being there but not the perks:D

    Alan I was reading your comments about the Dapol wheels back to backs being all over the place, I only have three of their wagons, two are fine but my mineral wagon has the same problem.

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  19. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    I've spent the last couple of days adding to the mineral wagon fleet. A Parkside slope sided 16 tonner (Kit PS31). not the easiest kit for me (My left hand does not work as well as it did in the past)as the upright part of the side had to be glued to the top of the bottom of the side (if that makes sense)and then the gap filled. Therefore it became a subject of fairly heavy weathering. It might even get a bit more.




  20. Brian T

    Brian T Western Thunderer

    I feel your pain Alan..!
    I started a batch build (4) of Parkside 16 Tonners,including one of the ex 'MoT' wagons a week ago,but have spent more time filling and sanding than actulay building the things.....
    Minerals build.jpg

    Now i don`t know if it`s me,but i`ve built a couple of these in the past and don`t remember having to do this much filling on them?.

    Anyhow you`ve done a nice job on your wagon and the weathering,and together they make a nice rake.

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