7mm Llangunllo to Bleddfa Road

Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by Geoff, 27 September 2019.

  1. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Coming along nicely Geoff. I always enjoy your posts.
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  2. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    Thanks Alan you aren't doing too bad yourself, I'm looking forward to seeing your backscene and how you go about weathering your Pannier.

  3. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    So am I !!!!!
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  4. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    It's all looking good to me
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  5. Brian T

    Brian T Western Thunderer

    I`m sure we`ll get over it once we see some more of your most excellent modelling and the layout comes to life....... :)

  6. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    I wish the layout would come to life Brian, it is as dead as a Dodo at the moment, all was fine until mid afternoon today but now there is a short circuit somewhere. :(

  7. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    Normal service was restored on Friday afternoon after the mystery short circuit was traced to this........


    The short was the very devil to trace but I can't really complain for the switch, one of four has given good service and must be over five years old. The repair was also easy enough and I also remembered some choice swear words, not much call for those since I retired. Normal service if you can call it that was restored soon afterwards..............


    In all Friday was a good day because my order for point rodding stools arrived from Alan at Modelu, along with square rodding and etched detailing parts from Andrew at Wizard Models. So I've been busy plotting the rodding runs and generally faffing about with my new toys.:)




    The plan of action is to install the mounting bases for the stools, cranks and what have you, and then to make a start on ballasting. The actual ballast being 4mm scale (medium) black ash from Greenscene. I'll be mixing my last supplies of Carr's ash into that for use in the goods yard.


    I always leave track painting until last, so any drips and spills can be thinned down to penetrate the ballast and add to the weathering which is carried out later. To break the jobs up I will also be continuing with the landscaping and platform.


    That little lot should keep me busy and out of mischief for a while:)

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  8. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    After yet another Cobalt switch failure I have lost confidence in them and have changed over to simple DPDT switches to operate my Tortoise point motors. With the electrics sorted I made a start on the landscape, the first job was to cover the styrofoam shell with plaster bandage.



    With the plastering finished the supports for the point rodding stools, cranks and compensator's were laid in place. I then gave bare baseboard top surfaces several coats of textured paint, a job that is still in progress as I build things up.


    After a coat of sap / green and burnt sienna acrylics the layout began to come to life...........


    The quarry branch gently climbs up to the level crossing as does the road as it passes the crossing keepers cottage. Once the railway has been crossed the road drops down again, at the same time the cinder track to the station rises. Though it is early days I am pleased how the changes in levels are working, and just how open this part of the layout is beginning to look.


    Meanwhile at the other end of the layout the goods yard surface is slowly being worked up, the yard will be slightly wider, I just got careless with the green paint :)

    The bufferstops have also been installed, the one on the left will be hidden from view by the water tower so I've used an old Peco kit. I cut the lugs that hold it to the track away and replaced the beam with a wooden one, well its a piece of card actually that has been sandwiched between two pieces of ply sleeper strip. The other is a Ragstones Models kit for a GWR railbuilt type, the castings are superb and make up into a lovely model.

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    Finally I carried out a colour check to see if the shades that I previously used on my 4mm layouts would work in 7mm scale. The rail is a mix of Humbrol 173 track colour and 29 dark earth matt enamels. The sleepers supporting the bufferstop, and its beam have been painted with thinned Humbrol Gunmetal Metacote then buffed up with a cotton bud. Which tends to bring out the grain of the timber and leaves that silvery grey appearance of old sleepers. It would appear that the beam was once painted white, but the paint has since faded and worn away. I made the grass tufts from Mininatur static grass fibres, and planted them into a bed of neat PVA before adding Greenscene medium ash ballast. Planting the grass before the ballast gives the impression of it growing up through the ballast rather than just being plonked on top of it.

    Over the coming days I'll be soldering up the MSE point rodding cranks and compensator's and no doubt suffering from burnt fingers. The platform face is also on my list of jobs, and I hope to work the scenic's up a bit more, especially the road and cinder track surfaces.

  9. Brian T

    Brian T Western Thunderer

    Can really start to see this come alive now you added some basic colour to the layout. And sticking with your usual palette will also give it a famillar look to your followers too...:bowdown: :D

    Tough there is one thing that`s caught my eye,and that`s the canopy for the goods shed.It could be the angle of the photo,but it look`s (to me) to be sticking out quite far,well futher than i would expect.

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  10. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    As usual Geoff I always enjoy your up dates. Now the sky back scene is in place on Blakeney I too am now thinking of starting the physical scenery. Like you I am enjoying the 7 mms trip.
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  11. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    Brian, those goods shed canopies on the Tanat Valley line did stick out an awful lot, but I take your point. I think the fact that it is white and close to the station building canopy makes it look strange to you. Then again it could be the camera angle as you suggest, the good news is I can always follow the prototype and cut it back :D

    Alan, I'm pleased that you are enjoying the 7mm journey and look forward to seeing your scenery develop ;)

  12. Muddysblues

    Muddysblues Western Thunderer

    Geoff, this is building up to be as stunning as your 4mm layouts, it's now on my watch list.

    Best regards
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  13. Brian T

    Brian T Western Thunderer

    I did`nt realise just how far the canopy on these shed`s stuck out,but a quick look through the book at the drawings show`s one with and 11'-6" span!

    So for cutting it back...nah!.

  14. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    Cheers Craig ;)

    I suppose they needed as much shelter as they could get in those parts Brian, the cut back version actually appeals to be honest.
    My canopy has yet to be modified, the ends should have a cut out for extra clearance for goods vans not to mention chimneys. :)

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  15. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Top stuff, Geoff.

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  16. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    Thanks for your kind words Rob,

    Having finally got my head around the size of buildings and structures I am now getting to grips with texture. Experiments are being carried out with 'Sandtex' textured masonry paint, and 'Greenscene' texture paint. Both are giving good results when stippled onto the various surfaces with a stiff 1/2" paint brush.


    I've slowly been adding texture and colour to the road surface and then standing back whilst I take things in. To my eye the edges of the road need to be worked up a bit more, and a few potholes added in the right foreground along with some weeds and tufts of grass.


    The cinder track has a much rougher surface and needs to be a tad darker, it also needs a few potholes, ruts and signs of water erosion. Gordon Gravett's ideas and methods are being tried and tested, not sure if I can reach his standards but I'll try my best. Looking across the track towards the goods shed I'm seeing an area of scrub bordered by long grasses. I rather like this view and am beginning to think that my ideas for a truncated branch line in the middle of nowhere might just work. Ideally I would like to press on but we have relatives staying over until the New Year so my modelling is now being cutback.

  17. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    You've given me food for thought with the use of textured paints Geoff. I think I might give those a try.
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  18. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    You just have the knack Geoff the whole scene is really starting to come to life
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  19. Jordan

    Jordan Mid-Western Thunderer

    Yet again with one of your layouts, Geoff, just clicking the 'like' button is so inadequate.... :rolleyes: :) ;) :thumbs:
  20. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    Thanks for your kind comments chaps......

    Alan I'm still experimenting with the texture paints and am getting some rather interesting results. If you try them then the best advice that I can give is to build the surface up slowly, and the stipple the paint onto the surface rather than brush it.

    Thank you John, I wouldn't say that I have the knack, I just take inspiration from photographs and what I see out in the real world.

    Thanks Jordan, at times I'm glad there is no 'crap' button :D

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