Marchford Creek

Discussion in 'Entries' started by Bullhead, 7 February 2018.

  1. Bullhead

    Bullhead Western Thunderer

    I’m very pleased to report that track painting is complete! It seemed to take forever but in truth, I have not had very much modelling time available over the last few weeks.

    Here are the results…
    After stage 1…

    Stage 2…


    And stage 3, the all-important brown wash and a rub over of the rail tops. I’m quite pleased with the results achieved. The next major task is ballasting.


    Just started. A long way to go! The ballast here is from Green scene. I’ve collected a number of different colours and textures from various sources to allow for some variation.

    In between painting rails, I’ve been working on one or two sub-projects such as this sign.


    It consists of an etch from MSE (Wizard models) soldered to a length of rail with 0.3mm wire to represent bolts. Characteristically, the SR has made use of their predecessor’s signage by repainting to obscure the L,& and W characters. In such a sleepy backwater as this, nearing the end of its days, nobody has considered a BR replacement.
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  2. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Lovely job on the sign. I use the same zort of thing from Roger Smith.

    Devil to paint but very rewarding.

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  3. Bullhead

    Bullhead Western Thunderer

    Hello All,

    Here is the latest update from Marchford Creek. Ballasting is done! It seemed to take forever but eventually was completed. I found it more effective to add the dry ballast to wet glue rather than the other way round. PVA was slightly diluted and a tiny drop of washing up liquid added. The mixture needs to be thick enough to stay where it is put but thin enough to allow rapid wetting of the ballast particles. Dispensing the ballast from the corner of a small plastic box by tapping lightly gave controllable and precise placement and minimised wastage.

    Ballast complete!

    And after painting.

    Having reached this significant milestone, I couldn’t resist setting the layout up with buildings and the various additions I’ve been working on for a few pictures.













    These pictures have proved useful in setting out a (long) list of improvements and further tasks. Near the top of the list is vegetation so work has started on learning to use static grass. First attempts were promising but not worthy of recording in these pages. Look out for updates soon!.

    Attached Files:

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  4. Bullhead

    Bullhead Western Thunderer

    Hi all,

    Not a lot of progress has been made recently, but I am working on a number of small detail projects, which can be fitted in to short bursts of free time. One such is this platform luggage trolley. It is a LSWR type constructed from a Southwark Bridge models kit from Roxey Mouldings. It seemed reasonable that such an item might be found lying around at Marchford Creek in my chosen timeframe.

    The kit contains etches to make two trolleys. The etching is very sharp which is essential with parts so small. In all, 15 components go together to make up the unit. The wheels consist of three layers soldered together and the blocks supporting the axle are each laminated from two parts. These can be tinned on the fret and then jigged on a suitably sized lightly oiled wire. Other parts were carefully tinned before being jigged on thick card using dressmakers’ pins for location. It is fortunate that some spares are included on the fret as a couple of bits pinged off into the distance before they could be secured!

    Altogether, a very fiddly but rewarding kit.




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