Tuesday, 19 March 2019


Although it's been quiet on the blog of late I have actually been quite busy. I hope to share a few updates to the blog in due course. I have had a few words with the management in Pilton and voiced my concerns over the lack of progress of late. Seems the staff were getting a little bit bored with buildings and the general procrastination over the final details of the buildings . In effect what we now have are duplicates of just about everything at Lynton station. We have two station buildings , one made from scratch of Pre 1927 Southern extension and a post 1927 version. We have 2 goods sheds ( in 1928 the chimney stack was was increased in height by 10 courses) and we have 2 engine sheds , the original being extended in 1909. Why on earth have we dedicated so much time to making two of everything and what time period is the layout to be ? So that set me thinking about the way ahead. We can sort of say we hit the buffers. So a decision was made that for the time being we park the decision. The decision is on hold and we know at least that we have , well, two of just about everything. Useful , really.
In 1924 the Southern erected two bracket signals ( ah ha ! Two , yes indeed) and I've made an attempt at one so far using Model Signal Engineering (MSE)  parts but mostly I used components from the Ratio L.N.W.R kit square post signals. The reference number on the box being 477. In fact  I had bought everything I needed from MSE to make 2 bracket signals. The Ratio conversion was intended to be a trial effort ( having never made a working signal in my life ) before then attempting the scratch build using the MSE parts. This trial model has become my one and only signal so far. But the good news is that kit 477 has enough to parts to make 2 of course .It's taken ages but quite satisfying.....and it works. What I mean by that is the little arms go up and down like they should. I even employed cocktail sticks for the blobby bits on the top ( Finial)  Not fully painted below but I hope to show more progress soon.
Some little pictures here

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

On second thoughts - the outcome

So track realigned , scenery demolished and rebuilt and now space created for the coal staithes and all the clutter. I've made sections between the tracks as removable card inserts for now. These will be replaced ( he hopes ) with plastic card inserts onto which I can model the staithes and remove insert etc for modelling away from the layout ( the loft is getting colder) .

Going around the bend The Movie

Around the bend with "Lew " one of my old White metal kits by Chivers Finelines ( built 1990's ) coming into Lynton station . Still some work to do on track reliability . No scenery added as yet .

On second thoughts

So the goods yard was looking fine ...or so I thought . Oh dear ...how do I fit those coal staithes in that space !

Now remember this layout was put together over ten years ago and never finished whilst now I try and resurrect it and make good all the previous errors . The original track layout is shown below. In between the tracks should be a motley assortment of coal staithes.

What I was thinking at the time I originally made this goods yard I have no idea. But you can see above the state of the model before alterations were made. 
 I decided to lift the track and relay it all to allow space for the coal staithes and all the other clutter that this part of Lynton Station seemed to possess. I seem to be basically not just modifying my old layout but totally rebuilding it. Track was removed as well as scenery and all replaced giving a much better and more accurate looking representation of the old goods yard. The results of my changes will be shown in the next post. 

Going around the bend part 2

It was always important for this model to try and convey a sense of location. As can be seen on the title page Lynton station approach was quite dramatic. The station itself being perched high on the hillside and quite a walk down to the town of Lynmouth itself. A few years ago now I recall the superb model of Lynton built by Brian Taylor in 4mm scale. Brian's approach to the model was to view the station from the hillside and in doing so captured the view down the hillside and out to the Lynmouth estuary ( if we can call it that) . Brian's excellent painting skills captured this scene with a superb hand painted backdrop. This can be seen in one of my earlier posts. I hope I've managed now to capture a little of the sense of location by incorporating the curve at Barbrook.
I was never quite happy with the alignment of the track running out of Lynton so I've spent a little more time aligning the track and now the engines can run in with a full load of coaches and wagons with no mishaps. After track realignment the ground cover was painted brown whilst the track was protected with masking tape. Eventually the final scenery will be added, a favourite job of mine , but first I wish to ensure all track work is running smoothly . To achieve this I've also added plastic rail joiners at all base board joints and spent yet more time packing under the track and trying to ensure a level using a mini spirit level. Until all track is working well there is no point adding scenery or details. 

Monday, 17 April 2017

Outback progress

A little more progress on the Outback Goods shed tonight. This sudden modelling surge has been spurred on by the nice quality of the kit and also by my son advising me that the average time spent watching television by the time you reach the age of 80 could be 9 years ! So the TV is off and I've made some more detailing to the Goods shed. The paper has been tidied up a little. The pictures don't show this but experimenting with the Pritt Stick has enabled me to finish off loose joints by liberal application of the Pritt stick to the outside of the paper and pressing home firmly.
I've also added the vent brick surround on the North exit of the goods shed. As far as I could see this was not a printed detail of brick work in the kit. To work around that I've photocopied the brick sorround from the Phillps book and used crayons to replicate , as best I can , the look of the brickwork elsewhere on the model. I guess it shows how well this kit matches the dimensions of the drawings in Phillips book but the fit was perfect. A little orange crayon added to the inside of the brick sorround by the vent completed the finish. More use of crayons added subtle weathering to any doors and again use of the orange crayon disguised any white paper showing on the items cut out and added such as door lintels. It's all very experimental for me using card and paper but I'm beginning to see its more user friendly than plastic.
The roof has been added however using plasticard instead of the printed sheets as this to me gives a better impression of tiling . The first coat of paint has been applied using Pheonix Precision P952 light brick red. Individual tiles still to be picked out in various acrylics and weathering still to be done. As said this is just the first basic application.
Wood floor boards ( scale scenes ) have applied to the interior good platform and again weathered with brown crayons. Scale scenes was also used for the concrete rendering as applied to the South entrance side of the goods shed. Much yet to do but progress is being made.

Making The Outback models Goods Shed

It is  two years since I purchased the Outback Model set of the Lynton models. At the time I had already made substantial progress with my own models of both the Station building and the goods shed. My own models are based on pre Southern extension to the Station building circa 1927 and modest changes to the goods shed around 1928. The Outback model set represents the post 1927 alterations. I now think with having two possible sets of buildings I could perhaps create two time periods on the layout , as per the model of Chelfham by Bob Barnard shown at the recent Rainford exhibition .The hardest and most time consuming aspect of renovating the Station model was always going to be the buildings. The Outback models represent a very convenient way to save time as well as hopefully being enjoyable to build. Ive made a start on the goods shed this week and pleased to say  that I've not been disappointed at all with the quality of this kit. The kit comes as laser cut components complete with windows ( very nice) as well as printed paper and details such as the extended chimney , which seems to be a resin  cast. Very clear colour instructions are in pdf which were uploaded to my ipad so as to be conveniently placed near to my work.Within less than an hour the basic construction was assembled. Using the supplied high quality paper stone work was also applied easily using a Prit Stick applicator. The card components were glued using "Rocket " card glue. However, although the stone work paper supplied in the kit fitted perfectly I was now beginning to have too many different stone styles between my other buildings. To remedy this I decided to create my own stone paper as previously done. Using photographs of the actual stonework off the goods shed and by cut and paste in " pages" on my ipad I soon constructed my own stone paper and reapplied this to the model. Overall I'm very pleased with the progress so far and I look forward to finishing this kit and then making the Station building kit.