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.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Heljan and Bachman

Modelling in 009 these days has become very well supported by the main stream suppliers. At Rainford,aside from being able to see close up the new Manning Wardles,soon to be available by Heljan , we also saw pre -production prototypes of the forthcoming Baldwin models by Bachmann. The Baldwin models are of the class 10-12D designed and used extensively during the First World War and as surplus after the war used on Narrow gauge lines. The models here represent Hummy and Peggy as in the Ashover Light Railway condition as well as the famous " 590" on the Welsh Highland Railway. I'm sure you'll agree these are fine looking models and a far cry from the days of white metal. Will we as modellers miss such modelling joy? Now all I need is more pocket money and a model of Ashover ... Or the Welsh Highland .....oh dear .... Distraction , distraction.



Shown here are some further pictures I took of the Heljan model and of the Baldwins. 

More Heljan Manning Wardles on Chelfham , Rainford April 2017

Videos of Heljan Manning Wardle models at Rainford

Heljan Manning Wardle models on Chelfham

It was a pleasant surprise that Andy Burnham of Peco was able to show us two of the forthcoming Heljan models and allow these to be run on Bob Barnards model of Chelfham station whist exhibiting at Rainford. Some pictures below .

More pictures from Rainford 009 society show


A busy day at Rainford

A biannual event is a 009 society model show in Rainford, Cheshire coupled with an AGM by the 009 society.Although this was 2 weeks ago now I can share a few pictures here.
Bob Barnard and the North West area L&B group was kindly invited to attend with a Trust stand,where the aim is to broaden the public awareness to the new railway and to encourage new members and to sell a few L&B products along the way generating income for the trust. As a centre piece to the Trust stand Bob had brought along his newly completed and very nice cameo layout of Chelfham station. The model took centre stage on the stand and created a great deal more interest in the activities of the trust as a consequence. The layout is a compression of Chelfham to fit a smaller space, such as the Trust stand, and is built so it can be viewed either side. In addition, Bob has created the model to show the L&B station in its two distinct ownership periods. Two fiddle yards are either side of the station operated by cassette systems shown below. A well attended show made for a busy days operating and we are pleased to see the stand also generate welcome income for the Trust.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Back in Black coal shed.

It's been quite a while hasn't it since anything has happened down in deepest Devon on the rebuilding saga that is my layout of  Lynton Station . However some progress can be reported over the next few posts . First up is some modest progress that is the coal shed. I think we can now say this particular building is more or less complete enabling me to move on to finishing the Goods shed on this module.

Some pictures here show the latest condition .