Archive for October, 2013

Missenden moments

Posted on October 14, 2013. Filed under: Project progress |

Culrain’s first specimen tree is now ready for planting.

Trees 2 131014       Elm

Based on the techniques of Gordon Gravett, with foliage help from Barry Norman and sagely advice from Kevin Wilson, an Elm is the first of some twenty or thirty specimen trees required to populate Kyle of Sutherland. The second tree, a Beech, has had its first coat of Artex.

If only coaches were that easy. I made a complete mess of priming the two ex-LMS coaches and they have now been spirited away to Suffolk for restoration.

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September progress

Posted on October 1, 2013. Filed under: Monthly progress |

This is transition time: in September I’ve been making the difficult move from rolling stock and electrics to the layout scenery and trees. The two, recently built, LMS coaches are ready for painting and at long last I’ve solved my servo problems.

During the month I’ve almost finished the ballasting of track on the south, scenic baseboard. This will be on-going, as I won’t be able to properly complete it until the platforms can be installed. Similarly, the egg-box scenery will have to wait a little longer.

However, this hasn’t prevented a serious attack on the creation of Culrain’s tree population. I’ll be making further tree progress later in October at Missenden’s Autumn Railway Modelling Weekend, as well as starting the painting of the two coaches.

But, will we manage a long overdue “garage test” of Culrain’s rolling stock in October?

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