Archive for December, 2014


Posted on December 10, 2014. Filed under: Project progress |

There are several small garden areas on Culrain’s Up platform marked out by individually placed stones and filled with soil for planting. By the bench seat, for example, and either side of the waiting shelter. And there are many stones used as weights, or ornaments, in or around the cottage. For instance, to prop open the garage gates, or placed by a step or door.

??????????      Graded scale-size stones from 0.5mm to 3mm

Here is a selection of stones from rocks of various types, such as gneiss, quartz and sandstone, which might find a home around the layout. I knew one day my “Highland Landforms” book by Robert J. Price would come in handy.

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November progress

Posted on December 1, 2014. Filed under: Monthly progress |

Five telegraph poles, six gates and some fencing. And more slots in the scenery to install the various gates and fences around the station yard and Station Cottage.

Scenery 11 141120       Almost ready to install

Kyle of Sutherland has nine gates (only two are the same) and about six feet of paling fence. I used Ratio 431 00/HO Gauge GWR Station Fencing where I could as the basis for wooden gates and fencing, modifying as appropriate, and scratch built the rest. This past month I scratch built two gates from metal and two from plasticard, and modified some Ratio fencing to create another two.

Off the peg fencing is extremely uniform, so I made a scratch length of fencing right at the front of the layout, from the Station Cottage outbuildings to the garage, to give some variability as in the prototype.

It’s about time I started installing, or planting, a few things this month.

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