Archive for February, 2017

View Blocking

Posted on February 14, 2017. Filed under: Project progress |

“Beech Module (South)” is the last of four front-of-layout view blockers and contains the three beeches across the road from Station Cottage’s garage, as seen in the photograph behind the roll of fuse wire.

trees-8-170214-4427       Beech tree armatures

The tree front right is a substantial 360-degree representation (temporarily installed in the module base), while the one to its left is a 180-degree tree, and the one behind is a 90-degree tree. This allows some compression to fit the space available and, by the by, reduces the modelling time.

trees-9-170214-4429       Tree planting

After initial foliation, here’s the full tree and the quarter tree planted, while the three-quarter tree awaits its turn. A bit like a jigsaw, each tree should ideally match its neighbour.

trees-10-170214-4434       All joined up

I’ve tried to strike a balance between realistic foliage and being able to see some background through the foliage.The final adjustments to colour, tone and ground cover will be made on the layout alongside the other view blockers to achieve overall compatibility.

I know that 2017 is the “Year of The Train, Again”. However, the viewpoints have been getting repetitive and this new tree module will give a bit more variety.

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January Progress

Posted on February 1, 2017. Filed under: Monthly progress |

What will the next loco be?

1649 2 140611       Western Region loco 1649

In June 2014 I tried out my new vee block on a trial pannier tank cross-section for 1649, the last steam loco to work on the Far North line. Last year I bought the 16xx Branchlines kit with a newly designed nickel chassis and a (re-worked?) Nu-cast whitemetal body. Then there’s Black Five 44722, for which I recently completed the Stanier tender, as reported mid-month.

And now there’s 40150, a Stanier 3P 2-6-2T used in the late 1950s and early 1960s, on Georgemas Junction to Thurso trains and occasional piloting duties. There’s a possibility of some etches to kick-start this model.

Whichever loco I choose, I need to complete it, and paint it, to exhibition standards well within the year.

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