Christmas Eve

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  1. jimmy styles

    jimmy styles Full Member

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    so i was bored and found a old wooden bedside table and some left over 009 track, a crazy thought crossed my mind and a new project was born.

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    unfortunately my daughter saw this and as she loves my wifes christmas layout "Chapel Rise" insisted i built her a christmas layout with a castle and call it "Christmas Eve"

    obviously i'm not going to say no to my little girl and any excuse to model.

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    luckily i scratch built a castle years ago, so a little dust off and its good to go, although she has insisted that it has lights fitted, and insisted on a station building.

    the goal is to make it look as though it is sitting on top of a hill.

    i have lost my mind??

    watch this space for the next mad update.
     
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    Yes I think you have :facepalm:
    Better get building then.
    Think you may need a bigger table.
    6 ft x 4 ft sounds about right :avatar:

    Tony.
     
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    Anything bigger wouldn’t be mad
     
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    Try telling your little girl that.
    She wants a magic kingdom :)
    Seriously what you're doing is fine. If she still shows an interest later on you can go bigger then.
    In reality the castle is probably too big for that table especially if its to go on a hilltop.
     
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    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    With that smile, boy are you going to be wrapped a little finger :avatar:

    Paul
     
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    She already has me wrapped around her finger.
     
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    This one is going to be interesting Jimmy, looking forward to seeing how it develops!

    Pete.
     
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    Ive a feeling this is gonna be another one of Jimmy's specials :faint:
     
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    so my daughter wanted a station building, but obviously in 009 and on a layout this small, this was going to be a challenge.

    until i stumbled across a lovely little cricket pavillon kit. i decided that if i cut the front railing's off this would look like a small station, i knew that it dosent have to be completely prototypical as the castle is santa's house apparently.

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    she then decided that the walls needed to be painted gold and found a white metal piano kit in my box of spares so yes this is the only station now with gold walls a piano and a counter with bronze till.

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    so i painted odd planks to look as if they had been replaced at some point and a small LED light inside.

    next up was to make the Santa Halt sign. this was done by printing the sign and then sticking it to a wood off cut from the kit.

    all in all i think it makes a super cute little station.

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    finally i will attack it with the airbrush.
     
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Good stuff.
     
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    ianvolvo46 Staff Member Moderator

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    In the words of the modern youf 'like go Jimmi'

    Ian vt
     
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    so my daughter now decided that one of the rooms at the top of the castle will be a bedroom and the other room needed a table with some people eating and drinking. these rooms also needed to have LED lights along with a light in the castle arch. so as i didnt want to upset her.............

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    so next up was to start adding some height and contours to the layout and also i needed to add a facia board to help with the contour of the land.

    i think its really starting to take shape.

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    so after i built "operation abyss" i swore blind that i would never again hand scribe stones into clay, however my daughter said that on her layout she wanted a little road going to the castle and wanted it to look like operation abyss. [​IMG]

    well what she wants she gets. it is her layout at the end of the day.

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    she was very helpful and is better than me, gotta teach her young

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    :thumbs::thumbs:
     
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    next up was a coat of paint on the road, this is just the basic base colour. but already taking shape.

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    the next challenge was to make the tunnel entrance for each side, i decided that as they are so close to the castle the best thing would be to make the entrance to match the main arch on the castle.

    i then had to build a rock wall on each side to make the cutting. obviously once this was done i had to do a bit of playing (testing)

     
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    so the next mission was to add the landscaping, the way in which i have done this is with simple plaster bandage and das air dry clay.

    i screwed up newspaper and added this where i wanted the hills. next was to add the plaster bandage, as this is my daughters layout she was keen to get involved and she helped throughout this entire process.

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    so next up was to add the base colour and ballast.

    i have used normal poster paints mixed into a dirty brown colour.

    for the ballast i have used fine N gauge ballast mixed with ballast magic to secure in place.

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    now for the fun of adding grass etc.
     
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    Coming on a treat .... :tophat:
     
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