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 Posted: 24 Dec 2015 19:41
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Hi Gary,

Glad to see you had a good time.i think Ian has a valid point about all the blood rushing to you guys heads.:avatar:

We've still got the big day to come yet. I'll be up in about seven hours time. Good to get the chance to talk to you, not that I let you do much of the talking.:avatar:

The Skype is for sure. Top of the priorities when the mad season calms down a bit and our families have seen enough of us.:giggle:

You enjoy the rest of the day and we'll catch up soon.

Toto, Lynne and Gypsy.



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Thanks Toto.

Yes, it was great talking, especially on Christmas Day here in Oz. A welcome conversation as we have never spoken before. Thanks again and all the best for you, Lynne, Gypsy and the rest of the Toto family.

Cheers, Gary.



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OK, Christmas is done and now it's time to keep updating this thread...

When I played around with the backscene, I found that the Townstreet backscene are not long enough, well, not long enough for my layout. Luckily, the larger factory sits higher up than the backscene background'skyline and this helped to reduce how much of backscene used. Still, the backscene was still short in length by about 1 1/2". Hmmm, what do I do...? The only option is to chop the scene and fill the missing gap with another structure.

Ok, sounds simple enough. I measured the scene up and where the best place to cut the backscene. It became evident that it had to be where it wouldn't split the scene too much and look out of place. The area where it is cut is directly down a Northlight factory, afterall there was no limit on how long these buildings is. The building in the foreground looks a little strange, but it will not be seen.



^ The cut in the backscene and below, how the bottom half of the backscene is hidden by the factory/warehouse.



Now, to fill the gap... As we know, a lot of these buildings had ventilation rooms sitting atop of the building. So a small low relief structure was knocked up and covered in Scalescenes paper etc, then glued into place. Perfect !



After gluing the backscene to the back board and fixing the 'shortfall', I needed to blend the bridge/roadway into the scene. This did take some trial and error, but in the end, it all came together. Selecting a pic from google images, I had to manipulate the picture to get what I was after, that is, making the scene seem endless with no real join in the scene.



This picture above gives a clue to where it is heading. Note the large roofed building in the background, it does not look right.

A little more playing around on the computer and the results start to change somewhat. Note that I have changed the low relief building to the left hand side as I needed to blend the roof lines into the original backscene.



As can be seen in the photo above, some of the clay infil has been completed. This was applied right throughout the layout and where I needed a higher profile, some styrofoam has been glued down. Again, oversize styrofoam was glued down and when cured, it was filed back with a wire brush.



The high side towards the right will be an access road to the cement siding.

Below, the cement siding end.



Below, the whole layout covered in either styrofoam or air dry clay.



Now the layout seems to be moving on...,

but... after soom research, I have discovered that the railway track in the cement siding should not run directly under the cement hopper... Doh !  :whatever: So, some drastic changes are needed to rectify this. This is what it should be like..



All the styrofoam that was laid down at the cement siding end had to come up. This was a fairly easy task to complete. This picture below shows how much the track needs to be realigned to allow the cement hopper and associated building to fit the scene.



This next pic shows the track after realignment and part of the crossing installed. The cement hopper is going through a transformation to make it look more prototypical. More on the cement hopper can be found here : http://platform1mrc.com/view_topic.php?id=146&forum_id=30



Noting that the styrofoam isn't the best surface to produce a concrete road on, some more removal of foam needs to be undertaken. A larger portion of foam has been removed and a MDF section has been cut and glued into position. The MDF sits up at rail head height, hard up against the sleepers.



After the MDF had cured in position, I had to scribe the top to look like concrete. Randome straight lines were drawn then scribed into the MDF, first with the pointy side of the knife, then the backside of the knife to help clear any furry edges and sawdust. Cracks were also scribed into the MDF.



Card was used to form the pavement. The card was cut to shape then the individual sections scribed in. Below shows the pump house control room and hopper in place. More air dry clay was used to fill in between the MDF and the rail.



The surface requiered a lick of paint and a touch of weathering.



By blackening in the expansion joints and cracks first, followed by a suitable conceter colour and then some tyre wear and moss, the results aren't too bad.





As can be seen above, the clay along the rail has not been painted yet, as more touching up with clay is necessary.

An area needing visual interest is below the larger factory, where the embankment exists. The area in contention is circled below. A platform of some form is warranted here.



The platform below was made from a piece of pine, cut to size then dressed in Scalescenes paper. The whole factory was removed and a piece of timber was put in place to make sure the base of the building and the platform are consistant



Now, what I do here will have to wait until the next post... ;)

Cheers, Gary.



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Ok, the loading platform wouldn't be a loading platform without a crane... So, I remembered that I had some angled frame bracing in my scratchbuilding box of tricks, but not enough bits and pieces to build a complete crane. This is where 'modellers license' comes into play, or I should say scratchbuilding.

This pic below shows the crane under construction. The grey pieces are the frame bracing and all the rest (white) is Evergreen Styrene.



The end results...



and a close up...



Something I didn't touch on earlier is the cement silo office/control room. This is a card structure wrapped in Scalescenes breeze block (we call it bessa block in Oz) paper, a piece of corrugated card for the roof, Tichy Train Group windows, which needed cutting and shutting to fit, and some Evergreen Styrene for the gutters and downpipes.



Ok, having the crane knocked up and having to know what my idea is for the loading area, I then took the oppotunity to install magnets between the sleepers for uncoupling. I use 3 x rows of five, 3mm cubed neodymium magnets for this purpose. I use Kadee couplers on all of my stock, either No.18 or No.19 NEM type. The three rows of magnets is enough for uncoupling Kadees. Yes the narrowness of the uncoupling area maybe tight, but at the same time, I shouldn't have wagons uncoupling when I don't want them to.

This pic shows the magnets burried between the sleepers. Some paint over the top and they become invisible.



My next step is to weather the track. All the sleepers were hand painted rather than airbrushing as it saved me masking all the buildings up. I took to google images and found some great pics of Bristol Harbour Railway, which provided some great clues to track colour.

Having painted the sleepers grey first, a wash of a light pinky-brown was applied to give a sun beaten, bleached look to them.

The rails were next. Mixing up some burnt sienna, burnt umber and raw umber, I found myself a suitable colour that matched photographs. Several coats were applied to the rails and the chairs. Giving plenty of drying time between coats and afterwards, the rail tops were then cleaned down.



Being a small layout, painting the track was done reasonably quick. If I recall, all was done in less than two days.

Also in the pic above, you can see that the six foot was also painted grey. This helps to conceal the air dry clay, just incase any ballast works loose...

Which brings me to ballasting. Some people loath ballasting but I don't mind it, providing that I don't rush it. I chose two colours of ballast, a reddish/brown and a grey. I use Chucks Ballast or Matts Ballast brands, only available in Oz, but it is to scale, unlike a lot of HO/OO gauge ballast.



A blend of red/brown and the grey was appllied to the lead in tracks (from the fiddle yard) upto where the track diverges, before it crosses the canal. The rest of the layout was done in grey. You could say teh mixed colour is from where the line had been ballasted from the main line... ;)

More to come...

Cheers, Gary.




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Hi Gary it's been great to see the development of Industry Lane.
The concreate hard stand at the loader is really effective.
I have a section on my Dads new Oscale layout that will need a good section like this and some track infill thanks for the inspiration :worship:

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Hi Gary it's been great to see the development of Industry Lane.
The concreate hard stand at the loader is really effective.
I have a section on my Dads new Oscale layout that will need a good section like this and some track infill thanks for the inspiration :worship:

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Thanks Chris. The MDF comes up ok with a little paint. For O gauge, you could even tear into a layer of the MDF to give the worn away effect of concrete. :thumbsup:

Cheers, Gary.



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Now all the ground formations have been completed, a lick out raw umber was given to the surface. This was then followed by quite a few applications of scenic materials, from sifted soil, Chucks Filth, static grass fibres, and various flocks and foams.



As can be seen in the pic above, the PVA is still wet !



The buildings in the above pic lacked down pipes, so...



...down pipes were added including the odd vine growing up them.

At the very front of the layout, I needed to build a small bridge for road transport. Using a piece of I beam, a small angular sheet of styrene, some rectangular bar and a short length of handrail, this was knocked up.



A pic from the front with the bridge firmly in place, painted and gravelled over.



The road across the canal, leads down to the cement siding.





Above. Still a little work to do at this end of the layout...

I tend to use 3 or 4 colours of grass to give a much more realistic feel to the layout. Between the tracks, the grass is more of a straw colour with less green grass, whereas on the outer edges of the layout, the grass is greener. I do run some straw coloured grass along the road esges as well. Patches of weed (clover etc) can be seen coming through the grass occasionally.

This is where fences are required and I purchased the Ratio Security Fence kit. It is a little fiddly to make right, but the results speak for itself.



As can be seen above, the rest of the scenic material has been duly put in place between the cement siding and the warehouse sidings. As in real life, unless the bottom of the fences have been sprayed with herbicide, a lot of weed tends to grow there, courtesy of the birds sitting on the fence, doing the daily fertilising... ;)



A close up of the gates and fences. This is a very good kit, although I have not added the barbed wire to the top of the posts. maybe I should just remove the angled tops ??

This area at the very left hand end of the layout had me thinking, what to do here in the hatched area ??



The fence was pulled back and some of the base scenery removed, including some of the hard stand area in the cement works.



Utilsing the Scalescenes kit (TO24a Industrial A Warehouse), I kit bashed it a little as I only needed so much of it and knocked this up...



I completely blocked in the warehouse sliding door and added a length of sandstne (ashlar) and brick wall.

What was really needed was a backscene that would marry in with the backscene on the back wall of the layout. Good mate Gormo put me onto Photo Filter 7. Thanks mate. Here I could manipulate photos to get the desired effect I was after. Some of the images here were reversed, reduced and so on.  Rather than trying to produce on solid image, I decide to hand cut then position and paste in the right position on the layout for best effect. This is the end result.



and another from a further distance up the line.



I was asked on the other forum what I was to do along the front of the cement siding, as the track is reasonably close to the baseboard edge.



Looking at this pic above, the track is no more than half an inch away where the buffer sits. A small retaining wall was knocked up with foam core and Scalescenes brick paper.



This area was filled in and grassed over... Hopefully it will stop wagons from toppling over... :eek:



Having all the backscenes in place, the major scenery (ground covers, bushes, fences etc) done, it's time to focus on the small details.

The loading dock under the gantry crane looked a little bare and so, something needed doing.

The answer was rusting industrial waste !



All this here is bits and pieces frm the scratchbuilding box. This includes off cuts of thin styrene, styrene tube, corrugated card, drinking straws, alluminium fly mesh, cotton and Lego ! A few crates and barrels were thrown into the mix as well.

Below is a close up of all the industrial waste.



If anyone wants to know how I manged to weather these bits and pieces, let me know and I'll explain. Just a pity I didn't line up the two halves of the barrel better.. :oops: Whilst on this pic, can you find the Lego ??

...and a close up of the rusting pipes..



You can see the colour of the drinking straws in this pic ! ;)

Well, that pretty much takes the layout up to date. I doubt that there will be much more to post on for a while, as I'll be taking the family on holdays soon.

Cheers for now,

Gary.



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Hi Gary,

Fantastic modeling as per usual. Everything just blends together so well. :thumbs:

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Superb detailing Gary you make it look so easy but you also give us an idea of what to try to achieve... thanks.

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Another winner Gary. I take it the pipe T piece is the Lego ?

Some folks are usually better at either country or urban layouts. You seem to tackle either with great ease and effect.

Well done Gary.

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Toto wrote: I take it the pipe T piece is the Lego ?
Keep guessing Toto !

Thanks again for the kind words. My next layout I would like to tackle a wharf scene... :whatever:

Cheers, Gary.



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It's the wheel thing on top of the box then??
Great weathering, love it!

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Beautiful junk Gary,
love it to bits.
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Ron wrote: It's the wheel thing on top of the box then?

We have a winner folks !  

Yep, it is a small Lego bush used in the technical sets. There is actually two of them used amogst the junk.

Cheers, Gary.

ps. Thank you to everyone for their kind words. :thumbsup:



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