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Thursday, 13 December 2018

A Model Railway - Lineside

Moving into the countryside the railway is bounded by a 3 bar fence (Dapol CO23) that wraps around the Platelayer and Tool huts. The static grass here is kept short (2mm) to minimise fire risk from cinder spitting steam engines.

The fields either side of the fence presently show a bright green painted base layer for static grass landscaping (to be applied).

The home signal gantry has offset signals. The lower is for the bay platform and the taller for the main platform. There should be a ground disk on the gantry for the goods siding that is just beyond the crossing. The signal gantry is Ratio UQ/80 LNER upper quadrant, which is similar to LSWR lattice signals.

Another gantry of starting signals is located at the end of the platform.

To Part 1.  

Sunday, 9 December 2018

A Model Railway - Hedging

Unkempt hedging alongside country lanes can be very tall. This hedging is about 50 mm (12.5 ft).

It is made from coir matting (coir basket liner or flower pot). This material is ideal because it mimics a branch like structure. Tease it apart a little and random cut the top. Next, apply diluted PVA glue (50/50) and sprinkle on green scatter letting the coir show through in places. I used two grades of scatter and applied more to the base line after the hedge was stuck down. To finish, cut off any long, straggly coir pieces and maybe overspray lightly with green acrylic paint.

To Part 13.

To Part 1

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

A Model Railway - Level Crossing

The level crossing protects a minor country road that has no white line markings. The gates, posts and lamps are DIY 3D prints (with a mesh netting overlay to the gates). The red targets and board between rails is from a left over Airfix/Dapol kit and in fact the entire kit would fit here.

The road ramp up to the top of the rails is DAS clay. Two tips about using DAS clay. Press the clay into a layer of PVA glue to help adhesion and second, wet a finger with water to smooth the clay top surface. A nice finish is created this way.

With the road and crossing complete the signal box can be placed alongside.

To Part 12.

To Part 1.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

December Website Cover

A seasonal scene at Crewkerne tunnel on the Waterloo - Exeter main line.

View the cover here.
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