Testing Testing…

So in a little over 4 weeks Tarring Neville will be making its exhibition debut at Uckfield show. This weekend the Herstmonceux team are coming to give the layout a pre-show shake down ( Drink beer, talk trains and play with the layout), which means I have been busy trying to get as much finished as I can. Most of the buildings have been bedded in and some foliage has been added in a few places. All that remains is to add the smaller details.

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Some items of stock have been worked on too. One of which is a RT Models 100Hp Sentinel. I have wanted one of these kits for a while because I was lucky enough to help with a preserved one when I was younger. Wheels, motor, flywheel and gearbox are included with the Nickle silver etches and white metal castings in the kit. The kits gives you all the parts to make the different cab styles and is a really well thought out. A thorough read of the instructions and plenty of reference photos to hand is a good idea.20170717_121757

It goes together really well and I am tempted to get another. I was originally going to make the kit up like the one I helped with which would of been a later style and the bunker on the rear but I decided on the earlier style with the flat back and internal bunkers. The Sentinel is going to be part of the cement works fleet and was going to be painted green like the other locos but I came across a picture of one in a nice orangey yellow colour and settled on that. The excuse being that the cement works had recently bought it and not got round to repainting it.

As you can see its rather a small loco… But not as small as another loco I have been working on.20170922_140959
This is a Judith Edge Ruston & Hornsby 48DS and when compared to the Sentinel or the Manning Wardle its really small!
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More on that one when its finished along with a few pictures from the weekend..

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Building blocks

 

A milestone has been reached with Tarring Neville as all the buildings are just about finished and I can start thinking about fixing them to the layout. The flint barn has been painted and is just waiting on some details to put inside. I am really pleased how the internal flint wall leading up to the stairs has come out.

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I am thinking of making a couple of the buildings removable. 1. To help with cleaning etc and 2. to stop them getting damaged in transport. The other large flint building has already been made removable so that if any of the point switches need attention I can still get to them. This was glued to a thin ply base and some bolts used to hold it in place. With the other buildings I’m going to look at adding some dowels to act as pins that slot into the baseboard.
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Back to building buildings

Well Herstmonceux is now packed away in the shed again after its trip to Devon. Before the show I managed to get both the LBSCR Pull Push set and Birdcage set finished enough to use in the new timetable.  Barring a couple of odd coaches still in the “to do” pile I’m rather pleased to have all the coach sets done for the layout.
We had a good time at the show and even picked up the “Pete Lindsay Shield” for best layout voted for by the other exhibitors. The new timetable ran ok but needs a few tweaks in places before the layouts next outing in 2018

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Although there was a small disaster just before the show when one of my operators favourite biscuits was out of stock in Aldi. Keeping operators happy is a hard task at the best of times so a plan was hatched to put things right…
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So with Exeter out the way my focus is back on Tarring Neville and getting it finished for October. The last building I was working on is nearly finished. I just need to add a couple more small details and then it can be bedded into the layout. (and yes that is a Wampa and Stormtrooper in the background) 20170606_125308

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The last building I need to make is based on a real building at Tarring Neville. I am only going to make the long large barn and will make a few slight changes to it so it fits the space I have.20170610_151243

And this is where i have got with it so far…

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Cream Tea anyone?

In just under 2 weeks Herstmonceux will be heading down to Devon for the Exe Model Railway Society show. Although I have been focused on getting Tarring Neville finished I have also been working on a few new things for Herstmonceux which will hopefully ready for the show.IMG_4064

For a while now my Birdcage set has been 2/3s finished and when run at a couple of shows its pinched the composite coach from the SECR Pull-Push set. I finally got the sets composite built and its currently waiting on some transfers and then the whole set needs weathering.
Something else that has been on the “to do” list is another Pull-Push set. Last year I received a new Cuckoo line book and I mentioned that one picture was very interesting. This picture showed a ex-LBSCR Pull-Push set and a D3 tank at Hailsham. The D3 turned out to be the one that I have modelled..
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Being at Hailsham it puts it very close to Herstmonceux and the possibility that it might of turned up on the Ouse valley line… So luckily for me that nice guy Mr Roxey produces a kit of the LBSCR Pull-Push set. This is also just waiting on some transfers and some weathering and I will stick some pictures up when it’s finished.
With these two new sets a new timetable was needed to fit them in so hopefully I’ll get this finished ready for Exeter. Chris has also worked on a rake on mineral wagons to run in the new timetable as a diverted Kent coal train and I have tried to fit in a few more unusual workings that would of been seen in the area.

More Buildings…

More progress has been made with Tarring Neville. I was going to finish the loading dock area but I decided to crack on with the last of the large buildings. This will sit at the front between the loading dock and the quayside. The building is loosely based on the old Star Brewery in Lewes.
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Like other buildings for Tarring Neville I made a basic shell out of foamboard and fixed plasticard over the top. Some etched industrial window frames were fitted and the covered roof walkway added .

Roof tiles are cut from paper in strips and stuck on with PVA. Once this was complete the guttering was added from half round plastic rod. Metal rod was used for the down pipes and are held in place with split pins. For the lead flashing I cut some strips of tissue paper and glued it in place around the small window on the walkway and along the tile edges that meet the walkway cladding.

The building has had a coat of primer and had a base coat of brick paint added. I’m thinking of putting a white wash on the two end walls and leave the side with the windows and doors as plain brick.
I have also made a start on bedding in a few of the buildings and been playing around with a few pictures.

Another building.. Pt 2

As a follow up to my last post I thought I would share a couple of pictures of the finished building. I have repainted the doors as I wasn’t happy with the colour and finished the brick work. I may do a bit more weathering to the building and need to add some crates and sacks to the interior but other than that its ready to be fixed to the layout. I’m going to finish the loading dock next and then make a start on the last big building.

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(Really must tidy up the workbench)