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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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

Sorry for the lack of updates lately. Things have slowly been moving along with Tarring Neville though. The larger flint building has been made removable in case any of the point switches need attention and this is now ready to be bedded in. I have also been working on getting another building ready to fit to the layout.

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This one has been lurking around in the background for some time. It is loosely base on the stores building from Hellingly Station and is made up of a foamboard shell with South Eastern Finecast corrugated iron plasticard over it. Windows and guttering came from the bits box and the down pipes were knocked up from some metal rod and split pins. When it came to painting I was originally going to paint the whole thing a cream colour but I had slowly gone off this idea and opted for a blue/grey colour instead. First though I put some patches of Gunmetal and Bronze. This was to aid with the weathering of the building later.

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Over this I added the blue/grey colour. I’ve tried to add it in fairly thin layers to make the building (hopefully) look fairly tired looking. This is how its looking at the minute. I’m undecided on the colour of the doors but next i’m going to finish the lower brick work.

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You might notice a dock/platform has appeared to the left of this picture. This is another thing I have been working on. I was going to put another building at the end of the siding but thought this might make coupling and uncoupling difficult. Having gone through a few ideas I have settled on a loading dock. The picture below shows it in its early stages and I will post more about it soon.
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Take one Pug..

Some time ago I came across some pictures of someone converting a Dapol/Hornby Pug into a (near enough) Manning Wardle H class which turned out to be from a article by Phil Parker. At the time I had a layout in my shed based on somewhere in North Cornwall and it had a quarry. I was going to have a go at the Manning Wardle for use in the quarry but apart from hacking up the donor Pug I didn’t get very far..
Now I have Tarring Neville on the go I thought it might be a good time to finish the Manning Wardle. The idea is the Manning Wardle and a few other small locos will be seen on Tarring Neville from the near by Denton cement works fleet. The fleet was started a while ago with a Howard Planet 0-4-0 Diesel built from a Roxey Mouldings kit.img-20161017-wa0005

The article is a step by step and gives you some of the rough measurements. I added a few extra bits of pipework, some lamp irons and found a smokebox door in the useful bits box instead of making my own. This is what it looked like before painting.

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Seeing as I’d already painted the Planet green I thought I should do the same with the Manning Wardle. I was going to go for some red lining on the cabside but after having a look through some books I decided to paint the footplate edge, cylinders and coupling rods instead. This is how it looks at the minute. 20170117_17121820170117_171206

It still needs another coat of paint then I can add its fleet number and add the last few details. I enjoyed building this one so much I’ve already lined up a second one to do that is slightly different.
Something else that got finished over Christmas was the building from the last post. I fitted its guttering and gave it a bit of a weathering so its now ready for bedding into the layout. 20170110_185000

Cover up

With Herstmonceux’s last show of the year done my attention has turned to Tarring Neville again. The main focus at the minute is the building that will cover the point switches. Its being based on a building not far from where I live and is again mainly flint.

The main shell was made up from foam board and the basic flint work done before doing the demo at Uckfield back in October.

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The next step was to get the roof on. This meant adding some more foam board for the base and cutting a lot of tile strips from thin card. Each strip was then individually glued on and some ridge tiles made from the same card to finish it off. It takes a while but is well worth the effort.

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Before adding all the guttering and other smaller details I decided it would be a good time to get most of the painting done. It looks rather good along side the smaller flint building and I could resist taking a couple of pictures of it on the layout.

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Next i’m going to tone down the brick work and roof then start adding the rest of the details. I will then get and finish the stores building that will be opposite it and get them both bedded in.

Slow progress

I have finally made a start on track laying. The cork was cut and glued down the other week, then I gave the point work a final test and soldered some wires to the crossing Vee’s ready for wiring to the switches. I’ve decided to use slide switches like I used on Herstmonceux. These will change the polarity of the crossing Vee and via wire in tube change switch blades. 2 birds with 1 stone and its nice and simple.
The next 2 pictures show the track loosely laid out before I started cutting the cork ready for the wire in tube.

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Hopefully in the next week or so I will get the wire in tube laid and get the point work fixed in place. After this I’ll work out where to put a few sections so the odd loco can be left in a siding while another does some shunting. Its probably a bit OTT for a small yard that would maybe only have one loco working at any one time but it will add a little more variety.
I have also started working out what some of the buildings will look like and have been doing a bit of local research. One thing I wanted to do was hide the corner of the fiddle yard backscene. For this I have started making a stores building loosely based on the one that was in the yard at Hellingly Station.

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The building has a foamboard core which will be clad with South Eastern Finecast corrugated sheet. Hopefully this will look right once finished and help hide the corner. If not I have a couple of other ideas to try out. Another building that I hope to make a start on soon is this.

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It was spotted whilst out on a walk and should make for an interesting little stores building. I will probably add the tank on the end too. Trying to replicate the flintwork in 4mm should be interesting! And talking of flintwork, I am hoping to use is this building somewhere. I will change the lower front a little and reinstate its window and garage door. Hopefully I can make it look like a small workshop of some sort.