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.
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.
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
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…
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)
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.
And this is where i have got with it so far…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whats this all about then? Well for a while now I’ve had an itch to do something slightly different but still based in Sussex. One thing I’ve been looking into and planning is some 16mm narrow gauge in the garden, but apart from building a few items of rolling stock and knocking up a couple of points the rest is a long way off yet.
Back in the real world of 4mm I have toyed with ideas of doing a cement works or something loosely based on Newhaven harbour. The problem I found is my plans always ended up a bit bigger than I wanted and I’m still building stock etc for Herstmonceux so didn’t want to start another largish project. Basically I wanted something small that I could set up at home and shunt some wagons around but designed to be able to take it to shows if needed. It had to be interesting to operate and I would use it to test out some new techniques and ideas.
I spent some time drawing some plans and writing ideas down. A rough size of 5ft x 2ft was decided by seeing what would fit in the car. The board had to include the fiddle yard which I was going to use the small cassettes from Herstmonceux but I’ve changed this to a traverser as it will fit better in the space. Thing is when it comes to it I prefer to just start building and let the planning naturally progress so here is where I’ve got to with the board. It’s mainly been made with off cuts of ply that I had left from building Herstmonceux.
The large square hole in the top left corner is where the fiddle yard will be. Along the left hand side is going to be a slight embankment and the cut out on the bottom right is for a small quayside/wharf. The idea is that you can view the layout from all sides. The next picture shows my rough track plan with a few buildings doodled on. Placement of the buildings will hopefully block the view into the fiddle yard at certain angles.
- This will be a hollow building to house switches etc
- Undecided as yet and possibly not over the tracks
- Also undecided but will only be half a building with detailed interior. The idea is that you can look through it to the rest of the layout.
Next i’m going to sort out some templot plans to make sure it all fits how I want and also try out some ideas for the light rig. Oh and come up with a name…..