Church Norton

Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by 3 LINK, 13 February 2014.

  1. Paul Cambridge

    Paul Cambridge Western Thunderer

    His grassland and landscape book is also worth having. Unfortunately both were published too late for Kelly Bray :(. However, for re-work and future projects, they will be invaluable.
     
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  2. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    Slippers... in 2007, we moved en famille to Pune, India, where we met a German family who were all equipped with Crocs. I was convinced to buy a pair. We returned in 2010, since when they have done a sterling job as slippers, and have just been replaced, as one of them split. 10 years’ service, around £20, buy yourself a pair and you’ll not need any as Christmas & birthday presents for a very long time!

    (Other options exist, I’m sure!)

    Best
    Simon
     
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  3. 3 LINK

    3 LINK Western Thunderer

    I have had a pair of Crocs for a while now, but they're mainly for the beach or when sailing. Great value for money, still useable even after our then puppy decided to use them as a bone a few years ago......

    Martyn.
     
  4. 3 LINK

    3 LINK Western Thunderer

    Hi Guys,

    Well I'm still without the mojo, but as I had a couple of hours to spare this afternoon, I thought I would try yet another aspect of railway modelling.

    So I have attempted to portray a facing point lock incorporating an old fashioned fouling bar, these fouling bars were fairly wide spread on the western region. Basically if there were any locos or rolling stock standing on top of the point blades the fouling bars prevented the points from being operated, this was because the wheel flange was depressing the bar which was sighted next to the running rail, hope that makes sense......

    Also I have made a start on the point rodding, I have used Modelu's rodding stools and although fairly small the detail is fantastic. Alan ( Modelu ) can 3D print these stools in whatever amount of rows you require, and they work out a lot cheaper than the alternatives I have used before.

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    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all,


    Martyn.
     
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  5. 3 LINK

    3 LINK Western Thunderer

    Hi Guys,

    I managed to get a couple of hours in this afternoon and I must say I am very impressed with the Modelu point stools, I know I’ve mentioned them before, but the other options I’ve used before were either fiddly and labour intensive or just worked out very expensive and were white metal castings with not much detail.

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    Usual disclaimer, just a happy modeller,

    Martyn.
     
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  6. 3 LINK

    3 LINK Western Thunderer

    Hi Guys,

    Well not a lot to report due to lack of mojo, but I thought I would try and kick start some enthusiasm by building this quaint little SR signal box for a good friend of mine. Quite a fiddly kit but I'm pleased with the outcome.

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    Martyn.
     
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  7. Mr Grumpy

    Mr Grumpy Western Thunderer

    The signal box is excellent...as is the overgrown siding! My patch of grass I call a garden looks much the same :)
     
  8. 3 LINK

    3 LINK Western Thunderer

    Hmm, I can relate to the garden problem, although I know when it's time to cut the lawn as the wife stops talking to me.....

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  9. 3 LINK

    3 LINK Western Thunderer

    A big thank you to Phil at Intentio, I thought I'd do a dry run of the signal box kit I bought from him at Telford, just so I could see where to site it on the layout. I have built a few MDF kits before, but none of them have come close to this kit, so crisp and it all ( so far ) fits together so well, brilliant.

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    Martyn.
     
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  10. 3 LINK

    3 LINK Western Thunderer

    So now I've decided where the signal box is going, I've made a bit more progress with the point rodding.

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    Martyn.
     

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  11. Paul Cambridge

    Paul Cambridge Western Thunderer

    Hello Martyn,
    Good to see your ‘mojo’ has returned. Looks a nice kit.
    Who makes the rodding stools and cranks?
     
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  12. Peter Cross

    Peter Cross Western Thunderer

    Looking very smart. I need to start looking at how point rodding works.
    Paul it looks like modelu stools.
     
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  13. 3 LINK

    3 LINK Western Thunderer

    Hello Paul,
    It's good to see your over here nowadays. Regarding the stools they are from Modelu, and the cranks and compensators came from Southwark Bridge Models.

    As for the returning mojo, I do hope it stays around as it feels like I have a mountain to climb regarding building this layout, still enjoying the journey though :thumbs:.

    All the best,

    Martyn.
     
  14. Paul Cambridge

    Paul Cambridge Western Thunderer

    Martyn,
    My mojo disserted me after my father died in 2016. Plus a return to self-employment at around the same time, left no time for modelling. I did a little bit last year, a 16mm project that had sat in the cupboard for 10 years. This year, perversely after our house sale fell through, I unpacked the tools and built three wagon kits in 7mm and upgraded a battery powered diesel model in 16mm. My layout Kelly Bray is all packed up, so it’s simple projects that can be completed in a short time at the moment. That said, my compressor and air brush are packed away and my main workshop is full of boxes, so no painting can be undertaken. I can’t air brush in the garage, which is where I’m working at the moment.
    Projects like the signal box will help. Relatively quick to build with an achievement at the end. Layout building can be daunting though.
     
  15. 3 LINK

    3 LINK Western Thunderer

    Evening Paul,
    I feel your pain, when we first moved back to the UK, all our worldly belongings were stacked up in our double garage. So any modelling was way down the list until we were settled, only then did I make tentative steps to the wife for permission to create a new " play room " .

    It's not great being stuck in limbo, let's hope for some better luck for you in the near future.

    All the best,

    Martyn.
     
  16. 3 LINK

    3 LINK Western Thunderer

    The bottom entrance to the goods yard has finally had some weathering applied, loads more to do but it's nice to get rid of the bland colour of the ballast and plywood worktops.

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    Cheers,

    Martyn. Oh, and if any Finney7 guys are reading this, put me down for a 2884 please ;)
     
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  17. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    I'm reading it - I'm reading it! I've put you down for one. Christmas I reckon, but I'm not sure which year.:D

    Brian
     
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  18. 3 LINK

    3 LINK Western Thunderer

    I would have one in a heartbeat Brian, and I'm sure the wait would be worth it .

    Cheers,

    Martyn.
     
  19. 3 LINK

    3 LINK Western Thunderer

    Well it’s been a while, so here’s an update as to where I’m at so to speak. I thought I would have a go at the scenery to give myself a break from building trackwork , and I have found this to be quite therapeutic and enjoyable.

    Anyhow I used my son’s phone to take these pictures and I cannot believe how much clearer and sharper the images are, so it’s going to be either a new phone or camera for me.

    I’m after a break from the scenery now, so it will be on to loco building I think, either a Castle or a 2251? Decisions, decisions, wouldn’t have this problem if there was a decent kit of a 2884 ;).

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    Regards,

    Martyn.
     
  20. bri.s

    bri.s Active Member

    Nice bridge and scenics Martyn

    Lovely layout

    Brian
     
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