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mog



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:18 pm    Post subject: Hello and Goodbye Reply with quote

I recently 'knocked up' a small N gauge layout .. Light Railway West Country style.. mainly to try out UK N gauge.. it's benefits are so appealing and some people manage to create some wonderfuly scenic layouts.
I thought I'd try a small tester first, and if that was a winner, have a go at Giles' Shellsea Tramway layout (or a variation of it anyway)
Anyhoo - it's just not me. I started out in Gn15..need more 'weight' to my models and I think 3mm is as small as I'm going for now. Wink

The layout and stock are therefore now on ebay but I thought i should post some pictures before it's gone!



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey it looks good, Mog!! Shame you didn't at least do an article for the mag about it - even including it's purpose and the outcome; after all not every project is always a roaring success, and in one way, this little layout did do it's job, in answering your concerns about whether N scale is 'right' for you, or not as it turns out. Better to find out this way than halfway through building a massive Empire..!! Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The top left hand photo is straight out of the '30s Mog, great stuff, full of atmosphere, reminds me of any number of photos of the Colonel Stephens lines.
Most of my current activity (such as it is) is in N, but I must admit it took a while to re-calibrate myself to the small size; also I find I need to use a magnifier for pretty much any modelling in ANY scale these days.... Rolling Eyes
I suppose it's just one of those things; if you're not happy in a scale then it's perhaps best to go back to where you are more comfortable.
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Jordan



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Hello and Goodbye Reply with quote

mog wrote:
I recently 'knocked up' a small N gauge layout ..


I forgot to say... in the style of Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy...
That's a new definition of the phrase "knocked up" that I was previously unaware of..... Shocked Rolling Eyes Razz Wink
As Simon says, the first one especially is full of atmosphere!!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind comments guys.. Seeing as the 30's Light Railway was exactly what I was aiming at, that's really nice to hear.
And, Tell you what, good idea.. just because it's being sold doesn't mean I can't 'knock up' an article does it? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mog,

I thought it looked good, too. In fact I had to go and look at your eBay entry to see if there were any other views.

Do I detect the Hemyock track-plan with the station entry track switched round to arrive via the milk factory?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Giles.. The scene is defintely hemyock-inspired (I know you like a water feature).. but I didn't inentionally use the trackplan.. maybe it was subconcious!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mog wrote:
Giles.. I know you like a water feature


You know I hadn't conciously connected Charlie Dymmock with my modelling, but you may be onto something - my last five layouts have all had a little bit of water somewhere about them.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Martin.
I particularly like the way you model the water, what kind of product are you using: envirotex,magic water, Mod Podge ?
What size is that layout ? about 4' long ?

Jacques
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations on the sale, Martin. Hope the new owner appreciates what he's got. Meanwhile, onwards to the next project, no doubt!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank Giles..yes.. must keep building! Very Happy

Jacques - nothing so sophisticated.. just PVA. First I paint the MDF surface a dark murky brown-green ish colour, then apply a few layers of PVA, spread fairly this but 'stippled' to avoid obvious strokes. Each layer applied when the last is dry, until it looks about right.
I used the technique once before on a small layout and it seems to work ok..


yes, you're right, it is only 4 feet by 8 inches.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

giles b wrote:
Congratulations on the sale, Martin. ...

Yes, well done!! Not very often do layouts sell for a reasonable amount, commensurate with the value of the component parts... (of course it may not have reached as much as you wanted!!) and also as they obviously tend to be "Pick up only", but it seemed to generate a lot of interest. Cool Very Happy Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To be honest, it was a bit of a punt. I was selling the stock anyway, so I thought I'd try it, rather than break it up. I'm happy that anyone wants to pay anything for it, and as long as I got my starting price (which kind of almost covered cost of points and buildings) I was happy.
You're right about interest - there were 60 'watchers' at one point!! Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trouble with selling things - three years or so down the line, you suddenly feel nostalgic and wish they were still around.

I certainly harbour those feelings now towards my Majorcan rolling stock, from Alcudia, and some time soon probably the British H0 stuff (Southery) and French H0m stock (Ste Emilie) - but for layouts in all these scales I'd need to move home (and have a lottery win).
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