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nalmeida
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Posted - 12/09/2008 :  05:09:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit nalmeida's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Great looking scene Neil.


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Red P
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Posted - 12/09/2008 :  05:40:41 AM  Show Profile  Send Red P a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Its progressing very nicely
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jaynjay
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Posted - 12/09/2008 :  5:24:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit jaynjay's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Neil,
I like this little waterfront scene. Great work so far.
Just a quick question though. Maybe I've missed something in your thread; but what turnout numbers are you using. Look like maybe four's.


John

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Neil M
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Posted - 12/09/2008 :  6:31:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi John. I'm using Peco code 75 small-radius turnouts. They follow a British tie pattern (unfortunately) and are curved through the frog (63cm radius) so they are very compact for a No. 5 (only 18.5cm from end to end) but are not particularly typical for the US. I just hope no-one notices

Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273

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jknapp
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Posted - 12/12/2008 :  12:01:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit jknapp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Neil.....it's really coming along nicely. Great job! I'll be looking forward to your next update.


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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 12/12/2008 :  6:05:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Neil, I've just read through the entire thread. You are doing a brilliant job on the layout. I may steal a couple of ideas from you for my future harbout scene. How did you like putting together the artitech vessels? Once again, thanks for sharing your wonderful modelling with us!

Mike Hamer
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http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

Edited by - Mike Hamer on 12/12/2008 6:05:52 PM

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akimmons
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Posted - 12/13/2008 :  3:24:39 PM  Show Profile  Send akimmons an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Hi Neil,

I'm just catching up to your thread. Very nice! I like the waterfront theme and the 1930s era. Good luck. I'll be following along...


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Neil M
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Posted - 12/16/2008 :  04:58:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the comments.

I ordered some Silflor and Noch grass tufts and they arrived yesterday. I'm really impressed with the Silflor though less so with the Noch.



The silfor is on the left (early autumn colour) and the Noch is on the right (autumn colour, 2 colours in the same package). I like the Noch because there is more colour variation in the pack but the tufts are all a similar size and the grass doesn't stand up as well whereas the Silfor are all different sizes and the glue is unnoticeable in the Silfor but will have to be hidden at the edges of the Noch tufts.

I think i'll be getting more of the Silfor seeing as it is quite easy to get hold of over here and the cost for a small layout like this is not prohibitive.


Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273

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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 12/16/2008 :  07:50:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great looking scene Neil, and I agree with you on the Silfor vs Noch.


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Neil M
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Posted - 01/13/2009 :  09:41:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I haven't been concentrating on the structures recently but they are an integral part of this layout so at the weekend I decided to do some more to the warehouse at the rear of the layout.

It is built from Walthers modular wall sections which have excellent detail and very sharply cast brickwork.

For months it had been languishing like this with one coat of Boxcar Red painted on.


so over the weekend I gave it a coat of Zinc Chromate Primer (all Polly S colours) and a stain of Aged Concrete for the mortar. The windows and doors are UP Dark Grey and the roof is Tarnished Black (as a base coat).

I opened the loading dock doors because I like buildings to appear more used and dynamic than if they are all closed up. I still have to detail the interior.

The window glazing was warped so I replaced it with clear acetate but i find the reflections in the glass a bit off putting. I have painted satin varnish on the back of the glass (Microscale Flat Coat, which isn't really very matt!) but i think i might take the window glass and turn it round so that the varnish kills a bit of the shine. After all - I don't think the windows would be very clean but it will mean you can still see in a bit.

Signs and canopies/detailing are still to be done.

You can see another, older style warehouse being scratchbuilt to the right. It was going to be my challenge project but I didn't get kicked off until the last moment so it hasn't got that far but is next on the list.

Thanks for looking


Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273

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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 01/13/2009 :  3:43:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The building arrangment is loooking good, have you tried spraying the "glass" with dullcote?


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Neil M
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Posted - 01/13/2009 :  4:34:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Alas I can't get hold of Dullcote in Ireland. There is a place i know of in the UK that stocks it (the place that has the Silfor) but alas they can't send it to me here because of postage rules about posting flammable liquids. I might phone them and see if they can send it via surface post rather than their usual way because all the other matt varnishes i have tried over the years (been a few) have been satin at best and not the dead flat i am looking for.

Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273

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jbvb
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Posted - 01/13/2009 :  8:38:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The flattest stuff I've ever used is Scalecoat dull varnish. When you let the bottle sit, the ground glass settles out in a heap on the bottom. Killed the shine on a Bowser PRR round-roof boxcar in one coat, but no idea how difficult it would be to find in the UK; it's just as flammable/volatile as Dullcote, maybe even more as it's lacquer thinner based.


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Neil M
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Posted - 01/14/2009 :  11:55:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thanks for the suggestion. I'll keep an eye out for that too

Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273

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AVRR-PA
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Posted - 01/14/2009 :  8:54:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit AVRR-PA's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi, Neil --

While at Home Depot earlier today, I was reminded that Rustoleum now has spray cans of water-based finishes. That might be easier to ship.

Krylon matte is a good alternative to Dullcote but just as flammable.

Thanks for sharing your work.

Don



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