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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Down in the weeds

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.The diorama layout is nearing completion with most of the modelling work complete. I have added even more foliage and greenery which has been modelled from a number for different sources, static grass, static grass tufts, ground foam and even an artificial button hole display bought from Webbs Garden Centre which was cut up and used as weeds. The images in this update show how the products have been used.Most of the clutter has been used up but the figure

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - More detail

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.I am continuing to add small details and foliage to the layout, but the main reason for this update is the Aqua Magic canal basin. I have added yet another layer of Aqua Magic and I now think that the canal basin looks like real water with a liquid shine. These top down images show what I mean.In addition there are even more items of clutter added to the piles either side of the main building however, the workmen figures are unattached - as I am still pla

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding foliage

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.I have applied two layers of Aqua Magic to the canal basin and started to add foliage to the layout. The foliage comprises a number of different materials including the sample matting mentioned in the earlier post, some paint brush bristles and static grass tufts that I use to decorate the bases of my wargame miniatures.In the final image (below) I have placed more clutter items along the side of the canal basin to produce a visual break between the canal

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Recent purchases

Today's update shows two of my most recent purchases. A sample pack of various grass matting from Model Scene and a bottle of Aqua Magic from Deluxe Materials. The matting will be used to add some foliage and greenery to the layout and I hope that the Aqua Magic will add more depth to the canal water surface. Both were ordered via the Internet.I will have some more updates soon.Tony

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Kennel Lane, Broadway - Building the stairs

The stairs end has been worked upon. First adding the large upstairs wooden door which was built from scraps of green foam and detailed with more green foam and plastic card.The blank for the stairs was built from eleven separate layers of 5mm thick foam underlay material that was cut into layers and then glued together with superglue. After the former was sanded smooth I added a thin layer of DAS modelling clay and began the process of carving the stone blocks.For most of the modelling the steps were kept separate from the building but once I was happy with the progress I glued them in place and started to fill in any gaps with more DAS and thinned filler.Tony

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Labelling the layout

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.Earlier this year when attending The 7mm Narrow Gauge Association Show in Burton upon Trent, I had been impressed by the number of exhibition layouts that had included similar white lettering on black displays. I ordered some vinyl lettering via the Internet and applied them to the OSO Salt layout as you can see above.It has never been my intention to exhibit the layout, but with this latest update, I might.The simple addition of a name and in this case t

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Finishing the base surround

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.Most of the painting has now been finished. I re-varnished the canal water surface with another layer of Klear (Future in the US) before painting the exposed edges of the layout. I had seen a dark grey paint in B&Q which I was going to use, but on returning home I found a tin of Ronseal water-based black paint in the shed and after adding some parchment coloured acrylic paint to it, I had a slightly off-black or dark grey paint (I though pure black mi

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - The canal basin

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.The canal basin was painted in a mix of dirty browns which were mixed on the model. I also added some dark green to the mix where it butted-up alongside the stone wall. The colour was copied from studying the local Worcestershire canals which show  a very unhealthy hue - a very murky brown.Once painted I varnished the water surface with 3 - 4 layers of Klear (Future in the US) until I had a suitably glossy surface.I have been asked; why I have built

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Canal wall

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.The canal or wharf retaining wall has now been painted. I used low-tac masking tape to mask off the painted groundwork before painting the stone wall in various greys then drybrushed and washed the stones prior to painting the wooden strakes or rubbing strips. I had seen in some reference photos that the stones were both highly worn and colourful and I have tried to copy these features. Finally the green algae was added with washes of dilute acrylic paint

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Progress

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.As you can see I have added even more items of 'clutter' to the layout. I have tried to build small cameos or vignettes along the length of the display with scrap metal to the left, the oil depot in the centre and used boxes or crates on the right with smaller bits and pieces filling in. I still need to paint the canal wall and the basin but this should be the next project/projects.The image below shows the Kerr Stuart Geared Steam Locomotive that was bui

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Even more clutter

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.Even more 'clutter' has been added.....I once read that you shouldn't add too much clutter to your layout. I believe that you can never add too much!Tony

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - More clutter

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.I've had great fun this weekend adding scratch-built clutter to the layout. I spent ages placing individual pieces and moving them around before gluing them down with superglue and producing these vignettes. As you can see I have used lots of items and crammed the areas with detail.For details of how these items were modified/made see the earlier posts.I still have loads of bits and pieces to add but am enjoying the fun of building these small displays.I

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Wooden Fence part two

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.The wooden fence was glued in place with superglue and I started placing bits and pieces of 'clutter'. At first I was just testing where I wanted the items to go, but then I started to glue them in place and add some weathering powders to the join between items and ground cover.The process took some time, but was great fun and as you can see I have used lots of items of clutter to fill this side of the layout.Most of these items were scratch-built or high

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Wooden fence

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.This latest update shows how I modelled the wooden fence that will be fitted to the right hand side of the warehouse (see illustration above and ignore the X).The fence was built from craft lollipop sticks which had been  painted yellow. I first soaked them in a tub of white wine vinegar to remove most of the paint before adding texture with some rough sandpaper and a wire brush. I trimmed the fence panels to size (remembering to add some variety and

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Ground cover

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.The main ground cover areas have now been painted and textured. After building up the surface with DAS modelling clay and then sanding it smooth, I added some light texture from fine sand which was glued in place with a mixture of PVA glue and Matt Medium. Later I painted the ground cover with various acrylic paints applied in light washes with some opaque areas 'splodged' in.The concrete wall section to the left (see this post for more details)

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