Narrow Gauge


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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Kennel Lane, Broadway - Detailing

Two updates in one post. Firstly, I have added the guttering and down pipes which were modelled from plastic tubing and plastic card. The handrail was constructed from radio-control servo rods (perfect for modelling as they can be bent into shape and take paint well).Then secondly, I have added even more detailing to the stair end - I think the upper structure is for a telephone line. Once again modelled from a radio-control servo rod and plastic card.I have begun to undercoat the model with Halfords universal grey undercoat which helps to seal all the different materials together ready for painting.For larger images just 'click' on the photos above.Tony

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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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Kennel Lane, Broadway - Tiling the roof

The roof was tiled with individual card slates glued in place with PVA glue and further detailed with small slivers of plastic card while the roof capping stones were also card - folded in half and attached to the apex. The original building did not show much of an overhang and this is how I have modelled it. Any gaps were filled with DAS modelling clay.Here you can see the card I used for the slates. Each slate was 10mm x 5mm. In addition I have included the small section of additional Cotswold stone wall that was attached to the side of the building. This was modelled from a section of Plaster of Paris that was carved to shape and then topped with some green foam slabs.The final image shows work-in-progress. Notice how I apply the first layer of tiles over a backing strip (sticking out from the lower roof), this is so the angle of the roof tiles remains constant all the way up the roof and is something that many modellers neglect when building tiled roofs.Tony

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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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Kennel Lane, Broadway - Adding the doors

The latest additions to the model were the doors. I have used some spare scraps of green foam (a modelling foam that I find holds carved detail better than blue or pink foam) to construct the main stable door and the small shuttered window to the side.The door and window were built from individual pieces of green foam stuck to thin card and then trimmed and glued in place with superglue. Both were detailed with more green foam.The larger doors on the front were made from two pieces of spare card (a Ritz cracker box) and detailed with thin plastic card and plastic rod.The lead flashing above the larger doors was modelled from strips of newspaper.The larger window to the side (upper floor) was also modelled from spare card, see image below.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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Kennel Lane, Broadway - Inscribing the stone blocks

I used both the sketches I had made on site and some photographs of the building to add the individual stone blocks to the DAS modelling clay.I have used a selection of tools to scratch into the DAS, for example; A scalpel with a No. 11 blade, a  large sewing needle, a dart and even a scratching tool which uses the blade from an Olfa circle cutter mounted into an Exacto knife blade. I should also add that the carving was done freehand without the use of a straight edge as I wanted to portray the rather haphazard techniques used in the building of the original kennel.Further texturing was done with sanding sticks and a wire brush. I then sealed the stonework with some dilute PVA glue before taking these images. Please note this is was messy business and I regularly cleaned the workshop with my vacuum cleaner to remove the dust.I have used scraps of green foam to add both lintels and the wooden beam over the main doors. These were glued in place with superglue.Far from being monotonous, I find this techniq

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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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Kennel Lane, Broadway - Construction part two

The roof sections were cut from the same blue artboard before being glued in place with superglue and PVA glue. I added strips of scrap balsawood to the inside corners to give more area for the glue to stick to. The doorways and openings were backed with more artboard before I covered the whole building with strips of torn newspaper which were glued in place with PVA glue and then sealed with more PVA glue. This 'core' provides a very strong basis on which to add DAS modelling clay as well as providing strength to the thin artboard panels.I would always recommend over-engineering the basic core as the amount of time and materials that will be invested in this model warrant a firm basis on which to proceed.Tony

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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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