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Terraforming and Electrics

First off, the A4 ‘Bittern’ I mentioned in my last update sadly had to be sent back, but in its place is now a Peco Collett which is much more in line with my region.

Anyway, onto Podbury. The platform walls for the siding were trimmed to length and mitred before being given a coat of mortar wash before being dry brushed with a combination of concrete, flint grey, sleeper grime and GWR stock cream. An usual mix but they seem to work well together. A rail built bufferstop was painted and fixed in situ before the siding was ballasted. I’ve still to weather the track but am going to wait getting the airbrush out until the rest of the loop is ballasted and then do everything together.

Siding Walls and Bufferstop in place

Siding Walls and Bufferstop in place

For some reason I have a mental block against scratch building station buildings. Luckily, I had an old Ratio station building kit I picked up secondhand from a bargain bin. I’ve used the same colours and technique as the platform walls but it’s not quite right yet and needs playing around with a bit more before I’ll be happy with it.

Station building started

Station building started

Before doing any more work on top of the layout, I really needed to finish underneath the baseboard, i.e. the electrics. I had already wired up a test rig of all the components to work out how to do it and make sure it would all work OK, so all I had to do was to replicate this. As a simple loop with just one siding, this turned out to be quite straightforward, even for an electrics simpleton like me. The set up consists of the 16V AC accessory feed from the controller, a Peco PL10E point with twin micro-switches fitted, one operating a Berko platform starter signal and the second one currently spare, all operated by a Peco PL26 passing contact lever. The signal is run off the DC feed from a Gaugemaster WM1 power supply. With just the one point, I didn’t bother with a CDU. I used mono phone jacks and sockets to facilitate the quick and easy removal of the controller.

Under board wiring

Under board wiring

Controller and point lever

Controller and point lever

I gave the signal a simple black and white paint job which makes it looks bit more prototypical in my opinion. On the left you can see what will eventually be the cattle dock base cut to shape along with the trackside embankment which has had a trim and a covering of mod roc and some paint.

Siding with signal

Siding with signal

Next was to start on all that bare Celotex type landscape. It was carved to approximate shape and then giving a coating of mod roc….

Terraforming the landscape

Terraforming the landscape

…before being given a blast over with a colour approximating green grass so I could see if it was roughly going to plan.

Test coloured landscape

Test coloured landscape

It needs a bit more work and the left hand end of the board I have left for now until I can settle on how I’m going to tackle the road bridge.

So to finish off this post, I’ll leave you with a couple of shots of my Class 42 Warship ‘Dragon’ waiting for green at the station.

Dragon awaits the green

Dragon awaits the green

And off we go

And off we go

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2015 in Podbury small DC layout

 

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Early pressie and new model shop

Early pressie and new model shop

Christmas came early for me today with a trip out to Alton. My neighbour and fellow N gauger, Ray, his wife Jean, my wife Georgia and I took a drive over to Alton Model Centre, somewhere I’d never been to before. Its a great model shop predominantly laid over to model railway gear. I had heard they have a second hand ‘catacomb’ and wanted some more GWR coaching stock. I also had an inkling to get another loco. (Not that I am suspicious, but I had 13 locos and was keen to get to 14).

Whilst browsing through their display, the very friendly and helpful assistant pointed out a box of newly arrived stock and gave me a sneak preview, a dcc fitted Peco Collett, Br black late crest. The last two Colletts I’d been following on ebay went for £130 and £170, way more than I was prepared to pay. This beauty needed a bit of a clean and service, which the shop did there and then before we parted with £105, my wife buying it as an early christmas present for me.

Peco Collett 3216 BR black, late crest. DCC fitted.

Peco Collett 3216 BR black, late crest. DCC fitted.

I also bought three 2nd hand GWR coaches, a SR pillbox brake van, a scale ruler to use for scratch building and a sheet of 2mm stone plastic card. All in all a very worthwhile trip and a model shop I will definitely be visiting again and can thoroughly recommend to anyone in the Surrey / Hampshire area. And as an added bonus, its right next to the Watercress Line.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2012 in Purchases

 

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