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GWhizz




PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:16 am

Given your figure modelling skills Clive, will the top be like Mount Rushmore, but featuring Garden Railway dieties rather than US Presidents?

Seriously though - coming on a treat!
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PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:15 am

Ah, nice idea Brian - with one tiny flaw: I am rubbish at sculpting faces that are recognisable as human, never mind of people one could put a name to... my ineptness in this area would be greatly magnified by the size of the faces I would have to sculpt! Shocked

I wonder though, who one would consider to be a deity of the garden railway world?

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Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:01 am

Seeing my spelling error they could be "dietees" as opposed to "deities" - any takers?

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PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:15 am

That's very good Clive and the last picture is high on the reality front.

I think a bit of ballast would finish that off nicely.
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PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:18 pm

Yes I was quite taken with it when I looked at it last night - it is now the 'wallpaper' image on my desktop PC...

Anyway at the risk of becoming boring, we have made a bit more progress today, due to yet another dry if breezy day:



I reckon another day or so on this and I will have the rendering finished. Once I've done that, I need to try and make some sort of permanent bed for the rocks on the opposite side of the track to rest on.

Also, this time I remembered to take a pic of the finished 'level crossing' (although in truth it is anything but level):

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PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:27 am

Clearing away the spoil is taking longer than expected, due to the rather primitive facilities and tools available:



(a whitemetal kit picked up at Llanfair, rusted with some iron powder and vinegar)

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Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Wed Sep 16, 2009 1:26 pm

More progress yesterday, and this morning...



To the left hand side of the picture (where the covered barbecue sits) I have had a 'brainwave' or some such phenomenon to use up the Celcons and cotswold stone lumps that I have left over. I am going to extend the rock face out so that it partially hides the aforementioned barbecue and also leads more gently into the path crossing. So just when I thought I was getting finished.... Crying or Very sad

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Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:04 pm

Thats going to add a bit of mystery to the line Clive. How much of the train will be visible as it passes through the gorge?

Mikey
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Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Wed Sep 16, 2009 5:41 pm

Well you can see the tracks in parts of course from the pic above, but even where you can't see the track, I reckon you'd see the top half of the train at least. The other thing I tried to do was to get the track disappearing round a bend when viewed from track level, which as previous pics show, I think I've actually managed! I am looking forward to shooting some video of one of my live steamers coming round that bend! Cool

I've tried to arrange the rocks in a rough descending order of size from the tunnel mouth so that there's a gradual 'revealing' of the train as it passes along the track towards the path crossing. Might need a bit of fiddling around to get that right, but it's not looking too bad at the moment.

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PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:53 pm

Yet more progress - the bit at the end was carved and cemented in:



We were at one point interrupted by an impromptu visit from the MoW team supervisor, checking for loading gauge clearances:



He seemed satisfied - particularly after consuming whole one hapless snail which had made the by now fatal error of seeking shelter in the tunnel pale Well that is his job: clearing the line of any and all obstructions!

Only then was I allowed to make a start cementing in the Cotswold stone blocks on the opposite side of the track. But before doing so, I tried running a quick passenger service through the gorge, to illustrate how much of the train is visible at its deepest point:



Obviously as you get to the top where the path crossing is, so more of the train is revealed:



One final shot (for now), as you can see there is now a ditch on the opposite side as well, which should convey any rainwater down the slope and away from the track bed:


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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:40 am

That rockface is looking very realistic Clive. Its going to add quite a lot to the layout.

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Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Sun Sep 20, 2009 11:19 am

Thanks, Mikey, although in truth it's a bit barren at the moment - rather like a moonscape! Hopefully though, over the coming months it will start to green up so the starkness will be toned down a little.

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PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Sun Sep 20, 2009 11:40 am

I guess its a personal thing and theres not a right or wrong way to do it, but for me a layout where the track 'disappears and reappears, whether behind bushes, trees, or in a cutting, is so much more interesting

mikey
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Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Sun Sep 20, 2009 11:46 am

It is looking good Clive there are a few places I could use a similar effect, if I can find the artistic skill required.
On one area where the clay cliff face is especially steep I was also thinking of the possibility of constructing an avalanche shed.
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PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Sun Sep 20, 2009 11:49 am

mikeyh wrote:
I guess its a personal thing and theres not a right or wrong way to do it, but for me a layout where the track 'disappears and reappears, whether behind bushes, trees, or in a cutting, is so much more interesting

mikey

Mikey. I find that mine disappear from sight for so long you are not sure if they are still going, or some disaster has befallen them.
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PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Sun Sep 20, 2009 12:09 pm

Laughing Laughing Laughing
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Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Sun Sep 20, 2009 2:50 pm

French Chuffed wrote:
It is looking good Clive there are a few places I could use a similar effect, if I can find the artistic skill required.
On one area where the clay cliff face is especially steep I was also thinking of the possibility of constructing an avalanche shed.
Thanks Peter, however I don't think that a huge amount of skill is actually needed for this - just as well really, or i probably wouldn't have bothered! No, it was really just a case of mixing up some mortar (I tend to go with a 3:1 ratio of sand to cement), slapping it on, scribing a few random lines of 'strata' followed by a bit of a brush-down to remove the loose stuff. The rest is (or will be) down to Father Time and Mother Nature! Cool

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Paul Stainz Holt



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Sun Sep 20, 2009 4:54 pm

The head on shot of the Tram lok is particularly good Clive. Smile
Are you going to employ the old yogurt trick on the rockface to encourage moss to grow ?

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Location : Portsmouth, England

PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Sun Sep 20, 2009 5:22 pm

paul stainz holt wrote:

Are you going to employ the old yogurt trick on the rockface to encourage moss to grow ?
Well I think I will, although I might include it in a slurry made with some soil/peat - sort of a liquid 'Rowlands' mix! It might help to tone down the brightness a bit too, I am hoping. I hope also to encourage some 'Mind Your Own Business' to start growing at the base, to see if it can be persuaded to climb up at least some of the way.

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PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:24 pm

A bit more progress here today...


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PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Sun Jun 20, 2010 3:25 pm

Resurrecting yet another old thread here; today I braved the sunshine to get outside and finish off this remaining corner of the 'cliff face' - it was either that or go to some family party thing. No contest.


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Knotty Ash



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Sun Jun 20, 2010 6:36 pm

clive_t wrote:
Resurrecting yet another old thread here; today I braved the sunshine to get outside and finish off this remaining corner of the 'cliff face' - it was either that or go to some family party thing. No contest.


That looks very good Clive, I agree some family parties are best missed Les
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PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:37 pm

A bit more work again this weekend, albeit more of an experiment that actual hard progress. In common with Brian on his thread, I have been following our Mikey's lead by experimenting with wood ash as a ballast medium - so after a Saturday spent annoying my neighbours with endless plumes of wood smoke ensuring that absolutely no washing got dried outside in the immediate vicinity, I had a disappointingly small volume of wood ash to work with. I decided to lay some down 'as is' to start with:



Thereafter I mixed the remainder with a large amount of water filter innards - the stuff that one finds upon successful dissection of a Brita Water Filter cartridge that has outlived its normal purpose. Certainly it icreased the 'bulk' of the material, but as for its effectiveness as a ballast, well that remains to be seen - personally, I think it looks better:



Here, for comparison, is the entire treated stretch of line with the two distinct areas shown together:



Of course, to appreciate the full effect of these things, one must test thoroughly:



It has yet to be rained on so I can't vouch for how things are going to go with this. I still have quite a bit of the admixture available, so I have the option to add some cement to it should I need to. We shall no doubt see in due course.

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PostSubject: Re: Navvies at Work on the S&CGR   Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:33 pm

We've got tons of ash here...free to callers.

I've probably got enough to ballast the entire SNCF line from Caen to Paris after burning this summers garden rubbish!

To be honest I'm still not sure about this ash ballast. From the various pics one minute I think it looks a mess and the next it looks perfect for a old secondary metre gauge line....which after all were a mess most of the time.

I really need to try it myself.
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