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I love the detail of the field, how traffic has worn the grass away to and beyond the gate, and the odd lengths of timber used at the line crossing. It's something I wouldn't have even thought of. I can see this project is a pastime in itself, and not just a means to get to a point where you can "play Norfolk trains".

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Now that we are all back in a lockdown again, perhaps it is time for an up-date! Notice that the pub now has gutters and downpipes, which make a big difference.  The road surface is some kind of

I thought you might like an up-date on what I have been up to in the garage this summer! I thought it was time I started to make a layout, although I will have nowhere in the house big enough for

So here I am, "locked down" in the garage with all the time in the world to do some railway modelling!  It doesn't seem as though I have done that much since the last photos but it has needed a lot of

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1 hour ago, DAVIDH said:

how traffic has worn the grass away to and beyond the gate,

That was one of the fun bits, as it happens!  I had bought a scale model, by Oxford Finecast, of a Fordson E27N "High Major" tractor, the same as the one I used to have on my boatyard, for hauling boats out.  One day it will be suitably displayed in a ploughed field somewhere on the layout.  So all I had to do was drive the tractor through the Polyfilla, just before it went hard!  It took longer to clean the wheels of the little tractor afterwards, than it it did to do the modelling!

1 hour ago, DAVIDH said:

I can see this project is a pastime in itself, and not just a means to get to a point where you can "play Norfolk trains".

I think you have hit the spot, there.

My sort of modelling doesn't actually depend on the railway itself. I am trying to represent a piece of central Norfolk countryside as it would have looked in 1952, with a railway running through it.  It is a snapshot in time and it takes a lot of research to try and get it right.

For instance, I was talking about a couple of elm trees in the hedgerow.  I am modelling the days before Dutch Elm Disease ravaged and radically altered the Norfolk countryside, so I want to try and show what it was like, in those days.

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Like Vaughan my model railways have to be in their home area, not a board full of track.

Being 1950s the two tracks into the field made by the wheels of the fergie and trailers are correct.. 

What many forget is before ww2 there should be 3 tracks, one each side for the wheels, and one down the middle for the cart horse...

Wonderful modeling again Vaughan..

We Broadland Model Railway Club, have somewhat hopefully booked Hoveton village hall for our club open day in May 2021.. as well as the more likely jubilee hall, Aylsham for our full Exhibition in October 2021, 

 

Over the years a small model railway club in the Birmingham area called Warley, https://www.thewarleyshow.co.uk/index.html

Gradually they developed their club show, it's now regarded as the national show, taking the biggest hall at the NEC with 20,000 visitors over the two days in November. This year of course it can't happen, so they are having a virtual show 28/29th November 2020. 

It will be streamed on http://youtube.com/c/WarleyModelRailwayClub with further content on www.facebook.com/WarleyMRC.Exhibition

 

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I thought you might like to see my first version of some trees.  These are made from plastic armatures by Model Scenics, which can be bent into all the shapes you want.  I also make them using bits cut out from the centre of a privet hedge.  I then use moss glued onto the branches and then covered with a light dusting of scenic flock.  I have found that diluted PVA glue can be sprayed with a Humbrol air brush, so that helps a lot!

 

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Notice that the one on the right has been attacked by ivy climbing up the trunk from where it has taken over the hedge.  The farmer will have to sort that out before long, or it will stifle the tree!  The hedge is also a bit higher, and thicker.  Can't have the horses jumping over it!

Do they look like yew trees?  More or less, I hope, but these were made quickly, just to see how they look.  They look a lot better from a distance than they do in these close-ups!  When the layout is complete, the scenic area will be over 7 metres long, so I will get plenty of practice making trees!

 

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The scene is now crying out to have the level crossing gates and the fencing around them, so that is the next job, including the mechanism underneath, to open and close them.  So I may not be posting updates for a while!

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3 hours ago, Vaughan said:

Do they look like yew trees?  More or less, I hope, but these were made quickly, just to see how they look.  They look a lot better from a distance than they do in these close-ups!  When the layout is complete, the scenic area will be over 7 metres long, so I will get plenty of practice making trees!

Indeed Vaughan. You will become the branch manager. :default_coat:

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3 minutes ago, FairTmiddlin said:

Hopefully he comes out of Lockdown, not looking like the Fat Controller. :default_gbxhmm:

It may already to late to caution Vaughan of that possibility!

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Fortunately it looks like the trees haven’t over sailed the track beds, I’d hate to see the railco appear at 2.00am on a Monday morning dressed in orange boiler suits armed with chainsaws, the rail mounted grab and chipper snorting like an iron dinosaur, lights blazing and locals peering out of their  sash windows in their night shirts! (Moi) To be fair I was expecting it but it did get me thinking outside of the signal box, just how would you model all that detail right down to the chip dust spilling through the fence off of the embankment let alone the matchsticks holding up my eyelids! Model railways of the present and future may be challenging but therein lies the fun.

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