Bob Hughes

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  • Name Bob Hughes
  • Location Sandbach, Cheshire
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  1. Usually a few layouts at this event, also a lot of high quality non-railway related modelling. I will be there with Allt-Na-Ballt and my new On18 modular concept.
  2. N Gauge - Tightest Radius Turn? Just under two and a half inch radius, is that small enough? Or even ...
  3. The BIG micro layout

    An update on my latest project, it's big in the sense that it is 1:12 scale and micro in that it is less than four square feet. The Blackcloud Estate Railway carries a lot of apples from the orchards in late summer/early autumn. These are delivered to Phoenix Yard where they are pressed to make cider... Proper cider, greenish yellow and lumpy, with bits of well preserved spider and other detritus floating in it, not the pasteurised fizz you buy in supermarkets. Phoenix Yard is being built as a replacement for Hazy Days. The former was more of a diorama than a layout, trains could run in and out of the scenic area to drop off or pick up wagons but that was the limit of operation. Phoenix Yard is a "tuning fork" type layout so some shunting can take place. The main feature is the warehouse, salvaged from Hazy Days and extended to fit the wider baseboard. One siding serves a low platform for one of the warehouse doors and appears to enter the building through another. The warehouse roof is not modelled, when the proscenium and lighting are fitted the tops of the building and trees will not be visible from the front of the layout. The second siding ends in a paved area below a door for the upper floor of the warehouse and a hoist will be provided here as work progresses. At the moment I'm concentrating on burying the track in weeds and mud with just a small area around the points having "proper" ballast. The idea is to replicate an agricultural estate railway that doesn't see too much in the way of maintenance. Narrow gauge railway modelling seems to be divided into two camps, there's the neat and tidy, twee chocolate box lid picture type and those who prefer the run down, decrepit, almost on its last legs, sort of appearance. I'm very definitely in the second category! The rust on that tub wagon in the corner was done using acrylic paint and very fine sand. The wagon itself was once a Spam tin and there may or may not be track under it in all that grass.
  4. Something's Brewing...

    Use some needle nose pliers to square off that paint brush head Chris, it'll give you better looking setts if they're more rectangular with less of a gap between them.
  5. Something's Brewing...

    I saw a diorama at one of the South Cheshire Militaire's shows a few years ago. The cobblestones were modelled using lentils. Spread glue over the road/yard (Bostik rather than PVA so it doesn't dampen the lentils) then sprinkle on the lentils and pat them down. Allow to set then shake off any loose lentils. To add the mortar between the cobbles use ready mixed filler, it's drier and more consistent than most mixtures you can make up at home with powder. Smooth this between the cobbles and wipe over with a dry cloth or sponge so that the tops of the lentils are exposed. Allow this to set then paint with acrylics to get the required grey colour. Wiping lightly with the dry cloth or sponge will create some variation in colour by thinning the coverage of the lentils in places. Especially handy for covering areas that are not as flat as a billiard table because the cobbles will follow the underlying contours of the ground. PS - As ever, observe the prototype. You'll often find that inset rail tracks are immediately surrounded by setts even if the rest of the yard is cobbled.
  6. oo gauge porter cabin

    Always be on the lookout for cheap substitutes. Frog Rock is actually the only area of the FCPyF that uses commercially produced ballast. The rest of the layout uses various grades of sand and grit available from my local pet shop at a fraction of the price charged for similar materials in model shops. The finest grade is chinchilla dust, perfect for modelling sand, and the coarsest used is bird grit.
  7. oo gauge porter cabin

    Portable buildings like these quite often have their windows covered, either with removable shutters or with steel plates welded over the openings. This makes them even easier to scratch build. Start with a suitable sized block of wood and clad it with card. The door can be simply drawn on or scribed into the card, window shutters glued in place. External framing, where present, made from plastic sprue or shaped styrene rods (a good model shop will stock a selection of sizes). If you want the windows to be glazed cut holes in the card sheet, and paint the central block of wood black before assembly. While not a Portakabin the station building at Frog Rock was created by cladding a block of wood with coffee stirrers and corrugated card. The window "glazing" is the internal block of wood, painted black.
  8. oo gauge porter cabin

    I'm guessing you don't mean a little platform hut for porters? Searching for Portacabin / PortaKabin rather than Porter cabin will be more rewarding. PS - Not actually that difficult to make yourself using styrene sheet or even cornflake packet card, have a go, it might save you quite a bit of money!
  9. Warning Signs For Model Railways?

    "Free range children will be given a double caffeinated coffee with six sugars." A warning to parents rather than their little darlings.
  10. Chris's ramblings

    Suggestions - 1. As you'll have more space, relatively, to play with in OO rather than O I would advise extending the sidings to hold the loco and 2/3/3 wagons. See photos in the link below for why this is essential for Clara's layout. 2. Replace the overbridge with a level crossing, your band can then be stood waiting for the gates to open. Local operating instructions would lay down that the crossing may not be blocked by uncoupled wagons during shunts, that will still enforce the 2/3/3 Inglenook despite the extended siding capacity. 3. Scenic break - either a low relief building or an advertising hoarding.
  11. 00Severn: Project Arley

    A tip for modelling wriggly tin. Use "corrugated clear plastic", intended for roof glazing, instead of "corrugated iron". It's a lot thinner. I used the clear plastic material when constructing the station buildings at Park Hall Halt. A lick of paint and you can't tell that it's meant to be see-though. Especially noticeable on the ticket office canopy.
  12. Jack's modern image fleet

    The last DMU I bought was a second hand Tri-ang (1960s vintage) two car set in green. Beautiful runner when cleaned and oiled, despite its age. Purchased about four years ago, for the exorbitant price of twelve quid. Eighty nine, bargain? I think we'll have to differ there.
  13. NWP Website photos

    Do Airfix (or whoever owns the brand these days) or similar do a suitably scaled kit of one of those motorised kites? If so it'd be ideal for mounting on a thin metal support to circle over the pier head. Me? Putting ideas in anyone's head? Nay!
  14. NWP Website photos

    "Edwardian 'Google Earth' view of New Walmington Pier" Photographed from a hot air balloon (or a Zeppelin spyship) maybe?
  15. 00Severn: Project Arley

    My kettle of choice? Oooh, that's a hard question. But it certainly does not emanate from Swindon. Probably something like... ... In fact exactly something like that.