Tim Hale

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  • Location Sherborne, Dorset

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  1. Pottendorf

    Another 'lost' layout - this is Pottendorf, my last German outline layout, I have since retired from exhibiting. Tim
  2. Beaminster Road - Through Hardy's Wessex

    The rebuilding continues. Ignore the 'unfinished' appearance, this is definitely a 'work in progress' moment. The ground colour is Chocolate Torte from B&Q, it isn't too chocolate and actually resembles the local colour scheme in West Dorset of mud and grass. The SM's house and garden are just placed to give some idea of colour and proportions, it looks pretty sparse because that is the intention. Tim Hale
  3. Beaminster Road - Through Hardy's Wessex

    John, DCC Concepts sold the distribution rights to Gaugemaster and the SR barley twist lamps sold out very, very quickly. In the meantime, I have been creating some new contours on the once-abandoned Beaminster Road. Most of the work has been the creation of the station platforms, they do not look as if they were just plonked down, instead subtle contours have been created so that they 'blend' into the landscape. A Stationmaster's House and garden are being built and will located on the hillside some 15mm above the adjacent trackbed, the scenery shape is 5mm layered foamboard blended into the surrounding scenery with Advanced Polyfilla that has been smoothed with a wet 25mm brush. The work is easy but very time consuming whilst the stuff cures and dries for at least 24hrs. Parts of the old layout (the brown bits) have been retained as I was too idle to remove them, it also saved about a week of nugatory work. Scenery upgrades on Beaminster Road Tim
  4. Beaminster Road - Through Hardy's Wessex

    https://timhalesblog.blogspot.com/2018/12/wonder-lamp.html After some difficult searching, a pack of SR Barley Twist lights have been procured. They are simply superb tho' just a tad too high but by using the shortest base they are very nice. A pack of six including two wall bracket lamps was less than one Viessmann lamp and they are supplied with a special circuit board - wonderful. Tim Hale
  5. Facebook links

    No, I am not. As previously stated I attempted to use the facility in 'Settings' Tim
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    Both Apple iPad and Windows 10
  7. Facebook links

    Jack, Quite...however the link displays the following message: Facebook disabled . Not syncing. Therefore, it doesn't work at all irrespective of profiles or groups. Tim
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    Hi, I cannot seem to upload the link to my FB page, the reason is "non-synch" so I have resorted to inserting a link in my signature. Tim
  10. Beaminster Road - Through Hardy's Wessex

    Hi, Is anyone, apart from Buz, actually reading this? Not particularly exciting but the goods yard has been covered in a layer of (box) cardboard, a ramp carved from foamboard and then sealed with a coat of Heki 6600 textured concrete paint. Tomorrow, a few more layers of colour or Stangel Acrylmasse, it is fun and artistic. Tim
  11. new year new project

    John, Why Nippon railways? Is it merely a space issue or does the quality of the models play a big part, maybe both? Tim
  12. Hints from Hornby

    The link to the Hornby blog is rather revealing as it features the Bluebell's SR Q class, is this a subtle hint as to the next Hornby release? There are no promises but the Southern's U and Q have topped the Southern section of the annual wishlist for the past few years. Here is the link:-Hornby Blog News Tim
  13. Beaminster Road - Through Hardy's Wessex

    John, The unfinished results can be found here:-Beaminster Platforms There are a few visual tricks at work; the platforms are short, low and narrow, the buildings are 1:76 but chosen for their small size, the fencing height is reduced, pale colours complete the illusion. The station represents no more than a halt with a passing loop, similarly the goods yard is very basic, just two sidings. By reducing the fiddleyard from ten to six sidings, this allowed me to run a spur to a creamery placed in front of a view blocker (hiding the fiddleyard) and providing me with operating potential with milk tankers and vans. Although only 4,8x3m the layout combines both movement and a sense of space by restricting the ratio of track to 50/50 with the scenery, the station may be small but it is in proportion to the layout. Tim
  14. Beaminster Road - Through Hardy's Wessex

    Hi, The early 60s image of Verwood illustrates how standard Southern colours fade and deteriorate, although the ambient springtime light does make a big difference. It is the ‘real’ railway as opposed to what modellers want to see, especially on lines that are declining / due for closure Tim Hale https://www.facebook.com/groups/2111265285858032/
  15. Beaminster Road - Through Hardy's Wessex

    The surface of the old goods yard on Beaminster Road was a layer of ordinary cardboard box, selected as the same height as Peco sleepers, it was painted concrete to both seal the surface and represent the surface upgraded during WW2 when 'dirt' yards, such as Seaton Junction, were paved to allow rigorous use by the military. The weedy lines represent the expansion gaps to prevent cracking of the concrete surface. Six years have passed and another cardboard box is being re-cycled under heavy objects in preparation for another goods yard surface.