2mm Modbury

Discussion in '2mm Lounge' started by Ian Smith, 7 April 2015.

  1. Ian Smith

    Ian Smith Western Thunderer

    Just found a short clip of Modbury at the Epsom & Ewell 2018 show in the following video : https://www.youtube....h?v=1Fsx76gk5eA. The footage starts at 18:00 (18 minutes into the video). My thanks got to "Hils TheTrainLady" for including Modbury in her footage and sharing it on YouTube.

    Ian
     
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  2. Ian Smith

    Ian Smith Western Thunderer

    Following a discussion on RMweb (http://www.rmweb.co....neside-fencing/) I have made a start on adding some line side fencing to Modbury.

    Initially I did a bit of experimenting - I decided to model just the top 5 wires rather than the full 7, so made a little tufnol jig that takes 2 brass posts spaced at 36mm (i.e. 18'0") with a view to adding 2 plastic intermediate posts (at 6'0" centres) once installed on the layout. Horizontal lines were scribed on the tufnol jig at the wire spacing, holes were drilled at one end of these lines to accept pegs around which the wires looped so that one length of wire provided 2 fencing wires. Fine slots were sawn at the other end of the scribed lines so that the wires could be secured parallel to each other while being soldered in place on the posts.

    For the fencing wires, I acquired some 0.05mm wire (the thinnest I could find easily online) which was soldered to the posts in the jig, the whole assembly was moved along the jig so that another post could be inserted and the process repeated. I ended up with a length of fencing about 10" long.

    What I discovered was that even when keeping the wire under tension as it was soldered in place I still ended up with the odd slightly slack wire. Actually seeing the wire while trying to keep everything on the jig was a bit of an issue too! So in retrospect I have decided to abandon the idea of having wires on my fencing and will just be planting posts at 6'0" intervals!

    For info, the original fencing jig looks like this :
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    The experimental fencing looks like this :
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    So having abandoned the idea of having wires on my 2mm scale fencing, I ended up making the posts from 1mm square Evergreen plastic strip, cut into ~15mm lengths with a point cut onto one end. These were painted with Precision Paints Track Colour (Weathered Sleepers) - a grey colour, then a wash of PP Sleeper Grime was applied almost as a water colour wash to vary the colour of the posts slightly. I will eventually apply a wash of green to the foot of the posts too with the posts in place, again to provide a bit of variety.

    GWR Post and Wire fencing seems to have strainer posts at fairly regular intervals, and these are generally made from old "Bridge Rail", this is something that I do want to replicate on my fencing - so first I needed some Bridge Rail!

    So to provide the strainer posts of bridge rail, I have taken some 2mm Association Flat Bottom rail :
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    And after a bit of draw filing and sanding I produced some lengths of Bridge Rail by removing the head of the rail :
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    A saw cut was made in the rail-head of the bridge rail section to allow a 45 degree bend to be made so that a diagonal support could be fabricated for the strainer post, this was soldered in place on the strainer post upright (the pair were held together in a jig of bits of spring steel wire in the end of a piece of balsa - evident in photo below) :
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    These strainer posts were painted in Precision Paints Rust, again with Sleeper Grime washes to vary the colour.

    The final effect of putting these posts in position on the layout can be seen in this photo :
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    I'm quite pleased with the effect, although I intend to progress the effect further by painting a green wash on some of the posts, adding some taller dry grass around the posts and along the fence line, and obviously adding some vegetation growing up some of the posts will hopefully improve and vary the effect too.

    Ian
     
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  3. Ian Smith

    Ian Smith Western Thunderer

    Progress on Modbury has been a little slow over the last few weeks - it's been far too warm in the shed/workshop to spend any more than an hour or so out there at a time. However, I have now added all of the fence posts to delineate the railway land. As described in an earlier post these were all made from 1mm square plastic rod, an apex being cut at the top end and painted a grey-brown before planting at scale 6'0" intervals. Once all of the fencing had been installed, I applied dry grass along the fence line with 2mm static grass in a straw colour - a little PVA was brushed along short sections (about 4-6 inches) of the existing grass fibres (just generally touching the tops of the existing fibres) and the straw fibres added before the PVA dried to much. Pre-painted strainer posts of "bridge rail" were added about every 50 posts.

    I've also adde the yard gates. These started off as laser cut items from York Models that I'd picked up from the York show while we were exhibiting St. Ruth earlier this year. The York Models gates are designed to be laminated together to provide a pair of gates that really didn't suit what I had in mind but they provided a good starting point. I took one of the laminations that provided the top and bottom rails with diagonal supporting struts, and glued a load of 0.010" x 0.020" palings onto the rails (the palings had been cut with little pointed apexes). These were added over length at the bottom and trimmed to size once dry.
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    Once complete, the gates were separated (they are provided as a pair of closed gates). The posts beefed up by adding a post lamination on front and back (supplied in kit), and once dry filed to a pyramid shape. The finished gates were painted white, and touched in black to represent where the hinges would be (the hinges are not represented in the kit so I just painted a representation on). A 0.5mm wire was inserted into the bottom of each post to make securing to the layout easier.
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    Finally, taking inspiration from Dave Stone's (Wenlock) Sherton Abbas blog, I've also added a couple of coal heaps towards the end of the long back siding. The area around the coal heaps has been blended in with dust from a black pastel.

    To add further interest to that area, I've also taken one of my 3D printed outside frames vans, cut out one of the doors and added a new plasticard one in an open position, the moulded underframe was filed away and the van placed on some timber baulks. To finish, a couple of coal sacks have been draped over the open door and on the roof, and the coal merchant and a customer are in conversation just outside.
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    Ian
     
  4. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    Lovely work Ian