7mm Llangunllo to Bleddfa Road

Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by Geoff, 27 September 2019.

  1. Muddysblues

    Muddysblues Western Thunderer

    Geoff, the million dollar $$ question, would you ever go back to 4mm now ?

    Best regards
  2. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    I concur, the distant hills are good as they do not overpower the overall scene. The foreground on the backscene is as equally good.

    Excellent work Geoff.
  3. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    I will kick this update off by thanking everyone who has been kind enough to post comments and likes, all of which are very much appreciated.

    The short answer to that Craig is no, though my stud of 4mm locos that ran very well, they just can't compete with the running qualities or sheer presence of the larger models. The same goes for rolling stock, even a single wagon stabled on a siding has the same presence and feeling of weight. It is often said that you don't need much in 7mm scale, and I have found that to be very true. I hope you are able to make the most of your coming free time and make a start on your own project ;)

    Anyway and moving on, I finished the backscene yesterday and here's some shots from a different angle for a change.


    Those trees in the background will have some modelled ones in front of them in hope of creating a feeling of depth.


    Likewise the unkempt hedgerows behind and around the platform will have modelled examples in front of them.
  4. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    I must agree with you Geoff about the sheer presence of O gauge stock.
  5. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    Progress has come to a shuddering halt at Bleddfa Road due to my wife being hospitalized with Covid-19. After a couple of days on oxygen and being pumped full of antibiotics, not to mention some fantastic care in Warrington General she is now back at home, and on the long road to recovery. I too have tested positive but have only lost my sense of taste and smell, in fact it feels just like having a cold, so I have been very lucky indeed. We stuck rigidly to the rules, had our shopping delivered from day one and on the rare occasions when we ventured out we wore masks. So please do be careful out there, I would hate anyone to go through the same experience as we have.

    I think it will be a while before my modelling gets back on track so I will leave you with a selection of monochrome images that were taken a few weeks ago.

    And finally one of my favourites..........


    Take care and stay safe.

  6. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    Geoff. Bad news indeed, but good that your wife is now at home and you have been less affected.

    Mrs D and I have been shielding since March but your experience is salutary and we'll take even greater care.

    Many thanks for the warning, and hope that everything will improve for you from now onwards.

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  7. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    I love this layout.

    It is rather worrying to read the Kung Flu' got through despite all the care you and your good lady had been taking. I only know of one person who has had it; my youngest son in Blackpool, but his job puts him on the firing line.
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  8. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    Hi Geof
    Wishing you both well
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  9. adrian

    adrian Flying Squad

    Sorry to hear you and your better half have been exposed and had to deal with all the crap it entails, I felt a little uneasy about "liking" your post so please take it a message of support. Although I'm glad to hear that the care has been excellent and hopefully you are on the road to recovery. We've managed to steer clear so far but we have half a dozen friends and colleagues who have been exposed to varying degrees and as you say it's not nice. I hope you have a support network to help you at this time - however I'm not far away at Preston so if you need anything please, please do shout up - I'd be only glad to help out. As we've gone into lockdown again my wife has gone into baking mode. So to save me putting on another couple of stone in weight then if you'd like some cakes and/or brownies then only too glad to provide!!

    Regards & Stay safe!
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  10. Dan Randall

    Dan Randall Western Thunderer

    Wishing you both a speedy recovery Geoff.


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  11. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    I would just like to thank you all for your lovely messages of support, the offers of cake and for wishing us both a speedy recovery.

    Thank you all very much, your kind words and gestures are very much appreciated.

    I'll catch up with you all as soon as I can.

    Geoff & Heather
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  12. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    Best wishes and a speedy recovery to you both.
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  13. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Keep getting better both.
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  14. Nick Rogers

    Nick Rogers Active Member

    Take care both of you.

    Best wishes,

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  15. michael mott

    michael mott Western Thunderer

    So sorry to hear about your bout with The Covid 19, It is a nasty Trojan type virus We are seeing a spike here in Alberta and it is worrisome over a 1000 cases today. Glad to hear that you and your wife are recovering.

  16. Suddaby

    Suddaby Western Thunderer

    Hi Geoff,
    Sorry to hear you and your good lady fell foul of this virus. Hope the recovery is soon complete, and look forward to seeing you commenting again on Bleddfa Road.
    All the best,

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  17. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    Before I begin this latest update I would once again like to thank everyone for their get well wishes and messages of support. Though we are still not back to full health we are slowly getting there, and can at last see some light at the end of the tunnel. I think I have replied personally to everyone who left a message here on the thread now, apologies if I have missed anyone out.


    I eased my way back into modelling by scribing the water tower stonework, the next job will be to paint and weather it before the window and door are installed. The tank itself is in need of a little tidying up, then the addition of some pipework and a ladder will more or less complete the build.


    This Slater's 7 plank has been on and off my workbench for the last twelve months, but after reading how to paint unpainted wagons by Martyn Welch in MRJ 262, I decided to try his weathering techniques. Had I not run out of a couple of paints and thinners then it would probably have been finished by now. The lettering is from the Railtec range, and the interior has been fitted out by using Mr Parkins etched sides, the body top rail and brackets being from the same etch.

    At the other end of the layout I have been working on my version of Blodwell Junction road bridge, and have finally come up with a design for the lime kiln..........


    The buffer stop is a much modified Peco kit, which is slowly being over run with long grasses and weeds. The track and ballast is yet to be painted and weathered. I will be covering the bridge abutments and lime kiln with DAS modelling clay, stonework will then be carved into the surfaces of both.


    Finally to round things off a Bradford Barton inspired photo of 7719 leaving Bleddfa Road with a short goods train.

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  18. Neil

    Neil Western Thunderer

    I very glad to hear that you both are improving and it's lovely to see progress on the layout too.
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  19. NHY 581

    NHY 581 Western Thunderer

    Good to hear things are improving, Geoff.

    In relation to the 7 plank, can I ask, what's the name of the firm producing the etched interior ?

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  20. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    Thank you Neil, it is good to be back modelling again.

    Thanks Rob.

    The etched interiors are produced by D.J Parkins who is a member of this very forum, and offers an excellent mail order service.
    David J Parkins He produces plenty of other useful wagon detailing bits and pieces as well

    I find it best to glue the etches to 10thou styrene sheet with a spray contact adhesive, and then cement the styrene complete with etch to the wagon interior with solvent. Barry Norman came up with the idea, which makes for a far neater job.

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