Morfa Bach

Re: Morfa Bach

Postby Dukedog » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:12 am

stubby47 wrote:How heavy does all that rock make the layout section ?

Have you painted the rock at all, or is it the natural colour ?

Stu

Hi Stu,
Yes it is real slate, But, surprisingly enough it's not that heavy, It looks more than what it is TBH.
And Yes,I had to paint it, The slate I used was liberated from our front garden! and is a redish colour, so it had to be painted to look like Welsh slate.

Cheating a bit I know, but, without a trip to north Wales for some "real" stuff in the foreseeable future it will do for me!

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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby westerner » Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:16 pm

Yes slate is surprisingly light. Hence the problems with saggy roofs when people replace slates on their roofs with concrete tiles.
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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby Richard Ough » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:38 pm

Frank,

You can get red slate from Wales!

Penrhyn quarry still produce the stuff!

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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby Dukedog » Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:49 pm

Richard Ough wrote:Frank,

You can get red slate from Wales!

Penrhyn quarry still produce the stuff!

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I didn't know that! Well you learn something new every day.
I was thinking of the stuff that surrounds Ffestiniog!

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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby MartinWales » Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:10 pm

Richard Ough wrote:Frank,

You can get red slate from Wales!

Penrhyn quarry still produce the stuff!

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Yes, I can see it from here!! :mrgreen:
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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby Butoxeter » Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:43 pm

MartinWales wrote:Yes, I can see it from here!! :mrgreen:

You could pop some in the post to him, he'd get it in a Jiffy...... :D
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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby Dukedog » Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:14 pm

Time for the weekly update!

Things are starting to turn green on Morfa Bach.

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Some trees and grass tufts have been added to the tunnel end of the layout.
The plate layer's hut has been scratch built from Plasticard and fixed in position.
To the right of the hut can be seen the next batch of scree to be painted, I haven't mentioned what I am using for the scree, so for those interested it is budgie grit from the pet shop and crushed red slate from the front garden.
It just needs painting once the PVA that is glueing it down is set.

In this picture the untreated scree can be compared with the painted stuff at the front.

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I have also planted the grass at the front of the layout using Silfor grass tufts to represent the salt marsh grass.

OK That's it for this week, another instalment soon!

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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby westerner » Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:43 pm

I do like that. I've used Tusts and they are great for putting in that sort of Tussocky grass.
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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby Dukedog » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:37 pm

Better late than never! It's been over a week since the last update mainly because the amount of work done and worth showing has been a bit short this time, Jobs to complete this first section of Morfa Bach now coming close to the end.


At the Morfa Tunnel end some more vegetation has been added, and the fixed distant for the next section has been installed.
The fixed distant was built up from a mix of MSE and Ratio parts.
More rock scree has been laid at he rear of the siding and also in the "four foot" adding the run down feeling to the scene.
In the right foreground can be seen the scratch built ground frame controlling the facing point lock, point and trap point. The facing point lock cover is also in place on the running line point.

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At the bridge end of the layout the view blocker for the "hole in the sky" has been planted in the form of a small tree.
Some work has also been done on the east bank and a start made on the water.
Only another 20 coats of varnish now to finish!


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Finally, Here's an overall view of Morfa Bach as it stands today.I have also managed to get one coat of grey onto the lower facia board having finally deciding grey was the colour to use.
The back scene will follow shortly along with some more trees and smaller detailing to be added.

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With board 1 of the layout almost completed it will soon be time to start work on board 2 and the two end fiddle yards.

Morre soon cheers for now.
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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby Cock Sparra » Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:11 pm

Starting to come together very nicely :D
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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby Pannier Tank » Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:20 am

Excellent work Frank, well done.
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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby MartinWales » Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:13 am

Superb Frank! Any plans to exhibit the completed layout?
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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby Dukedog » Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:22 am

Thanks for the comments,

MartinWales wrote:Superb Frank! Any plans to exhibit the completed layout?


Hi Martin,
Yes IF it gets invited!
There is a long way to go yet, with at least one more, possibly two, scenic boards to build and two fiddle yards (turntable type) it's going to be some time yet before it gets seen "Live"

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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby MartinWales » Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:14 pm

May know a Welsh venue not that far away from you that could be interested! As it's a localish Cambrian feature....
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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby Dukedog » Sun Mar 18, 2012 5:48 pm

MartinWales wrote:May know a Welsh venue not that far away from you that could be interested! As it's a localish Cambrian feature....
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You never know! :mrgreen:


Thanks for that Martin,

BTW I am taking Pen Y Bont to Welshpool in October, That's as near to the Cambrian that it's been invited to so far!

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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby Dukedog » Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:16 pm

Getting towards the finishing stages now, that's if a model railway is ever "finished" there are always little jobbies to be done somewhere.

Morfa Bach is no exception and I shall still be adding detail and paint in 12 months time!

But, all work and no play is no fun, so, taking advantage of this weeks fair weather I dragged the layout out on to the back yard and posed a few locos wagons and coaches for some natural daylight pictures.

Here's a few of the many shots taken this afternoon.

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BR standard class 3 2-6-2T 82019 heads an UP fitted freight over the wooden Cambrian trestle bridge


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Ivatt Mogul 46520 with a two coach local passenger train.


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A Collett mogul 7340 on another UP frieght.

Finally, I couldn'd resist taking these last two pictures of both sides of Morfa Tunnel.

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Another update when I have some thing to show.

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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby MartinWales » Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:27 pm

Some super shots there Frank, my favourite is the Standard 3 Tank hauling the goods-excellent! :drool
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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby chrisf » Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:34 am

I agree with Martin, it really evokes the Cambrian Coast.

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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby Dukedog » Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:38 pm

I haven't updated this thread for a couple of weeks mostly due to the fact that I have have had a few health problems and to be fair not much work has been done on the modelling scene.

However, Morfa Bach made it's very first outing on Sunday 22nd April to the MRG Forum's members meeting day at Bristol. So, the couple of days last week saw some last minute tweaks and a general tidy up.
I was hoping to get rid of the temporary back scene and replace it with something more suitable but, time has run out on me and it went on static display as you see it here and now.

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Here I have added a few more trees to the scene.
A couple of Anita Decor conifers and a couple of seamoss deciduous types.
I'm quite impressed by the conifers and will more than likely get some more on my next order to International models.
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The problems with the temporary backscene can be seen in the this picture and the one above.
Above the join between two sheets can be seen quite starkly although the two sections match up there is a distinct colour change between the two sections.
The temporary back scene is by Gaugemaster and only comes in 3ft sections so with a 4ft long board a join is unavoidable.
Also, looking at the next picture a distinct sheen can be seen. The scene is printed on semi gloss paper and light just shows up the reflective surface.




Finally for this session just before the layout was packed into the car for our journey south west, I had to take this shot of Erlestoke Manor with the "UP" CCE emerging from the Stygian gloom of Morfa Bach tunnel.
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I still have work to do, like, point rodding to finish,cable trunking into the tunnel, more small boats on the river bank and maybe more trees.

Cheers for now
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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby westerner » Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:28 pm

I do like that.
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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby Neil » Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:15 am

Dukedog wrote:... The problems with the temporary backscene can be seen in the this picture and the one above.
Above the join between two sheets can be seen quite starkly although the two sections match up there is a distinct colour change between the two sections. ...


I'm glad to hear that the backscene is a temporary feature as it's the one thing that to my mind detracts from the otherwise gorgeous portrayal of the Dovey estuary. It looks a lot more vivid than the sky round these parts usually manages; even on a stonking summer day the sky only manages that intensity at its zenith. The rest of the model is an absolute beauty, I have the short trip to Welshpool pencilled in for October.
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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby Richard Oldfield » Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:52 pm

Hi Frank,

Very nice work indeed !

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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby Snowy » Wed May 16, 2012 2:49 am

Very nice Frank. I really like the rock work, water and overall effect. Well done.
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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby EddieDMU » Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:36 am

Good stuff, Frank.

I look forward to more updates as time goes on... :drool
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Re: Morfa Bach

Postby Dukedog » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:30 am

I've not updated this thread for a while so it's due for a quick photo update.

some seaweed has been added around the bridge.
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The material used here is hand rolling tobacco! mixed with diluted PVA and poked into position with a stick!

Another shot of the seaweed and East bank. (Shame that the hole in the sky shows up here)

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And now a wide angle shot of the complete module showing the new backscene.

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Still more detail to be added as time allows.
I will update once I have something worth while adding!

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