Tuesday, 18 May 2010

inspiration and the prototype...

The following links should help to show how very "low-budget" and MUDDY this site was...



http://http//www.ingr.co.uk/faring.html



so the mud has started .....








Ive used Lightweight filler mixed with poster paint, seems to be a convincing start so far....but got a long way to go to get to this messy stage....



then I aquired the much needed mini-digger, there isnt really enough room on the layout for a scale JCB backhoe and besides the full size tile works now has a mini-digger on site..so its prototypical....



and the weeds have started to grow already.....


first video...

well nothing better than seeing trains move for the first time on a layout eh????


The Beginnings......



Time for another layout!. I wanted a round & round layout to watch trains go by... another requirement was for it to be viewable from all sides so it could sit on a table etc....

Recently I've spent much time on the Lincolnshire side of the Humber Bridge & its muddy banks. Many dog walks later I gave in to the tempation to attempt to model one of the small privately owned Tileworks that once lined this VERY muddy riverbank.....

The baseboard is 2x1, 6mm ply then 50mm "pink-foam" insulation...then a 6mm ply topping...This turned out both light and VERY rigid.

Heres the starter piccies...










The General idea is that clay is extracted from the flooded clay-pit at the right of the layout via a "JCB" type digger, this is transferred to a Hudson skip pulled by a suitably basic "critter" this clay is then taken to an "off-stage" pug mill, where it is "dealt" with , then the products find their way into the large brick kiln to be fired, thus the HUGE chimney. Lots of finished products will be stored in the yard area at the left side of the building...and in true respect of the original.. junk, overgrowth and most of all MUD!!! will be in abundance....


enjoy...

Charlie

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