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LarryG
Cutting away the base and adding more sky sounds like a good idea. More sky is often the thing we need most of. The very top of my backscene was mostly white cloud and so I painted the remainder of the back boards white to give an almost continuous sky up to the shed roof. When photographed, the white naturally appeared with a red or blue cast depending on the time of day.
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Ben Alder
Building and repair work over at Thurso - the platform warped thanks to summer sun coming through the Velux - I used hot glue a lot for speed  when I built the layout - so this was replaced with balsa sheet evostuck to the blockboard base board, which hopefully will keep things stable.. the window now has its blind kept down in the summer months. This one job then grew in to several tidy and catch ups and eventually took several months but a lot of tasks have been ticked off the never shortening list of things to be done. Here is a look at the state of play during part of of it - I didn't take many pics of all this. 20180821_012332.jpg

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In addition to a structural remodelling I built several of the myriad yard  sheds and huts that were around - three major sheds and about a dozen small ones that seemed to spring up like weeds... Some of these were already in place, but some of the missing ones have now joined them. I'll take a closer look at them in another post, but here are a couple of shots once things were put back in place... IMG_0657.jpg 

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Ben Alder
The larger yard sheds were grain stores with one being a SR design and the other a standard LMS prefabricated one Both were very common - the SR one througout the UK - as seen here - and the other on the LMS system. The SR one is based around two Ratio kits with a new roof and was a beast to put together with specially shaped panel joiners that always seemed to mixed up in assembly 😕 Thinking about it now, I'd have been far better doing the body from scratch and just using the pillars from the kit. The other one was scratch built and a lot easier. The old van in reality lodged against the goods shed end wall at the southern end of the layout but I moved it to the yard because of lack of space there.


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Ben Alder
One or two other smaller huts that were at the station were also put together - a small one at the cattle siding, an old van that was used by the C&W dept for decades and some others whose purpose has vanished from history, I'm afraid...

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IMG_0748.jpg  The weigh bridge and part of a nondescript shack can be seen in the last  shot. The office is actually  Coopercraft  but close enough to the actual Thurso one for me, and it was lying around retired from a forgotten previous layout when it came to light during all this work and was pressed back in to service.
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LarryG
The BR lorry looks good weathered and I must say that cloud backing sheet is very affective in conjuring up atmosphere. I hadn't realised just how much detail there is in your layout; something that cannot be conjured up in 2 minutes!
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Ben Alder
Thanks - the lorry is half done - the cab needs to be toned down; this is another get-round-to job- plus straightening up the coping stones! The Art Printer backscenes have been such a boon to the hobby and it is one of my hobbyhorses that they have never won any model of the year type awards for a product that has transformed so many layouts.....
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LarryG
Ben Alder wrote:
The Art Printer backscenes have been such a boon to the hobby and it is one of my hobbyhorses that they have never won any model of the year type awards for a product that has transformed so many layouts.....

I agree. Many layouts would be up the creek without I D Backscenes. Definitely a strong contender for modelling product of the year.
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LarryG
A technicolor movie entitled 'Geordie' is on Talking Pictures Channel 81 tonight at 18.00hrs. Half-way through, the hero catches a train headed by a NBR 4-4-2T hauling to GNoSR coaches around 1954. Just thought it might be of interest.
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Ben Alder
Missed it although I saw it years ago but didn't appreciate the railway content back then. So much changed in the Fifies, esp after the 1955 modernisation programme - in many ways it was a far more dynamic decade than the next one.
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Ben Alder
Passenger train arriving at Thurso yesterday.... IMG_0719a.jpg 
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LarryG
As usual, your unique style displaying kit-built locos, a rarity with todays layouts I see on forums. I have no room to speak haha! 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

LarryG
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Ben Alder
Thanks Larry, and all the best to you and all on the forum.
There was also a freight photographed at the same time. IMG_0714.jpg 

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Jaz Avalley JazAvalley
I like the crane and the cattle pens, nice background inferring depth as well.I like seeing the power at the side of the track too, I keep meaning to do this and you have done a great job, I also like where the landscape lifts up higher than the locos before you get sky behind, to my mind always helps give a better looking finish before hitting the back scene.

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JB
Love the back scenes on your layout Ben, something I am agonising over at the moment well done.
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