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Canal locks update

I have now finished the detailing of the two locks including the gates in various stages of delay.

Here are some pictures of the end result.

Firstly the upper lock with the tail bridge and cut out to accept the lock keepers cottage;


Secondly the lower lock with more derelict gates;


Now to find the time to deliver them to the museum!

Canal locks progress

I have now finished the main carcass for the upper of the two locks. This one includes a limestone tail bridge used for getting horses from one side of the canal to the other together with a cut out to take the lock keepers  cottage when it is  installed in it’s scenic tray. The bleached carpet felt grass has been applied and now awaits painting and then the fun bit of adding all the weeds, brambles, ivy etc can begin. 

  
The canal was abandoned in 1914 but most of the pictures we have of their derelict state were taken in the 1990s. At that time there was still some evidence of the lock gates. As they would only have been derelict for some 15 to 20 years at the period we are modelling one can surmise that there would be a bit more of the gates and other bits still in situ. The lower lock will have very derelict lower gates and the remnants of the upper gate while the upper lock being near the lock keepers cottage will have more intact gates. 

  

Canal locks for Pendon

One of the last projects commissioned by the late Roger Haywood, Pendon modelling coordinator, was for the Wilts and Berks disused canal locks for the Vale scene and I was asked to make them. 

The canal became abandoned in 1914 and by the time of the Pendon scene they had fallen into a state of decay.

  
Two locks are required, one of which has a bridge over the lower end which carries a track from the nearby farm to the lock keepers cottage. Because of the distance the canal has to fall in the scene it has become necessary for each lock to have a 11 feet drop.

I have started work on the lower lock. The brickwork is being done with Howard’s Scenics embossed brick card as most of the brickwork will be covered in ivy and brambles. I have glued the embossed sheet to a card base and after painting it with a mortar wash I painted the bricks by the method described in the instructions. A mixture of water colour to the correct brick colour is applied by stamping with the cut surface of an eraser coated in the paint. When dry weathering powders were applied.

  
Because the lock is so deep I decided to make up one side and the base first. I then glued and painted plumbers hemp bundles to the base before assembling the second side and the associated  egg boxing for the scene. 

   
 
Once the scrim and plaster has been added work can start on preparing the surface of the lock and adding all the weeds etc. This lock will have the remains of the lower gates and part of the upper gate. 

Cowleaze Farm progress 2

I have turned my attention to the front of the farm. There is a gravel area and a front fence with two gates leading onto the drive to the garage.

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The fencing is made from hoops of .41mm brass wire set into a strip of cardboard and then the horizontal wires are soldered on. The whole lot is then set into a slot in the ground plaster. This is an idea given to me by a fellow modeller Stuart Holt.

The gravel is represented by sprinkling chinchilla dust into wet masonry paint and when dry the worn paths were made by rubbing with a fibre glass pencil..

The gates are built up from evergreen plastic strip.

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The next step is to finish the stone walls around the orchard and install all the various gates.

Lakebank progress 2

Steady progress is being made on the layout despite lots of talking and coffee on club nights!

The scenery around the throat of the layout is almost complete and efforts are being made to get the layout running more smoothly and complete some of the stock.

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there will eventually be a back scene to replace the stark white board as at present.

50 challenge

I have decided to enter the 50 challenge to celebrate the 50th anniversary of tHe 3mm Society. This is in addition to continuing with Cowleaze Farm (see earlier posts), building extra rolling stock for Yeoton Wharf(see my other blog) and painting and lettering the stock for Lakebank(see earlier posts). Who ever said a male can’t multitask !

For the 50 challenge I have decided to make a small dockside shunting scene 50 cms wide and 50 cms deep. At the front will be a three masted schooner which I am recycling from a China clay wharf I built some time ago.
The layout has not got a name yet but it will be dependent on an experiment I am trying with the painting. More later………

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Cowleaze vegetable garden- finished

Well the growing season has been good and the garden is full of produce!

There are a lot of weeds growing around the garden. These are a mixture of static grass applied to thin amounts of PVA, plumbers hemp sprayed with varnish and then scatter added to represent nettle and some woodlands scenics dried grass strands dipped in PVA and then coloured and green scatter to represent rose bay willow herb.

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It is amazing how much mess is created when doing this type of scenic work as can be seen in this photo of my work bench. Loads of different containers of scatter material, card, glue, paint and books for inspiration!

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The next step will be to finish the stone walling around the orchard and front of the house and then move onto the detailing of the orchard.

Cowleaze garden progress

Well, the garden has been dug and the bean poles are up……

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The soil as described before is a mix of filler, sawdust and PVA which has then had 4 or 5 washes of watercolour.. A mix of neutral tint, Chinese White and burnt umber with a dash of raw sienna. The paths are covered in fine sieved chinchilla dust rubbed down with emery cloth when dry and then toned in with weathering powder.

The bean poles are made from fine stems from a willow screen hiding the oil tank in our garden!

All that needs to be done now is plant all the various vegetables that I have been producing off site.

Fruit and Veg

I have started to produce the produce to go in the gardens of Cowleaze Farm. I have reblogged a description of how to do them from my other blog – Yeoton wharf

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As part of the detailing of the scene I will need some garden and allotment details. I am also doing a scenic tray for Pendon Museum. I previously built a pair of workers cottages for Cowleaze farm;-

and I am now installing it and modelling the gardens to go with it.

I initially had a long session of making the various vegetables. I have used methods taught to me by Malcolm Smith when working at Pendon and have also taken ideas from a very good article written in an early Model Railway Journal [no. 5] by Chris Pilton. I have also experimented and worked out my own ideas.

Lettuces, Cabbages and Cauliflowers

The basis of these is punched out coloured tissue paper. Acid free tissue paper is first painted, on both sides, with watercoulours in the various shades for different vegetables. A strip is then cut and folded over and…

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Cowleaze Farm progress 1

I have been working on the area of the stable yard and the small garden at the end of the farmhouse. The buildings have been set into their bases and the gaps around filled with a filler/PVA mix. Weeds have been added using short static grass. The surface of the yard was basically already done but I have added some cobbles and a drainage channel using scribed filler and added weeds, a mound of manure and some wood awaiting cutting into logs for the house. Weathering powders were used to give some variation in colour to the yard surface. The farm was a fairly poor farm so will look rather run down as controlling weeds etc was not priority.

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I have also begun to prepare the ground for the vegetable garden. The surface of the earth is a mixture of filler, sawdust, PVA and some Woodlands scenic earth pigment. This is based on the method described by Stephen Williams is his books on modelling Great Western branch lines . It will next be painted with a suitable earth colour after which it will be planted up but firstly all the various vegetable and fruit plants will need to be made!. More of that later.

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