I have at long last completed the station platform fencing, which like the prototype is built up panel by panel. Some platform lamps have also been added along with a solitary seat, all the components being manufactured by ‘Peco’ to a very high standard. The spear fencing is of the GWR pattern as is the seat, the lamps however have a Midland Railway look about them, so I carried out a slight modification to the posts. Being of hollow construction they are designed to enable small LED’s to be fitted, but those who know me well, will tell you that I have no time for such gimmicks.
Starting with the fencing, there are two packs, one contains plain fencing panels and posts, and the other contains fencing for platform ramps, gates and posts. The parts are very crisply moulded and clip neatly together, a drop of solvent making for a strong joint. I found the painting to be more of a chore than the actual assembly, but then I always do.
An example of the real fencing at Llangollen, the date is the 21st July 2016 and 7822 ‘Foxcote Manor’ is arriving with a train from Corwen.
I modified the lamp post by removing the upper moulded rings from the posts with a new curved scalpel blade. My wife asking why I couldn’t just build the things as intended rather than chop and change them.
Llangollen again, this lamp features a round post and plain lantern top, those on the ‘Peco’ version are more ornate. I didn’t modify the lanterns as I feel they are stronger as they are.
I was lucky that the platform ramps matched the angle of the fencing, which is something I should have checked at an early stage. Fortunately luck was on my side for once, and the fencing fitted snugly. Looking through my stock of paints I came across an old tin of Humbrol 237 Desert Tan matt enamel, which is sadly no longer listed on the latest colour chart. However I am reliably told that Tamiya XF-59 Desert Yellow acrylic is a close match. Anyway a panel of fencing was test painted, happy with the result I painted the remainder, then stippled a few rust patches and stains in random areas. The completed fencing was then glued in place with neat PVA. The lamps had yet to be weathered when this photo was taken.
The combined gents and lamp hut was painted with Humbrol gunmetal metacote, Precision Paints weathered wood and rust enamels. The mix being varied as I went along, don’t ask me in what proportions far better to experiment yourself under your own lighting conditions. The finish isn’t quite there yet but some dry brushing of the same colours, together with a little green to represent water and moss stains should do the trick. The figure is by Modelu and has come in very useful when checking the height of doors and the size of various fittings. He is a goods guard, and has pulled his coat collar up in hope of keeping out the biting wind that sweeps across the exposed countryside in these parts.
I mentioned earlier how I looked for prototypical inspiration and this scene is very similar to a photo that I have in my collection. Unfortunately copyright prevents me from sharing it with you here. I like to think that the scene catches the atmosphere of a rundown branch line in the middle of nowhere.
A little more work has been carried out on the water tower, which now has a door and a fully glazed window frame. Weathering of the structure will soon take place, and perhaps some ivy will start to creep up the walls. The water crane has been painted at last and is now firmly bedded into the ground. No water bag is supplied with this lovely ‘Ragstone Models’ kit, instead the instructions suggest using a drinking straw, which surprised me for I was expecting something better. However once I had cut, shaped and painted a suitable straw with a mix of Precision Paint weathered wood and Humbrol leather I was rather pleased with the resulting bag. A pair of sleepers that will eventually be chained to the rails, protect the old truncated line to Llangunllo and Llanbister Road. Rumour has it that there are several condemned wagons stabled behind the Iron Mink.