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roddy

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  1. Thanks Mick. I should hope drivers are not colour blind Mick. Whoops. A lot of years ago, I passed all of the tests to join the Fire Brigade. Just the medical to do, and I was thinking about the colour tests. Medical all done and ppassed, and Doc suddenly said. "Oh, colours!" and pulled out a length of card with wool wrapped around it. All nice bright colours so easy to see Red, and Green and all of the others. Couple of years later I got caught out on a snooker table when I played the Brown instead of a Red. Hahaha. Nobody reported me thankfully.
  2. It's weird Mick. I can see that there is a red light and what I assumed was the brighter green, but which you say is white. We have the Metro rail system here where we can actually sit at the front and look out. The driver is in his little cabin on one side of the carriage. I see signals coming with 4 lights arranged vertically, and every one of those looks orange to me. I am affected by shades of all sorts of colours. I moved to a new bakery years ago, and buggered up all the figurework which was supposed to be red and green. I could not differentiate the inks, but the plastic on the pens was easy. I also did a whole batch of fondant fancies in white because I thought it was pink. Yes I do drive, Traffic lights are ok, but I admit to having to be careful in a strange town at night as I can lose the red light in the sodium street lamps. Oh what fun. I have made it to 71 without serious mishap, but do wonder sometimes what I have missed. Poppies in a field for instance. I have to be close to see them.
  3. More great work Mick. Would dummy signal satisfy you for the ones that you can't see? May I ask a really daft question please. Being colour blind, I see all sorts of colours in railway signals, depending on the level of light. Red, Orange, and Green, maybe Yellow. I don't really have a clue. Now you are talking about Red and White. Please put me out of my misery.
  4. That is correct. Can you cut down the building on say, the ridge line, and create space for sone trees cut and painted from mdf?
  5. That is exactly the right attitude Mick It is your railway, and could justifiably be called MWR. That is Mick's Wonderful Railway. Your planting has matured beautifully, your viaducts have weathered a treat, and now your shed stations are just about perfect. For God's sake put your tools away now, and run some trains.
  6. Your painting is great Mick. It certainly works and the mountains do look realistic. If I had produced that I would have been delighted. I refuse to mention the geographical error, because I doubt so very much that anybody will notice. Your backscenes are nothing short of brilliant!
  7. What a difference! That works for me Mick
  8. That is so very different from a couple of weeks ago Mick. I was teasing about the fence you know. If anything, I might add some of the brushwood screen or whatever its called, but that is neither here nor there as that behid the shed area is hardly part of your intended "picture".
  9. You really need to get a backscene around the garden fence. 😉😉
  10. The backscene is fine as it is Mick. You know the problem when you are weathering wagons. Stop at the right time or overdo it. Time to stop now. I can see the problem that you mentioned with the footbridge. How difficult would it be to cut out and turn the steps at one end? A job for a wet day I think.
  11. Looking better all the time. Put a grounded coach on piles of sleepers in the "bay" platform.
  12. No Tony. This was less than a month ago, on a trip to Scotland 10th May 2019.
  13. Ah, I didn't think about snow. It wasn't in Innsbruck last time I was there, but that was in 1963. 😉
  14. I like that tunnel mouth. Fairly new in design, to stop the boom (even sonic boom) as the air in front of high speed trains suddenly leaves the tunnel.
  15. So sorry to hear that Andrew. You should name a locomotive after him.
  16. Yes Mick, especially if you can add the sound and the smell. I can remember the London Terminii as a small boy, full of huge warm simmering beasts. The smell and the grime and the bursts of stem and so on are still with me. Guards whistles, and then that Puff puff puff as they got under way.
  17. Flying Scotsman heading Mayflower over the Slochd Summit on 10 May 2019. Highest rail point in the UK. Look at the steam from full power! I have been over there a good few times as a kid behind double headed steam. I can hear the roar still!
  18. What you need to really add an impression of distance, is some very small mountain climbers somewhere on the mountain. The smaller they are, the greater the distance will appear.
  19. Study photographs of the steep hills in the Lake District and other similar places. Is it possible to continue your mountain around to the tunnel mouth? I am colour blind and would make a hell of a mess trying to do your backscene, but remember that the further away you go, the lighter the colours appear, so by creating layers of wash indicating mountains or trees, they need to be darker to the foreground. This should start to give you some sort of perspective. Does this help in any way? I drove over Hardknott Pass in the Lake District a few years ago. Some of the facing hills are in shadow, just for your information.
  20. Have a look at Chris's backscenes in Amblethorpe Mick. That sky is really all that you need and to be honest is what I thought you had started above the tunnel. If you wish, you could suggest some hills, or a village. Note that I say suggest, rather than depict. That couple of simple washes would give the impression of being "somewhere", and I suspect that is all you need for now.
  21. Now there is a detail never seen before, and mostly un-noticed in life. The tree stumps from clearance work, and the discoloured patch from beneath the tree or bush.
  22. Hi Thomas. These cranks are most commonly used in Radio Controlled models, most often in aeroplanes. That is the sort of shop you need to look for. Sorry for butting into Ian's post.
  23. You are absolutely correct about the height of the walls on the viaducts. They are too high. Now what's the easiest way to reduce them? Dremel? Old fashioned bread knife? Hacksaw blade?
  24. I think it all looks charming in it's colourful eccentricity. Totally brilliant!
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