The Bridge

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Re: The Bridge

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As if the bridge itself was not enough on its own! The ends of the layout are shaping up to be something special as well.

Looks like you still have a lot to do, but keep at it. It will be quite something to see when it is finished.
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Well, after a very long and hard couple of weeks managing the Easter WW2 event at the tramway with a couple of colleagues and fighting off horrendous migraine type headaches (which were almost certainly stress related) that make concentrating impossible, I'm enjoying my first headache-free day for what seems a long time and working on the last batch of buildings:
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Those in the top left tray need brown windows, top right tray need a mix of brown and white windows, and the bottom right tray are ready for painting the roofs.

I've fallen behind where I wanted to be at this time....but I'll just redouble my efforts and with a bit of luck I hope to catch up in the next two weeks. :x
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Another landmark reached!!! I've finally finished painting the buildings! :D :D :D :D :D

I've moved onto finishing putting together the road sections for the north side around North Queensferry. but, as spray varnishing and gluing road sections can only be done in small batches, I think that tomorrow, I'll also start setting up for installing buildings and associated scenery on the south side....which means things start to get interesting again! ;)
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Well done Doug... another small milestone... you deserve a short break...

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did you enjoy that? Now back to work... :)

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The first batch of Wimpewee homes have been built. :D :D
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Seriously cannot wait to see this in the flesh!

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This wee house builder is putting 'em up as fast as his full-size counterpart! ;)
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I'm enjoying this part of the build! :) :) At last I can see progress......
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One day on.....and it looks as if progress has seemed to have slowed...despite having done a lot!
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Layout section 1 has all of the basic ground colour in place and now has a few more buildings fitted....fences,trees and shrubbery next after I have the remainder of the houses fixed down. I've made a start on section 2; basic ground surface primed with a mix of builders caulk and dilute pva glue and one building fitted in place. I've had to address one or two curls in the road surface section edges, which has slowed progress down. Its add the basic colour and start fitting houses next on this section.

I can't do anything else on these sections today as around 75% of the surface you can see in the photo is either drying paint or hardening surface filler!
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Two days on...and things are really taking shape:
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Layout section 1 has all buildings to the west of the railway lines now fitted. Fifteen to the east to fit, then it's fences, trees and shrubbery, and ground surface detailed colour.

Layout section 2 now has basic ground colour and some of the buildings down by Hawes pier fitted.
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A few trees and fences going up.....this area is getting near to being finished. A few more fences, hedges and bits of shrubbery, and some garden details..and its done!
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Pity its just one corner!!
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Layouts looking superb Doug, keep up the good work!!!

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You build quicker than Wimpey etc, looking awesome
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The first completed estate....with Dalmeny station and car park in the (slightly fuzzy) background:
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I'm about half way through the scenery for the south end (Sections 1 & 2)....and I get the realisation that I'm going to have to make a hell of a lot more trees!!:
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There's 35 trees on here....and lots more needed!!! The arc shaped cutting running from mid top to mid bottom (a disused railway track) has trees down either side over its length, and the slope off picture bottom left is all woodland down to the river's edge! I may have to develop some tree-top sections.....
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Well I've run out of trees!! There's 84 on here:
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...and its looking pretty good! Just ground detail for the estate top left hand side and a few houses on the extreme right and the high ground this end is done!

I've fired up the tree factory this afternoon...there's another 70 or so in production. I'll probably need another 200ish to complete the slope down to the shore. If I can get these two sections (1 & 2) complete by mid next week, then I'm on a good track for completion on time!
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Hurrah!

layout section 1 is now complete:
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The last area to be done....the posh estate that has all different designs of houses! Spot the boat!!:
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And the not-so-posh estate that has big houses, but all to the same basic design:
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Section 2 is complete on the plateau. Just the slope down to the water's edge to do. And the water surface....which I'll be doing at the same time as the water in Section 3...and probably half of Section 4 as well.
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With the exception of the shoreline and water surface, Section 2 is now complete:
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The tree covered slope from the plateau down to the water's edge soaked up something like 75 trees, all of which I have to make in the last day or so!
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Re: The Bridge

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Astounding work Doug. And this does not even show the bridge itself! There are club layouts with far less detail than this, making it all the more impressive that it is all your own work.

I hope at least one of the major magazines is pounding on your door ready to run an article. This would really showcase what is possible beyond the T gauge community.
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No word :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

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Well, having had such phenomenal progress over the past week until early Saturday evening, things suddenly went downhill with a whopping great THUD!!!

During the evening, I started getting severe pain in the left side of my rib cage at the site I damaged ribs around 22 years ago when I slipped on safety matting on a children's park...and fell onto the metal chute of a slide!! The pain grew worse as the evening and night progressed...and I ended up calling the medical advice line (111) and ended up seeing a doctor on Sunday morning after not having slept at all! Having ruled out heart/chest issues, I was told to take over the counter pain killers,,,and see my own doctor if the pain continued.

Sunday evening, the pain intensified to a point where I couldn't breathe properly..and ended up calling 999 and was kept company for 2 1/2 hours by a paramedic, who wired me up for all sorts of tests. I ended up with an emergency doctor visiting at 4:00 am Monday morning to prescribe stronger pain killers. After some sleep, I saw my own doctor and arrangements were made to have a chest z-ray. Today, after having had a good night's sleep, I've had little pain but do feel "uncomfortable", but the important thing is that I have not needed pain relief....so now I'm awaiting the outcome of the x-ray.

All in all, a couple of crap days.....but more importantly, almost no progress on the layout. If I get a good sleep tonight, I'm hoping to get back to work tomorrow...fingers crossed!
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