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    • Baseboard 2 developments  Start with the background and work forwards is what most art teachers recommend and it is much the same with model railway scenery - after all, there is little point in trying to work beyond something you have already planted.  So, recent work on Fintonagh has been focussing on the low relief buildings making up the rear edge of the layout and trying to incorporate them into a painted back scene. More snake oil than tromp l'oeuil and it is not quite right yet, but the photos hopefully show what I'm aiming at. The latest creation is the Fintonagh Metalworkers building. On the actual Clogher Valley line there was 'Fivemiletown Industries', so this exercise, little more than a 'flat' pays homage to that. I'm assuming a local co-operative offering wrought ironwork, welding, brazing and the like, with the rather OTT clock an advert for some of their work & small weather vane likewise. Both came from Scalelink etches, though the clock needed rather more work than just chopping out. The windows are laser cut jobbies from York Modelmaking.   The next work will be to  fill in the gaps between buildings with DAS clay and make good the paintwork, then I can add paving stones, drain & manhole covers etc, before working outwards into the front part of the layout. There will be a long stone wall between the railway and road, while a large tree will hopefully hide some of the liberties I've had to take with perspective on the back scene. What might look ok in the pictures is not necessarily so as you move along the layout. The tree and the mill/animal feed warehouse [haven't decided which yet] will both hide the hole in the sky where the layout disappears into the back scene. 
    • Yes I've used copper wire before with thinner copper wire strands wound around it.
    • Few interesting things from Dave's photos. First is that there appears to be a passenger coach in the background. Was Cabra used to store passenger trains?   Second observation is the differing locations of the 'Bulk Cement' stencilling on the wagons as in one is slightly higher or lower than the other one. Nice little detail if IRM ever decide to do the bubbles in early grey livery.
    • Is that an orange/tan coloured broken wheel on the CIE logo on the two near side wagons? Interesting the near side wagons look spotless whereas those behind look manky.
    • VIDEO from early 1990s of Irish Rail A Class 055 shunting RPSI carriages at Dundalk .https://gordyhawkinstransportpics.smugmug.com/Railway-Videos/Railway-Videos/i-8TvvLcw
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