Motivation Monday, Brown…

Yup, Brown! Ok admittedly brown isn’t often the ‘go to’ colour for inspiration, but today, it is.

This past week I’ve been in mid Wales, an area of the UK often overlooked in terms of landscapes the island has to offer. The 2018 summer has been exceptionally dry too, this underlined by the very low levels in the Welsh reservoirs, with areas that have been underwater for decades being uncovered by the receding waters.

The last time this bridge was seen was approximately forty years ago!

So, lots and lots of ‘brown’ then. One thing that is so often seen on layouts is brown trees, we’re taught that as kids almost, paint a tree, the trunk is brown, it’s wood, all wood is brown, and leaves are green, so the stereotype colours of trees is imprinted at an early age. Shelfie2 has taken a bit of a sabbatical over the past month or so with attention being diverted to three real trees, the removal of them that is…

With those out of the way thoughts turned to the woodlands which will form Shelfie2’s background.

One thing the natural light shows here is the colour cast is too cool, too much grey (the trees) providing an improper colour balance. Spending last week amongst the hills of central Wales subconsciously drew that to my attention. Just spending time looking at the layout yesterday and today was flagging the change needed. One way to add warmth to a scene is to add from the red and orange spectrum, so I pulled the loose fitted trees from the layout and gave them a very diluted wash of acrylic burnt umber. As they dried I wondered if I’d done the right thing, the colour was quite vivid and very much in the red! However they have now dried to a very pleasing grey/brown natural colour which will lift the overall colours of the layout.

The only trouble is these, which are already fixed, doh! In can see some more felling taking place now, who’d have thought brown could be so interesting?

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Wordless Wednesday (one for a mate)

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Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday (Cat checks out Rapido 1200’s and 3800’s)

And is even more astonished when shown the fugly GMD-1…

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The numbers all go to eleven…

If like me going into the mancave has the potential for a bit of cheeky petrol sniffing, this’ll work for you…

919 record

Porsche’s record breaking Nurburgring lap with an hybrid 919, unleashed, with everything turned up to eleven, and Timo Bernhard making it go….

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Heljans OO Class 25 in Shades of Grey

HELJAN UNVEILS ‘OO’ GAUGE CLASS 25/3 AND ‘ETHEL’ FOR 2019

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All-new Derby/Sulzer Type 2 in ‘OO’ to follow the ‘O’ gauge version. Ten versions in development – PLUS first-ever ready-to-haul (RTH) ‘OO’ models of ETHEL train heating units!

Development work is well advanced on HELJAN’s latest ‘OO’ gauge BR diesel locomotive project – the popular Derby/Sulzer Type 2 in its final Class 25/3 guise. The model will benefit from the research and development that has gone into our forthcoming ‘O’ gauge ‘25/3’ (due for release later this year) and is expected to make rapid progress towards a first release in 2019.

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No fewer than TEN versions have been selected, covering a broad cross-section of BR green, BR blue and special liveries and offering a choice of London Midland, Scottish and Western Region prototypes from the mid-1960s to the late-1980s.

The model represents the final development of the 478 Derby/Sulzer Type 2s, which started with Class 24 in the late-1950s. Our model will cover the D5238-99 and D7500-D7677 batches, built by Derby Works and Beyer, Peacock of Manchester between December 1963 and April 1967.

For the first time, models will also be offered as the famous Scottish Region ‘ETHEL’ (Electric Train Heating Ex-Locomotive) train heating units converted from Class 25/3s as a short-term solution prior to the delivery of Class 37/4s in 1985. These machines later found work with InterCity’s Charter Unit, lasting into the 1990s.

The new HELJAN Class 25/3 will feature our renowned high-performance chassis with all-wheel drive and all-wheel pick-up, illuminated headcode panels and marker lights, a 21-pin DCC decoder interface and provision for DCC sound.

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All the above information about this project is subject to change, but more details about the specification and pricing will be announced as the project develops. Look out for updates on the HELJAN Facebook page and in the model railway press.

HELJAN CLASS 25/3 MODELS

2530 – BR two-tone green D7645 with small yellow panels

2531 – BR two-tone green D5244 with small yellow panels – WEATHERED

2532 – BR two-tone green D7550 with full yellow ends and BR blue data panel

2533 – BR early blue D7661 with small yellow panels

2534 – BR rail blue D7667 with full yellow ends (twin double arrows – 1,000th loco built at Derby Works)

2535 – BR rail blue 25252 (LMR) with full yellow ends (single, central double arrows) and headcode panel still in place

2536 – BR rail blue 25155 (WR) with full yellow ends (single, central double arrows) and headcode panel still in place- WEATHERED

2537 – BR Rail Blue 25093 (ScR/LMR) with bodyside numbers (single, centrally placed double arrows) and ‘domino’ headcodes

2538 – BR 25912 Tamworth Castle ‘Ice Cream Van’ livery with silver roof

2539 – BR Special two-tone green D7672 Tamworth Castle

2540 – BR blue/grey ETHEL1 ADB97250

2541 – InterCity ETHEL3 ADB97252

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Wordless Wednesday 4th July, Faded & F…..!

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