The latest from Dave

“Hi Al

I picked the tip of using shredded pan scourer for vegetation from one of your emails.

Thought you might like to see the results. It can be shaped into hedges, bushes and trees.

I just put it in place and spray with PVA 20% mix with water.

I’m really pleased with it.

Thanks to the guy who sent it in


“Hi Al,

Here are 4 pictures of my weathered locos. I used humbrol weathering powders, smoke grey, rust and a little white ash. It is best to spray the locos with a matt clear varnish first so the powders adhere better. It’s a good idea to mask any glazing, I used artists liquid rubber which can be easily removed when it’s finished.

I also did the wheels, remember to rotate them so you don,t get un-weathered bits showing where the rods are.
I did not do the chassis because I was afraid it might affect the pick up wipers also I don’t think it’s noticable.


“Hi Al got part 4 uploaded now , its a bit long , but a few tips in there , its beginning to take shape a bit now



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14 Responses to The latest from Dave

  1. Thanks Dave for the update … a wonderful work in progress.
    Job well done Chris. Sponge … I soaked all of that up!
    Great job on your weathered locos Alan… look older than dirt.
    (I have weathered some buildings. your pics and explanation I will be able to and looking forward to weathering my locos.) Thank you!
    Thanks Al for always sharing!

    best regards all,


  2. Superb a credit to you , i wish i could find it as easy you

  3. Brilliant. There’s certainly quite a lot of excellent work in this video. I do have one or two humble observations/suggestions.

    I’ve noticed that the majority of the inland lakes and waterways that I have seen in real life are considerably more green or muddy brown than the bright blue color that you use to represent water on your layout. Living where I do, near the ocean, one can easily see the colors of the essentially clear bodies of water change progressively from green to blue as the water gets farther out into the deeper depths of the Pacific. I have been told that this effect is owing to the undergrowth of vegetation near the shoreline making the water appear green. Only as it progresses deeper does the water begin to reflect the blue of the sky.

    My only other observation (not criticism mind you) is that the barges you use on your layout appear not be able to negotiate the extremely tight turns the waterways seem to make on your layout. These are just small things. I do want to thank and congratulate you for all the excellent work and efforts that you always manage to show us on your really entertaining and informative videos.

  4. Always good to see what other people are doing and am in awe of Dave and his skills. Must spend so many hours each day in the loft!

  5. That pannier tank sure looks dirty, maybe you should take further by chalking the number on the coal bunker. With the other locos for 1960s perhaps remove name plates.

  6. Hi Al
    Really enjoy you postings,especially the brilliant Dave. He is an inspiration and I have learnt so much from his wonderful videos.
    Can any of your respondents give me some advice? I was given the present of a Hornby motorised turntable and feel obliged to incorporate it my layout on which I am working and it sticks out like a ‘sore thumb’. I would appreciate any photos etc. of how to incorporate it to look the part.
    Thank you.

  7. Great Job… Dave

  8. great tips the photos look good the trains do look weathered and the video was great thanks for sharing it really helps when doing things on my layout.

  9. very informative, please keep up the good work

  10. Alan, wonderful weathering job, what a difference it makes. Nice layout, looks very reminiscent of the Valleys down here in South Wales.

  11. Layouts I’ve done has always been about the trains. Country side, dirt, grass, stone, a small town, two buildings, two or three houses. Three to four main lines of track.

  12. your video updates are never to long—–Harv

  13. Great work Chris I’ll have to try that. Dave you can make a full length feature film for me I’ll view it. It is never too long for me. Where do you buy those red bricked in viaduct arches?


  14. Hi dave love what u have done I can’t wait to see it all finished iv nearly completed my n gauge layout I hope I can finished soon

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