SM32 WW1 Old Barn re-gauging

Just when you thought you have finished another job comes along. Even although I made the height of the old barn to scale plus an extra mm or two, it’s not until you actually test the tallest piece of rolling stock that you find models can differ from scale.

Anyway the height had to be increased by 5mm, I decided to increase the height by 9mm, just to be on the ‘safe-side’.This is because 9mm fitted in with the stone brick formations.

I have also amended the barn side on the viewing side to hopefully enhance the viewing. I had to cut and rejoin five pieces of the remaining embossed plastic as supplies were very low and I did not want to buy another whole sheet – strangely, it worked out fine!

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SM32 WW1 – added ammo/provision Boxes

Today I have added some boxes to the layout – I thought I had enough, but after planting them I think at least another two packets are required. These are items that typify the advanced position of the WDLR.

Having been discussing a respectful name for the layout we have almost agreed that it should be called ‘4000 YARDS’ as this is the distance this type of railway was from the front line.

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SM32 WW1- working on the Old Barn

I have to say this is not what I intended the Barn to look like. I intended for the Barn to be a complete shambles, but the only scale materials I could get were very much garden railway materials and were very thick.

Everything has still to be weathered and distressed, with guttering added.

I have added some sand bags and grass inside the Barn rather than have a blank space.

I have also added a little brick/tile debris around the tracks.

 

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SM32 WW1 – further detailing

Another busy weekend with lots of items added to enhance already added items. I have added the below Photo’s in the order the work was carried out.  This I hope gives an insight into the steps made.

Cross wood frame and barbed wire

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Duck boards  for the trenches

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Two types of barbed wire defences

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Sand/soil for sand bags

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Added grass and skinny shrubs

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Extra grass and bushes

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SM32 WW1 Sandbags and Barbed Wire

The sandbags arrived yesterday and the barbed wire this morning. The sandbags were formed into a barrier, painted, weathered and added to the layout. The barbed wire was worked into a spiral, a three cross and rod carrier made, painted and also added to the layout. The embankment on the back of the layout is now also nearly complete.

The troops are posed in their likely final position.

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