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An 'MLP' modelling thread for your Daughter - Curious??

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August 29th 2018 - The loco made another step forwards to completion with detail added to the pilot and a headlight shroud.

 

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I also started the coupler holder.

 

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I used one of the other wagons to check/set the coupler height.

 

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After the coupler was fitted, the loco was primed and the pink sprayed. After a period baking in the airing cupboard again, the yellow cab roof was painted.

 

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August 30th 2018 - The coach had its satin coat sprayed and once dry, the couplers were attached again. While the open wagons look ok with the MLPR 0-6-2 loco, the coach looks oversize. It does however look in proportion with the scratch built loco.

 

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That loco has all its detail painting completed and was then set aside to dry.

 

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After a few hours with the paint hardening, it was sprayed with a few satin coats and left to dry again before assembly and being placed on the layout for photos.

 

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All three locos and rolling stock on show together. For now, the layout is complete again, so that's probably it for updates unless we decide on an extension to the line in future.

 

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It's been an interesting and enjoyable journey building this unusual layout. I hope you've enjoyed the trip too.

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I have very much enjoyed the ride (so to speak) and I'm impressed with the end result – but I'll resist the temptation to build one for myself.

Does your daughter play with it much?

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On 12/11/2018 at 15:06, Gorby said:

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Does your daughter play with it much?

Yes, every so often it comes out and we have a Pony day, unless she's modelling, at dance class, swimming class, Brownies etc etc. She has a very busy social life. It was £150 well spent on materials to fill in seven weeks of summer holidays. Fortunately the last two Summer school holidays have only been six weeks long.

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What a great project. There is some amazing scratch building here. I love the tree house and the rolling stock particularly . You and your daughter are clearly both very skilled. She's a very lucky girl too to have this build with you.

Congratulations to you both on a superb layout. Is she going to exhibit the layout? As I think it will go down very well indeed.

Simply superb

All the best

Chris

 

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Now that we have three locos that work, I would consider an exhibition. It's something quite a bit different to the usual type of layouts you'd see.

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The "My Little Pony" railroad is now due to make its first public appearance at the Tanfield Railway Steam Gala on June 15th, confirmed by email this morning. Princess Twilight and friends are rather excited about the outing.

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Yesterday was the big day for the ponies and their railroad! It was the Tanfield Railway Steam Gala. Tanfield Railway is the oldest railway in the world will be celebrating its 300th Anniversary in 2025. The steam gala is the main event of the year where in addition to the home based locos, guest locos visit, hauling both passenger and mixed freight trains.

I arrived while the trains were still being assembled and the coaches and wagons were being shunted around and moved to the main line. Here's a couple of shots from early morning.

 

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I started the day on my own as my daughter was at dance class, but she would join me around mid day. The layout was set up in the carriage shed, also being used as a loco shed on a temporary basis. The main loco shed, the oldest in the world still in use, needs roof repairs and its use is currently restricted. I set up the layout end on to the public so that both sides would be visible. The layout was overlooked by a much larger loco than I would be using.

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By about 12:30pm, my daughter turned up and took over the operation of the layout. There had already been lots of interest from children and parents alike.

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To give a bit of audience participation, I had printed out pictures of all the ponies, along with a number next to each one. Beside the layout, I had a 20 sided dice and gave the kids four rolls of the dice to pick random numbers to decide which ponies had a ride in the train. That too was popular. We had a great day and the railroad and locos performed faultlessly.

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Wonderful outcome!

 

Its the simple things in life that are the best!👍

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