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 Posted: Tue Mar 26th, 2013 10:50 am
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aberdare wrote: Hi Allan

I did look at Scalelink, looked at the cost for 8 windows and thought 'I can buy several packets of plastic for that' or maybe even some wheels for the many unfinished kits I have. So, as it only takes up my time and and a few pence worth of plastic and glue I made them, quite enjoyed it too.
I'll save the cash for those bits I can't make out of plastic, card or whatever comes to hand.

Thanks for having a look and commenting once more,

Jim

I can see your logic there Jim, when it's only a hobby, time doesn't matter but when I was making a living at it and I could just glue a Scalelink ready made brass etched window in place within seconds as opposed to spending an age making just one out of styrene section than at a quid a window, they were well worth it and when you consider that that town scene I built swallowed windows up by the truck load, well...

Anyway, I know Bob Wyatt who ownes Scalelink and we worked together on several ideas so cheapy windows in return! - I also knew John Piper the founder of the company back in the 70s where he suggested we should get together and 'do something' but I was never quite sure what 'do something' meant!!


All the best,keep up the brilliant work Jim.

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Wow! was it really March when life took a turn for the worse and I lost all interest in modelling and the projects got shelved. Well it's time to pick them all up again and get stuck in but first what happened to that Engine shed, not a lot as it happens.

It did get a roof though




and some vents



It also got some slates over half the roof, but.....the vents got scrapped as they just looked wrong and I have some new ones - in that place called 'somewhere', the slates have lifted a bit and were in danger of following the vents but they are actually OK and will be stuck down again later.



In the meantime after working on the layout itself I was inspired to start the refreshment rooms on the hill behind the station and that is what I shall concentrate on for now.

I decided to move away from my favoured plastic and use a supply of card and paper that I have had for years and see how it goes.First the marking & cutting out including the roof to make a complete fold up version.



Yup! that seems to have worked so a quick fit into the hole in the hill.



Windows and doors then cut out and brick paper glued on with the prit-stick and windows made from plastic, well you knew I would have to fit some in somewhere and I like making windows. The brick colour was all wrong and looked a bit flat and uninteresting so I have started to colour it to get it nearer to the prototype. The support columns were made separately and the brick paper rolled around them and stuck on under the weight of a few books, they did not go smoothly until I found a way of getting them straight more easily during the wrapping and believe me if the columns aren't square and even it shows! especially the corner ones.One side nearing completion.



A quick fit of one side and an end in the hill.




Like the other buildings I thought this would be a simple box and quite quick to make - wrong again. I have since found and seen that the far end - where I was going to fit a backdoor and window to a supposed kitchen - was removed around 1900 and a pile of brick rubble and exposed brick can be seen. I think I have a solution to model this but we shall find out later, much later if it doesn't go according to plan.

Enough waffling by me for now as I need to get back to the cutting board.

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I can relate to losing interest Jim.  It happened to me earlier this year when I felt trapped by a project I took on that was way too big.  Having spurred myself to complete that project I feel liberated and am cracking on with stuff for myself. 

Nice to see some scratchbuilding.  I'm a proponent of plastic for my buildings.

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Like John has stated above, great to see some scratchbuilding. Styrene is a really great modelling medium and for those out there that don't use it, have a go. Just use Jim's modelling/inspiration here to spur you on ! Having read this again has given me a kick along. Thanks Jim...

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Good to see you back in action Jim if a little surprised to see you working with card. Could never manage the stuff myself and I have nothing but admiration for those who can! Having had a layoff myself I guess it's time to buckle down and get on with it. Seven buildings on the go so I had a change and started in on some wagon kits and renumbering locos so I haven't been totally idle! Looking forwards to developments.

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Thanks for the replies John, Gary and Bill and I'm glad if someone has been inspired to get going again, I know a few visits on here got me itching to start again and I have been quite quick on this last build which is unusual for me, but I will have to leave it for a week or so after this weekend.
So how has my cardboard challenge that I gave myself progressed, could I have built it better in plastic, I'll leave you to be the judge of that.

T
he open end was obviously going to show what was inside the building when originally built which as far as I could make out was the end containing the WCs and I assumed a preparation area on the other side of a corridor so I modelled the remains of the base of the internal walls and tiled floors. Who knows if it is correct or not? I just thought it would look Ok when someone looks in, as an open end just encourages people to do just that. I also made an attempt at showing the remains of the removed walls on the side and went for a damaged plaster look too. I have assumed that anything of value, sanitary wear, pipework etc has been removed for use sale elsewhere as I do not think they were as wasteful then as we are today.


So a picture

 

  The roof glued up and the start of slating. 

 

 The roof finally complete.

 


 I now just need to finish this end wall to look a bit more broken and do the final painting/weathering, then I can add a few stored items, mud and grass.  of card left yet so I may try it again later if I am happy with the end result, luckily it will sit away from the plastic buildings and have a few trees to screen it so a direct comparison between the two materials should not really be that easy or noticeable.
Feel free to comment as I can only improve if I know what people think, I can already see bits I would like to do again!
Jim (sorry about the spacings, don't know what went wrong but I can't change it)



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Hopefully one of the Admin team can sort out the formatting problem Jim

You know, you are far too modest about your scratchbuilding skills.You have shown us some fine work in styrene previously and now proving that you can 'cut' it in card too :lol:

I'm really pleased to see you back modelling and posting on progress again as Hemyock is one of my favourite prototypes and I enjoy reading about your progress.



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Edited Jim.I think i was too quick and cropped a bit of text at the bottom but you should be able to edit that yourself now.



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Thanks Alan, that’s much better and as all the info is there I will leave it as it is. The problem was my end as I used my wife’s laptop with Chrome and it failed to load the pictures so I cut and pasted to IE and though it looked OK it displayed incorrectly on posting, each time I edited it got worse. I’d better stick to my old PC from now on.
 
Nick, thank you for the reply and it is good to be back in the swing of things. As for the card I have loads of it and that brick paper has got to be 35 years old at least so it needed using, I think the cottages and butter factory will be made from card as I am happy with how things have turned out so far, but it will be back to plastic for the goods shed when I get that far.
 
Off for a short break soon and time to think of what to do next, maybe finishing that engine shed.
 
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About time for another update on the build – thanks for the prompt Gary – of the Refeshment rooms I was building which I had left nearing completion.
I was thinking of trying to recreate chopped brickwork on the outside wall and in the end the only option was to actually cut some out. First a couple of extra pillars were added to represent the inner course of brick to a solid wall and individual ones cut out and coloured with water colour pencils and a paint wash.



 A cruel close up here of it in progress.  Ignore the bars on the inside of the window as they are there to aid alignment of the shorter individual bars on the outside.







So it was now on with painting the roof, dirty the windows up – it had been neglected for 20 or more years at this time – and think about more detailing.


Believe it or not I didn’t like the roof, it looked wrong. It had to be changed.




That’s better, much more to prototype.









So really all that was needed was those details and some more colouring and we’re there, so a few pictures to show current state.
Scratchbuilt sacks, wheel and grindstone.





The cat to keep the mice away, I decided the latter are far too small to model.








A final shot to show it sitting in the hillside.








I also built a wheelbarrow as we need something to move that pile of bricks I will make later.








The only problem I had with this is, did I have anything for a 7mm wheel, the answer was no so I had to make one. I made the 11mm one earlier so it was worth a try.
Making the spokes, the tyre is on the brush handle.



 




The wheelbarrow


 


I hope you enjoyed your latest visit and I look forward to your next.
 
 
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Hi Jim,

The detailing is fantastic and the cat is a nice touch. :thumbs Thanks for an update.

Cheers, Gary.



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Very nice  Jim................looks absolutely perfect (albeit derelict:lol:) on the embankment



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A fantastic job Jim.  :thumbs

I love that chavelled brickwork.




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Thank you all for the replies and I'm glad Gary reminded me to update, thanks for that. 
My part of the Village suffered a lot of communications issues and needed all the poles and wires replacing between my house and the main road and made any posting difficult if not impossible, all sorted now though.
Having completed that one I have now picked up that engine shed I abandoned last spring and it is progressing nicely though slowly, I will post more on that soon.
Thanks again for the positive comments and I will post again soon.
Jim



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Mind-bogglingly good and most convincing!


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Very nice, is this O scale?



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Thank you Doug and Chris for your comments, much appreciated.
As for the scale it is 4mm.  I like to scratchbuild as much as possible so I always try that first before buying anything, except the track that is as that would take too long though I have made some in the past. 
As I quite enjoy fiddly little bits maybe I should have gone 2mm:)

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