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 Posted: Mon Apr 25th, 2016 03:28 am
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Nice scene Gormo;-)

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A really convincing scene Gormo. Those pavers look excellent. A great idea to cast them in a mould.



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Hi Gormo

I have a great liking for cameos........yours is brilliant and definitely deserving some livestock:lol:



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Thanks Mike & John,

I have now turned my attention to the station building. I have a Metcalfe country station kit which seemed good to me some time ago, however nowadays I feel I would like something a little better and a little bit different to what`s commercially available.

The Metcalfe kit is being given a new skin of Scalescenes paper and I am trying to create something with a look something like Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway.

Below is a comparison between the old and the new. I decided to dive in and have a go .





The method I`m using involves dividing some of the modules so that they can be built more easily. They will be rejoined and appropriate bracing will be added.




Gary suggested that I do the window arches in card to show a bit more relief. Doing a bit of testing below. I think he`s right...:thumbs. I am going to use a similar method with the window sills.



Borrowed some of my Grandsons building blocks for corner supports. Lego on steroids.!!!






So there you go folks........in for a penny.....in for a pound. A much more difficult build but I think the end result will be worth the effort.


I have gone back to paper for my window arches. After checking the pics of Bewdley station once again, It appears that the real thing is actually flush with the brick walls. The individual pieces of cut stone that form the arches are barely noticeable as they have been painted over.

So that makes my job a little easier. The arches below have been marked out and cut with scissors. I have made a template from a section cut out of a tap washer and this method allows me to easily cut out arches of consistent size and shape. I have also cut a template for the door arches and the narrow side windows.







The window sills were drawn up in my drawing program and printed out. I then add a strip of cereal box card to the outer part of the sill to give it some depth like the original.






I am quite pleased with how it`s going so far and the pics below give some idea of how it will be in it`s location.








Well it`s not going to be perfect but I think the makeover will suit the location better than the original red brick version of the kit. I will give it some weathering.....it`s a bit too clean at the moment.....and that will also aid with the transformation of this building.

These are some of the bits I`m using. The arch templates cut out of tap fitting washers. In the background a sheet of window sills.







And I made up some Quoins for the corners of the buildings



So this is how we stand at the moment.....actually bracing was added after these pics were taken. This is the front of the building.



The right hand side



The left hand side where the booking hall joins on.




And the rear





Two more walls......the Booking Office...although the other wall still needs windows and a door.

These walls have had their wrap around end walls removed to aid with papering but more importantly to get a nice crisp corner at the joins with the gabled buildings. The walls are not joined yet.....they are simply stood up for the photographs.







Here is a cruel close up of a single sill on a single window, which is straight forward enough when you get the hang of it.





And here is the double. Had to do a removable section to go around the centre column of bricks whilst leaving a tiny ledge to sit in front of the column




This is the back wall of the Booking Hall just awaiting a door and some windows




The Metcalfe kit is a bit short on detail so I have been adding my own as I go along. For example, the dividing walls that fit inside the Booking Hall are only printed on one side. So I scanned the parts and then reversed the images and printed them out and stuck them to the unprinted sides as per below.



I`ve also added some curtains to the Station Masters house top and bottom. None supplied.

And to further enhance the building I have put some room interiors top and bottom in the house as well. I`ve simply printed them out and then stuck them to clear acetate. The idea being that I can light them from behind. The pics below show the top floor set up







This is the ground floor set up which includes a made up short floor. The access hole will allow me to shove a light up to both floors on a pole system.




To see the effect, I have done a short video using my torch to light the lower floor. The video is poor quality due to the light conditions, however you will get the idea.





I have also made some floors for the rooms either side of the Booking Hall hallway. These will remain removable for the moment as I may be adding some people to the inside of the building.




A new end wall for the ladies waiting room which also doubles as a support.




Now a bit of a dry run on the platform just to keep the interest going.
















The end building on the left is nearly there......just needs some arches over the windows and some interior detail.....but that`s already sorted .....just have to slip it in.





The round window I feel has been my biggest test so far. I made the cream surround in my drawing program and designed the centre section with spokes which were cut lines. A bit like slicing a cake into small slices. Then the tiny little triangles that the cuts created, were folded back into the opening.



You may have noticed a post in the pic above.??? The platform awning posts that come with the kit are obviously made from card.....they are very thin and very fragile and they don`t look very good.

So I`m trying this method.......it`s all metal....will outlast religion and the next ice age.....and Yes!!!....it`s a bicycle spoke with it`s nut attached.!!

I think it looks much better than the card version and this is just a test version.



So I`m fairly confident the post will be a goer and I will also use them for the platform canopies that have to be scratch built a bit further down the track.






That`s it for the moment......more as it happens.
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Very nice Gormo, coming together a treat ;-)

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You have been busy, Gormo.

Looking very good.  :thumbs

I like the bicycle spoke.  :cool:



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Gormo, that is the building I was contemplating for the D&S instead of a Scalescenes building and now having seen what you have done to it, convinces me to go down a similar path.



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Thanks Phil, Max & Sol,

Sol if you want any files for quoins, window sills, arch templates, roof slates.......let me know and I`ll send them on to you.

The build is tedious for me, compared to building the normal Metcalfe kit, however I`m glad that I`ve re-skinned it because to me it`s much closer to what I`d actually want......and now the end is within site it doesn`t seem so bad.

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G`day Folks,

Finally got the building together and now I`m working on detail.

Before the roof went on there were a couple of things to sort out. Firstly the roof panels were clad with tile strips and when they were trimmed every tile joint was scored with a blade. Time consuming but this is a full on conversion.





Also before the roof could go on I had to wire up the LED lighting. I ran two bus wires either side of the building and connected the LEDs . The LEDs are superglued in place.








Testing with the roof loose fitted





The roof was then fitted and home made ridge capping added and then it was time to start working on the barge boards. My real life station is Bewdley and Bewdley has this extra trim on the top edges of the roof so I have done the same on the model.





The barge boards were painted and fitted and also the support beam for the awning. The awning has had it`s posts removed because I am making replacement posts from bicycle spokes as mentioned in a previous post.





The roof has also been given a dusting with pastel powder and brushed to simulate grime and soot etc.




The next stage which I am working on now is guttering and chimneys. The guttering is being made from umbrella struts. The ends of the gutters are sealed by superglueing electrical tape to the ends and when the glue is dry the end is trimmed.

Here is an example of an end on a fitted piece.




A piece on the end of the building





And a piece for the awning.




The Metcalfe kit supplies the roll your own chimney pot system which I`m not too keen on considering the amount of effort I`ve put into this thing, why skimp on chimney pots.???

My chimney pots are made from these rivets. The rivet head is ground down by rotating it against a rotating grinding wheel on a mini bench grinder.





This is how they turn out once painted


 













So that`s where it`s at for the moment folks. There are two more chimneys to be re-skinned and fitted with pots and still over half of the building to be fitted with guttering. Of course the posts have to be done and some signage too and also some weathering.

Thankfully.....it`s getting there.!!

More as it happens

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That is some very nice modelling, Gormo.  :thumbs



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Thank you Max and G`day Folks,

Well at last I have put the station building to bed. Finished it off today with the final pieces of guttering, down pipes and awning posts. Last night I finished off the signs.

So here we are.

I decided to change the valance on the awning. It looks a little bit more GWR I think with the new valance.





The building is not yet permanently planted because I have to determine exactly where it will sit.  A bit more thought required about this but in the meantime at least it looks like it`s supposed to be there.





The booking hall sign is glued to a piece of guitar string which goes through a pin hole in the wall.








Timetables on the booking hall wall







And now......the next project.




More as it happens.

:cheers  Gormo



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As Mike said, absolutely !!!

Oh and I just adore the rotund people. Are they still available?

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Thanks Guys,
Yes Bill.......I believe they would be available.?...They were a gift so I`m not sure of costs here in Oz but check the link.
Here`s the details.
http://www.micromacromundo.com/Merten_HO_2399_Pedestrian.
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Thanks Gormo, I'll check them out.

Good luck with the footbridge. I still have my 35 year old GWR one from Hornby!

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Much better Gormo with the new valence, the other one looked out of place.

Re. The figures, whenever I have bought them and they are 00/HO I found them under scale, since them I always go for 00?

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Very true about the smaller scale of HO, but I try and have a balance of OO and HO figures to help add depth and enhance perspective, with HO figures set further back in a scene. N gauge items are sometimes useful for this as well, while I always tend to use HO seated figures for road vehicle drivers, as they can be made to fit into confined spaces so much better!

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