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 Posted: Fri Jan 24th, 2014 11:58 pm
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Tintagel post office has been haunting me ever since I took up railway modeling so I thought the time has come to bury the ghost !

So, here's the prototype and all I have to work on,and a day and a half in and progress so far.



















 

 

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Hi Allan,very nice indeed.I've been there and it's a very nice building.Would the National Trust website give you anymore information?.



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Spurno wrote: Hi Allan,very nice indeed.I've been there and it's a very nice building.Would the National Trust website give you anymore information?.


 They probably would, but would that help to build it !?

Knowing it's 600 years old meant that I had to try and reflect this on the model so, this called for a few stonework tests as shown here.

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And now the big question how did you do those Allan.
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RoyP wrote: And now the big question how did you do those Allan.

Here you go Roy.
















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Be careful Alan,
The trust may slap a preservation order on your model.
Next through the post a telephone book size list of building restrictions.
That resin Alan. Is it a readily available product?
All the best,
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Hi Allan,
Thanks for the info, thought that it might have been fire cement, do you treat it with anything incase it crumbles over time.
I found a couple of photos on the web of my 'Crackington Quay' layout the other day which was at an exhibition last year, and from what iI could see, some of the 'Pyruma' stonework on that seemed to have crumbled at the edges, it is now 10 years old.
I would like to use this system again on my new layout if possible, as it is really effective.
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shunter1 wrote: Be careful Alan,
The trust may slap a preservation order on your model.
Next through the post a telephone book size list of building restrictions.
That resin Alan. Is it a readily available product?
All the best,
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Hi Derek.

There's plenty of resin manufacturers out there and I would imagine that one's as good as another and I ordered mine on line.

Cheers.

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RoyP wrote: Hi Allan,
Thanks for the info, thought that it might have been fire cement, do you treat it with anything incase it crumbles over time.
I found a couple of photos on the web of my 'Crackington Quay' layout the other day which was at an exhibition last year, and from what iI could see, some of the 'Pyruma' stonework on that seemed to have crumbled at the edges, it is now 10 years old.
I would like to use this system again on my new layout if possible, as it is really effective.
Thanks,Roy



Hi Roy.

Fire cement has always been suspect to breaking down over time and it's only ever really happy in a warm envioronment and the layout that I built out of fire cement for Peco was still going strong after 20 years and now it's in storage.

However, in the past I have repaired customers buildings by soaking them in super thin superglue that soaks right through and sets the compound rock hard instantly and, hopefully, for eternity.

I stopped using fire cement as a modelling medium years ago and only recently went back to it to see if I could remember how and the different stone effects you can achieve is second to none, and if you have a stone press, as illustrated here, it only takes seconds to imprint a wall.

The buildings in the scene below were all built out of fire cement about 20 years ago and are still around I believe.

Anyway Roy, if you wish to follow this through I'll give you all the help I can.


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allan downes wrote: Spurno wrote: Hi Allan,very nice indeed.I've been there and it's a very nice building.Would the National Trust website give you anymore information?.


 They probably would, but would that help to build it !?


I meant regards measurements etc.



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Amazing mate looks fantastic

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Thanks Jimmy, I've seen some of your work and coming from you that is a compliment indeed!

If it "looks amazing" it's compliments of an out of focus camera!

Seriously though, I don't ever try copying prototypes right down to the last brick or stone, or the last slate and tyle - if it's close enough to be recognised (which it usually isn't !) then I  call it quits and this is, after all,  only a hobby and not an obsession.

Anyway, I ain't done anything today, apart from sleep !, but will steam into it again tomorrow and the pain is going to be that massive chimney but, and as they say, the feint hearted never won etc, etc, etc... 

Cheers Jimmy.

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Hi Allan, found a couple of nice postcards of the old post office. Send me an email and I'll forward them to you if you like.

mick@dcminerals.co.uk



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60019Bittern wrote: Hi Allan, found a couple of nice postcards of the old post office. Send me an email and I'll forward them to you if you like.

mick@dcminerals.co.uk


Thanks Mick, email sent.

Meanwhile very little progress as nothing was done yesterday and not much more today - my turbo's not what it used to be !

Allan.




 




 




 

 




 






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I think we all get days like that Allan. Postcards on the way to you.



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Great work Allan , I am amazed at your eye for detail and how you can get so much done so quickly



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Allan, What did you use for colouring the stonework.
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RoyP wrote: Allan, What did you use for colouring the stonework.
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Ah, now then Roy, a bit complicated but here goes

After the each wall section has been hardened in the microwave for about 3 minutes, it is given a wash of Colron English light oak wod dye then when dry, a morter mix of very thin watered down fire cement is floated in between the stone joints.

This is then washed over in well thinned matt black imulsion and when dry, sealed in with a sealant coat then a final run in with the mortar mix, left to dry and that's it.

Hope that helps.

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Got a few more hours in  today - chimney up to first lift, boxed up and roof built and tiled.

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Absolutely stunning Allan.Can't wait till it's finished,i've got letters to post.



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