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 Posted: Sun Feb 2nd, 2014 06:10 am
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After a tiresome week at work, especially after having a break for 10 days, not a lot was done on the layout itself. I did want to start on some scenery this weekend, but that wasn't to be the case. Before any scenery should be started, I have to build the certain structures to sit on the layout. The three reamining structures are the goods shed, the ground frame and the cattle dock. The cattle dock will be started today, but the goods shed is complete, as well as the ground frame.

GOODS SHED. 

The goods shed was first started with scribing card to represent the timber plankings. The shed has similarities to Scalescenes small goods store. Quite a few techniques were pinched from Mr Wiffen as well as the doors, platform and timber floor from his kit.



The arrangement of the walls. To keep it simple, I didn't bother with end wall vents/louvres. The walls have a 'hairy look', due to scribing the planks. This will be cleaned up with a light sanding.




The concrete platforms and one sliding door. The concrete sheet was pinched from Scalescenes free 'low relief warehouse/shed'.



The piers were made up as per Scalescenes 'small goods store'. The door has been dry brushed green, so that the detail underneath is visible.



The steps. These are made from individual pieces of card and covered in a strip of header course brick paper. After each step was completed, they are glued on top of each other. This was then dressed along the facing edge with a piece of stretcher bond brick paper.



The completed shed, bar gutters and down pipes. The roof is corrugated card, the same card I used on my Provendors/Goods Store build. The two doors here are from Scalescenes 'small goods shed'. This time they were glued on in the open position and were not painted. The model was given a light weathering using dry brush.



Rail side of the goods shed.



GROUND FRAME.

This was started with layering 4mm strip (styrene) over a base sheet. This is done to match the construction method/materials of the Hornby platform shelter.



The door and windows are from Tichy Train Group. The two windows with the white styrene attached started life as the window below them. A little bit of 'cut and shut'. The door has had the bottom section cut and removed to extend the length/height from HO to OO scale. Further along you will see the same was done to the top lintel of the door.



The door and windows are arranged within their respective wall sections. The side walls have HO scale 6" (OO 4") corner posts attached. The wall section on the right shows the eventual roof line drawn on.



The completed, bar painting ground frame. Again, the same corrugated card was used for the roof. The building measures (a scale) 5'3" wide by 6'3" deep and 9' high at the front, 7'6" at the rear.



The painted groung frame alongside the matching platform shelter




All four models that have been built/scratchbuilt/painted this week.




Now, I'm off to start on the cattle dock....

Cheers, Gary.













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Nice one, er - four Gary.  I like the walls of the Goods Shed especially.  :thumbs



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The goods shed steps look great Gary,so much better than the ramp that comes with the Scalescenes one.I might pinch that idea if you don't mind and retro fit to my goods shed.



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Like the four models Gary. What distance did you scribe the lines on the card for the planking? Looking forward to see the cattle dock too. Keep up the good work!

 



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Hi Alan,

Thanks for the kind words. Ofcourse you can pinch the steps idea. At first I had planned another way of constructing them, but I found this method easiest.

Oh, The header photo 'Alan's pic of the week', thankyou, Jack is happy :mrgreen: ! I only realised how early that shot is, in the build up of Jacks Corner/Continuous Loop. I also noticed that the engine shed is missing one door. The Fat Controller wouldn't have that on the Island of Sodor !! ;-);-)

Hi Barney,

The planking is spaced at a scale 9". I pretty much copied the same spacing as the Scalescenes 'small goods shed' kit. As for the cattle dock, I had thought about going down the same road as the cattle dock on Jacks Corner, but decided not to. After reading Aberdare's (Jim) Tiverton Junction & Hemyock thread, I thought I would make a cattle dock out of timber...

Here is a pic of the progress so far. Very fiddly putting these little timbers together...

The fence posts are 5' tall, and 6" square. The gates are only 3' wide and 4'10" high.



I'll elaborate the build of this in another post shortly.

Cheers, Gary.
 


 



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Hi Gary,

Are these timbers made out of ready cut balsa wood strip or do you have to trim these down to size yourself ?

Congratulations to both Jack and yourself on the layout of the week. A nice spur on for all the dad and son teams efforts.

Well done

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Hi Toto,

The timbers are hardwood and ready to go. They are from an American company called North Eastern Scale Lumber, although in HO scale. I just use my scale rule when selecting the timbers for size, so that they don't look far too small for the job. Pretty much a HO scale 6" x 6" is reasonably close to a OO scale 4" x 4" timber.

And yes, I do have to cut them all to length. Actually I cut them slightly overlength, group them together and then file to the same length. Very tedious...

I will say that I have cheated by using styrene as the diagonal brace on the gates. As there was no way I was going to splice a piece of timber to 0.5mm thick !

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Hi Gary,

Cheers for that. I would not think that the use of styrene is cheating by any means. You can feel free to use whatever is at hand as it will presumably be getting painted / weathered anyway.
It's the end result that matters. As you say, due to the size of some of the members required, it's impractical to use some materials.

Looking good so far. Mind the hinges and the gate latches now, I'll be looking for them.:mutley

Cheers for now

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This is layout coming on a treat Gary.  At the risk of teaching you to suck eggs, as they say here, might I suggest that in order not to get the 'hairy' look, and subsequent sanding down when scribing styrene, you invest in an Olfa P cutter 450?  I think this type of knife is sometimes referred to as a laminate cutter.  This is like a craft knife but has a hooked blade which will make a 'v' section scribe.  The waste comes away in a nice clean strip with no need to clean up afterwards.  Perfect planks every time.  These cutters are widely available at shows in the UK and, as they are made in Japan, I would assume they are also available in your part of the world.



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Hi Terry,

Thanks for the info on the knife. :thumbs I would have used balsa sheet for the shed walls but the only sheet I had was atleast 4mm thick, so the card was the next best thing. I should invest in such a knife as, you already know, I like to model in styrene at the best of times and this would become very handy if I need to scribe any material.

With the goods shed, I just dragged the scapel over the card to lightly groove it, hence the furry/hairy edges. Although, it hasn't come up too bad and looks ok with a little weathering. I would have prefered styrene, but, I am using what is at hand. I want to keep most of the styrene for the Kelly Bray layout.

Eventually, I will either grow some ivy up to hide the rough corners or cover with down pipes, maybe even with a vine of some sort climbing the spout... Hmmm.

Cheers, Gary.



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Oops, sorry Gary!  I thought you were using styrene for the shed walls. :oops:

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Well, here is the next installment on the cattle dock. Previously shown was the fence sections and two gates. The other two gates were made up and all the fencing/gates were painted with a wash of Humbrol matt grey primer (No.1).

The next step was to build up the platform out of heavy card. Here is the underside with adequate bracing/support.



I decided to chamfer all round the top edge of the platform and a strip of Scalescenes brick paper, with the header course was glued over the curved edge. The stretcher bond section was glued down and under the inside edge of the box. There are some visible rough surfaces on the card top. This was caused when I trimmed down the length of the header couse, after securing in place. This is not a problem as the surface will be treated the same as the station platform.



The bare card was painted with PVA and fine soil was sieved over the top. Once this had cured, a small amount of PVA was painted around the edges under the fence line and various flocks, scenic materials glued in to represent weed growth. Whilst this was curing, the fences were positioned and glued to the top of the brickwork. A little more flock was added around the posts.

All of this was allowed to cure for some time before the gates were glued into position. A little light weathering was applied here and there and that completes the build.

The completed cattle dock, road side.



Rail side.



Hopefully tomorrow this and the other models will take place on the plank and scenics will begin. ;-)

If anybody has built a cattle dock previously, you will notice something that I overlooked.... Any guesses ??

Cheers, Gary.

ps, No hinges Toto...:oops: This is meant to be a reasonably quick build..;-);-)







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A very impressive cattle dock you've made there Gary. Well done! Thanks for sharing it with us.



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Hi Gary,

Forget about hinges, it looks great, however, I know what's missing............cattle poo and greeny stenchy urine effect. I thought as much , a great disrespect for detailing. :mutley

I am confident that you could model that as well Gary, :mutley but here is the challenge...........the flies around the poo.;-)

Joking aside, I would be delighted to be able to produce this. As with all your builds, first class. Were the fence posts just offered straight to the top of the wall or were they sank into small holes in any way for support ?
The flock makes it and I think you use. It sparingly rather than over doing it and taking the effect away. It really looks like a well worn, un-maintained surface as it should.

Cheers for sharing the pictures.

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Gary said, "If anybody has built a cattle dock previously, you will notice something that I overlooked.... Any guesses ??"

Here's my fourpenny worth:

1.  A ramp to get the animals on and off the structure.

2.  A drain.  The animals produce lots of urine.  Where's it going to go?

Do I win the prize?

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Hi Barney, Toto & Terry

Thanks for your praise Barney. :mrgreen:

Toto, In a matter of fact I do have some cow pats (poo) in my spares box ! Not real ofcouse, but the pats that come with the Ratio 'Concrete Fence Post' kit. As for the posts, they are glued directly to the top of the wall/surface. Having a cat in the house, it is a possibility to have the cat knock the fence of the platform rather than have the cat snap it off and make a bu**er of a job to repair ! Thanks for your praise as well.

Terry, your close on the first answer....! Although the ramp will be modelled into the landscape today. I'll post more photos later. As for the drain, being a relatively small cattle dock, I assumed that the rammed earth surface wood take care of any urine, so no drain. I would hate to ride in a cattle van with these beast to the markets/slaughter house, not only would they be urinating, they would be cra##ing themselves too ! :shock:

Since you are close, a cow pat is on its way to you ! :mutley

Cheers, Gary.



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Thanks Gary, looking forward to it! :lol:

I read somewhere about producing cowpats by squeezing a blob of glue onto a surface and then dusting it with ground pepper.  The bloke who described it thought it was realistic, but personally, I thought it was a load of crap! :lol::lol::lol:

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Scenics have now started on the Shunting Plank. First up, I carved a piece of styrofoam to fit around the cattle dock.



This is then glued to the baseboard with Liquid Nails and a coat of plaster and then some acryllic paint to match the rest of the baseboard. During the plastering of the ramp, I filled in the sections next to both where the Goods shed and coal staithes sit.



Whilst the plaster was setting hard, the sleepers were treated to a wash of grey/brown acryllic paint. After all this had dried, which wasn't long (29-30*C today), the whole baseboard was coated with PVA and a layer of fine soil applied. Again, this did not take long to dry.



The road way was treated to some finely sieved road base dust and some Chucks Ballast 'Filth'. The track was also ballasted after the road was done. The ballast is a combination of Woodland Scenics 'Medium Grey Blend', Chucks Ballast, fine sieved soil and a dusting of 'Filth' after the combination mix had been applied.



All the plastering, painting, sub soiling, ballasting was completed out side. Once the track had dried off, it was all cleaned up with a mini-vac. There will be some minor patching up to be done at a later date. I have just completed the first of the 'greening'. I brought the layout inside for this.

Various materials will be used for this. So far course turf, static grass, general fine flock and leaf foliage has been used. All has been applied using PVA, which can be clearly seen below...



That's it for the evening, until work commences tomorrow.

Cheers, Gary.







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Not a lot to say Gary.

Effortless with amazing results. Really fantastic and in no time at all. Truly gifted.

Keep it up.

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A brilliant build Gary.I love the ballasting,not too pristine if you know what i mean but very natural and real life.



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