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 Posted: Sun Mar 30th, 2014 05:05 pm
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I decided that the next building that I was going to build would be a gate house. this was never going to be a quick build as I have two young children.
I set about designing a gate house on paper. once I was happy with the design with one tower over the gate I set about thinking the best way to construct the gatehouse. 
I started with plaster. making lots of moulds. once the moulds were constructed the actual building process was quick and looked very realistic.
however disaster struck. with family coming up to visit I was forced to move all modelling into the garage where my wife promptly knocked it off the chest freezer. 
so again I rebuilt the structure and prepared for painting. however at this stage I was not fully happy with the structure as in my opinion it looked like a strange church with the one tower. 
as I prepared for painting I quickly found that the plaster reacted badly with the paint and dyes I was using and went soft and fell apart in my hands.
so back to phase one. 
this time I changed my design and ended up making a big building even bigger. 
once I was happy with my design I then had a long hard think about building materials. I opted for embossed plastic card. so purchased some of the slaters sheets, I loved the price and the quality and quickly painted a test piece. however held next to my church and shops which used the wills plastic card the slaters card clearly lacked depth. this would not do as I'm sure a massive gatehouse will become a focal point. 
so back to the tried and tested wills plastic card.




after putting so much work into making moulds i still wanted to use then. i discovered that car body filler, sets strong and hard, however you have to remove from the mould before fully set otherwise you will never get it out. 






the car was used to show the sheer size and scale of this building. 






my wide decided that all castle and castle type buildings have gargoyles  this led to a lot of head scratching. 














so this is how the building stands as of today fully primed and ready for the next stage. 


now the gargoyles turned out to be quite simple. i was walking around a toy and train fair when i happened across a cheap packet of o scale wild animals made my langleys in white metal. a bit of cuting heating and bending later and i have some strange looking things that i think pass as gargoyles. 


all the roofs are removable to allow ease when it comes to glazing and of course i fancy adding a light to one of the towers. 


a bit of luck i will managed to achieve a good paint finsh. photos really show up all the bits i dont like. 


what do you think so far??






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That's guarding some gate Jimmy .........:shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock:

Had you thought of using the Linka system originally ?  It has ready made moulds and the end result is pretty good - takes paint well too. :thumbs

I don't have experience of the Wills plastic sheeting but I'm told it's difficult to cut and can shatter. :roll::roll:

Whatever, it looks very impressive and a stroke of genius about the gargoyles.   Can't wait to see whatever it's guarding. ;-)



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The linka system did strike me as a good idea the large arch and doors used a linka mould the other moulds where made myself first making a wooden plug then pouring the mould mixture over the wooden plug. Then hay presto you have a latex mould, to be used over and over again.

This is going to be the gate to my town. I am also planning a castle ruin on the hill above my town...... Long way away at the mo.

Wills plastic card is very hard to cut because of how thick it is. But the depth and strength it brings makes up for this.

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There was me thinking this thread was about a small level crossing gate house until I read through it. I must say that the stone work and the archway look very effective. There is an impressive gate house in Canterbury (Westgate)which has a road running through it, but this has round towers. I have attached a link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westgate,_Canterbury

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Very nice work Jimmy. :thumbs  All you need now is a flaxen-haired maiden peering out from one of the upstairs windows!

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Terrific workmanship Jimmy - Wills stone sheets, the way to go!

BTW, when I built that cathedral,  Tony Langley cast off many parts from my own masters which included gargoyles but apparantly it was a Nun that made the master for those !

I've just built a town gate for a Tudor diorama using  fire cement and a homemade stone press but it's nowhere near as complex as yours - little more than just a kind of ruin really.

Anyway Jimmy, really super work - very impressive, just don't let the wife anywhere near it !

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Terrific workmanship Jimmy - Wills stone sheets, the way to go!

BTW, when I built that cathedral,  Tony Langley cast off many parts from my own masters which included gargoyles but apparantly it was a Nun that made the master for those !

I've just built a town gate for a Tudor diorama using  fire cement and a homemade stone press but it's nowhere near as complex as yours - little more than just a kind of ruin really.

Anyway Jimmy, really super work - very impressive, just don't let the wife anywhere near it !

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Thank you for your kind words Allan. I saw your thread on your gate just after I started mine. It looks amazing.

I do love wills plastic card and think I'm getting better at hiding the joints.

I read your thread in fire cement and I think I will give that a go for my castle ruin I'm planning.

Although my layout is based in Derbyshire area. I am planning a ruin based on Corfe castle.

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Hi Jimmy,

This is looking very good and I can't wait to see the coloured paint go on. Looking foward to this developing further. Two thumbs up fom me !

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Cheers, Gary.



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still working on the gate house, 
i decided that no gate house is complete without a flag pole. 
now how to build a good looking flag pole. 
i started off with two sections of metal tubing one slightly bigger. these were cut to size. i then glued a dress makers pin to the top for the ball. 
having completed this i got a small section of metal which was bent using very fine needle nose pliers and glued to the base for the rope to be wrapped around. i then cut down a needle for the pulley on the top of the pole. my eye sight is still quite good!!


next the entire pole was sprayed silver and a piece of thread was added for the rope. 
a hole was drilled in the top of the tower to hold the pole securely. 
the ball will be painted with brass paint. 
just got to work out how to make a realist looking flag.


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Nifty.  :thumbs



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Now then, if you can build that up to full size and put it across the M1 about level with Birmingham we can stop those ............."bloody southerners from comin up north" :mutley:pedal:pathead:chicken:hi "Only joking"

Nice piece of work there Jimmy :doublethumb



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Good idea Kev but they think they need a passport north of Watford so don't come - particularly during the winter months when all the roads are snowed up ...................:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::cheers



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Progress has been slow on my gate house, but it is almost finished. 
i have working lights to add to the arch and the top right tower which now also has a detailed inside complete with painitings on the walls. 
however now i have finished the flag pole and major painting, i thought i would show you some photos of where i am at the moment. 
i think next i will attack the building with weathering powders. 
so what do you think so far. 







why does the camera always show up all the issues that you never notice until you photograph the model. 

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Fantastic Jimmy ! :thumbs Regardless of adding the weathering (powders), it looks very nice. Great modelling.

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I agree, that this is not going to need a great deal of additional weathering. I think the result is excellent and the painting of the stone work looks very effective too.

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A very effective build. The flag looks great. I love the pictures, but it's so true isn't it that no matter how perfect you think your work is, one picture shows up so much! If it's any consolation though, I haven't noticed anything wrong with your gatehouse in the picture. I would be proud of making that any day!



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Thank you for the kind words, it's always nice to read comments.

As most of you will know once you finish a model the bits you always see are the bits you don't like. Even when they are not noticeable.

I'm still not sure that I need the weathering powders but I can't help but fiddle.

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