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 Posted: Tue May 26th, 2015 12:53 am
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Peter Towns, a member here on YMR is in the process of restoring Login Station, one of the old stations on the old Cardi-bach -  GWR Whitland to Cardigan line that closed in 1962. As part of the restoration, a couple of us are building a 4mm layout depicting Login station and environs as they were in their heyday.

I elected to tackle the station house. This is the actual house as it is now:



Peter had taken all the relevant measurements so I drew up plans on the computer in Photoshop, printed them out and stuck them onto 2mm greyboard. Cut them out with the trusty Stanley...



Covered the pieces where needed in slate/stone paper (CG textures Photoshopped) and stuck them together with UHU:



Windows were drawn in P'shop, printed onto sticky-backed photo paper, cut out and stuck onto clear plastic (top of a Tesco cake box).
Internals came next, which was a labour of love, as they will never be seen in detail again - but I know they are there. First is the living room:



then the Station Masters office and the end room being the ticket office. Two rooms have flickering fires (LEDs from plastic tea-lights) and all three have ceiling lights. All LEDs with resistors and powered from a 6 volt plug-in transformer (50p from a charity shop):



This is the result:



Finally Scalescenes roof tiles were added, together with barge boards, chimneys and pots, and the whole lot protected with a coat of matt varnish.



Rear view, with the bottom 15mm 'shopped' out:



Any queries or criticisms, I'm happy to reply to.

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 Posted: Tue May 26th, 2015 01:09 am
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Cracking build Shaun, looks great!
Well done

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It's a lovely house, Shaun.  Straight out of "Escape to the Country."  :lol:

You've made a beautiful job of it.




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Thanks chaps!
And an elephant... my first!

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Very nice, well done.



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Nice one Shaun, I know what you mean about modelling interiors when only you know whats there, its the same as modelling in detail the underside of coaches and wagons, no-one will see it all but it is a very satisfying thing to do, well done!:thumbs.
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A lovely build and I like the way way that you designed it from the outset. Great result, especially the interior.

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I can't believe that was over a year ago!

Around that time we started on the Login layout itself - the Station on a 7 x 2 board, with two 4 x 2 boards, one at either end as fiddle yards/potential extensions.

This was the start of the main board, last year when I had lots of 'shed' room:



For the next few months it went on hold, as we concentrated on building the Teifi Gorge layout. and various summer exhibitions.
Winter and the inclement weather got in the way, and then we decided to move, so the Login layout had a temporary home in a store room at Pats.

Finally last month we managed to move the board to the new house at Llechryd, and I started doing a bit more:





That was taken a week ago. Since then things have been slowly progressing:








Only small cameo shots, as there is an awful lot of empty board across to the right!

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Lovely work as always Shaun.

What did you use for the grass across the board?

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'Fly-swatter' and 2mm static grasses Marty - glad you like it!

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Wow... Very interesting to see it applied "broad acre" like that. It looks great.

Must have taken a while?

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Not too long Marty. I think it took up most of an afternoon - I know I did it more or less all in one go, so that it would blend in.

I've done a bit more to the layout in the last day or two, the picture below shows progress (Sorry about the Teifi Gorge bit in the background - trying to juggle two balls at once...)




Login station is now stuck in place, but needs the ground to be built up around the sides and back. It's wired for lights, so I took a quick night-time shot:




The middle room is the Station Masters office, and is furnished with a settle, filing cabinet, desk and fire - I tried to get a picture, but even set on macro, and with the lense touching the window, this is the best I could get:




The fire flickers quite realistically, done by using the LED out of one of those imitation night-lights (8 for a pound. From... Poundland!)

Now up to date with Login.

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Hi Shaun,

Very nice work, especially the meadows. 

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Thanks Nigel. Trouble is they have got to be divided up and given thick hedges with lots of trees, plus a few miles of fencing (lots of 0.7mm holes to be drilled into matchsticks...)
Oh the things we get pleasure from!

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That's beautiful work Shaun.
I constantly marvel at the talent that is in our hobby.



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Nice work Shaun.  Going back to your first post in this thread, you mentioned giving the building a coat of matt varnish. Do you remember which make of varnish and how it was applied?  For instance, was it sprayed or applied with a brush?

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Hi Terry.
Winsor & Newton matt varnish from their Galeria range. A 75ml bottle costs around a fiver. (Well, it should do - but I liberated mine from my wife's art cupboard)
It dries in minutes, and brushes can be cleaned in water.
Prior to that I used Wilko's matt varnish in a tin. Just as good, but I had to buy it instead of 'acquiring' it...

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Hi again, Shaun, this scheme could cut down the matchstick drilling by 30%if you have a small pillar drill but you do need to keep 'up and downing' the bit to clear it...




Love the firelight effect etc! Where are the gates from, please?

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Excellent, Shaun.  :thumbs

Love the fireplace.



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Chubber wrote:
Hi again, Shaun, this scheme could cut down the matchstick drilling by 30%if you have a small pillar drill but you do need to keep 'up and downing' the bit to clear it...




Love the firelight effect etc! Where are the gates from, please?

Doug

I think I'll stick to doing them one by one Doug - I don't think my pillar drill is delicate enough!

The gates are home made - Drawn to scale on paper, double sided cellotape on top, and then made up from 2mm and 1.5mm square plastic strip stuck with MEK. Bit of gauze from a tea-strainer and red roundels cut from coloured card. You can then carefully peel off the backing paper.

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