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 Posted: Fri Dec 4th, 2015 01:23 am
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These buildings were massive to say the least as with everything else about America waist lines included !

The architecture is totaly mind blowing and the carpenters that built these palaces were second to none and they certainly knew how to impress with a plank of wood, a hammer and a bag of nails.

Anyway, influenced by all this magnificence and grandeur I ordered a dozen sheets of Evergreen feather boarding, built one house then got carried away and built three more, which I've still got and no body wants !

So, here they are.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 4th, 2015 10:35 am
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Another great model Allan.

I have used a tonne of the Evergreen Styrene weatherboard (clapboard) on previous HO scale layouts. Most New South Wales small country railway stations and signal boxes were made with weatherboard.

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If this is modelling... I'm giving up.....

Seriously tho' they are absolutely brilliant Alan, they look as though you've just nipped up the street and photographed your neighbours house... mind blowing.....



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Hi Allan,

Wow! Too good to be anywhere within 5 miles of the railroad tracks. Second picture down - how did you get the fancy leading on the door and portico? White address labels and a fine blade and oodles of patience? Custom Laser cut? I'd have cheated and printed black panes on white glossy photo paper (or tarted it up with some colored panes).

Amazing what could be done when timber was cheap and labor was even cheaper. Now if they were the real thing it would cost a small fortune to get rid of all that old lead-based paint and the termites, not to mention the radon gas in the basement from all the granite. Hence the reason these old "painted ladies" go for around $100,000 or less, they need another $250,000-$500,000 in repairs (and bathrooms, not uncommon for them to have 7 bedrooms and one bathroom/toilet). These days decent wood is expensive and labor even more so (when you can find it).

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allan downes wrote: These buildings were massive to say the least as with everything else about America waist lines included !

Hi Allan,

:mutleyUS overweight incidence is 69%, UK incidence rate is 61%. Obesity rates are also comparable. The UK has the highest obesity rate in Western Europe. "The fat man of Europe" (as described by the NHS). Must be all that fish and chips.

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BCDR wrote: allan downes wrote: These buildings were massive to say the least as with everything else about America waist lines included !

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:mutleyUS overweight incidence is 69%, UK incidence rate is 61%. Obesity rates are also comparable. The UK has the highest obesity rate in Western Europe. "The fat man of Europe" (as described by the NHS). Must be all that fish and chips.

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Yes Nigel, but that is 69% of 300 million approx US, and 61% of 36 million approx UK.

Like you say, its' all down to our fish and chip shops but its not as bad as all those Doughnut outlets on every corner of the US !'And as for Ronald McDonald - well, when you're in the heart attack buisiness and pulling in the big bucks as he is/was, who the hell cares !

Right. Off to Cleethorps now with the missus for a bag of chips - and two forks.

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BCDR wrote: Hi Allan,

.... Second picture down - how did you get the fancy leading on the door and portico? White address labels and a fine blade and oodles of patience? Custom Laser cut? I'd have cheated and printed black panes on white glossy photo paper (or tarted it up with some colored panes).


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Hi Nigel.

They are Scaleink 'Dorset Windows' etching.

My eyes these days Nigel aren't up to white address labels and sharp knives anymore !

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Hi Allan,

Any odds on who sinks first? (64.1 million in 243,610 km2 vs 318.9 million in 9.87 million km2, 263/km2 vs 32/km2).

MacD are actually very good, they've reduced the fat/sugar content dramatically, as well as the fat content of the meat, and provide what in nutritional terms are actually healthy meals. Winning lots of praise for their approach, especially from the CDC.

The real culprit is the uncontrolled and widespread use of high fructose syrup as a sweetener. Unlike glucose, which hits the satiety control mechanisms, fructose doesn't, so people eat too much as there is no signal to stop eating. And it has the same calorific content so on goes the weight. Plus the association with type II diabetes. The UK is not immune from this, we were shopping for some mincemeat yesterday, UK brand, and there it was! Ended up with 6 Mr. Kipling, good old sucrose, but not the same as home made.

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BCDR wrote: Hi Allan,

Any odds on who sinks first? (64.1 million in 243,610 km2 vs 318.9 million in 9.87 million km2, 263/km2 vs 32/km2).

MacD are actually very good, they've reduced the fat/sugar content dramatically, as well as the fat content of the meat, and provide what in nutritional terms are actually healthy meals. Winning lots of praise for their approach, especially from the CDC.

The real culprit is the uncontrolled and widespread use of high fructose syrup as a sweetener. Unlike glucose, which hits the satiety control mechanisms, fructose doesn't, so people eat too much as there is no signal to stop eating. And it has the same calorific content so on goes the weight. Plus the association with type II diabetes. The UK is not immune from this, we were shopping for some mincemeat yesterday, UK brand, and there it was! Ended up with 6 Mr. Kipling, good old sucrose, but not the same as home made.

I'll check out the Scalelink windows.

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Well Nigel, If we do sink there's always an empty raft to cling to - Eastern Europe coz they're all over here !

Interesting fat stats but I'm still off to Cleethorpes tonight for me bag o chips !

Cheers.

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Best chippy I found is just at the the south end of the prom, I found `em when I delivered/ collected motorbikes just up the road in Grimsby :thumbs,any way potatos are a root vegatable so they are part of 5 a day :twisted:.


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jakesdad13 wrote: Best chippy I found is just at the the south end of the prom, I found `em when I delivered/ collected motorbikes just up the road in Grimsby :thumbs,any way potatos are a root vegatable so they are part of 5 a day :twisted:.


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Hi Pete

The best chippy is the "Leaking Boot" East end of the prom !

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Hi Alan,

Wish I could join you, good chish and fips are like hen's teeth over here. Haven't had a decent fish supper since we lived in 'ull back in the '70's apart two memorable occasions, a visit to Scarborough in the 1990's and the chipppy in Bampton Ontario in 2010 (where the mushy peas were superb).

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BCDR wrote: Hi Alan,

Wish I could join you, good chish and fips are like hen's teeth over here. Haven't had a decent fish supper since we lived in 'ull back in the '70's apart two memorable occasions, a visit to Scarborough in the 1990's and the chipppy in Bampton Ontario in 2010 (where the mushy peas were superb).

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There's a chip in the post as we speak.

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Allen,
Just took a good look at your work here. Amazing to say the least. I do have one question though. The downspouts shown in the 11th picture down. Are those purchased or did you construct them? If you made them, the part I am looking at is the two bends near the top. I have tried to bend styrene rod and cannot get it to look like that. Keeps breaking on me. Any secrets you care to reveal?

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Hi Wayne.

The downpipe bend is, as you said, bent styrene rod.  This can be achieved by warming the end of the styrene with a cigarette lighter, not too much, just enough so that the plastic doesn't snap when bent.

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Really! Now I will have to go out and find a cigarette lighter. :roll: Thanks for the help.
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Hi Wayne another way that I use is to hold the plastic rod just above the end of my soldering iron but not touching, don,t hold it there for long, just needs warming enough to soften it, practice a couple of times, you will soon get the feel for it.


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Thanks Pete, A bit better than an open flame. Especially right after I spilled part of a bottle of solvent yesterday! :sad:

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