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 Posted: Tue Jul 26th, 2016 01:28 am
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Excellent work Terry, and a simple solution. Worth remembering.

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Thank you Shaun.  I hope to post more soon.

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The roof of the windmill is a rather complicated shape.  Basically, I estimated the dimensions and formed the roof from a number of different shaped parts.  Trial and error rules o.k.  The pictures should give the idea of how it was accomplished.

















The next job is to paint the whole roof with shellac varnish (french polish) to harden and protect the rather soft mount board.



More soon...



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That roof is certainly some achievement and had I built it I would have had a thousand and one goes at it with each ending up as a pigs ear !

Great workmanship.

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allan downes wrote:
That roof is certainly some achievement and had I built it I would have had a thousand and one goes at it with each ending up as a pigs ear !

Great workmanship.

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The ultimate accolade with which I heartily concur.

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It's going to be a very attractive mill Terry and well done with that complex roof.  A masterpiece in corn-flake engineering. :cheers



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Hi Terry, good job on the roof. To be honest I'm still trying to figure out how you did it!



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Very nicely done.

I want one, just waiting to see how you tackle the sails, then I can copy :lol:



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well done that man,wow,,
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Thank you one and all. Very kind.

Ron - I assembled the two main sides and rear wall, as shown in the first two photos above.  Next I added the front central section as shown here...





Then it was just a case of filling the gaps.  Easy as that!  Hope this explains the process.



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Looking good Terry!
One question - the french polish - have you got a trade name for the one you use? At the moment I'm using generic waterproofing spray, but shellac sounds a better way to go.
Rather hard to come by the raw materials these days though.

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Try this link Shaun for Shellac. Not sure if it's the right stuff.

Allan

 

http://www.ebay.com/sch/CND-Gel-and-Shellac-Polish/178961/bn_222684/i.html

 

 

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Try looking in DIY places for 'knotting'....like this

http://www.wickes.co.uk/Wickes-Knotting-Solution-250ml/p/214302

Alternatively look at the 'Liberon' brand products, probably blonde dewaxed flakes are most suitable, or visit your nearest French Polishers' Sundriesman. [i.e. get in your time machine and go back 40 years].

Honestly, I find traditional spirit based knotting is just as useful. If you're not sure, ask if it has been diluted or 'cut' with alcohol/spirit to get the right one. Nowadays there are clear solvent based versions that won't do the same job. Splash it on all over [as Henry used to say], leave in a draughty place to evaporate then see if the result is hard/sealed enough for you.

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Thanks Doug and Allan. I have a small tin of knotting sealer - hadn't thought of using that. I shall give it a go...

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Shaun, my French polish is by Ronseal, obtainable at any DIY store.  It will stain the card brown so is not suitable for waterproofing printed finishes, such as Scalescenes papers. 

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Thanks for the explanation Terry, I think I can how it's done now.



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The next stage in this epic is to cover the roof with thin card to represent wood cladding.  I used card of approximately postcard thickness for this long winded job...











The roof now has to go off to the paint shop, or rather the shed at the bottom of the garden, to be transformed into something representing wood.



In the meantime, let's get to grip with the sails.  Having trawled the local £1 Emporium for anything which could be pushed into use to represent the 'square mesh' look of the sails, and drawing a blank, I decided to build them from scratch.  Styrene strip was the obvious contender here so out came my hoard of Evergreen products.   Firstly, a drawing is required, drawn to the exact size of one of the required sails...






This drawing has to be used four times because we require four sails.  Therefore, in order to protect it, tape some clear plastic over it.  I used clear plastic retrieved from some packaging.  In fact I am always looking to retrieve flat clear plastic packaging, as it is ideal for windows of model buildings.






Now apply a couple of strips of double-sided tape on the clear plastic to cover the drawing.  Four  pieces of 40x40 thou strip are pushed into place on the tape to cover the four longitudinal lines of the drawing underneath...






Next, transverse strips of 40x20 thou strip are positioned over the pencil lines and attached to the longitudinals with solvent...






Allow to dry and gently slide a metal rule under one end to gently prise the sail away from the double-sided tape.  Trim the overhanging ends and you should have something like this...







The process now has to be repeated three more times.  In reality, each sail took about ten minutes from start to finish.  Each sail had a spine built up from thicker pieces of styrene strip...






A central boss was fabricated, as shown above, and the four sails were attached...





Voila...a set of sails...






The completed sails are also heading for the paint shop to get rid of the plastic look.



More soon.



Terry

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Absolutely terrific Terry.     (I scratchbuild pretty much everything on my N scale layout so I can really appreciate the effort that you have put into this).

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Excellent how-to-do-it Terry.
Looking forward to the next installment.

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