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On page 149 of Miniature Building Construction by John H. Ahern, there is a very nice drawing of a timber-framed and tiled cottage.  I thought that this would make a nice model to grace my rural layout currently under construction.  This cottage was one of the subjects chosen to publish as larger drawings to 4mm scale and I have said drawing in my possession.  Therefore, it was an easy matter to transfer the dimensions to a piece of white 1.5mm mount board.  Here are the front and rear of the building...





The corners of the windows and doors were pricked with a scriber before cutting out.  (Thanks to Chubber of this parish for this tip). 






Next, the beams were drawn onto the external faces of the parts...






The beams were them coloured with watercolour pencils, brown and then a dash of black.  I decided to include a few areas of exposed brickwork.  I simply cut out irregular shapes from a sheet of Scalescenes TX06 Aged Red Brick, and applied the same using Pritt stick.






More soon...

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 A thin strip of 1mm card was coloured with felt-tip pens.  Window sills were cut from this strip as shown...



The window frames were drawn on thin card and consist of an outer and an inner square.  The inner square was removed to represent the frame, as shown here...






For the glazing I have decided to resort to my old friends, 'Scene-Setter Glazing Bars' available from Freestone Model Accessories...




The photo above gives the general idea, although I intend to use the thick edging line on the left as the centre upright frames of the window.


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This picture shows the glazing bars fixed in position on the rear of the cottage.  Just a bit of touching-up required with white acrylic paint around the glazing on the top window.



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Like the exposed brickwork idea Terry :thumbs

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Looking good so far Terry.

Giving me some ideas for my N scale buildings on NE.

Ken has been doing some great work in N with card.

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Marty wrote: ..............Ken has been doing some great work in N with card....



Thanks Marty - perhaps I should post my latest building on here?  

Yes it's looking very good Terry and that exposed brickwork is the clincher.    John Ahern has always been my inspiration and I had hardback first editions of his books which I lent to "a friend" in 1964 but never got them back.    Thankfully I managed to get paperback ones on ebay a few years ago.

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Thank you Ed, Marty and Ken.

The windows are finished.  Next job is to fix the door frames and doors and sort

 out some Scalescenes curtains...



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Looks nice terry, well done.:thumbs

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The door frames were made in the same fashion as the window frames.  Scalescenes curtains were printed off and are being glued around the windows thus:



Doors going on next.


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Thank you Doug and Shaun.

The doors were simply made by scribing the planks onto some mount board and painting with watercolour paints.  Door handles are Peco track pins pushed through a hole made with a scriber.  A dab of blue on the back secures them before being cropped.  On the front door, a couple of small coloured slithers of paper take care of the letter box and door knocker...


I think we are at the stage where the sides and ends should be assembled.

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Terry, really enjoying watching the house project coming along. Keep up the good work, looking forward to the sides etc being fitted.



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Thanks Barney.  Glad you are enjoying this build.

Time to assemble the walls...



My favourite glue for card work is 'Cosmic Shimmer'.  It is a white acrylic glue which is not as runny as some card glues.  It grabs instantly and dries fast.  Best of all, you can easily remove it, before it dries, from those areas where you don't want it, e.g. where some squeezes out at joints. http://www.creative-expressions.uk.com


I put in small corner triangles to keep the structure square...




Et voila...



I have now got to give some thought to a hood over the front door.


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Things are coming along nicely I see Terry, by the way thanks for the link to the glue you use.


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The door hood was quickly made from two triangles of card with a rectangle for the roof, coloured with felt-tip pens...



I think we might consider putting on the roof next.


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Lovely bit of retro modelling Terry - a lot of character.  Nothing like a bit of card modelling for a change of pace.

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Thank you Barney and John.

The roof was made from mount board in one piece.  I scored along the centreline with a scalpel and bent to shape.  Note the small cut-out for the chimney of what is named on the drawing as the 'bake oven'...


Before fitting, colour around the extremities on both sides, and around all edges, with a dark felt-tip pen.  This will hide any white edges on the roof and the white undersides of the eaves...



The roof was glued in place.  I actually coloured around the upper edge after fitting it in place.  Not recommended.  Easier in the flat and away from the model.  Smacked wrist Terry!


I trawled through my Scalescenes downloads and came across the roof tiles as used in the farmhouse and barn model.  John Wiffen has thoughtfully provided a rectangle of tiles for use in kit-bashing.  The tiles were printed off, given a light spray of matt varnish, and glued in place with Pritt.  Ridge tiles from the same source were added...


Mental note to self...don't forget to add some bargeboards.

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a very good build,I am enjoying this one
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Knowing my love of all things Ahern, this makes me want to unpack my Packeto Cornoflako and do summat else!

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Thanks Owen and Doug.

Doug, as you know, the beauty of card modelling is that the few tools required can be kept in a lunch-box. Easy to pack away when you have to move house.

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Hi Terry

Loving the build of the house as it is a style I have always wanted to build, whether I can find a reason to have one I don't know as I haven't found one in the area I model as yet.

Even though I like to model in plastic I find that card creates a totally different kind of model and is better for some builddings like this one.


Jim

nb  I also like the windows and will look at using that method on some buildings.

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Thank you Jim.

To make the 'bake oven', I laminated five pieces of 2mm card together...







Using a tip from that doyen of card modelling, Chubber, I soaked all edges in superglue.  I added some filler between the stepped edges.  When dry, I smoothed all sides.  The chimney was similarly laminated...








Scalescenes old red brick was applied and a roof of thin card with similar tiles to those on the cottage roof.  The oven and chimney were glued in place at the end of the building...



The chimney top was fabricated from card and was added...








The cottage requires another chimney towards the centre of the roof.




More soon...




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Wonderful. Keep it coming Terry.

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Great addition ,the chimney.

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Thank you Shaun, Reg and Max. 

I see that I have a small gap to fill on the roof beside the chimney.

Terry

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J Ahearn would certainly have approved Terry. Nice job.

So how about recreating the entire Madder Valley Railway ?  I've mused over the idea myself from time to time but matching the quality would have been the problem - the man in his time was a genius to have produced such a convincing model with only a very limited materials available. It was his book, Miniature Building Construction, that started me off many years ago back in the 70's where I attempted to recreate every building in the book but the less said about that the better !

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Well said Doug.
Terry, show us your latest...

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Chubber wrote:

More later, perhaps we should split this off of this thread to save diluting the lovely cottage cottage thread of Terry's?

Mods can help?

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If you start a new thread Doug and tell me what posts you want moved i'll do it for you.It's easier for you to start a new thread because if i do it it will have my username on it.

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Now the cottage is nearing completion, will we be seeing pictures of it in its natural environment? i.e. placed on the layout and scenically bedded in.

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Not quite finished yet Albert.  There is a lean-to extension to add, plus drainpipes, guttering and bargeboards.  I am currently adding the lead flashing around the chimneys.  Hope to post a photo later tonight.

The model is destined to appear on my new layout but I doubt that you will see a photo of it in situ for some time yet.

Terry

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The small chimney was made from laminations of 2mm card, much like the larger chimney described earlier. The lead flashing around both chimneys is from the Scalescenes range - TX00b Roof Flashing...





Next up... time to build the wooden lean-to extension at the other end of the building...




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The lean-to extension was drawn on mount board, scribed and cut out...





The three sides were assembled thus...





Thin card was used to cover the corners and the door frame and door were added.  The structure was painted using watercolours.  As before, a track pin was used as a door handle...






The window made use of the Scenesetters glazing bars mentioned earlier in this thread...









The structure was glued in place at the end of the cottage...





More soon...

Terry





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Top class workmanship.

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Thank you Allan, very kind.

The lean-to roof was cut out and covered with the same tiles as the cottage roof, before being fixed in place.  A strip of flashing was added.  Barge boards were cut from mount board and coloured with felt-tipped pens...







That roof is crying out for some weathering.  Gutters and down pipes to do next.




More soon...




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Watercolours eh? Hmmm... Something to add to the list to try on NE.

Cracking build Terry.

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Thank you Marty and Owen.

Final instalment...

Gutters were made from half-round 2mm Evergreen strip and downpipes from plastic rod.  The brackets which in real life secure the downpipes to the walls, were made from paper.  The water butt is a commercial product.







Finis.


 


Thank you for following this thread and for the encouragement and kind comments.


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Just the job, you can feel justifiably proud of the results! A real encouragement to anyone thinking of scratch building something.

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I'll second that Doug.  A great build Terry and an excellent "How I did it".  :thumbs

Now - how many buildings were there in John Ahern's book ? ...........Don't you two build them all before the rest of us get a chance. :roll::roll::roll:

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Thank you gentlemen.
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Thank you Shaun, very kind.  I am about to start the small country station but I wasn't thinking of doing a thread of the build as the techniques will be the same as the cottage.  I might just show pictures (eventually) of the finished building.

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If you have the time and patience Terry, I think a 'how-I'm-doing-it' thread would be great. Everyone has been following your previous threads, from the hardened scratch builders through to novices. It's entertaining as well as educational.
Go for it!

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Oh, a 'How to do it', definitely. How else can I learn the tricks and discover the new methods (the Scalescenes window bars were new to me). Besides, the longer I can read of other people doing it the further off I can put my own start, though my drawings of Halton Holgate station are nearly complete now, so it won't be much longer.

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O.k. you win!  Nothing succeeds like flattery!

I'll start a new thread for the country station.

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Huzzah!

Now my stuff is packed up you'll have to do my modelling for me!

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Congratulations on picture of the week Terry.

I've said it before but I'll say it again, it's the exposed brickwork that makes it for me. Nice touch :thumbs:thumbs:thumbs



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Well worthy of 'Pic of the week'

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Thanks to all.  I'm truly honoured.

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