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 Posted: Wed Oct 19th, 2016 12:19 am
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I've managed to cut out the windows for the frontage today. Was very difficult, even using punches to form the curved corners, and I guess, although not particularly neat and consistent it will have to do. After all I've got to cut another thinner layer to go behind to give an illusion of angled edges and then the window frames themselves. Still it's a building that will be at the rear of the layout so hopefully the inaccuracies won't notice;

   

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Very impressive as it stands Grahame,i'd be happy with that.



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Thanks.

It's difficult to cut out (of thick card) lots of same sized rectangles with a radius in the corners and be consistent - so much so that I'm only going to do one column on the far side (that will be tilted away from the viewing position and the missing one from the pic below). And I've yet to do it all again for a second sheet of card to go behind and provide some depth and reduce the apertures to the window size.

I've already dispensed with trying to replicate the bevelled edge to the apertures - luckily it's not an accurate scale model and is a compressed representation. Hopefully it still retains some character. The London DMS bus (in the pic below) is to give an idea of scale/size:



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Some slow progress today - the inner window walls are now in place (frames and glazing yet to be done) and I've got a basic concrete colour on the high rise part. The lower section (currently grey primer) is painted white on the real building so that, and other detailing, has yet to be added and painted.





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Here's a quick update on a little progress. As I need to get the window walls completed before adding the frames and glazing behind and fixing in place, I've now got some colour and a weathering wash on them. Nothing too fancy and quite restrained as this building will be to the back of the layout. The pic below doesn't actually show the effect (I guess I need to bother to take some decent photos):



Next I've made a start on the walkway bridge from the station area over the road to the building walkway. So far it's just the basic (pic below) walkway and roof with still a lot of detail to be added (again, apologies for the poor quality snap):



And below is how the bridge connects up with the building to provide a continuous walkway under the building and down a ramp to London Bridge itself;



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Here's a slightly better photo showing the whole building and embryonic bridge, and with a bus to give an idea of where the road will run. At the left hand end the high level walkway will continue and meet the rising road pavement at the south side of London Bridge;



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Slow progress and not a lot to show, but I've finished the walkway bridge basics and got some old looking whitewash on where required. Window frames and glazing are now pressing so I'll probably have to think through how to best approach making them and get started on that.

 

 
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This is really splendid work. Looks amazing.



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Thanks for the kind comments.

This afternoon I've managed to get the windows glazed:





Next for the internal floors.

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Coming along very nicely Graham. The bus helps a lot.
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Many thanks.

With the walls in place - but not yet fixed - it all looks like this:



The end of the walkway, on the right and temporarily supported by the rectangle of card, will dovetail in to the railway viaduct.

I'll probably give this building a rest now - finishing it later - and in the meantime start on another. There's lots to do.

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Further forward (from Colechurch House) on the layout and in front of the railway viaduct will be two skyscrapers: New London Bridge House and Southwark Towers. Both no longer exist having been knocked down to make room for the Shard of Glass and the baby Shard. But they were around for the period I’m hoping to replicate (1970s to the end of the 20th century). Each were tall at over 305ft and 325ft respectively. In N Gauge 1:148 scale these both work out at over 2ft tall – which is pretty big for most model buildings seen on N gauge layouts.

A couple of years ago I made slightly under-scale (the tallest is 1ft11ins) basic replicas from foamboard (bus included to give a sense of size) with the intension of adding details from self-adhesive vinyl (cut by a Silhouete Cameo cutter) and Evergreen styrene strip. This has still to be done and I don’t think I’ll yet start on them.

 
 
Instead I’m thinking about making another unusual looking building from the forecourt area that no longer exists and was located in front of New London Bridge House:



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Christmas has curtailed any new modelling activity on the projects in my current "And another . . . . " thread, but I have been able to finally glaze the window cut-outs on the Hays Galleria low relief model from the start of this thread:  
 

 
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