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I thought it might be of interest to some if I did a 'start to finish' thread on how The Pantiles got built in a week and ended up looking nothing like the original whatsoever !
So, here's the beginning, a sheet of plain 2mm grey card - and a Stanley knife.

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Then Stage 2, raw beginnings.

Brickwork - Model Railway Scenery TX 81-0 - and windows and doors, Scalelink, glued behind a 1mm styrene handbuilt frame





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Moving on to Stage 3
Bay windows and again built out of 1mm styreen and Scalelink brass etched windows. Very time consuming but it's things like this that make a building.





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4th stage. Upper stories and gorbling. There are literally hundreds of these little bxxxxxs cut out of 80thou square section styrene - Evergreen -  on a Northwest Shortline chopper - absolutely indispensable  when it comes to repetition work. 

 
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Allan, thank you very much for sharing your methods.  No magic, just patience and perseverance I think.  Beautiful work as usual, gobstopping really.  It really pays to have an extensive collection of Evergreen shapes, although I often find that, no matter how much I have (and I have a LOT), I don't have the particular shape I'm after.

Interesting how you can make ornate shapes by layering.

Yes the Chopper is very useful, used mine to make the coach hinges.

My problem when making buildings is knowing the design.  It's not like I can run over in the car and photograph it.

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5th Stage.Verandas,partition screens and ornate ballustrades - Scalelink brass etched.


More later.


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Thanks John, didn't think anyone would read it !

Yes, you're right about having enough materials to hand and my advice has always been that before you start a project surround yourself with materials because one packet/sheet of anything goes nowhere !


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Oh yes, coming up short on material is one of the most annoying things in a hobby.. One of the reasons I work with cardboard is because with the amount of cereal and soda and crackers we go through, I've got plenty to choose from.

Lovely work as always Allan.



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I suspect plenty of us watching Allan ,just don,t want to break the spell. :nice



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Bank on it Allan - there are indeed plenty watching but, as Reg put it so well - we don't want to break the spell. :thumbs :thumbs



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I'm watching as well, Allan.  I've run out of superlatives.

Maybe I can get some on ebay.  :roll:



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For those watching !), here's episode 6 - shop fronts and columns.

At this stage, everything is offered up and left as a loose fit for gluing things together that can't be altered or undone can prove to be a recipe for disaster if what appeared to be a perfect fit at first turned out to be anything but later !


It happens....


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Stage 7 showing shop fronts in place. Columns  still a bit wobbly but can't be fixed down yet as still waiting for rubber 'O' Rings to come that will be slipped down each column to form the 'moulded' base.

The shop names were downloaded off the web, sized up in Serrif, then printed out.









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Stage 8. Roofs, first fitting.

Already changes to the original scheme have been made and at this stage of the build I wasn't quite sure what I was doing, or intending to do so a good nights kip was in order but when morning came I was even vaguer still !



 



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Stage nine and at last my mind was made up about the roof arrangement. The idea came to me in the middle of the night as I woke up screaming and talked wifey through it who grunted something about what a good idea it was now go to sleep !


Not always when modelling a prototype do I feel it absolutely necessary to adhere strictly to what is as quite often what isn't  can be a great improvement but it it's a commission then first you have to try and convince the client that!










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Allan, I have just sat and read your comments and looked at the pictures that go with them. My reaction is that is amazing. If I only had half the skill you have I'd be a happy man. Thank You!



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Hello Allan,
Brilliant as always, but can i ask how it is always Sunny where you live? What ever it is you have it (Modelling that is)
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Thanks for the kind comments gentlemen, most appreciated and perfectly suited to my ego !

The sun ALWAYS shines on Immingham because we have the Penines between us and the Atlantic apart from which, I have this deal with Him !


Meanwhile back here in the sun scorched North East, I've decided to extend the Pantiles and am now halfway through the build but more of that later.


Meanwhile, here is the finished job.


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Now listen hear Allan, enough of this using photos of real buildings and trying to pass them off as models .....


VBG by the way !



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Absolutely beautiful work, Allan.
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