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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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Well this deserves a comment, what an awesome build.   Inspirational.   This is more of what is Allan.  

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Pantiles extension.


About fifteen hours into the build and, as yet, no change of ideas thus making Plan B redundant  but, there's time yet !


Allan


This will sit up against the right hand gable end of the main building and, if it's not too happy there, then there's always the left. Failing either and it'll end up in the graveyard out in the shed.





















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Hello,
Can you please tell me what is the base of the building made from, and can you please leave me you Stanley Knife in you will. It seem to be able to produce magic.
Regards
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GreenBR wrote: Hello,
Can you please tell me what is the base of the building made from, and can you please leave me you Stanley Knife in you will. It seem to be able to produce magic.
Regards
Stephen.


Hi Stephen.


The base is Evergreen tile sheets glued over 3mm MDF.


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The Pantiles extension finished.

It could have butted up tight to the main building but it would have meant some dangerous hacking about so I left a small alley way between the two buildings.


This lot was build in about 9 days but it was long on hours and short on coffee !


Anyway, here's the finished job spread over two posts and if you have any questions, just fire away.


Allan.








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The reason why I spread the pictures out over two posts I found out that if you try and upload too many pictures the post times out and then I loose it.


Anyway, here's the rest.


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Superb Alan,  
I am in awe of you building that in a week!

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Guess what ? We've expanded on those Pantiles once again !

The model now stretches to over 4ft and, realistically, doesn't represent the protoype faithfully to any noticeable degree if, indeed, it represents it at all !


I seemed to have got carried away with all the character that was built into the original and in consequence spent two weeks trying to capture it in plastic, cardboard  and glue and probably failed miserably on all counts if you compare it to the actual and  captured it if you don't !


Anyway, here's a few pictures taken indoors for once as it was raining in Immingham, the Riviera of the North East !


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It looks amazing, Allan.  :thumbs

What do have planned for it?

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Thanks Max.

It'll probably gather dust, spiders and moth skins outside in the shed.


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It's a pity.

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You ran out of 'O' rings for the 4th section? 
See we are paying attention :lol:

Lovely work as always, truly inspirational and one of these days I'll have a go at using some of your techniques.


After I've bought shares in Evergreen that is :roll: :mutley

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I forgot to slip the 'O' rings down the columns again Marty before I glued them in so I'm going to have to split them again.

As will probably come as no surprise, I'm extending them even further after which I will seek therapy !


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Come on Allan...you've done this before  :mutley

Superb in every way ;-)

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It's the missus you see, Phil. She wants to shop there, she wants to move there and he wants to live there so, what choice do I have and MORE is on the way as we speak !

And here be progress so far and many thanks Boss for picture of the week. Needless to say I'm very flattered and the cheque's in the post !


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The above building is now finished but I've yet to photograph it as a commission suddenly got in the way - a station that's now finished all bar the shouting - so 'll take some pictures later.

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Looking forward to it Allan.
Do we get to see the commissioned station too?

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Blimey that is really something, Allan. Your work leaves me amazed. Didn't think anyone would notice? You could sell custom made buildings for a handsome price, sir.

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Yes, I will put the station up later, just waiting for the drainpipes to dry.

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