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 Posted: Sun May 7th, 2017 09:58 am
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I recently had a call from the Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich Queensland that was rather vague, they wanted to arrange a meeting but there was no mention of why. I expected that they wanted me to re do the signs on the front of the building which I had completed some years ago. When I arrived we walked over to the model railway exhibit and then the penny dropped, they wanted me to revamp the layout. This exhibit is 25 metres  x 8 metres and although it has lasted for 15 years, the lack of maintenance has taken a toll. After some interesting negotiation I agreed to take on the job, my plan is to upgrade the layout so that it looks completely new and perhaps a little more modern which should help to improve the interest in this major feature of the museum. These photos show the area prior to me stripping out all the existing scenery and buildings and after that was completed.





In order to make it easier for future maintenance and repairs, I came up with the idea of making all the scenic sections in modules that can be removed from the layout to carry out any work needed. This has made the job a little more involved but I think in the long run this will help to keep the layout looking its best. The first module that I have started working on is at the front of the layout and this has been a good testing ground for my modular theory. So far I have built a large Cinema complex and car park and a replica of Anzac Square here in Brisbane and it includes the Shrine of Remembrance and it will be fitted with an LED to represent the Eternal flame.








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Well done Robyn, you are so brave though.   Good luck with the work ,i hope you keep us up to date with  this one. :thumbs
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sparky wrote: Well done Robyn, you are so brave though.   Good luck with the work ,i hope you keep us up to date with  this one. :thumbs
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Thank you, perhaps not so much brave but a bit silly. I am happy to post my progress on this as I think it will be both a challenge and very rewarding.
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"This exhibit is 25 metres  x 8 metres"

Just a small job then Robyn   :thud


Modular sounds a good idea.

Cinema complex looks great :thumbs


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Hi Ed, should be a lot of fun.
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Top class modelling there Robyn.

A talk through how you built the structures would be interesting I'm sure as it all looks precision workmanship and most impressive.


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allan downes wrote: Top class modelling there Robyn.

A talk through how you built the structures would be interesting I'm sure as it all looks precision workmanship and most impressive.


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Thank you Allan, I am not sure that this is precision workmanship as the buildings I have done so far have simply evolved especially the cinema that had to fit an awkward space. The materials that I use are mostly styrene but I still do some card models as well, something I learned from your wonderful articles in old magazines I found. The tools I use most are my Olfa laminate cutter (for scribing) a small snap off blade knife along with a metal rule, files and most importantly my little engineers square. Oh, goodness I almost forgot the most important tools....my hands.
I will try to take some photos as the next batch of buildings are done to show how I approach each model.

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I have visited the museum several times and have stood and admired the model for ages.

The museums collection is also very impressive.

Best of luck with the modernisation.

I will have to get down and have another look soon.



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Hi John, you are right about the collection it is pretty impressive. I was fortunate enough to have been able to see the Tea House model railway collection that was donated to the museum. I have never seen so many O scale trains in one place ever there is thousands of items. They will hopefully have some on show in the near future. You can see a bit about this collection here:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-28/rare-model-train-collection-donated-ipswich-museum/8100116

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Allan has made a good suggestion that I describe how I am making the buildings for this layout and I thought I might start with Wayne's Bottle Shop which was a fairly simple model to build. I will start a new post entitled Wayne's Bottle Shop in the scratchbuilding section.

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Hi Robyn WOW very nice art work,  Scenic modelling detail of your building,s scenery restoration look,s great.
Please send scenery photo up date.


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This will keep you off the streets for a while Robyn.



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Noviceman wrote: Hi Robyn WOW very nice art work,  Scenic modelling detail of your building,s scenery restoration look,s great.
Please send scenery photo up date.


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Thank you, I will keep you up to date with the progress on this.
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Sol wrote: This will keep you off the streets for a while Robyn.Hey Sol, I'm not too sure about that, I have had to hit the streets looking for buildings that I can model. I must be honest that I have spent oh so much time in my workshop lately and I really could use a break.....perhaps a bit of time spent on some of my sewing projects is in order.
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Robyn I wish you the best of luck for taking on quite a vast project, but certainly it will be rewarding and enjoyable to do.

Do keep us posted on the stages you revive as you go along.

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I have started one of the apartment blocks and it is starting to look OK. These modern skyscrapers are rather boring and certainly don't need a lot of imagination to construct. Here is a breakdown of how I have built this one:

First make a box from MDF making sure that you paint it.



Next put a hat on it, I am using foamed PVC on the majority of this model (Pallight Brand) which is easy to cut with a sharp knife and glues well.



The next stage was to apply some corrugated style of material I got from an offcuts shop. this was applied to two opposite sides.



The next stage is the painting of plastic strips with a texture paint (Dulux Granite) to try and replicate a rendered surface.



Now we move on to the detailing which is the patios etc. There is still more to do and as this gets closer to finished I will add some more photos.



Starting to look like an apartment block.




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I still have a bit more to do on the apartment block but I thought I should do a put and look to make sure all these elements are going to work.




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I finished off the high rise buildings and have put them in place on the layout. There is still a lot of detailing to be done on the base and the little church is yet to be finished.
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The next building I need to finish is the model of the Albert St Church here in Brisbane.



It is a great little church that is dwarfed by the high rise buildings around it. Although my model is to be a "look Alike" not an accurate scale model but I am confident that most people will recognise it. I have used styrene and spent the best part of a whole weekend cutting out and filing damn windows. I did make a few errors in my drawings and did not realise until I started putting it together and after such a lot of work cutting the windows I just couldn't bring myself to start again so there will be a little bit of "fixing" required.



If you look closely you can see that the section at the back is about 12mm to short...oh well.



The model has not progressed since I first put it together, the usual work, life inbalance that we all experience. The truth is that I was in a bit of bother as I have never made a church spire before and I struggled to try to figure out how to design it let alone make it. I spoke to a friend over the weekend and he seemed to understand my rantings and lo and behold an email arrived showing how to draw this using a circle, thanks to his help I managed to draft out what I needed and then progressed to cutting out the parts I needed.



I have to be honest that this little item is the hardest thing I have ever tried to put together. The end result was not as perfect as I would have liked but it will be ok. In order to hide some of my poor handiwork I have sprayed the spire with a texture coating. I am open to any suggestions that more experienced modellers may have as to how to make a really good church spire.


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