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 Posted: Mon May 27th, 2019 09:18 pm
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Those cobbles look great. Might have to steal that idea if my ones don’t work out! Haha 



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 Posted: Mon May 27th, 2019 09:44 pm
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Thanks Chris, although I think I stole the idea too!  I've seen others use a square shape to create the cobbles, but I experimented quite a lot and ended up making a tool out of a piece of wire that is just three sides of a square, or rectangle.  This allows me to vary the size of stones and is much easier to line up.  It works best of all with oven baked clay - like Fimo - but I couldn't do that on this part of the layout as I couldn't oven bake it.  I experimented with using a heat gun, but that didn't work - too near to plastic track..... elsewhere it might be ok.

I shall be interested in your own approach to cobbles!

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For mine I have the advantage that they are behind the station house and only in view if you really look for them.  So I think I can get away with the illusion of cobbles. 



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Good bit of progress there Michael
 The whole area there is beginning to take shape the cobbled area looks extremely good you have managed to capture that old run down look with that.

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Thank you Brian.  It has been good to be able to  spend a bit of time on the layout.  A recent health scare (it's ok, just need an operation, but I feared it might be worse) and the business of work - inspection looming - along with the normal domestic duties have kept me out of the loft for a while.  And I had hit a bit of a barrier because I needed to make some changes and hadn't really resolved the buildings dilemma.  But I have a plan now, the changes are made so hopefully I can crack on again.

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Hi Michael

I do like the adjustments you have made. The sidings seem to flow better and I can see that operationally it will be more satisfying. One of thoses cases where you were definitely right to bite the bullet.

The cobblestones or setts look very effective. Are you planning on a fence of some sort between the yard and the hotel property.........I think there would have something of the sort .....maybe a bit dilapidated for your era

Glad to hear your health issue can be resolved. Trust the operation goes well (and the inspection of course!)

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Thank you John.  It was seeing yourself and others making changes to your well established layouts that gave me the confidence and impetus to make the changes.  I am glad I did because I think it will suit my ideas for buildings better.  There will indeed be a fence.  I have some plastic railing fences which will suit. It will belong to the railway, rather than the hotel, so will not be in the best state of repair with some long grass and weeds and a bit of rust.  A bit of greenery in the cracks of  the paving too, which will add to the tiredness of the scene. And plenty of signs, re your previous suggestion

And thank you for your kind thoughts about impending op and dreaded inspection!

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Beginning work on the  Scalescenes warehouse for the goods yard.  My, this is a bit of a monster build.  Perhaps will stretch my card modelling skills.  I've made Metcalf models and a couple of Scalescenes - a small free goods shed and the country pub, but this is far more complicated than those. 



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I am aiming to disguise the upright roof beam a little, so it will need a bit of kit bashing.  I know I can't hide the whole beam, but I am hoping the building will at least draw the eye down.



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Similar idea to what i will be doing Michael a good way to disguise a problem you are not in a position to do anything about unless one is happy with a bending roof.

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Ah!, Although I suspect you will make a better job of it than me.  I think I will have to do a bit of weathering to disguise my mistakes on this build.  I've learned a lot about card modelling making it - and it isn't even finished. I have made lots of mistakes which I didn't realise were mistakes until I started putting things together.  Hopefully the three foot rule will apply.

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Although with a bit of even very basic photo editing, I can make the beam problem go away!!






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Having made all of the panels for the warehouse, it is now a simple (!) job of fixing them together.  I realised that the end panel, which will be facing on-coming trains, looked a bit bare, so tonight I played with some editing software and the Scalescenes PDFs and came up with this.....


It isn't yet fixed in position, and I know it isn't that ground breaking, but it is quite a step forward for me!  A bit of a faff, I'm sure there are better ways of doing it, but it seems to have worked.  Some enamel advertising boards below and I think it will look a bit prettier!

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I also stared to experiment with some photo interiors.... I will model 3D items where the doors are and on the loading platform…..  This is just with the loft light shining through, LEDs will be a little more controlled.....





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So this is where I have got to so far.  I have to say, the building is a very clever design and open to all sorts of modifications.  In time I might be a genuine convert.  A few more scalescenes buildings for the goods yard should do it...




I suppose I ought add that this is a totally fictitious building.  The real Provender is closer to the town and dates from the 1500s, now the Sea Cadets HQ.  But the model serves a purpose and being a general warehouse, I can drop or collect all sorts of goods! Rule number 1 strictly applied!

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Thats excellent Michael........I found it very difficult and I had previously built a number of warehouses from his previous design......which to be honest I prefer. The flexibility one gets from the modular design is great but the accurate assembly of all those modules is very tricky.....any minor cutting errors which normally you can get away with tend to accumulate and reveal themselves....I was tempted to rename mine Bodgit and Bodgit Ltd.
I think you have done a great job or you are brilliant with photoshop because I couldnt see any obvious errors. Its a perfect cover for the post...exactly what I envisaged.

I dont imagine you are going to bother with any of the different sky light options but the parapet wall is a nice finishing touch you might consider....says he diffidently.

Regardless its a very nice build and looks great.....I do like the interiors

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Hi John, I hope all is well and you are looking forward to the European vacation.  Yes, I will add the parapets.  I am wondering whether to build them around the whole building or to divide the roofs in two and have parapets running down the middle.  There is a bit of a gap between them, which I know I can cover with the roof cover panels, but I think the extra parapets will reinforce things as well as hide the gap.

I went for the flat roof option because of the beam.  I thought any sort of skylights would look odd.

Despite my errors (which I have clearly disguised well!) I am pleased with the outcome.  I have forced myself to be more patient in waiting for things to dry (a rule I did not manage to keep all the time) and the model benefits from that.  I was sure I had made a major mistake, until I saw your own thread again and I realised that when I finished the panels it would be ok.  

Now onto the electrics and I can go about finishing it off.

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The holiday is certainly approaching fast.....spent most of the day trying to get some form of irrigation system sorted.....worse than fault finding on the railway.....plenty of water but not always where I want it.
You were right to forget about skylights...far too much fret. I agree a continuous parapet will be best

I learned the hard way that Patience is definitely a virtue with Scalescene.....for instance when making those 4 ply laminated pillars I glue them in pairs and let them dry overnight before finally glueing the pair together.

You probably know this already ,but in case you dont ,this is a useful tip Doug (Chubber) gave me for executing folds:

Before cutting out ,prick the blue fold marks , turn the sheet over and using a bodkin (or similar ) and ruler lightly scribe a line between the two marks. Then cut out and fold....super sharp crease marks.

Last tip...far too late of course ,you are finished.... To prevent fading John Wiffen tells you to spray the finished model.......I find its better to spray each sheet the moment it comes off the printer

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Michael, might I suggest painting the beam a sky blue colour to lessen its impact on the eye?


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