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 Posted: Thu Feb 20th, 2020 06:47 pm
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Brilliant

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I recently bought a North West Short Line "Chopper" from Ebay at a fortuitously cheap price.  Unfortunately two of the threads for holding the set square in place are broken.   A picture paints a thousand words, so here goes....
This is one of the working ones.  It is hard to describe... it looks like a brass ring screwed into the hole with a threaded hole in it to accept the clamp screw.




And these are the broken ones.  Unfortunately I just cannot get the clamp to screw into the top one, although with a bit of patience I can get it into the bottom one.



Does anyone recognise these things?  Do they have a name?  Can they be generally purchased?  

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The suitcases are just as simple....
A card block is covered in in coloured paper.  I did a search for leather, and copied and resized some results in Word.  Print them off and cover the block.  Straps and handles are just strips of paper or card.  I have a trunk and chest waiting to be covered....









I also found some travel labels.  Too small to see any detail now, but at least I know what they are!

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Hi Mchael,

Neat. I can remember going into Banbury early on a Sunday morning to collect the newspaper bundles from the newspaper siding, usually straight out of the newspaper van. They usually had a wrapper of blank newsprint paper around them 

Have you tried styrene sheet with the Cameo? 

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Hi Nigel
I remember sorting bundles of papers when I was a  paper boy.... some had a wrapping (I vaguely remember it being pink, like the FT, and others didn't.  I kept the front page visible so that it's a bit clearer what it is though...

I haven't tried styrene yet, although I have seen others who have managed very thin styrene - one thou sort of thickness, with good results.  They tend to laminate it.  I've seen impressive coach sides made that  way.  Might be a bit beyond my design skills at the moment though: I was chuffed with my crates!

If/when I do, I will post some results.

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Having decided that this is definitely the last warehouse I am making for a while, I decided to fix the interior, prior to fixing the front and placing it on the layout around the beam,  Lights in place and figures and produce done.


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"Very Fine Indeed" - to borrow Clive Coates expression. Somehow "Right Proper Job" in no way does it justice.

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Those last two photos - and the earlier ones of newspaper bundles, crates etc - are wonderful examples of scratchbuild modelling and I can't praise you high enough Michael.  


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Headmaster wrote: Having decided that this is definitely the last warehouse I am making for a while, I decided to fix the interior, prior to fixing the front and placing it on the layout around the beam,  Lights in place and figures and produce done.


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Fantastic! How did you make the fruit and vegetables?



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Thank you chaps, much appreciated.  I built the interior features over time.... I might have gone a bit stir crazy if I had tried to do them all at once.  Good things to make while watching TV of an evening.
I should point out the crates on the ground floor are from Scale Model Scenery.... my own ones are on the top floor.  I shall experiment with cutting thin laser board for those in the future, mine are just card at the moment.  But I do like to scratchbuild as much as possible, especially small detailing items.

The tarpaulin covered loads on the middle floor are small blocks of thick card, roughly the size and shape of a cardboard box.  These are then covered in a very thin paper (cigarette papers are ideal) and glued in place, giving wrinkles and folds.  I used super glue originally, but the later ones are just thinned PVA which worked just as well.  Then painted.  The unevenness of the boxes helps to give shape once they are covered... it looked wrong if it was just a cube of card.

The vegetables are just standard foliage. Some are purchased and some I made myself from sponge.  The potatoes and apples are mustard seeds, purchased from a supermarket herbs and spices section, painted the appropriate colours.  Coriander seeds are good for larger things like pumpkins and melons.

Being set in Kent, I'm working on a way of making hop sacks.  Hessian sacks are a bit tricky.... if anyone has a method I would love to see it.

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Stunning Michael......you are making me re think my no interior detail policy!
Brilliant modelling, I am very impressed

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Headmaster wrote: Having decided that this is definitely the last warehouse I am making for a while, I decided to fix the interior, prior to fixing the front and placing it on the layout around the beam,  Lights in place and figures and produce done.


Michael

Wonderful cameo Michael, although I suspect fresh veg, like milk and flowers, would normally go directly to market, but transhipment can always be a possibility :)

Inspiring modelling and thank you for reminding us all to look for those modelling possibilities everywhere.

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Thank you John, it has been fun slowly building up the stock as and when I felt like making a little something and they weren't too taxing over the last few weeks.  I had previously adopted a "photo interior" policy, which works well for some things (like the hotel rooms) and can give a TARDIS like interior which can be helpful.  But for this damn post I have to hide, I though that having as much detail as possible might attract the eye and aid the "disguise".  As the warehouse has lots of windows and large doors it is possible to see inside.  I am not sure I would bother with a building that did not allow a clear view.
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Thank you Bill... and a Good Work stamp to boot!
You are probably right about the fruit and veg, especially for the time period it is set in, so I took a bit of artistic licence there.  One of the very old warehouses did indeed store fresh food produced by the Abbey which was then sent to local areas and the market, just up the road from Standard Quay.  But as that was in the 1500s, it was possibly moved by horse and cart rather than by train!  Similarly, fresh produce ( oysters in particular, but fresh fruit too) was shipped by Thames Barge to London, but again, before the trains arrived really.  So I am going for the idea that this is produce already purchased and just waiting to be transported to some food manufacturer..... Rule 1 I think!

I enjoy reading things where people have taken ordinary objects and transformed them, so I hope my own meagre offering with prompt further ideas.

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Headmaster wrote: I recently bought a North West Short Line "Chopper" from Ebay and a fortuitously cheap price.  Unfortunately two of the threads for holding the set square in place are broken.   A picture paints a thousand words, so here goes....

This is one of the working ones.  It is hard to describe... it looks like a brass ring screwed into the hole with a threaded hole in it to accept the clamp screw.











And these are the broken ones.  Unfortunately I just cannot get the clamp to screw into the top one, although with a bit of patience I can get it into the bottom one.







Does anyone recognise these things?  Do they have a name?  Can they be generally purchased?  



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Try searching for rivnut or threaded insert, as that's what they look like



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Threaded inserts did the job!  Thank you very much.  I knew someone here would know the answer!
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A bit more experimentation with the cutter.  I took a clip art window image - I always have trouble cutting out windows and have tended to use ones printed on acetate - to see just how fine I could cut.  It took a bit of experimentation and unfortunately I broke one of the bars when removing the card, but I am pretty impressed at what it can do.....




You can see that the smaller bars are about 0.5 mm.  I could never cut those by hand!! 

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The front of the warehouse is fitted and i'm pleased with how the detail still shows.  



While I clean/touch up/fix the detailing from the old warehouse, I started on the prototype for the station...




It is based on the scalescenes medium station.  This is the luggage/parcels office, with some of the luggage I made.  

If I have a criticism of scalescene kits, it's the doors and windows, so I set about trying different designs using the cutter.  The doors are three layers of card to give a 3d finish and the windows are 3 (on the left) and 2 (on the right) as I tried different construction methods.  The brick paper is in 3 sections for the red brick stripe.  I tried just sticking this over the top of the London brick, but it looked wrong, so instead there are three different paper sections.  I shall experiment with the roof tiling too, when the time comes.  I need to find something to act as door furniture - handles and maybe "brass" hand plates.  And some sort of coping stones for the top of the end wall - again, the paper version with the kit is not very convincing.



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These are the doors before painting.  Effort one on the left, second attempt on the right.  Fiddly, but worth the effort I think




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The warehouse looks fantastic. Tempting me now to have a go at mine before putting the final side in place although as mine will be a bit back from the front of the layout I am not sure how much of the detail you would see. Maybe the mk II somewhere down the line!

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