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 Posted: Sat Feb 23rd, 2008 07:07 pm
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I am ready to start on the drawings. I have bought a whole batch of new styrene for building this signal box (this will be my first styrene building). I have also bought "The Chopper" to help me on my way.

  
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This should be really interesting watching you switch from one medium to the other Darren. Best of luck.
What's the 'chopper' you have bought?



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OK Darren, I can see the 'chopper'. I was in too much of a hurry to post and didn't wait for the photograph to appear. Slow dialup again. :twisted:



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I would be most grateful if you could please write a short post about 'The Chopper' in the 'Materials and Tools' section too.

This looks like a handy piece of kit for scratchbuilders.

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Perry wrote:I would be most grateful if you could please write a short post about 'The Chopper' in the 'Materials and Tools' section too.

This looks like a handy piece of kit for scratchbuilders.

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I have complete my mock-up in light card. As always doing the mock-up identified the anomalies you dont spot when sketching.









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First panel off the production line..



As the weekend is coming to a close this will need to wait till i can get back to it.



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Darren, I like the trim around the window. How do you do your miter's?

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Wayne Williams wrote:Darren, I like the trim around the window. How do you do your miter's?

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Wayne, I used the new Chopper for the mitres, perfect 45 degrees every time.



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Darren, I was afraid you were going to say that! I will have to go shopping around here to try and find something like that. I have, so far anyway, never seem anything like that in any of the modeling shops around me. May have to resort to the internet!

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I think that window frame alone says all you need to know about the 'Chopper'. If you are serious about modelling in plastikard then that has to be a good investment.



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darrenscots wrote:I have complete my mock-up in light card. As always doing the mock-up identified the anomalies you dont spot when sketching.

I like that word; 'anomalies'. :D I find a lot of them, but I usually call them something else: c**k-ups! :lol:

You are quite right about card mock-ups being very useful. I wouldn't tackle any scratchbuild in plastikard without making a card mock-up first. It can save wasting a lot of time and material.

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My card 'mockups' are my models Perry I'll have you know. :lol: :roll:



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Forgive me, I have the feeling it's been defined before, but just so that I can follow this, is Styrene and Plasticard one and the same thing? :?

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Not exactly speaking from the voice of experience here, since I have only built two models in my life, but I did not make a card model first. However I did make a drawing that was two to four times the models actual size. I did not draw the model in HO Scale. By drawing it larger than HO Scale it is much easier to spot dimensional mistakes.

So far it has worked for me. The big test will be building my grandkids house! :roll: :roll: :roll:

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Les wrote:Forgive me, I have the feeling it's been defined before, but just so that I can follow this, is Styrene and Plasticard one and the same thing? :?

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Yes, Les, exactly the same.

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Robert wrote:My card 'mockups' are my models Perry I'll have you know. :lol: :roll:

Ah yes, and very fine they are too. The only thing they lack are 'anomalies'! :wink: :lol: :lol:

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Thanks Perry, I'll now watch with interest. (watch being the operative word) :lol: :lol:

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Life has not been my own this week (too much work and little left for other things) so got back to the signal box today. I have attached a quick pick of a dry mock-up of the walls to make sure there is nothing non accessible when i do assemble it. Lots more trimming and filing as well to do. I have scribbed the inner wall for the door porch but will do nothing with the internals of the box until i get the springside models internal detailing kit. (their website is under reconstruction at the moment)



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Signal box has progressed better than i imagined. I have made the floor removable for now. I have to finish up for the weekend so will post more when I get back to it.







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