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 Posted: Sat Jun 21st, 2008 07:52 pm
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After much pondering I decided to make the finials from some toothpicks.
Some close up work with a very sharp craft knife and sandpaper did the trick.(see pic below)



Also finished the brackets for installing the downpipes.

Pic below show finials installed (the unpainted red gives the box a "devilish" look!) and the gutters/downpipes drying before installation.



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 Posted: Sat Jun 21st, 2008 11:46 pm
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:D Yes - devilishly good! :twisted: Those finials are very neat, not that that's a surprise by now.
Good to see your red list getting shorter.

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Completed the signboards. Wasnt happy with just sticking printed card plates so affixed these to styrene and painted the edges and front borders with brown paint (lots of attempts to get this right) see pic below with the finished product plus abortive plates above them.



Affixed the signs and completed the installation of the gutters and downpipes. Lots more touch-up remains before i can say complete for now.



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Darren, all that is needed now is the pigeon poop & other weathering..

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Darren,
That really looks the business!!!

Cheers,John.B.

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Darren,
That will be something very unique for your layout.
Great job.
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Well today I have completed the Signal Box as far as I can go. This included adding the decorative trim above the vestibule entrance (printed onto card and cut out) as the final touch. I wont be weathering the signal box until I get settled in a place where I can install it on a layout (at that time I also hope to have an appropriate Signal Man).

Its hard to believe that I embarked on this build some four months ago but in many respects its truly been a training effort as well and I have enjoyed sharing it (a lot of times that also spurred me to get off the sofa!!).

Some things I have learnt on this one :
1. Do produce detailed dimensioned & scaled drawings before you start
2. Decide whether you need to light the model before you start
3. Do print out the reference photos and do reference them often – its amazing how much detail you either miss or forget!
4. Window Frames & Glazing Bars can be produced from scratch but can be very fragile – brass frets may well be the way to go (I will be investigating this for the next Signal Box Build) or alternatively the Perry insulating tape method.
5. Carefully check which items should go on last to avoid handling damage (it will save time repairing, rebuilding or reinstating!!)
6. If something is not working out or to plan in the build – avoid the frustration and put it down, do another element or leave it till tomorrow.
7. If there is an error – 99/100 there is an acceptable work around – don’t lose heart/stop progress.
8. Remember the three foot rule applies – sometimes its just not practical to carbon copy something as its too small or can be represented by the use of a component/casting/fret etc (eg I used some diesel loco horn castings for my signal bells) – a good representation is sufficient.
9. Sometimes you will have to be inventive where drawings don’t give a view (other prototypical pix can be used as a guide)

Some items that I wouldn’t have done (correctly or at all!) if folks from the forum (there a lot of folks but you know who you are) had not provided me the encouragement / advice / push :

1. Lighting
2. Fully detailed interior
3. Dry-Brushing interior
4. Correct prototypical colour scheme

Some activities that I have now learned (not to a high skill level I might add) that I really hadn’t tried before or had little experience of :
1. Building with Styrene
2. Using acrylic paints
3. Lighting with GOW bulbs & LEDs
4. Soldering
5. How not to use a heat gun with heat shrink

See the final pix below. You will note that in earlier photos that the handrail I had installed next to the stairs was unpainted (photos are in reverse order so latest are at the top) - I only noticed it when I went to upload the pix so i painted them and took a few more before the camera battery gave out on me.




































































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Darren, very good.
Yes, I think we all learn , not only from our mistakes; sometimes we may bite off more than we can chew but persistence will pay off.
I am sure we all have learnt at least one tip from this that we can apply to our modeling.

Now when you start on that 150 lever frame box, you will know what not to do :roll:

This forum, being the way it is set up like a close club/family, encourages us to share with others what we have tried to do.

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Great Build Darren,

Especially if that is your first :!: :!: :!:

Thank you for listing your "lessons" learnt, very valuable and after doing my Pentrecourt Halt, all valid from my point of view too.



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i know i have said this before,a fantastic piece of kit.
i also second all the other comments,all dead right.
:lol: :lol: :lol: 8)

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If i never saw this thread and saw that signal box on a layout at a model show i would off asked where they bought it from, its excellent mate. You going to start a production line for us in the forum i shal be first in line :D
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Darren

A Superb job you have made of the signal box it has been a pleasure watching you build this over the last few months.
It will be a good referance thread for many members for a long time .

Well done indeed

cheers Brian.W

P.S Whats Next?

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Right Darren,
Now you've finished,can you knock me up a similar one in GWR style in n gauge??? :lol: :lol: :lol:
G'wan, g'wan ,g'wan!!!
-Just a small one!

Seriously though,mate...........sheer bloomin'genius.A credit to you,and an absolute joy,and education to watch take shape.

Cheers,John.B.

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Brilliant just brilliant :!: :)



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