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 Posted: Sun May 25th, 2008 05:42 am
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Darren

Your work looks absolutely stunning and it is remarkable just how much detail you have achieved in this scale. I have one small suggestion, which may help even more. I reckon that if you added the lightest dry brush of a lighter shade of paint you have used on the darker items it would really bring out the details, especially once the roof is fitted, as it will be quite dark inside the box - although quite frankly it is a masterpiece already.

I can't wait to see the finished item as this project is one of the great scratch building works that will sit alongside the work of Perry, Wayne and others as examples of the high quality modelling displayed on this forum.

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 Posted: Sun May 25th, 2008 07:31 am
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This takes modelling to new heights, I don't know how you do it. :shock: :shock: :shock:

(Stands back in amazement and calls wife to look at picture, explaining how big these items really are. Wife utters words which press right buttons but then tells Les not to be too long on forum and remember to go for newspapers, Les sits down again at computer muttering words about her not appreciating the finer things in life. :evil:)

Must go now for papers but let me say again Darren - truly amazing. :D

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Most of us are possibly "Jack of all Trades - Master of None" but this definitely makes Darren the Master of Signal Boxes.

I think I better not read this forum again as I will get so depressed as I think how the heck am I going to get to that standard!

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Darren superb work you have certainly made it a labour of love with your attention to detail
All you need now is a signal box cat and perhaps a mouse and mousehole for the cat to chase.
Now theres a challenge make an oo gauge mouse where did you put your microscope.
First class work an inspiration to other members.


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I bet those hinges squeek and the chair creeks when the signalman sits on it. I can feel the heat coming from the stove as well!

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Just amazing :!: now with all that detail it just beg,s to be lit up :)



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First class, Darren. Enjoyable to watch it develop. I'd love to see a night view of it with lighting.

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I reckon you were a signalman in a previous life and are channelling the layout of the box you worked in, it just seems to have that vibe.
Lovely job.



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Folks thanks for the continued encouragement and the ideas - even my wife has started taking an interest in it now that its no longer a piece of white plastic!!!

Today, I finalised assembly of the box internals ( for Brian, Mike (G) & Bob (K), : your good ideas for lighting & dry-brushing will be done at a later..) - attached the phone/cupboard to the walls as well as completed assembly of the instrument shelf.

I also gave the external of the box a further coat plus accessed those difficult unpainted corners. More sanding and touch-up to go once this is all nice and dry. I have shown with paint still drying and roof panels/stairs temporarily attached.

I like Henryparrot's idea of the signal box cat (i may even order one) but I will assume that he is earning his keep and there are no mice!!





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Nice progress, it's going to be a unique addition to your layout.



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Today, i completed giving all exterior areas the first coat of paint. More sanding, fettling and cutting in of colours to go!

I also completed the installation of the curved angle iron supports below the platform.

In addition i also removed and repositioned the rear facia as it had was not sitting true when viewed end on.

Furthermore I completed the fabrication and trial fit of the downpipes and gutters (downpipes definitely overscale but can live with them for now!!)



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Darren, is your signalman off duty ? I've been ringing him all evening (got the number from the phone on the wall using my high power binoculars) !!!

This is one hell of a signal box - what fantastic detail. You really will have to light it up ! You must have very, very steady hands and excellent eyesight - to say nothing of the level of skill required to turn out a model like that.

Just brilliant !! :wink: :wink:

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Did you find the chopper useful, I'm tempted to get one?



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Marty wrote:Did you find the chopper useful, I'm tempted to get one?

Marty, yes i did - its good for making repetitive parts* or quickly cutting a piece - i also use it for making nice 45 degree angles etc for making up squares.

(*making the windows from scratch would have been difficult without it as each glazing bead needs to be the same size to make nice square looking panes)

Its deceptively simple in construction but like all simple ideas it works well!!



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Petermac wrote:Darren, is your signalman off duty ? I've been ringing him all evening (got the number from the phone on the wall using my high power binoculars) !!!

This is one hell of a signal box - what fantastic detail. You really will have to light it up ! You must have very, very steady hands and excellent eyesight - to say nothing of the level of skill required to turn out a model like that.

Just brilliant !! :wink: :wink:

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Thanks Petermac - i may need glasses after this!! (the optivisor is on my xmas wishlist) I have had a word with the signalman - he claims he was out oiling his signal lamps when you called. :lol:

I will be doing some research into the lighting as I will need to do some minor mods on the internal structure to accommodate (i am toying with an internal feed that goes up behind the door and into the "loft" space and into the ceiling above) but i want to get the external substantially completed first.



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Don't know if you have looked at Perry's signal box scratchbuild, there was lighting installed in that I think?
Might give you some ideas



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Marty wrote:Don't know if you have looked at Perry's signal box scratchbuild, there was lighting installed in that I think?
Might give you some ideas


Marty, i had another read of Perry's notes but couldnt find any reference to internal lighting?

I did have a look in the index and did find many  on LEDs - some food for thought...

 



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ah, must have been lost in the great crash, from memory he ran the wires up inside the back corner and painted them the same colour as the internal walls.

The Great Eastern Goods shed thread, page 13 also has lighting but it is probably more than you need, interesting reading though.
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Marty wrote:ah, must have been lost in the great crash, from memory he ran the wires up inside the back corner and painted them the same colour as the internal walls.

The Great Eastern Goods shed thread, page 13 also has lighting but it is probably more than you need, interesting reading though.
cheers


Marty, thats exactly what i need (i appreciate the time you took to dig up the reference) - i feel a visit to Fry's Electronics in Houston this weekend coming on (they are the mecca for all small (and large) electronic items - I just have to convince my dearly beloved why we need to visit as its a little bit out of the way!!)



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Glad to help, there isn't a dress shop or shoe shop nearby is there?



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