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 Posted: Mon Nov 6th, 2017 10:26 pm
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Hello all,having been unimpressed with the other forums and kicked off RMWeb, I thought I'd try this one.  I haven't noticed the loco obsessed kit snobbery here on having a look through.
So here I am.  My main interest, by a LONG way is the scenery. For me, railways are just an excuse for interesting scenery.  In fact, for me, the moment a train moves, the illusion is ruined.  So at least I am saved the faff and expense of DCC and sound and smoke and all that jazz.
Expense is a major gripe, so I make almost everything. I've even made wheels before and that was when most bits were cheap.
I do have a liking for the M&GN and odd little lines like the Southwold, so I have a 7mm model under way of an M&GNJR 4-4-0 Tank in S7 and a 21mm gauge Southwold 2-4-0 as I am working on a Southwold Harbour set-piece, because I do love estuaries and all that mud, boats, tarred huts.  Mmmmm, I can smell it now.

I also have a set-piece under way called Lantern Yard. It is a canal wharf with a model of our old boat, on which we lived for 5 years, Heather Bell, a 1937 wooden working boat.  There's also some 9mm gauge line on which to show 15/18" models by N-Drive, for which I made the brass masters and bubble cars, for which I also did the masters for S.A.M.S. Models years ago. 

Here's the canal Lengthman's hut for Lantern Yard
The hut is made from Foamex, a marvelous new (to me, anyway) compressed, self skinning PVC foam board, which takes impression superbly.  Hence the brickwork and even the crumbled stucco on the chimney is a single impression with the back of a scalpel, a home made chisel(from a Swiss file) and the corner of a steel rule, respectively.

The light was from a desk lamp and much too harsh, I'm no photographer, but you can see the effectiveness of the engraved brick detail, where one can put in exactly the right bond, including Queen closers.  Some of the bricks show spalling where the surface, wetter than others, has frozen and the outer layer has broken off (under the window cill).
The roof is styrene sheet, covered with a cut up photo glued down with Evo-Stik in strips and every slate cut part way through, some representing damaged or even missing slates.
Gutter is pressed in a tool I made using brass shim and brass rod for the downpipe with shim brackets.  Strap hinges are also shim, indented with a tool sold for doing countersunk rivets on large scale model aircraft.

Bushes are rubberised horse hair, teased, very carefully trimmed and painted greenish with dabs of acrylic for flowers.  Oh and dried tealeaves are scattered on to harmony hairspray.  
The edge you can see is the as yet unpainted lockside coping stones.
I usually spray everything with Mr. Hobby UV flat, which I got by chance from Creative Models in Chatteris, but which is without doubt the flattest, mattest stuff I have ever found, since the great days of Pelikan Plakka paint of blessed memory.

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Mr.Tin

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 Posted: Tue Nov 7th, 2017 02:29 am
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Hi Martin
Welcome to the Club.  :cheers

It's been a long while since I kicked anyone off.

We're certainly not snobs, but certainly are obsessed.  :lol:

We look forward to seeing some more of your work.

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Hi Martin and welcome to the club,impressive modelling there by the way.



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Hi Martin, :Welcome


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Thanks for the welcome, chaps. Should I put any other models on a separate thread?

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Just look at the main menu and select the category you want and put it there. I can always move it if necessary.



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Hi Martin,

Welcome to the club.

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Hi Alan and Nigel,many thanks for the welcome. I have, in fact, put a thread on Scratchbuilding under "Buildings for Southwold" with a good description of materials and methods to make 2 of the Fisherman's huts in 7mm scale.

Martin

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Hello Martin,

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Thanks, Jeff,

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Hi Martin
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Thanks, Ted, although it seems a wee bit quiet.
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Welcome Martin. :Welcome


 It is a bit quieter on here but it is not full of the drivel which appears on the other website.


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Fair point, Terry,

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Welcome Martin. Hope you find the forum useful and worthwhile. It's certainly a friendly place.

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Thanks, Bill. Certainly seems friendly and more scratchbuilding than I was expecting which is right up my street.

Martin

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Welcome from West Wales Martin :lol:

I think most small and select forums like ours tend to wax and wane, particularly through the summer months. You will find that things will soon pick up with the dark evenings, and thought turn to modeling...

I have been a member now for over six years, and found it one of the better and more friendly forums - NGRM coming a close second, but thats a specialist forum, so I don't think theres any harm in mentioning it:oops:

Persevere - we are a good bunch!

Best regards,
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Thanks, Shaun. I actually have a preference for Narrow Gauge, but found NGRM a bit stuffy at that time. Haven't seen it for ages.
Cheers,
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