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 Posted: Thu Jan 18th, 2018 07:18 pm
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Usually, all my stations look the same so this time I thought I'd try something a little different.

Built out of Wills stone sheets - SSMP200 - complemented with Scalelink brass etched windows and plastikard adornments the model took just a week to build.


Here are a few pics.


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A work of exquite loveliness Allan.  :patheadI've been mulling getting some Scale Link windows and doors - so this is a great endorsement. 

I asked Brassmasters if they would consider doing their Scalescenes etched windows in 7mm - the response was that it depends on demand. :hmm

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Thanks John

Good choice, John. Scalelink, I would say, do a much larger range than anyone else and in all scales too. If you can give me an idea of size and style you need maybe I can help suggest  something as I've got the catologue.


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Cheers Allan.  A bit too early for any specifics.  I've been perusing some very good info on a LNER branchline station in Yorkshire, Richmond.  It ticks a lot of my boxes but is, of course, too large so will have to be massaged.  The book I have contains a lot of line drawings of the buildings so I have some planning to do.

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That took you a week?  It would take me a week at the moment to think about it!!!!  Well Done mate!!! You certainly have raised a benchmark
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Very nice Allan. :thumbs


Are the Wills' sheets difficult to work with being that they are so thick?


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col.stephens wrote:

Very nice Allan. :thumbs

Are the Wills' sheets difficult to work with being that they are so thick?

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Not if you use a REAL knife, Terry, like a Stanley knife that won't shatter like those silly little nancy scapel knives !


Actually, those Wills sheets at 2mm thick can be cut through a lot easier than most people think. Cutting out window and door  apertures from the back only needs a couple of heavy passes with the Stanley knife and they pop out as clean as you like. The instructions on the packet showing several ways of cutting out apertures are an absolute joke !


The sheets can also be bent at a right angles by scoring a deep V groove down the back with a V shaped file. A little solvent brushed down the groove will also help as it softens the  plastic.


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I agree with all you say Allan, especially cutting from the back.  A few strokes and you have a score line that snaps cleanly.  I use the Olfa knife.

There is another alternative (and of course most of us don't have access to large Wills sheets as you do) is to use Slaters or Southeast Finecast embossed sheets.  These can be cut very easily since they are only 0.5mm thick, the sheets are quite large too so no futzing about with joins. You mount the embossed sheet on 1mm plastic card.   You have to watch out for warping as the solvent used to bond them can do nasty things.  I've made a lot of buildings using this method.

I think it's a matter of finding out where your comfort zone lies.

One thing I've noticed with Wills sheets is that over time (a few years) they become brittle.

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Brossard wrote: I agree with all you say Allan, especially cutting from the back.  A few strokes and you have a score line that snaps cleanly.  I use the Olfa knife.

There is another alternative (and of course most of us don't have access to large Wills sheets as you do) is to use Slaters or Southeast Finecast embossed sheets.  These can be cut very easily since they are only 0.5mm thick, the sheets are quite large too so no futzing about with joins. You mount the embossed sheet on 1mm plastic card.   You have to watch out for warping as the solvent used to bond them can do nasty things.  I've made a lot of buildings using this method.

I think it's a matter of finding out where your comfort zone lies.

One thing I've noticed with Wills sheets is that over time (a few years) they become brittle.

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Hi John.


Unfortunately I only have access to the standard size Wills sheets as everyone else does.


I only ever glue the sheets - any plastic sheeting - down over thick (2mm) card. Nothing ever moves and I haven't as yet noticed any turning brittle with time.


Cheers mate.


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I had to do a double take, I honestly thought it was a real one!!!!

Absolutely magnificent work Allan.  :thumbs



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allan downes wrote:  Unfortunately I only have access to the standard size Wills sheets as everyone else does.
Oh, I thought I read somewhere, perhaps in one of your articles that you got larger sheets.  You are special after all. Ah well.  The small size size of Wills sheets is a bit of a disadvantage.

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What do you mean... it isn’t 1:1 scale? :shock:
Allan, another absolute masterpiece. 

You’ve sold me on brass etched window frames. No more scratch building ‘em if I can buy them.

Did the finials come from the same supplier?




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WOW. That is an impressive building.

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It is beautiful.

We expect no less from Allan, a man whose base standards are so far above mine, he's on Jupiter while I'm in a depression on Earth!!

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Thanks for the kind comments, guys. Just what my ego needed !

Marty.


The finials are white metal castings and also supplied by Scalelink.


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...and they do finials in N as a brass etch too... Oooo... and GWR station windows... thanks :thumbs



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Beautiful work as always.
I could look at it all day. :doublethumb



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Hi Allan,

Terrific. Almost tempts me to do a bit of 7mm modeling.

Couldn't agree more about cutters, I use a big beastie with snap-off blades (18mm) for everything. About a tenth of the cost of modeling scalpel blades (which compared to surgical blades are downright blunt).

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Hi Alan, I am in awe of your scratchbuilding skills Sir !  One day I hope to find the time to 'have a go'

I noticed this has come up under       Computing & The Model Railway > Computer Software.   But I think it deserves to be in the scratchbuilding section ?  would you like one of our super Mods ( those who work tirelessly in the background for mere pennies  :mutley)  to move it for you ?


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Tsk, tsk I missed that it was in the wrong hole so I have moved it.



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