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 Posted: Fri Jul 31st, 2020 10:15 am
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xdford wrote: Hi Claus,

On first glance on the mockup, I was thinking Flinders St Station!!  It should look quite good!
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Maybe you are right  :roll:



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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 2

During the weekend a team of bricklayers went to work at the Bank.





In fact the bricks are printed on a photocopier and later glued on. Looks very 'substantial' for the time being, but I hope some 'trimmings' will enhance the look of the building.



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An update from Church Street

An unexpected day off from work gave me the time to do the signs for the shopfronts in Church Street. By temporary removing St. Ursinus Church it is possible to do a photo of the entire row of shops.



From left to right you find:
An antiques store - it is in real shopfront somewhere in Melbourne
LJ Hooker Real Estate - perhaps not the only 'hooker' in the street!
TAB betting - Church Street is probably not as innocent as you may think
Church Street Spirits - well, it is after all Church Street
Town and Country Vet - an existing veterinarian clinic somewhere in Australia
Burke and Wills Surveyors - an unfortunate name for such a business (if you are not familiar with Australian history, they got lost whilst exploring the Outback)
Pet Shop - making sure the vet will stay in business
The Black Cat - perhaps another name could be 'Gentlemen Club'. Definitely not related to the Pet Shop!
'Shop to Let' - honestly ran out of shop names. Anyway it appears pretty run down
The Toy Shop - you should be able to buy to model trains and trams somewhere
The Rug Shop - again a real shopfront from Melbourne
Sputnik - selling clothes for the young adults. The year is 1963 and the owner got inspired by the latest Space craze

I am still working on Queen Victoria Market located adjacent to the shops and of course the long-time project with the Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange.



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Spot the difference

I spotted a nice photo of Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, on the internet. After a make-over in Photoshop it came out like this:



It will be positioned towards the very back of the layout, so was it really necessary to improve the front. The shadows give it depth already. Anyway I made a few extra copies, cut out the columns, glued them to 1.5 mm cardboard and finally glue them in place on the front. Spot the difference.



I think it was worth the effort.

The sidewalls will be extended and a proper roof added. It has to wait until the hard lock-down in Melbourne is over and I can purchase a board for the the background. The market is in front of a curved 'corner' making the back part of the roof some of a challenge to get right.



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A great street coming together there and I like the use of photographs for the buildings.  Some great names in there too. I also use photos, but only for temporary buildings and to help with "town planning" and I have just started to convert them to models, although I have quite a few left to do.
Ironically I am also building a street scene which will have a market at one end, and mine is Abbey Street.  Who would have thought two similar scenes on opposite sides of the world?!

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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 3

During the last three weeks or so columns and 'cladding' have been added to the front of the Bank. The 'cladding' is made of narrow strips of paper towel of the type you buy on rather larger commercial rolls. It took quite a long time to glue in place, but ended up with the right texture. The paint is acrylic and a home-made mix of white and 'yellow ochre'.




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That's a substantial building Claus - now I know where our bank charges go ............................. :lol:

A brilliant idea to clad it in kitchen paper - never thought of that but you're right - the texture would be spot on.  Did you soak it (the paper) in PVA or glue it in the traditional manner ?




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Petermac wrote: That's a substantial building Claus - now I know where our bank charges go ............................. :lol:

A brilliant idea to clad it in kitchen paper - never thought of that but you're right - the texture would be spot on.  Did you soak it (the paper) in PVA or glue it in the traditional manner ?


I soaked the paper towel strips in diluted PVA (approx. 1 : 1) before applying them to the building. After drying the paper became quite firm, but easy to adjust if additional glue was applied. I was quite unsure, if it would end up in a mess during painting, but the paper stuck very well.



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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 4

We are still on strict lock-down in Melbourne with a nightly curfew and only allowed 1 hour of daily exercises less than 5 km from home. That makes life a little bit difficult, but thanks to the Internet I have be able to keep modelling the Bank.

It is no secret it is modelled after the grand facade of Flinders Street Station. I have been able to google a floor-plan, which has given me the length of the main entrance. In addition to this I have a drawing which is no to scale, but still a great help getting the dimensions right. The main source of information though, is Google Street View! In short – the model so far has been done without a recent visit to the station.

Since my last post the facade has undergone some progress. The walls are almost finished. The dentils (small squares at the top) are numerous, cut and glued in individually.

The stain-glass window is taken from an almost front-on photo. To get the size and shape right I scanned the cardboard cut from the opening and with Photoshop adjusted the photo to fit the scan. Two copies (one reversed) were printed on a transparent self-adhesive label, cut out and stuck on each side of a lid from a take-away container. Perfect fit first time! I will use the same method with the flooring. Scan the odd shape of the floor and get the tiles to fit.



Next my attention will go to the back of the building. Even it can't been seen from a 'normal' viewing point, it must be done up nicely.



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Top marks! That really does look like its going to be the part!



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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 5

The back of the Bank will not be visible once the building is in its final position in Wombat Creek, but I still want it to appear as well done as possible. At least I know it is done right!

For the time being bits and pieces are sticking out at the ends of the wall because I don't know, how wide the adjoining buildings will be. Part of the wall features may be extended to the two walls at the end of the building.



The construction will continue with the flat roof, which will be detachable. That will give me access to the interior of the building, which will be visible through the front entrance. Window frames are also high on the agenda.



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All looking very good and I'm impressed that you are finishing off the unseen rear of the building - it certainly looks the part and will be a great feature building.
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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 6

The flat roof has been cut and the construction of roof details can commence any time.





The gaping window holes have also been filled. The window frames were drawn in OpenOffice Draw and printed on transparent self-adhesive labels. Each frame has been done in two copies -one for the outside and one for the inside of the building. The frames were stuck to a sheet of clear plastic before glued in place. The are slightly opaque but less than shown on the photos. The front windows still need some panels and posts, before they are finished.











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Hi Claus and wow,

This landmark building gets more impressive as you complete each element.  

Superb modelling and thank you for sharing your techniques.

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Wombat Creek Bank and Gold Exchange – part 7

Just a small up-date on the progress with and around the Bank. Windows are now proper framed.
Next to the bank a department store is under construction. It is a card-board kit from Metcalfe. It is low-relief and was intended as such, but due to its depth the building will not fit along the back of the lay-out. Instead a rear wall will be constructed and the store will eventually sit nicely next to the bank.



Until it is possible to get printing done at Officeworks (still out-of bounds due to Covid-19) the interior of the Bank and the back of the department store will have to wait. Likewise the pavement in front of both buildings. Instead the attention will be on the roof. I can do some work but again some printing has to be done.

Along the top of the walls will be a balustrade, which I intend to buy ready-made. Unfortunately the only OO/HO balustrades I can find online come out of England. They seem to be a good quality and reasonable priced, but postage is a problem. Currently an order from England has been under its way since July 25!

Do any of you know if its is possible to find a supplier in Australia or do I test my patience and order from England?



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HI Claus,
I seem to remember a modeller of my acquaintance using  notice board pins with a plastic body and a styrene cap that could double as the upright... just cannot remember exactly who it was!  I think they will be staple items at Coles or Woolies... I will keep an eye out for them!  Check out the J Burrows Push Pins at Officeworks!

Office Jerks have these for $3.14 each packet.

https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/j-burrows-push-pins-assorted-50-pack-jbpushpina

hope this helps!

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xdford wrote: HI Claus,
I seem to remember a modeller of my acquaintance using  notice board pins with a plastic body and a styrene cap that could double as the upright... just cannot remember exactly who it was!  I think they will be staple items at Coles or Woolies... I will keep an eye out for them!  Check out the J Burrows Push Pins at Officeworks!

Office Jerks have these for $3.14 each packet.

https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/j-burrows-push-pins-assorted-50-pack-jbpushpina

hope this helps!

Cheers

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Thanks Trevor. I will give it a try 😉



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