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 Posted: Mon Oct 15th, 2007 12:09 pm
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A really simple one here which can easily be adapted for any scale. The first step is to mark and cut out the surface area of the jetty you are building.
Next job is to cut out strips of thinner card for the planking of the jetty surface. The width of these strips will depend on the builders preference as I have seen them anything from four to twelve inches wide. Individual planking will look better than scoring in this instance although scoring will still look ok if you don't have the patience to make the separate planks.
The timber support legs can be square, as in the picture, or round and the material used can be almost anything that suits the scale you are working in. Match sticks, toothpicks, lollipop sticks, square or round timber mouldings, kebab sticks, etc.
After the legs have been added then you can use as many, or as few, support timbers as you like.
Finally edging strips of card are added to the front underside of the jetty surface, as can be seen in the picture.
When dry the whole thing is then stained with a good wood dye. This is a matter of personal choice of course and there is no reason why paint can't be used, although the effect wouldn't be so easy to achieve in my opinion.



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Next I have collected all the bits and pieces to add to the bare model. Card handrailing with nail supports. Card support posts for the life buoys, string for coiled ropes with nails and polystyrene balls on nails for bollards. Corkboard pins are also very useful for this kind of thing, depending on scale again.
These items are for 4mm scale so adjustments would have to be made for other scales.





Now you can see how all the bits have been brought together to make it look a bit more like a jetty.
The life belts are just painted washers.
The coiled ropes are lengths of string which have been coated with PVA, the glue on finger and thumb and the string dragged through, then wrapped round a paint brush handle. Keep twisting the coil round the handle for about a minute, to prevent sticking, and then slide off and there you have it.
You can see that the card handrail has been glued to the top of the nails which were first pressed through the card through previously drilled holes.
The ladder is just the usual plastic item available from any modelling shop in various lengths.
The square crates are modelled from sculpey clay and the barrels easily and cheaply available in any scale.





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 Posted: Mon Oct 15th, 2007 12:13 pm
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Thanks for all the very kind comments folks, much appreciated.

To finish the standing model off I have added a plastic crane from a kit that a friend bought me. While assembling the crane I realised that it should be fairly easy to reproduce in card so that will be the next project.





The finished jetty in position on the canal basin. All it needs now are a couple of fishermen and maybe one or two children playing about and a bit more junk. Yet another job for the todo list. Ah well.



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What strikes me most about Barchester is the neat, tight and impressive design of all the structures.

Barchester shown during the different build stages along with the clear, precise 'show how' text must surely be a masterclass within itself.


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