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 Posted: Mon Oct 15th, 2007 04:18 pm
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A much needed addition to Barchester as there are two commercial canal basins, one larger than the other, and both need transport facilities. These will be very simple models that anyone who has a need for such things could use as a basis for making their own unique models.

As always they are of all card and paper construction and I will mention as I go along anything that I feel needs further explanation that may not be quite clear from the pictures. There will be a total of five barges, three of one type and two of another with very little difference between them, just enough for interest purposes.

The first of the two photographs show the pieces cut out and laid flat for the three slightly smaller of the models and the second picture shows construction under way of the two bigger jobs. The building methods for both types are identical.
I have only just realised that the card base pieces aren't shown in the photographs. They are of thicker card than the sides and are just 'boat shaped', for want of a better description, and cut out to the required size for the scale you are working in.
You can plainly see, in the second photograph, the boat shaped base with the two sides glued to it. The upright strengtheners then hold the whole thing together for further working on. I have not attempted to make a curved bow as I don't think it is required because of the shape of the card pieces you get a good appearance, and of course it keeps things very simple. Also in this model the sides and decking are scribed for wood work. The small decking areas will be coloured with Colron wood dye while the sides will be painted.
You can also see the rudders and rudder posts.







                                      
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Perry asked me about the card I used.



The thickest card I use Perry is 1mm. In this model I only need it for the base and the vertical strengtheners. All the rest is half a mm or less, including paper. The model gains it's strength and longevity from filleted joints, careful choice of strengtheners and then the whole thing coated with shellac or stain. I stll have card models that I made over half a century ago and they look no different, apart from paint fade, than the day I built them. Card really is an excellent medium to work in and one that isn't subject to modern technology changes.



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This next one shows the three smaller barges a stage further. You can now see the overall shape and the simplicity of the construction. The divider in the middle of the barge not only allows for two compartments for different loads but also adds a great deal of strength to the model by helping to keep the sides running parallel. You can also see further strengtheners at the front and rear of the model and the small pieces of scribed and stained decking which will cover these when fitted.
The painted areas you can see have been pre-treated with PVA fillets on all joints and then a coat of shellac. Those visible plain card areas will receive the same treatment after the added PVA fillets have dried.






Now we have all five barges completed to a stage where they are ready to take up their positions on the layout. There is still quite a bit of work to do on the detail, such as support wires for the exhaust pipes and extra engine compartment ventilators but these can be added at a later time. In any case this article is only meant as a guide to general construction.
I didn't feel that photographs between the previous stages and the completed model were necessary because all the detail that has been added since the previous photograph is external and easily visible. The painting and finish is up to the individual of course.





All the parts of the models shown are constructed from card and paper of varying thickness as is usual on Barchester. I forgot to mention the exhaust chimneys and these are made from ordinary computer printing paper rolled round a suitable former, in this case a paintbrush handle. The size of course will be scale dependent as is the whole thing. The loads in the barges can be anything you want them to be of course and will be particular to your own layout. In the case of Barchester we need general merchandise, raw timber and then sand and gravel in various grades from our own crushers. None of these activities are truly profitable commercial enterprises and nor are they meant to be.



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The final two pictures shown below illustrate the barges being put to use on Barchester in both of it's canal basins. You can also see that one of the card cranes we have built now has a definite purpose in life in the timber yard. The lower photograph shows the plastic kit crane from which the Barchester models were taken and it is interesting to note the similarity between the two. I only point this out so that anyone considering going down the card modelling road must not be put off by what seems to be the delicacy of the prototype he wants to model. Card is perfectly capable of reproducing most structures and mechanical items.








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Bob, you've duplicated the start of this on the next thread.

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I'm not surprised Jeff. I have spent hours copying and pasting today as Steamer isn't going to be able to fix the database, corrupted he thinks, as I suspected all along. Thanks for pointing it out though.



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Superb job, Bob!

That glimpse of water makes me want to see more, too.

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