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 Posted: Tue Jul 29th, 2008 07:46 am
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I need a low relief station and platform to provide part of the backscene on my layout. It is supposed to depict a small sub-station that serves the ferry terminal at the docks at Upton. This will allow DMUs and small local service trains to shuttle from Upton Central to this new station. The space I have is quite small and will not permit a full width platform and station. Therefore some form of low relief option is required.

After scouting around I found that the old faithful Dapol platform and booking hall would probably work. I also had a load of spare platform left from the construction of Middleton, and so an idea formed.

The Dapol (ex Airfix) platform is quite narrow as it comes and so there was no need to reduce the width of this item, however, to fit the extension, which supports the booking hall building had to be reduced by a half. Here is a view of the complete platform:



With the extension in place:



With the extension reduced by half the booking hall itself would also have to be reduced and so I started by cutting the roof just beyond the apex, keeping the chimney stack recesses in place:



The valence was fitted as normal. Rather than trying to cut the walls I decided to use brick embossed plastic card, reinforced at the base, to create the ends. A little bit of filler will be needed to finish off the corners:



The chimneys on the original kit are a little squat, so I installed the brick chimney stacks so they were just in the recesses and added taller pots from the Wills range:



So far so good :)



Now it is a case of building the kit more or less as in the instructions, with one or two minor changes.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 29th, 2008 08:15 am
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Only one or two minor changes ??

I would hate to see a major change :P

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That's our Novice, never shy when it comes to wielding the razor saw :lol: :lol: :lol:
It amazes me how you get everything so square, I'm always taking the file to my cuts to take off the irregularities. :?



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Ah Hah :!: That's the part Novice doesn't show, Marty.
I never knew a regular scratchbuilder who didn't have a good set of files in his toolbox :!: :!:

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Boy you've got some courage Bob. Not for the feint-hearted. :shock:

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i have done that to card models,never plastic looks like it going well.

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I,ve also done it to card models but never plastic :)



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Looking good so far.Don't forget to use some of those figures waiting fot the trains!!! :lol:

Cheers,John.B.

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I did it to a few cardboard ones and well there in the bin :D , well done Bob.
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The station building has now been assembled, windows glazed and painted in a suitable grimey state:



This shot shows the half relief effect:



I built in a couple of interior walls and a back wall. The latter I painted black to give the impression of depth through the windows.

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Novice - I hope if we shift forums, you change your ID to something that
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Very well done Bob

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An excellent result, Bob. Nice choice of colours, too. Acrylics?

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MikeC wrote:An excellent result, Bob. Nice choice of colours, too. Acrylics?

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The colours are a mix of acrylic and enamels. Mostly enamels on this model, but I find they work well together - just need to remember which pot to clean your brush in :roll:

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:D :D true. I asked because my Dapol garage was very reluctant to take acrylics. It seems to be a more greasy type of plastic. Acrylics did get the job done, but only just.

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Top job,Bob....looks really effective!

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First class and a real space saver.



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Nice job I like it :)



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Lovely job Bob
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This little project is now complete and the station halt has been installed on my layout, where it forms part of the new backscene. More work is needed on the backscene, signals are still to be installed and ballasting completed. The platform is long enough to take 3 car DMUs and short suburban trains, although it will probably only get bubblecars and 2 car DMUs. The station serves a small ferry terminal and is used by both civilians and RN personnel from a nearby Naval training centre:





The station is run by grumpy and pompous Tony Dapol (standing by the ticket barrier). He is station master, ticket collector and porter, but carrying cases is beneath him and he always finds excuses not to. Today he is feeling smug as he watches the Naval personnel dash for the train for the connecting service to Upton, however as the train is running 15 minutes late he knows that they have no chance of making the evening express at Upton to take them home! :)

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Now that the figures are a little nearer life size we can rally see the difference you have made to them Bob. Very nice work and certainly worth your time.



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