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 Posted: Mon Aug 25th, 2008 04:33 pm
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I picked up an old Life Like hotel on ebay for a few pounds, and as I am on call all weekend and can't stray too far from the house I decided to put it together today.

The wall sections, with window frames & glazing fitted



Wall & floor sections stuck together, I gave the walls a grey wash to try and pick out the cement between the bricks, but I do have trouble trying to achieve this in N scale.  Tissue paper curtains and blinds have been added and the bricks above the windows picked out in a contrasting brown.




Window shades, and roof detail added.  I was going to go with the red, white & blue theme all round, but it looked more French than American, so I only did the front that way.



Rear view, with working fire escapes!



How it might look on the layout.  I did run a dry brush over the brick work and the roof, which improved the look a little. 




There are a couple of seams that will require a little filler and more weathering to do as well as signage ( I didn't like the enclosed signs and they looked way over scale too).  All in all I think it will look okay and for the sake of a few pounds and a few hours of straining the eyesight today, probably worth it.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 25th, 2008 05:03 pm
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Definitely worth it, Lawrence - and very "New Orleans" in looks as well!



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good job lawrence you forget this is N scale.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 25th, 2008 07:56 pm
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Nice job Lawrence looks great you should put a tin of paint next to it so people realise how small it is.

There are a few bargies still to be found on Ebay but the days of loads of bargains have gone now it has really developed into a full price selling medium now.

 

cheers Brian.W

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Nice work Lawrence, the dry brushing you show in the last photo has really improved the finish. Not sure that I could do any better in N scale, so I'm well impressed. A good addition to the layout.

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Hope this helps Brian



Jeff, I think a few more shots with the dry brush will help and there are a few other things I want to do (I'd appreciate any suggestions on dulling down those canopies). I have an idea for some older style signs for it too.

Currently it doesn't have a name either so I am open to suggestions for that too, keep it clean though folks, especially Tim & Sue :lol:

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Good stuff Lawrence and certainly reminds me of one or two of the hotels my company used to find for me to stay in. All it needs now is a sticky carpet.:lol::lol::lol:

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Looks good, Lawrence - sort of ostentatious and trashy at the same time. Full of character.

Maybe you could try some powdered grey pastel over the awnings and window frames. If a little dustiness was to get onto the glazing that would probably be appropriate.


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Lawrence, you really have two options with regard to dulling down the canopies.

The first would be to pick a different colour (or shade of the same colour) and repaint them.

The second option is to mix up a thin mix of light grey matt acrylic paint (50% water / 50% paint) and gently wash over them with that. Don't overdo the wash, it's better to do it a few times (allowing the paint to thoroughly dry each time) than trying to do it all at once. Gently done, you will have a dirty red, blue etc at the end, but overdo it by trying to do just one thicker coat and you'll end up with grey canopies!

I know many modellers do the same thing with enamel paints and thinners (Perry for one), but I find it easier with acrylics. The bonus with acrylics is that you can wipe it off immediately if you don't like it!!

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Lawrence wrote:

Currently it doesn't have a name either so I am open to suggestions for that too, keep it clean though folks, especially Tim & Sue :lol:


What!!! Did you hear that, Sue? What on earth is he suggesting?:twisted::roll::roll:



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I was surprised how small it was when I saw the 10p piece.

 

Very nice.



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That is very nice Lawrence, being an N scale modeller too I can well appreciate the effort gone into this.
I'd pick out some of the bricks in slightly different colours/shades of brick and then give the walls and the roof pipes a wash of dirt too.
Then add a dusting of pastel/chalk.

Some external pipework, tricky in N, might help break up the "sameness" of the walls too. Just a thought.

Lovely job though, looks the part for your layout.... and all over a weekend too. Sigh.

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Very nice Lawrence, very nice. What about calling it the Rainbow Hotel, due to all the colours :D

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phill wrote: Very nice Lawrence, very nice. What about calling it the Rainbow Hotel, due to all the colours :D

Yes Phill, that sounds good - you are not just a pretty face after all !!

http://www.holidaycity.com/rainbow-shanghai/photo1.jpg for a real example - not as flash as Lawrence's hotel though.

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Lawrence a very good effort, an unusual and good loking building. I agree with Jeff - use a grey/black acrylic wash to dull things down - when you first apply it it will look dreadful, but when it dries it will be OK. I would go slightly further. Once the wash has dried go to the original colour, add a tiny amount of white and give it the lightest dry brush. This will bring out the colours and give the canopies depth. You can do the same with the window frames (watch the glazing) and the fire escape, which could have a tiny amount of rust added.

That said it looks pretty good already.

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Sol wrote: phill wrote: Very nice Lawrence, very nice. What about calling it the Rainbow Hotel, due to all the colours :D

Yes Phill, that sounds good - you are not just a pretty face after all !!



I always knew i was good looking mate, i have loads of woman flocking to get on my bus, or is the other way they are trying to get off :???:

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Looking good, my friend. 

Can't think of a suitable name as yet but I am sure something will come to mind .....

How about ....BUDDIES HOTEL

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Perth Buddy wrote: How about ....BUDDIES HOTEL

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Aye right :twisted:

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just call it Caseys,after all you own it.
:roll:;-):lol::lol::cool:

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owen69 wrote: just call it Caseys,after all you own it.
:roll:;-):lol::lol::cool:


I like it Owen :lol:

Guys, one of the problems I do have with acrylic washes is they always seem to end up shiny (I have tried 3 different acrylics) and also what would you suggest to get around the pooling effect, where a pool of wash will gether in a corner?  I always wash, rinse and dry the parts before building.

Marty, agreed some pipework would indeed improve it, the Dundee show is on soon, so I will have a look up there as there are a couple of buildings that I would like to add pipes and lights too.  Might even have a go at the individual bricks too, that however, is eyesight dependant :roll::lol:

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