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 Posted: Sat Oct 31st, 2009 07:18 am
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Don't know if this link has any useful info: -

http://www.network-southeast.co.uk/

Certainly Guildford was a station where they used the NSE blue rather than red.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 6th, 2009 07:44 am
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Thanks Chris for the info. Work has started on the NSE building. All the walls and roof have been cut out and I have so far clad the front and back walls with brick sheet. Will stick a couple of piccys up later once I have glued all the bits together. Last night I recived yet another enquiry this time for a signal box. This box if built will be for an exhibition layout and will differ slightly as the walls will be covered with wills brick sheet. So much for working on my N gauge layout! :roll: :thumbs

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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 12:53 pm
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Here's some pics of the next building on my workbench. This is my second westcoast station building and is intended for a NSE layout hence the red doors. The building is similar to the one I made for Carbbie bridge but will have the open end same as Potters lane....







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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 08:29 pm
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A little more progress I now have all the internal walls done and the concrete roof supports painted....



I have temporay added the white boarding across the front to give an idea of the finished building....





Chrome door fittings added....


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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 08:36 pm
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Nice job Dave keep up the good work

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 Posted: Sun Nov 8th, 2009 09:10 pm
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That looks like a winner, Dave. :thumbs



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 Posted: Tue Nov 10th, 2009 01:47 pm
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Cheers Max.

This afternoons update. The building is starting to take shape now that all the walls have been added. The door to the office has been left open slightly to add a bit of visual intrest....

The door has had the chrome handles added and the silver kickplate across the bottom. I have also added vertical blinds same as Carbbie bridge. The entrance doors also have chrome handles and finger plates...

The retail unit at the end has been finished with frost effect stripes. This will eventualy become a WH Smiths...

The shop also has another entrance on the platform side. At the other end of the main station building is a covered 'bike shed' area same as potters lane...

This is the platform side..

This is the entrance side..

To give an idea of the length I have placed two hornby mk2's in front....

This is with the roof off showing the internal walls...

I still have some trims to add to the entrance side and a couple of doors to fit in the entrance lobby but I should have the station building finished tonight then I can move onto the island platform buildings.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 10th, 2009 04:12 pm
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Another great build Dave, lovely mate.

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glad things are working out dave.

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Thanks guys bout time things started going right for a change! Once I have done the matching set of buildings for the other platform I will be starting on the signal box order. Looking forward to that one! :thumbs

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Work on the station building is almost finished whilst work is well advanced on the waiting room/toilet block for the second platform. Here's a few piccys I will be taking some better ones outside over the weekend for the website...













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Finished the station today and managed to get a few pics outside. To help with the network south east look I have added a grey strip and NSE flashes to the white trims around the buildings. The retail unit has had the WHSmith signage added whilst the waiting room has had the windows frosted to match the shop. I have fitted a couple of NSE station signs that someone kindly sent me for the pics although the stations owner will be fitting his own nameboards that have been made by electra railway graphics. As you know I always include the station posters and signs although this time I will be sending them for the buyer to fit himself. Anyway heres the pics ....

Main entrance...

Platform entrance...

Car park entrance to shop...

Island platform buildings...

Overall view of the main building...




View through the buildings note the NSE flashes....

General views....







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 Posted: Sun Nov 15th, 2009 05:42 pm
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:doublethumb Dave yet again a superb build.

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Looks Super Dave, I'd expect nothing less from you.

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Thanks guys for the feedback. Hopfully today the station buildings will arrive at their new home so im now just waiting for an email confirming this. This is the worst bit waiting for the customers feedback! Still havn't started the signal box yet as i've been held up with a pig of a decorating job that has taken longer than anticapated. Needless to say I wont be doing anymore!! The job is for the guy that I will be building the layout for so work will be starting on that project soon and as if I havn't got enough to do my contact for the Jarrow show has also ordered another station building and some london underground signals. Then theres making Potters lane presentable for its upcoming outing.... :roll: :thumbs 

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Hi guys I have just recieved some fantastic feedback from the guy I made the station buildings for. As it was you lot who pushed me into starting west coast I would just like to share this with you all.......

Hi all, just thought that i would update you all on my station building that i received in the post yesterday from West Coast Miniatures and share my overall thoughts with you all,

The quality of the station building is to a very very high standard such as the door furniture and trim to the station building ect and the way that this is all put together it is a true work of art.

The station feels very sturdy which is great as i have never had experience with foam board before, but was pleasantly surprised as it looks to be a very robust material which i would like to experiment with my self one day.

Communications with Dave at West Coast Miniatures was spot on Dave answered all my e-mail's and answered all my questions very quickly, which was great as i never felt left out, this then extends to when Dave was creating my station i could follow Dave's progress on the BR BLUE forum on my work bench thread (which i also owe a big thank you to Dave for introducing me to a great forum :cool: ), which was great as i was always kept in the picture, and if i needed to change anything i could have done this before it was to late.(Idid not have to change a thing as Dave took all my requirements on board and stuck to them).

Yesterday when i received my parcel i was very happy to see that it had made it all the way from Co Durham undamaged and in one piece (two pieces if you count the island platform building) but again this is down to the packaging which was great, plenty of bubble wrap and specialist air pockets all cased in a sturdy box

As a nice finishing touch Dave had placed spare material in the box such as the blu,red,white,grey NSE branding plus station advertising which is very useful.

The price that i paid for the station and island platform building was also very reasonable as i was considering to use the Hornby Skaledale rang for my station but when i worked out all the pricing it would have cost me more to use the Skaledale range than this unique station from West Coast Miniatures!!!!!

To sum up the overall experience that i received from Dave at West Coast Miniatures (Dave) is that i would highly recommend his services to any one, i would give Dave a 10/10 for communications 10/10 for a high quality of standard of work 10/10 for reasonable pricing and a 10/10 for packaging.

Overall 10/10

After receiving this masterpiece i have now made the decision that i need another platform building so watch this space (Sorry Dave), i will also post some pictures up when i receive my new camera.

Thank you Dave for all the work that you have carried out for me look forward to using you skills again (Very soon)

Needless to say im still taking this in!! With a complete layout project to build and further orders for buildings and signals things are starting to take off at last. So I would just like to say thanks guys for all the encouragement. :thumbs
 

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There you go Dave we all told it would take off it you stuck at it and it now seems to be starting for you.

hopefully it will grow enough to help with your income plus subsidise your hobby

cheers Brian

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:wow :wow :wow :wow

:Happy :Happy :Happy

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We all knew you had it in you Dave!

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Dave - I've probably got the same lump in my throat for you that you got when you read that. :thumbs:thumbs

After all your trials and tribulations, to get a testimonial like that must be like winning the lottery (well, maybe not quite !!).

Many congratulations - I just hope you got your costings right and that it was worth it financially because I can imagine that you're going to be getting quite a few commissions after that post !!.

Well done mate - if anyone deserves it, you do. :pathead:pathead:cheers:cheers:cheers



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