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 Posted: Wed Oct 13th, 2010 07:58 pm
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In my book it's always right to get the best you can afford Dave and sometimes you've got to push yourself to get it. This looks like a very solid investment and I'm glad your starting to move in the right direction. Good luck mate.:thumbs
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Now that looks nice, you be carefull you read the HS instructions ok, :pathead

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Think I still have my hard hat somewhere in the garage !! :roll: :lol: :thumbs

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87 101 wrote: Think I still have my hard hat somewhere in the garage !! :roll: :lol: :thumbs
If you need to get that close Dave, you need glasses !!!  It's "hard" fingers you need although I did read somewhere that bandsaws were one of the safest workshop tools.

Ralph (Fishplate) did a great post on setting one up somewhere - I'll see if I can find it.

It's here :  .http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=4843&forum_id=35



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After a few weeks break work has recomenced on Portishead station building. Thanks to the new bandsaw I have been able to split the support frames so that they can be glued either side of the exterior walls. When assembled the support frames should look like they are still one piece. Pics later. ;-)

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Not so much on my workbench but more like on my PC ! Started work on the new westcoast website this afternoon and have just emailed the first test page to my dad who is hosting the site for me. The new site when finished will be located at http://www.westcoastminiatures.com There have been many devlopments with the way that westcoast is going its about time I got the propper site done. If you do check it none of the buttons work yet just the contact link. :roll: :thumbs

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If you check it and it still goes to facebook please try again later. :thumbs

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Portishead is looking nice Dave and that bandsaw looks like a serious piece of kit. Good on you :thumbs

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Thanks Ian Portishead is proving to be an intresting build ! I still need to source some sutiable cladding for the building as the wills stuff I got looks awful. I have had a few teathing troubles with the bandsaw but I think I now have everything sorted. :roll: :thumbs

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With the new listing the the exhibition circuit and the capital investment in machinery Dave, it seems WCM is starting to make itself known in the model railway world. :thumbs  "Good on ya" !!!



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I just have to keep moving forward Peter. ;-)

Last night I got the basic website structure sorted all 35 pages of it !! The site will have lots more photos and will be more user friendly than the present one. This time I have split the site up into sections rather than have links to everything on the first page so for example if you click buildings you go to the buildings page where there are individule pages for signal boxes, relays rooms, etc. Im hoping to have all the basic pages done by this afternoon so I can take them round to my dads for loading to the server. Now that I have got my head round the software im using its much easer to build pages than the old way. Mind you I didn't get to bed untill 2.30 am !! :thud

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With the new website done (still needs uploading) I have reverted back to the portishead build. I still need to find where to get the stone cladding from. Any ideas ??  

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Have you looked at Slaters Dave - or even Scalescenes if you don't need 3D cladding............:roll::roll:



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Need's to be 3D Peter. I did get some wills crazy paving a few months ago but it looks totaly wrong and the Stockton modeller is a bit limited these days !! I will post some pics up later as im on the 'workshop' computer at the moment. ;-)

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The top windows are mocked up as im still trying to get the overall look right although I think that given the limited information its not far off. Shame about the cladding though ! Actualy I think I have seen a wall like that on a motorway service area....hummm now there an idea....... :roll: :thumbs 

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I see what you mean about the cladding - I think part of it is that the individual stone sizes look too big compared with the cladding in the prototype pictures . In the absence of anyone doing a limestone cladding I wonder if the "crazy paving " is available in say 2mm scale and if that would improve the look ?



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Im sure that I have seen somthing suitable somewhere I just carn't remember where !! :lol: :roll: Studying the pics the wall has a kind of cotswold dry stone wall look about it. I did think about experementing with that das clay that everyones going on about. I will keep looking for the cladding. The overall look of the front wall looks about right when compared with the pics although the platform side will be slightly free lance as I only have the RM plan to go off. Also with no colour pics of the building im having to guess the colour scheme.  

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I presume they used limestone as it was available from the local quarries but even the original builders had problems with the cladding and a master  mason was brought in and trained eight (?) men in the technique used which caused no end of problems with the construction timetable.

Its not that an unusual material to be used in building so I wonder if one of the architectural model companies could suggest a source ?

I am still looking for colour pictures - the problem being that  colour was still relatively expensive in those days and most railway photographers concentrated on locomotives as few realised the infrasructure would vanish in a couple of years.



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