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 Posted: Sun Jan 30th, 2011 06:39 pm
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The 'ground-level' views are brilliant! :thumbs Once everything is complete and secured in place it's going to look fantastic.

You mentioned another coat of paint? I should think you have to buy it in 5 litre cans and put it on with a 4" brush to cover that expanse! :shock:

Very, very impressive. :doublethumb

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 Posted: Sun Jan 30th, 2011 06:53 pm
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Thanks for all the positive feedback. To put things into perspective the first section of canopy is just under 2' in length. I estimate that the finished canopy will be roughly 9'-10' long when compleated !! Im hoping to get the platform built up and finished this week as I have had another station building order this weekend ( NSE again !!). Still undecided on the platforms construction although I did get some wills concrete blockwork the other week for the base walls. Had quite a lot of intrest in the class 89 project with possable orders for 6 locos in 00 gauge and a couple in N !! :thud:thumbs

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 Posted: Sun Jan 30th, 2011 09:25 pm
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soon be looking for a unit on the trading estate then ?
great piece of modelling Dave on both jobs.

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That canopy looks the bees knees, Dave. Glad to see that business is rolling in and that you are enjoying it.

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 Yet another example of very fine craftsmanship,  :doublethumb 



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 Posted: Wed Feb 23rd, 2011 11:34 am
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A bit more progress with Portishead. After a few issues with glue I have managed to build the first platform section. The platform consists of some 14mm thick dense foam that is sandwiched between two sheets of card. For the platform edged I have used some wills paving stone sheets that have been cut into strips. The paving stone sheets have also been used for the footpath outside the station entrance. The tarmac surface of the platform has been recreated using 100 grit sandpaper that has been painted with black acrylic. The platform walls were my biggest headache as I couldn't glue the wills block wall sheets directly to the foam as the glue would eat the foam ! The soloution was to skim a coat of filler over the foam before gluing the walls in place. Heres some pics..



The station building will be fixed into the recess once the two internal walls and folding door have been fitted



A sprinter sits at the new platform



The station building located in the recess





A couple of dodgy shots looking under the canopy. I will get some better ones later when all the lighting has been connected up.





A couple of overall shots





 

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Absolutely superb Dave.

I couldnt be more pleased with the results you have achieved .I sent some of the pictures from earlier in the thread to people I know that still live in Portishead  who used the station regularly when it was open and all said you have managed to portray the station as they remember it with an expert and uncanny amount of realism.



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Thanks Richard as you can see the main bulk of the work is now done. I still have the totam signs to fit under the canopy and the upper glazing before fitting it all together. I have cut square holes in the platform surface so that the legs will fit into them giving the structure that 'anchored' look. The station building still needs the two internal walls fitting and the folding door on the platform side before this can be attached to the platform. I will be cutting some grooves into the base of the platform to accomidate the cables for the lighting so all you will need to do is drill a small hole for the two power feeds and then glue the whole assembly down to the baseboard. I think that all the research was worth the effort and the model stands up well when compared with the pics of the prototype. In the pic you sent me last night you can just make out the main buildings structure in the background including those top windows that we wern't sure about so I think we have 'nailed it' The ultimate test will be its first show outing when the locals will get to see it ! :cool:  

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87 101 wrote:  In the pic you sent me last night you can just make out the main buildings structure in the background including those top windows that we wern't sure about so I think we have 'nailed it' The ultimate test will be its first show outing when the locals will get to see it 
 

Some of the members of the Portishead Railway Preservation Society who hope to reopen the last couple of miles of the line into the town from Portbury where the line is already now back in commercial use  for the new docks traffic of cars and coal are very keen on what we are doing and watching closely as are the members of the other Portishead Railway Group whose main interest is the Weston Clevedon & Portishead Light Railway so as most of the ones I have had any dealings with from either group are pretty knowledgeable  I view the thought of them seeing the model for the first time with some trepidation.

By the way did you understand what I meant about altering the construction order to allow the ramp section of the platform to be next on the list ?



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87 101 wrote:  In the pic you sent me last night you can just make out the main buildings structure in the background including those top windows that we wern't sure about so I think we have 'nailed it' The ultimate test will be its first show outing when the locals will get to see it 
 

Some of the members of the Portishead Railway Preservation Society who hope to reopen the last couple of miles of the line into the town from Portbury where the line is already now back in commercial use  for the new docks traffic of cars and coal are very keen on what we are doing and watching closely as are the members of the other Portishead Railway Group whose main interest is the Weston Clevedon & Portishead Light Railway so as most of the ones I have had any dealings with from either group are pretty knowledgeable  I view the thought of them seeing the model for the first time with some trepidation.

By the way did you understand what I meant about altering the construction order to allow the ramp section of the platform to be next on the list ?



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Nothing like a bit of presure then !! :lol: Yes understood about the end of platform section. :thumbs

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Today im fitting the glazing to Portisheads platform canopy.





 

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Some more pics..

The interior wall copied from an old photo. I think the box in the corner is a phone box..



My wife did a double take with this one as she thought it was real untill she saw the junk on the workbench..



Another couple of the canopy..





And finaly a look under the canopy into the booking hall. The reason the canopy leg is off the floor is so I could get the camera in !



 

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Portishead is almost finished. I still have to fit the totam signs before fixing the canopy in place. The building still needs an interior wall fitting and the letters abover the entrance need gluing back on. This afternoon a box of goodies arrived from the west midlands. Inside the box was a mainline mk1 BSK, a pair of BT10 (mk3) bogies, some dummy pans and some RTC transfers...... 

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Somthing a bit different today. Take a mainline mk1 BSK



Remove the bogies drill out the bogie centres and fit BT10's



Carefully remove the battery boxes without cutting the underframe trussing. Refit the battery boxes into their new positions after packing out with 3mm foamex. Also fit extra underframe parts left over from a recent EMU conversion



Add a sun roof





Fit a new 3mm foamex roof section



and a new end piece



Cut out bodyside grills (forgot to do on my own conversion)







Now if only I can find that tin of red paint....

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87 101 wrote: Portishead is almost finished. I still have to fit the totam signs before fixing the canopy in place. The building still needs an interior wall fitting and the letters abover the entrance need gluing back on. 

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Can you have another look at the pictures of the lettering over the entrance on the prototype . It may be my eyesight but it looks to me that there is a difference in relative lettering size and positioning of the lettering .

What do you think bearing in mind when seen by the locals that part will be well remembered by them as they would have seen it  on a daily basis as they passed by so we need to get that as near right as possible although if we make a deliberate mistake for them to spot they wont notice ifwe have got anything else wrong...:lol:

Could you put a couple of timetables/posters on the boards in the booking office foyer before its all fastened down please.

Not come up with that other side of the foyer  picture as yet - I am sure we have one somewhere.:roll:

 



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I had an intresting response when I posted a pic of portishead over on NRM forum from someone who remembers the station when it was first built. I have asked if he has any pics. Re letters. I think the ones I got are a bit on the large side. I used the normal 4mm (00 gauge) ones but I think the RM model used 2mm ones. They need redoing as they all fell off the clear sheet they were stuck to ! I will get some 2mm ones the next time I can get to Stockton modeller. I was going to ask about the interior notice boards as currently they are blank. ;-)    

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Oh heck now my eyes are playing up as much as my hands as I was trying to see how those letters are attached on the prototype pictures but I cant make it out . I wondered if 2mm would be better .Coopercraft do something of about that size to make up signal box name boards which may be a stronger alternative being raised plastic lettering - may be worth a look.



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Yeh thats the problem I had I can't make out how the letters are attached. They are proberly fixed to small metal posts although one of the pics would suggest there is a metal fence ! I used some clear plastic sheet to glue the letters to. I think they were slaters signal box letters I used. ;-)

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A bit more progress. First a white roof





Followed by yellow ends, black gangways, underfame and wheels





Somthing else I forgot with my origanal conversion was the plating up of this small window



And finaly twins




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