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 Posted: Tue Apr 14th, 2009 07:24 pm
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Thanks Peter for the feedback. Home page now amended!! Right still suffering with my abcess today but I have got round to making the masters for the roof section. The roof will be made of two castings allowing the wiring for the lights to be sandwiched in the middle. ;-)

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 Posted: Sat Aug 15th, 2009 09:35 am
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Good news at last!! I have been contacted by another modeler with regards to building another modern station building. This will be my first commision and im both excited and nervous! The basic design will be similar to potters lane but bigger. As I value feedback from others I will be using this thread to post pics of the build and other west coast stuff so as not to clogg up my other workbench thread. Just like to say thanks guys for all your help and encouragement over the past eight months  that has got me this far. :thumbs

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 Posted: Sat Aug 15th, 2009 09:46 am
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You deserve it Dave :cheers

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 Posted: Sat Aug 15th, 2009 09:49 am
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Hope this is the start of something really good for you Dave.



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 Posted: Sat Aug 15th, 2009 10:10 am
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Thats very good news Dave hopefully the start of what may become a steady trickle of orders for you.

I know its tempting to do things cheap in your situation but try and not undersell yourself.

If you are looking at it as a bit of advertising if the person you are dealing with is happy to give a referance after he recieves it perhaps then it may be worth considering selling it cheaper than the normal price.

My advise at this stage would be to be honest with the person dont try to give an image you are scalescenes UK point out if the person seems reasonable that you are just starting and as he may be one of the first customers he will be getting the model at a price which will be lower than you will normally charge and if he is pleased with it will he give a referance.

good luck Dave

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Dave - what fantastic news. :doublethumb:doublethumb:doublethumb

You've been up and down over this and I can imagine you're extremely nervous but remember, you've already built a superb model in Potter's Lane.  Make this one as good and you're away. :thumbs:thumbs

Crack open a bottle my friend - you really deserve it.  Let's hope this is the start of something really rewarding - in every way. :cheers:cheers:cheers:cheers

Post away Dave - we'll let you know how it's going - we won't pull any punches but we'll make sure it's a credit to West Coast Minatures and that your client will be delighted with what he gets  !!!!



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 Posted: Sat Aug 15th, 2009 11:50 am
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If you want references with regard to your work then we are fully qualified to give them on here because we have actually seen what goes into your models.



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Was there ever any doubt, Dave :question  NO  We all know how good you are :exclam  Congratulations :doublethumb



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That is great news Dave, we all knew it would happen fairly soon. Start the pictures coming, this is going to be FUN!

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well done dave:thumbs

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Bravo Mate, good news indeed.
Post 'em up, you know we'll give you an honest opinion.
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Dave, I was sorry to see that your building only went for £16 in the end. Unfortunately this is common for scratch/kit built items that are not built specifically for someone. As an example I knew someone who had a model railway 'professionally' built for them to fill a spare bedroom. This cost in excess of £20,000. A similar layout on eBay would be lucky to sell for more than £1,000.

Can I suggest a different approach?

If you build to order then you can charge more as you are building to suit the purchaser's requirements.

In order to publicise your service I would suggest writing articles on building 'modern image' buildings for one of the mainstream magazines. As modern image buildings are uncommon and the material you are using is 'new' I would think that you would have no trouble getting a series of articles accepted - station building, signal box, depot building, footbridge.

Given that you have already photographed the build process and written it up for the forum, rewriting for a magazine should be fairly easy.

Hope this helps and good luck,

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I agree with you Ian.  You didn't actually put a price on it Dave so I suppose the starting point would be low - who would bid £50 to start with when they might get it for £5 ?

It's all in the marketing and that's what you've GOT to concentrate on.  We know you can build them, now you've got to learn to market them at the right price.



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I will probably be vilified for this but, yes Dave you are a good modeller but unfortunately that doesnt guarantee you to be a good businessman. IMHO when you finish a model,dont rush to put it on ebay or post to a client. Leave it for 1 or 2 days then have a closer look at it and see if there is anything you can improve. Its a great idea to model modern image but are you restricting your possibilities by only offering West Coast? Pleaase take this in the way it is meant! Good Luck with everything you do.

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Dave

Ian's idea is a sound one, because once you get something published in a magazine your name will become known to a lot more interested people, and then you will find more wanting your work, that's how most of the BIG names in our hobby have made a living. I am sure Ian would help you with the write-up, and also some contact's.

But you really will need to think of it as a business, and not something to earn a few quid at.

You know where we all are, just ask any question and one of us will always help.

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Thanks guys. Since the sale of the ebay building I have been contacted by two people regarding some more buildings. This weekend I will be drawing up a few basic designs and working out a relistic price list. For the first enquiry I will be building either a building that sits over the platforms like new street or somthing smaller again over the platforms accessed from a road bridge. Layout thread here...

http://www.newrailwaymodellers.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=10712&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&start=60

The other enquiry is for a half reliff building similar to potters lane so that will be intresting to do. Again details to be finalised but if work does commence on either I will post progress in this workbench thread. ;-)

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Got round to doing an update on the website this week.

http://westcoastminiatures.webs.com/station.html

Dont shoot me down for the drawings the origanals look much better than the scanned versions!

When I was at the last event at Shildon I took some of the buildings with me in a carry case along with some reliveried stock just incase I bumped into Owen or any of the guys off the other forums. Carrying the thing around it seemed such a shame that no one could see them so I hatched a plan involving an old metal camera case and some plexiglass. Watch this space...;-)

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You're making a good job of that site Dave. It's looking really professional.



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Nice job, Dave. The drawings are fine!

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