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 Posted: Sat Jun 27th, 2009 08:07 am
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:hmm Well it started with gravestones as I've said on A New Dawn 2, and looking at the cost of buying a Skaledale Church. The sheer size of the new layout, retirement and it's more "limited income," and having time to explore old skills and new skills brought me to consider making models from plywood and wood.

It was Sue, my wife (SWMBO) who suggested Oasis and so she bought some dry flower brown oasis from a florists shop and with an unserated dinner knife I got started. It carved and cut easily and the as the picture shows, I put the pieces together.



Challenges next were guing and sealing with paint ..... :hmm

 

 



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 Posted: Sat Jun 27th, 2009 08:11 am
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:hmm Facing the challenge of spelling guing resulted in Gluing ...... that was easier ..... so I tried copydex ........ and painted the exterior of the model with a primer undercoat.

The next challenge when I discovered that the exterior was hard was starting to carve it andwhich tool to use so I tried the electric Challenge Extreme Multitool and to date ...



next ...???!!!?? :hmm



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Such a different material to use for modelling, I am sure that you will sort out any problem that it throws up, sounds like you have been using your new tool, great little device and some many things it can do :thumbs

Would a thin covering of plaster or filer work on the surface, which might cover up more of the holes, then paint with a cheap undercoat or emulsion, just a thought, keep going, this is a very clever idea Sue !!  :pedal

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:thumbs This afternoon, I workedon the model using the eclectric tool and a pointed hand tool. The result ....





A thin wash of diluted Indian Ink later ........



I was going to put the church on a thin plywood or cardboard board but both warped in the sun in the porch. So I probably will wait until the church is in situ.

Decided to cut out a cottage shape.

The white base and thin wash will be ideal for seaside cottages.

Hmm. windows and the door are challenges yet to be explored and with the cottage we'll see!
A filler would work well I would have thought, Alan. Really, the base paint would be the cheapest or most readily available.


So far .... interesting, and an architectual challenge.

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John the church is coming on fine, just put some printed windows in the cutouts and you really will have cottoned onto something here, I cannot remember who on this forum, designed and printed his on stained glass church windows, but somebody will help .

Is the cottage going to have a thatched roof :hmm

Just another thought, if some of these buildings are going at the back of the layout, it might be a good idea to make them smaller, it will help with the perspective, and make the layout seem deeper than it is, just thinking aloud :thud

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      I seem to remember it was Kevr who did the stained glass windows!

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:thumbs Those are good thought, Alan. Working withis medium gives a perfect opportunity to be able to develop perspective.

I probably could make the stained glass using the coloured inks, which would be much more realistic. Cool! :chicken

Making buildings this way make one have to consider their architecture and design; and introduces a planning element into the layout.

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Well ....... hmmmmmm :hmm







The stained glass windows don't show in the photos.

I'm delighted with the result. :Happy

Houses, Mine Engine house, standing stones andQuoits are on the list.

Possibly, seeing how the next dioramas work, I may make some to market. Sculpturally and creatively it's a lovely medium to work with. Other Church dioramas would not have Hornby headstones, as I would make them. These were a Father's Day gift, which stirred me to make the church. 

What do you Guys reckon?



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Well I think it's a great little diorama, to sit in a corner of your layout, what have you used for grass, and is the middle hollow, because if it is you can put a light inside when you get to that stage and those windows will look brilliant lit at night,

Really good John :thumbs

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:thumbs Thanks, Alan. The grass is Sawdust sprinkled on and mixed with PVA glue. The colouring is a nixture of coloured inks bsushed on. This one isn't hollow. The stained glass is again coloured inks.

Really pleased at this first go ........ it will be interesting to see how the medium can be developed. Sue and my daughter Mary Jane were impressed, MJ even exclaimed Brilliant! ....... from both that's a rare event!  :brickwall So, must be okay.

As usual, I'm more interested in what next ....... the challenge for me is the fascination! :chicken



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Just looking at the church again, something has been bugging me, and it clicked this morning, the roof needs to be a darker colour, than the walls, this will help even more, just a wash over with a darker grey, this will separate the walls from the roof.

What's next !!

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:thumbs thanks, Alan ...... good one, mate. This is the kind of comment I need. It's a fascinating project as it needs an accurate eye for the design, architecture, weathering and people use or misuse of buildings.

Thatched building next .... to see if I can solve the problem of the thatch. First attempt currently drying on the workbench. First problem :thud  was that this morning I realised that the roof wasn't steep enough and needed a higher ridge as thatched rooves have a bigger run than slate or tile. We shall see later.

hmmmm .... off to Car Boot, Consultant then Museum for a project meet.....

ho hum :chicken

 



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Have a look for some photos on the web to use as a guide John... that's if you want to have a go at adding a bit of detail.

I think you've done a brill job but as Alan says adding a bit more variety in your colours for the brickwork and roofing could really make it stand out.

Here's St Cadfans in Wales
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.walesdirectory.co.uk/images-attractions/St_Cadfans_Church.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.walesdirectory.co.uk/Ancient_Churches/St_Cadfans.htm&usg=__aS7WqIcULhI8Sh7WSVmKzRccZ4I=&h=585&w=780&sz=333&hl=en&start=23&um=1&tbnid=GyWLFd_Qgi7MzM:&tbnh=107&tbnw=142&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dnorman%2Bchurch%26ndsp%3D21%26hl%3Den%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:en-au:IE-SearchBox%26sa%3DN%26start%3D21%26um%3D1

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:thumbs Cheers, Marty ...... a good site link. I will be grateful for any suggestions of other such building site links that you and the other guys have found helpful. :thumbs



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John,

Have a read of this site on painting.

http://www.aidan-campbell.co.uk/Scale_Colour_Guide.shtml

It's a bit of a slog but well worth it.
It made a big difference to the way I went about painting my models.

Also, in the Forum Index under P, is painting, and there are lots of good ideas in there too.

The structure of the church is magic and IMHO with a bit more detailing in the paintwork will make a good addition to your developing layout.

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:thumbsThat's a great help, Marty. Cool!

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:thudWell, the attempt at a thatched cottage was consigned to the bin! No photograph of that, you can take my word for it, it was "..........!" So we'll forget thatch. This medium best suits Cornish style cottages so that will be next.



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Try some walling, and then you might be able to build that viaduct you want

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:thumbs next inline, a couple of cottages and a tin mine ....



The tallest of the buildings will be sliced in half to make two half buildings for the backdrop. :hmm getting there ........



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