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 Posted: Wed Aug 5th, 2009 12:50 pm
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OK then, carry on.  Waiting with 'bated breath for more. :thumbs



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Brian,

It occurs to me that with those dimension drawings that come with the kit, I could build the same sort of building in card.........................would it break any copyright rules to p.m./e-mail a scan of the dimension pictures to Wills kits, I wonder?

On a different subject, using a piercing saw/fine fret saw to cut straight lines can be daunting/difficult, but a trick I learned when cutting thin stuff with such a saw is to use a piece of glass rod as a ruler to cut against, it doesn't blunt the saw blade or snag on it, resting the material on an old fashioned fret saw rest with a bit of blue tack underneath to stop it sliding about, and your fingers on top to hold the glass rod still.

My glass rod was an old broken laboratory thermometer.

This is a very interesting thread, thanks for posting it.



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Doug i can do that for you the only thing i will have to work out is my scanner is A4 size and the drawings  are A3 so i would need to work out to do that to allow stitching together

That is a very good tip with the glass rod

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small update with a couple of piccys as it easy for me to get carried away and do to much before the next piccy

the first piccy is of the roof fitted on which were cut from the template sizes before glueing in position you need to cut out the small sections around the chimney breast then its just a case of glueing in place




when the roof glue is gone off well enough you need to file the ridge flat to enable the fitting of the provided ridge tiles which i will fit later

I then painted the roof with 2 coats of BR slate grey

Then i started on some details all window and door frames were fitted then glazed later using bostik then i had painted the doors earlier so i fitted them aswell there are some fine details on them i will paint later

Chimney breast caps were fitted ready for the chimney pots




Thats just a quick update so i dont go to far without taking piccys

cheers Brian

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Looking very nice Brian.:Happy



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It's hard to find a fault in it, Brian.  Will it have gutters and down pipes?



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Looking very good already there,Brian.I can see you doing more of these! Should look right at home in a Cornish setting too.

Cheers,John.B.:thumbs

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Yes Max

It will have gutters and downpipes and barge boards a porch canopy over the door on the left plus there are a number of other details to add yet.

I have decided not to do the conservatory on the back as it will be totally out of view on the layout so i will use that on something else plus the little garden wall and gate unsure if using that or best positon for it at the moment.

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Excellent.  There seem to be a lot of extras with it. :cool:



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Very similar to Dukedogs ( this I noticed in the Random Image that Bob has when replying) - I can see a street soon of these buildings:exclam


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Nice work HP, keep it coming.



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Frank`s was a scratchbuild but he actually used much the same materials as you get in the wills

I think you will find the length of Franks building is the full length of a Wills plasticard sheet

I dont know if he bought wills window frames and doors etc though but they do look very much like them

If so Frank has shown there its easy just to buy packs of sheets and other bits and produce your own version of the kits for variation in buidings though keeping the same building style.

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Right a little detail update

Since the last one i have been doing various things i have glued the chimney pots on and ridge tiles but still unpainted.

I have added the little porch over the door added the post office sign above window and the swinging banner post

I have added curtains to the upstairs windows

i have added bargeboards and guttering and half of the downpipes

I have added the internal card print of the post office counter

I still have quite a few bits to do here are a couple of progress piccys




And one of the back which i keep forgetting to photograph

There is a conservatory for the back in the kit but i do not intend to use it on this as it would not be seen at all when the post office is on the layout




There are also parts to make some walling and garden gates plus a telephone box but a present i am not totally sure of positions of these i may well do the telephone box next to the post office thou

cheers Brian

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henryparrot wrote: Ron

Frank`s was a scratchbuild but he actually used much the same materials as you get in the wills

I think you will find the length of Franks building is the full length of a Wills plasticard sheet

I dont know if he bought wills window frames and doors etc though but they do look very much like them

If so Frank has shown there its easy just to buy packs of sheets and other bits and produce your own version of the kits for variation in buidings though keeping the same building style.

cheers Brian
Yes Brian, I used the wills sheets for the most part.
I didn't use their roofing tiles though. I prefered to use the slaters individual strips of slates.
The windows and doors were also Wills products.
In fact the Wills Post Office kit was the inspiration for the one I built! I just didn't fancy the idea of the outside chimney breasts though so did mine different to the wills kit.
I must say that yours looks good. What did you use for your curtains?
I used Rizla cigarette papers for mine!

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The curtains are purely cut bits of coloured computer printer paper.

I used bostik to affix them so they are slightly raised off the glazing and not flat against it

cheers Brian

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That has really come together well Brian.  Congratulations on a great job.

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