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 Posted: Wed Aug 19th, 2009 08:33 pm
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how would i build this for my layout in OO gauge

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/lancashire/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_8193000/8193224.stm

 

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 Posted: Wed Aug 19th, 2009 08:35 pm
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I think either plastic or card.  Unless you want to buy a ready made Hornby Skaledale model.  A fairly easy looking shape, although the ruined top may be a little more of a challenge.

Check out the index on here - there are plenty of tips for scratchbuilding in either plastic or card.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 19th, 2009 08:41 pm
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Also a lot would depend on how much detail you want to add.



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Have you thought about Canson foam board?

Easy to cut out and glue with PVA, and the outer layer of paper can be carefully peeled off to allow a carefully drawn stonework design to be cut in with a scalpel, then the whole coloured with acrylics.

The 'soft' nature of the core would allow judicious texturing, too.

As it is available in up to 10mm thickness [scale 2ft-6"] it could be a time saver in making an inner and outer wall construction as two pieces stuck back to back would give a 5 ft thick wall which could be readily pierced for openings such as draw bridges with a scalpel.....

[all the above suggestion made from the unsound basis of never having built a castle before!!!]

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Stephen - that's an impressive looking ruin.  Depending on how much detail you want to include, it could be failry easy or the very devil.   At least "stone" printed sheets are readily available from many sources - Scalescenes and the one Sol used for his good shed platform (sorry Sol, forgotten what it was).  Then there's also the "Linka" type plaster castings - very realistic but also very slow - believe me, I know !!!!  Google "Linka" and have a look at some of the stuff on there to get an idea of just how good it can be.

That foamboard Doug talked about sounded interesting stuff.

What sort of level would you (honestly) pitch your skills at ?  That would help to suggest how you might tackle this project.



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This is the link that discusses building papers
http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=2369&forum_id=30&highlight=model+builder&zoom_highlight=evan

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Thanks for that Ron - I had hoped you'd come up with something. :thumbs:thumbs



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The Account is in the mail, Peter. If you pay in full & before the due date, 10% discount.

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If this is your first scratchbuild, then the easier option would be a card base covered with a printed paper, weathered afterwards.

Another way could be a thicker card bard, cover in filler and then scribed all the stonework, to give you the detail. But it might depend on where on the your layout the castle is going, if it is at the back, then a printed papaer will be fine, but if it is at the front then you might feel that you need more detail.

Best of luck, and I look forward to watching your build which ever way you go.

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Sol wrote: The Account is in the mail, Peter. If you pay in full & before the due date, 10% discount.
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it would be part of a town scence station at the front and castle atteh back or ther other way around in regards to detail i would prob try and get as much as i can as there is steps going up to it and there is a road on the other side of that pic that goes up to it as well

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Stephen remember it does not have to be exact dimentions as you are doing a representation of the castle so modeellers licence prevails either card or plastic can be used

Actually some people make a mock up from corn flake boxes first just to get an idea of scale on the layout

cheers Brian

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Hi Stephen

I would use foam board with plasticard overlays. You can buy foamboard that has a self adhesive side and this is good for laminating plastic sheet too without it warping. I would build the walls flat and stick it all together once done, Use PVA for this. If you want to keep things simple you can make 4 walls and 4 corners.

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Stephen

Brian's advice is a good idea, make up mock buildings using cheap card, and then you can move them around the layout to see what works for you, and then build them using the material you wish to work with.

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