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 Posted: Wed Sep 16th, 2009 06:57 am
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Those Town Planners have much for which to answer.



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Things don't always go smoothly!
Here are a couple of problem projects:



This is a kit which is supposed to be a Crossing Keeper's Cottage.
I decided it was more suitable for a Chapel of rest.
Why did it have four chimneys? It has one now.

However, when assembling the kit I realised that the wall corners, meant to be interlocking, were not cleanly manufactured. As there are 38 stones on each wall, that is 152 stones to re-shape.

I've decided to fill with a slurry of milliput as a quicker solution.

Secondly, here is a scratch built Town Hall or County Court:





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The problem here is bad planning.
The building is longer that a standard sheet of Wills Slates so it will be a delicate task to join two sheets.
Problem not solved yet.

I hope this is of interest.



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 Posted: Wed Sep 16th, 2009 10:50 am
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I had the same problem I sanded the two peices as smooth as I could get them so as to make a tight fit painting the roof helped to fill in the gap .



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 Posted: Thu Sep 17th, 2009 07:50 am
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Were you happy with the results, Brian?
I had thought of melding with liquid poly but that is an uncertain procedure.
Making my own slates from plasticard is another - but very time consuming.



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ddolfelin wrote:

Making my own slates from plasticard is another - but very time consuming.


Been there done that, got the teeshirt :thumbs

Yes it is worth it, but it does take up a lot of time, and at the end of the day, I think the Wills sheets are nearly as good, but if you have a whole day plus to spare, then carry on.

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Too right!
I've tried before and, honestly, thought they looked better than kit stuff but life is too short.
My method was to cut strips and then divide the slates with a scalpel.
Using small scissors here and there gave a more random feel to them.
Laying the strips much as the real thing.
I've every admiration for those who model in paper/card who lay them individually!



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I cut all mine out as individual tiles, and then laid them all as you would on a proper roof, they did look good, but I have more I want to do in my life :roll:

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Wow! Have you tried it in 'N' ?



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Why would you bother, unless you have your nose up against the roof you won't see it?
One of the advantages of N gauge. Generalisation.

Or are you just up for a challenge?



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I think I prefer the 6" brush on OO !



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I must admit to enjoying the challenge in N but also admit that the 6" brush gets used where relevant.



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Would this be Petermac's 6" brush we are talking about :pedal:pedal

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I'm new here - I don't know anything about his personal appearance.



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Some super work there :lol:

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Is it John?
Obviously I'll have to investigate Petermac's 6" brush.



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I must admit that I've always gone for Slater's Plasticard embossed sheets because of the larger size they come in. Lately I've been looking again at the Wills sheets, partly because I like the extra thicknes and deeper embossing and partly because I've been impressed with the finish achieved on Brian's scratch-built cottages.

Roofing is a different matter though and I'm still convinced that the best way in plasticard to represent a slate roof is to use the Slater's sheet that has a row of tiles followed by a blank row (Ref. 0427). The row is stuck down, a second row cut out, treated in the same way and added and so on untill the roof is covered. I suppose it's a "mid way between the two" method, but it works for me.

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I have had a brief look ay your website, very interesting and i may just be in touch ?.

I reckon this is a brilliant piece of scratch building you do, how or where you get the ideas asnd then build it is wonderfull.

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That's very kind.
There are a lot of pretty good modellers on here, too.

Thanks Jeff - I'll watch out for it the next time I have a buy up.



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Re the plastic sheets of roof tiles, bricks etc., to me I think they are far too uniform in appearance and just look too neat and completely unrealistic, apart from the indentation relief which is excellent.  I think that the good printed papers are much better as they are more haphazard (just like the real thing) and make for better models particularly if they are applied accurately with regard to matching courses etc. I say this from having bought some plastic sheets but when comparing them they just seemed totally false!  I appreciate that when weathered they look better but it's those serried ranks that just ruin the illusion.  Anyway, I hope this doesn't upset those who swear by them!:oops::roll:

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You are not far off the truth there Ken. By the time I cut my two rows of Slaters tiles, slit a fine cut between each tile on the bottom row, paint odd tiles in differing shades of grey and finally give it all a dirty wash, I would be almost as quick to lay individual coloured tiles :exclam:exclam

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