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Rather than clog up's Doug's Ferrero Roche box / Station awning thread, I though I'd better start my own detailing my competition entry.

According to the rules, each entry has to have an anonymous entry number attached. This is so the judge, who I believe is a model railway magazine editor, has no prior knowledge of who each entry was made by. Hence I don't feel it would be correct to post images of this build on any other forum, or even my own website.

So, 'Seen at a Station'. I toyed with images of 'Brief Encounter', or the iconic scene at theend of 'The Railway Children' wher ethe father appears on the platform from the smoke, or even the simialr scene in Harry Potter where he dreams he sees Lord Voldemort on the platform. But, apart from the challenge of making moving smoke (!) these would rely very much on the actual figures to make the scene convincing, and I wanted to create something that was more generic, but still different.

Much thinking later, I've decided to (try to ) create multiple scenes in one. From one direction, the viewer will see the terminus end of a platform, with views into the booking hall. From another direction, the view is the inside of the ticket office. A further change of aspect sees the booking hall itself, with the platform glimpsed through the station building door.

The FB box was bought, and the family were quite happy to help me dispose of the contents. The box has curved upper and lower edges to each of the four sides (when the lid is on) which adds an extra challenge in ensuring everything fits - the rules state the lid must be able to be closed.

I started by building the platform shell, adding Scalescenes stone walling for the platform construction. SEF paving was used for the platform surface. I started to make my own walls, again using card and Scalescenes paper, but coun't find any suitable doors in the scrapbox. I did spot an unused Ratio Station building kit - this will provide the external walls, and the framework for the platform canopy, plus downspouts and other dressing, such as platform trolleys and luggage.

A google around the internet provided some views of the inside of a ticket office (Beamish Museum), so I have some ideas on what furniture will be needed. I also want to add items like a radiator, ash trays and waste bins.

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Hi Stu, thats looking realy good :doublethumb, is it for the Mevagissy shop compitition.

See you in May

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The mini-man has moved down to micro-man, an interesting project that I will be following Stu.

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Now this i shall follow as i have a few of the FB box,s with my bits and bobs in them.

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I'm waiting for the layout in a beer glass.

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ddolfelin wrote: I'm waiting for the layout in a beer glass.

Nah, that'd be a waste of a glass...;-)

Nigel, yes this is for the Mevagissy competition, it's the first time I've entered. I've not forgotten May, and Polbraze will be there, all these other projects are not procrastination, just me practicing some techniques...

Marty & Phill, I hope the result doesn't disappoint - I'm contemplating how to make a wall mounted radiator at the moment, one of the old cast iron sorts. The whole model is designed to be lifted out of the box for photographing.

I've also taken note of Perry's 5-minute build project - I'll be needing some furniture for the ticket office, in a nice, oak-stained finish.

Some more progress tonight....( hopefully)

 

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The walls are not fixed in yet, hence the gaps, but they are more or less finished (just the skirting boards and door jambs to complete inside the office.

I also need to add posters / notices inside the booking hall.



This view obviously needs doors adding, plus some more wall detail. You will also be able to see the underside of the awning, complete with all the necessary hanging signs, clock, etc.




 

Part of me also wants to add LEDs and fibre optics to create some lights... or would that be overkill on such a small project ?


 This is a very cruel close-up of the radiator:




 

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At least you'll be able to fix the radiator securely!

Great stuff, Stu.

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The radiator has now been fitted to the wall, the skirting boards and door frame (well, most of it) and on - just waiting now for the furniture.


The booking hall now has posters and a timetable




The view from the platform



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I've made up a platform trolley and started to add some luggage. I've also laid all the track, though it still needs ballasting. The framework for the awning is starting to take shape too.


 

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Stu, I'm not convinced that this is OO scale. That last detailed shot looks O scale. :pedal

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Thanks Tim, but it is only OO. My little point 'n' shoot camera lets me get some really good close ups.

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Clever stuff Stu, like it a lot.

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Very good Stu. Love the radiator mate.

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It's absolutely remarkable what you have achieved in such a small space. You obviously have a great deal of imagination when it comes to creating something like this - which is where I come unstuck. I have no imagination whatsoever. :shock:

Now let's see you get a loco in the bay.....:mutley:pedal

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Thinking small, detailing big. I like it a lot.

Very well done :pathead

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Perry wrote:  - which is where I come unstuck. I have no imagination whatsoever. :shock:

Now let's see you get a loco in the bay.....:mutley:pedal

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Yeah well being a non GWR fan is your problem mate :thumbs:mutley:pedal

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Thanks for all the comments, gents, it certainly helps with the motivation to get it finished (my biggest failing...).

It's not imagination, as much as observation (same as building a coal hoist !) - the challenge to me is how to fit these models into a small space, but still keep it interesting.

What I do find is these sorts of close-up photos certainly bring out all the errors - that luggage trunk looked ok before, now it's going to get a severe make-over, and the gap under the wall has to be sorted as well.


Still, the competition closing date isn't until the end of March (still time for you to enter....)

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I particularly liked the trunk, Stu.

I have other things to do or I'd rush out and buy some gravel in chocolate sweets.

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Inspiring stuff Stu.I really like what you do...not just in this old choccy box,but the micro layouts too!
  BTW....at the YMR show you said you were thinking of doing something involving Shepherds on the Chacewater/Newquay line.Are you still interested,because If so,i've got loads of reference photos.??

Cheers,John.B.:thumbs

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At least you won't have to spend too much time ballasting, even I could complete that in an evening, (well may be two):mutley

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Perry wrote: let's see you get a loco in the bay.....
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How's that ?:lol:

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georgejacksongenius wrote:

Inspiring stuff Stu.I really like what you do...not just in this old choccy box,but the micro layouts too!
  BTW....at the YMR show you said you were thinking of doing something involving Shepherds on the Chacewater/Newquay line.Are you still interested,because If so,i've got loads of reference photos.??

Cheers,John.B.:thumbs



Thanks John.

Yes, I am still planning, at some stage in the future, a model of Shepherds. However, it won't be this year, I've got enough projects on the go which I really ought to finish first. Plus, I'm not confident enough yet to do all the necessary greenery, so I'll probably need at least a couple of smaller layouts/modules first to get some practice.

Outstanding (started) projects include : a photo diorama using Doofer's flat factory backscene; a photo diorama of a small clay works warehouse (for the forthcoming BWT); a three box boxfile layout; Polbraze, my latest harbour layout; new motive power for Wheal Tiny; an O gauge boxfile Goods Shed; an O/On30 gauge boxfile working stone hopper.

Planned projects : a Module for the 2012 RMweb SWAG Member's Day at Taunton (Oh, and I'm also co-ordinating the module layout too); a four section Module The Four Seasons, showing the same view in four different times of the year; an entry in the RMweb 2011 challenge

So Shepherds will have to wait for a bit, but yes, I'll be taking you up on your generous offer when the time comes.

Cheers

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Ianbo wrote: At least you won't have to spend too much time ballasting, even I could complete that in an evening, (well may be two):mutley

You were right, 20 minutes to do this :



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Stu, That one certainly lives up to your online moniker.

Oh, I bet someone else beat me to it................

Best, Pete.

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Some inspired micro modelling there, Stu. Will there be a scale box of Ferrero Chocs lying around in the Ticket Office somewhere? :lol:

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Pete: that connection hadn't occured to me, I'll not be able to look at it without thinking about it's size now...

Geoff: I've not decided on the era, although the luggage sort of puts it pre 1950s - not sure when FR chocs came out. I do intend to add ash trays with cigarettes, plus papers and ledgers on the desks. I also need an old style telephone.

Edit: FR came out in 1982.

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Shame!! I saw the blue diesel and thought you were modelling a later era. Are you planning on cutting off the front of a diesel cab to complete the picture????:mutley

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I guess as blue diesels were around in the 80s, it would be a nice touch to add a box of choccies.
So I need a 1980s phone - maybe a trim-phone ?

No, I won't be adding a cab, as the scene is designed to be viewed from three sides, from looking down the platfrom into the booking hall right around to 180 deg the other way, looking from the booking hall onto the platform.

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Maybe a discarded cigarette packet.
Roché Cut maybe?

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Oh, definitely discarded fag packets around, maybe with a layout plan on the back ?
Also some tea mugs, magazines and newspapers, as well as the necessary paperwork needed in a ticket office.
What else would I need in there ?

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A primitive 'phone and ringer.
Blackboard.
Uneaten lunch.
Stapler.
Letter trays.
Papers in bulldog clips on walls.
Lamp.
Cuddly Toy.
Ashtray.
Tickets.
Old Radio.
Birthday Cards.
Pencil Sharpener.
Rug.

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Pete, thanks for those - some might be a real challenge....

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ddolfelin wrote: A primitive 'phone and ringer.
Blackboard.
Uneaten lunch.
Stapler.
Letter trays.
Papers in bulldog clips on walls.
Lamp.
Cuddly Toy.
Ashtray.
Tickets.
Old Radio.
Birthday Cards.
Pencil Sharpener.
Rug.


Ticket Rack

Ticket Punch Machine

Coat Hooks with coats and hats hung on them

Working Timetables , Pads of Forms of all sorts ,Reference Books

Cash Box or Till

Parcels

Left Luggage/Lost Property

Coal Bucket/logs/fire in grate/ space heater

Key cupboard or hooks

Mop

Broom

Leaflets and Leaflet Display Racks

Seats/stools/benches

Position Closed Notice

"Tickets "Sign over serving hatch which also has hinged doors for when not in use

Booking Office Clerk

 

 

 

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Huh?!?
Best get on with them all, then...

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Bench, In and Out book, Company Regulations, loading dockets desk oh, and if you have a 4mm tea-pot you'll need a 4mm tap...tee hee!



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That match is a little out of scale, Doug.

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Very impressive Doof, how did you make the books, please ?

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Thanks for all the suggestions gents, they've certainly got me thinking how I can do some of them.

In the meantime, I've added a grill & surround to the ticket hatch, a bench around the corner of the walls, a ticket cupboard and free standing table, and a pipe for the radiator.




Outside on the platform, a support pole and the booking hall doors have appeared.



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Stu? Please stop it! That latest "interior" photo is outstanding.

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Can't stop yet Tim, there's a lot more detail to add...

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Hi, Stu, The books are simply pieces of card wrapped in a cover for the closed ones, and the open one is cigarette papers squeezed together in a small clamp and the 'spine' having been moistened in PVA, and then when dry, opened out and tiny 'writing ' done with a mapping pen, I like your 'grill'...

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Aha, thanks for the explanation - I shall try myself later.
The grill is a nylon string bag which held onions, stretched out and held down with bluetac, then painted black. The frame is a Peco window, with the lower sill and middle cross bars removed.

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This ism astounding mate, i am lost for words :thud, the detailing is brill.

Oh dont forget the copy of Playboy on the desk, :thumbs

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The distinctive station awning valances have been added over the platform, and given a first wash of paint.




In the ticket office there is a radio, a clock, a set of drawers and some more items on the table.


 

On the table there is a blotter pad, some pens, a stationery block (needs more detail) and a copy of the working rules (rather than Playboy...)




Still a long way to go before it's complete.

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Stll a long way to go before it's complete.


 

But its getting there and really looking very good indeed.  :pathead:pathead

Now is anyone going to try this level of detail in 2mm or Z Gauge or if you are a real  out and out masochist then how about   trying it in T Gauge ?.:lol:                       

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I'm struggling with 4mm/ft - I'm not going anywhere near 2mm or T !

As you can see, Charlie the Porter has left his brush on the platform - Station Master Potts will be after his blood. And that First Aid box could do with a new coat of red paint too.



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Great stuff.

As for Richard's challenge re. 2mm, I regret I'm a little busy at the moment.

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These were taken in a bit better light this morning.









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I'd buy that brand of chocolates.

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Y'know, I'm tempted to go and get another one, I've got another idea for a group of photographers arguing with the local BTP...

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Any chance of a thinner broom handle?

(Goes to make coffee and put computer to sleep).

Seriously, Stu:

Have you thought about putting a thin line of tape or something on the box lid to conceal the partition tops?

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Hmmm. The handle is 1.2mm rod, which equates to about 5" in diameter - so I guess it is too big. Right, off to find something a bit thinner...
(thank you...)

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Stubby47 wrote: Hmmm. The handle is 1.2mm rod, which equates to about 5" in diameter - so I guess it is too big. Right, off to find something a bit thinner...
(thank you...)


The handle on our stiff broom is just 1inch in diameter - I guess that 0.31mm dia brass wire would therefore be the closest. That is might thin stuff, but readily available for signal construction work.

The project looks fantastic, Stu. The combination of your imagination and modelling skill is just terrific. Good luck with the competition.

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(Goes to make coffee and put computer to sleep).

Seriously, Stu:

Have you thought about putting a thin line of tape or something on the box lid to conceal the partition tops?


I have considered painting the partition edges in black - I'll be adding a black paper 'skirt' around the base so it folds under the base in the curve of the box walls - but you think adding something to the lid would be more effective ? It's an option I'd not considered, thanks.

Thanks too Geoff for your comments, I'm enjoying this, but my box file project is going to seem quite big in comparison !

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Have you thought about tea making facilities?

It would need a Milk Tray.

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Tea making facilities, now there's a challenge !

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I wimped out at doing tea making facilities - I couldn't find anything suitable for mugs, and the teapot had me completely flumuxed, so I made a pack pf cigarettes and a lamp for the desk.

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What you can't quite see on this shot is the new 'Way Out' sign, hanging off the awning framework.





 

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I think this is more or less complete now.

This shot shows the hat hanging on the back of the office door.




And a final overall shot of the model.




Thanks to everyone for their comments and suggestions.:thumbs

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This is amazing mate, enjoyed this. So when is the T gauge being started then? :mutley

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Brilliant stuff, Stu.

No more suggestions (maybe one or two little bits of paper in the ticket rack?), I think you've done a grand job.
Won't be much competition I would think.

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Thanks gents for your comments.
Phill, I'm still not convinced I could model in T gauge, even 2mm would be a challenge!

My entry will be #21, and having actually seen some of the previous years' entries, the standard is very high. I can only hope it's good enough.

But even if it's not a winner, it's been a good exercise in detailing,
something I can take with me to future projects.
(I have just found a clear plastic box some business cards came in...)

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I have to admit I did like the idea of the engine just peeking in at the side, but it seems to have disappeard now.

OK, just 3/4" of the front, but I thought, yes I know what thought did...... But perhaps the end of a coach or van?

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I have just read in this month's Railway Modeller, that my entry won joint 2nd place.
:Happy:doublethumb:cheers :lol::cool wink

Not that I'm fussed, or anything.....:mrgreen:

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Well done Stu. It's a cracking little bit of work.

Cheers
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Congratulations, Stu.  Well done!  :thumbs

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Congrats Stu, thats great news :doublethumb:cheers

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Only second, huh? :sad:

The judges obviously don't know what they're talking about.

Well done, Stu. There's a lot of work in a small space there. :doublethumb I like it.

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Well done, Stu. :doublethumb

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Hi stu

After this one why not try a peanut butter jar lid? These should give you some ideas!

http://www.finescalerr.com/smf/index.php?topic=1429.0

Hth

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Congratulations Stu! Very nice work there.

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Well done Stu. 

A certificate is forthcoming from the magazine?  ( or a big fat cheque?)

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Thanks for all your comments !
Jim, those models are amazing, not sure I'm that good yet.
Sol, I think I'm due a reasonable voucher to spend at Mevagissy, but am not 100% sure as I've heard nothing officially, only what's in the Modeller.

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Well done Stu - reading through the thread again, one realises what a huge amount of detail you've built into it never mind the vision to have come up with the scene in the first place. 

It's difficult to imagine something like this from concept to completion and you're a very worthy winner.  The first prize winner must have been quite amazing. :roll::roll:

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Petermac, thanks for your comments.
The first prize was awarded to a model of 'Brief Encounter', all done in shades of grey, to look like the film.
I've really enjoyed making this. The inspiration was partly from Bodmin General, plus a desire to show more than one scene in the same model.
It was also a challenge to see if it could be done without looking too silly -to be awarded 2nd prize is a real surprise and I'm really quite pleased.
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Stu,

Just caught up with this thread -  congratulations on coming second in the competition with your excellent modelling - I struggle to get things looking half right on my layout  never mind the limitations of an empty chocolate box.  

 

 

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Well done Stu it was a great effort.Piran


                 

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