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 Posted: Thu Feb 3rd, 2011 02:34 pm
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Perry
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Scratchbuilds don't need to be big or complicated. Here is a very small project I built in about 5 minutes.

Just about all my plastikard offcuts are thrown into a small box that I keep on my bench. Some of the pieces really are quite small, but they still come in handy.

Whilst waiting for other stuff to dry, I thought I'd knock together a Shed Supervisor's Desk for my loco shed. It will stand just inside the shed and will be visible from the entrance. The idea is that the Shed Supervisor would have somewhere to complete  his paperwork and various rosters for both manpower and locos, with a chalkboard above it.

I cut a piece of 0.040" plastikard 40mm long and 36mm wide. This was then divided into two pieces, 40mm x 28mm and 40mm x 8mm. These form the back-board and the desk top.Two end panels were cut to support the desk top, slightly angled at one end to give the desk top a slight incline, and a third piece set in a little way from one end. The resulting three-sided box then had a front panel fitted, slightly recessed, with a pair of lines scribed down the centre to represent cupboard doors.

After letting the solvent go off for a little while, the whole lot got a quick brush-coat of acrylic primer.

The bottom half will be painted to represent worn and grubby wood, whilst the top half will be painted matt black, representing a chalkboard.



The chalkboard still has to be rubbed down and given a coat of matt black, but the woodwork is well underway. I have bevelled the edge of the desktop simply because I thought it looked better that way. :???: It's starting to look as though it has been in use for a long time.



This old Airfix OO scale figure gives some idea of the overall size of the desk.

A couple of enamel mugs on one end, a few pieces of paper and a some other odds and ends and it should look OK. I may try scratching the chalkboard with a pin to see if it will look like chalked writing. ;-)

It actually took much longer to describe than to build!

Perry



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 Posted: Thu Feb 3rd, 2011 02:55 pm
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I like it Perry. I may have a idea for my scraps now cheers.

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phill wrote: .......I may have a idea for my scraps now cheers.

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Great! :thumbs

These little details don't take long to make, but can make a lot of difference to the final appearance of a model. They're certainly a lot cheaper than buying ready-made accessories.

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Worth a place in the Forum Index Perry. By the way all the Scratchbuild items are now in alphabetical order, much easier to find what you are looking for.



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Thanks, Bob. :thumbs

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