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 Posted: Sun Jan 27th, 2008 03:53 am
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Thanks Phill, no this is a labour of love. Unfortunately I have to do something else to pay the bills - if I could construct model buildings all day for a living I would be a happy bunny!

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I think your work is outstanding and I have enjoyed watching this building taking shape. I believe the project has the wrong title on the forum though. I only glanced at it by chance. I think if it was called "Scratchbuilding a Station Building" it would receive more attention. If the FC reads this maybe he would consider a new title :?:

Wherever it sits though, Darren, this is impressive stuff and I am looking forward to seeing the finished item, especially when it is installed on the layout.

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Thanks Novice, I appreciate the encouragement (it keeps the momentum up!)

I agree re the title as I have thought about this a few times - your suggested title looks good to me also so if the powers that be good do the needful...

Unfortunately I am an industrial gypsy and all our worldly possessions are in storage in the UK so I am limited to creating buildings only here in our serviced apartment here in the US - the layout will come at a future time however it will be the Highland Line (including Tain).

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Title change done, Darren.
Keep up the good work :!:

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Petermac wrote:Looks very realistic Darren. Excellent roof and stonework - you've managed to get a good 3D effect - well done.

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Petermac's quote set me thinking about the stonework, I have tried a test panel today (in a part hidden by the roof) which I think will work - I have taken a wooden golf tee and scribed the joints and this gives a much better look than the 2D print. (See the scribed block at the top right versus the uncsribed block at the left top) This lengthy job however will have to wait until I complete the barge boards and guttering. (Only had time today to create the scribe tool and make an initial test piece of gutter as noted in by Perry.
Chimney Pots have also had the first coat but I will leave them to be part of the "topping of" ceremony!




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Golf Tee!!!! Who said you can't mix two pastimes? :shock: :shock: :shock: :oops: :roll:

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I find the golf tee more useful for scribing than its intended use!!!
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Darren - I think your ridge piece looks excellent, as does the flashing in the valleys - what did you use for that ?

I really didn't know the stonework was 2D !! :shock: A good idea with the golf tee but oh dear, such a lot of scribing to do !!!

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Petermac wrote:Darren - I think your ridge piece looks excellent, as does the flashing in the valleys - what did you use for that ?

I really didn't know the stonework was 2D !! :shock: A good idea with the golf tee but oh dear, such a lot of scribing to do !!!

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Thanks Petermac.

The flashings for the valleys were made from printed paper  lightly scribed at the rear before installation. I simply used an excel spreadsheet to create the sheet for generating the sheet for cutting up.

For the ridge pieces I developed a process (through trial & error! - I am sure there is a better and cheaper way - wooden skewers come to mind..) I knew the diameter of rod I needed but not being close to the model shop I picked up some brass rod at the desired diameter from another store (I am sure there are lots of other alternate materials) (I did a little thumb nail summary tonight to record the process (minus the glue) on a scrap roof piece):

For the covering I used the valley spreadsheet but narrowed the width of the columns and saved it as another file :





Cutting the paper and brass rod to length I rolled the paper slightly and placed the rod in the centre (i tried scribing paper lightly to the rear but this had a tendency to give an angular shape to the top. Example shown are not cut to length..)













I then rubbed down the length of the tube on either side to make sure the rod followed the shape.(using my multi-purpose wooden coffee stirrers) I then splayed out the long edges slightly.











After that I covered the rod in glue and centred it back in the preformed shape and then put glue along the long edges (glueing the paper all over first led to difficulties in handling) After that I installed on the roof and again followed along the long edges with the coffee stirrer to make sure the shape was set.






Re the scribing that will be a long day of tea and biscuits...
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First class, Darren :!:

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You have perfect timing Darren, I was just sitting down trying to figure out how to make this rounded ridge cap. Spent about ten minutes, then said, oh well maybe tomorrow I will figure it out. Turned around and logged in to the forum. Lo and behold, right in front of me is this step by step instruction on how to build my ridge cap. :D :D :D :D :D

What a Forum we have here!!!! 8) 8) 8)

Thanks Darren!

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It certainly looks very good Darren and thanks for the explanation and photos - 1 photo is worth 1000 words !! :wink: :wink:

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As usual, innovative use of ordinary materials, backed up by good, clear instructions.
A "must read" topic. Nice one, Darren :!:

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Darren we have just got to have your article on the ridge pieces as a separate item in the Hints, Tips & Smaller Projects section as well as on here of course. If you don't have the time I can do it for you. If you do want to do it however could you start your pictures off with one of your station building with the pieces in situ.



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A very clever solution, which I would never have thought of. This forum is so useful for picking up great ideas :idea:

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What a build and i love the way the problems are sorted and then put on here to let us all know the solution on various things if we ever need it. What a bunch of guys.
Great looking station and i look forward to the rest.
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Who needs a telly when you have this - absolutely amazing Darren. :shock: :shock:

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Folks thankyou for the encouragement. I ended doing a picture set as I tried describing it and thought that no would understand what I had described!

I have posted this in the tips section as suggested by Bob

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