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 Posted: Sun Oct 9th, 2011 03:01 pm
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Hi everybody - not posted for a while, as the house move has taken up all of my time. In fact it still is!
I finally managed to sort out some of the modelling stuff that I packed away, and as I've strained my arm through doing to much on the house and garden, I decided to give the arm bit of a rest and do a little bit of scratch building.
Nothing finished yet, but I thought I would pass on the technique I use for representing stone walls.

This is the shell of a building, drawn to scale with Photoshop, printed and stuck onto mount card, then cut out and assembled.
I then cover it with a brushing of neat PVA, and press on 1 or 2mm of Das or similar clay.
While the clay is still wet I impress stone shapes using old paint brush ferrules that have had either the bristles or the wooden shaft removed. I find it a lot quicker than waiting for the clay to dry and then scribing the stone.

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(excuse the unfinished appearance - they all have to be fettled and weathered - it's just bare bones stuff at the moment - still waiting for the layout...)

Shaun.








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 Posted: Sun Oct 9th, 2011 04:52 pm
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Nice treatment of the clay there, Shaun. I've read of a similar method using the end of a pencil (eraser removed) but never paintbrush ferrules. How did you make the roof on the village shop?



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A very neat idea and completely new to me. The effect is great. Thanks Shaun.



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Now that looks super Shaun. It would make a great old castle or a very old church on a layout.

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Hmm. An old church. Do you undertake commissions, Shaun?



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Thanks for the praise, chaps!
Tim - the shop roof is just Mr Wiffens roof paper cut in strips, and extra colour added, with a final coat of some type of acrylic medium that I believe was intended as a sealant/varnish for decouptage work (found it in my wifes supply cupboard, which is where the old paintbrush ferrules came from, as well...)
She's an artist, which is handy for the odd bit of paint and pastel, when the need arises!

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Our postings crossed then Tim!
If you want a church made, no problem, and no charge, except postage. It wouldn't be to a prototype though - it would be freestyle based on local Norman style churches.
Let me know if you want one...

ATB, Shaun.

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Shaun, that would be wonderful! Yes please! (I'll PM you with address etc.) Of course I'll pay postage, but also insist on other payment. If you won't accept anything then how about 10 GBP to a charity/church/cause of your choice?

I am building a rail diorama, set in rural Wales somewhere, which requires such a building.

By the way, I notice that you live in Haverfordwest. My family are from Fishguard and Llanelli and I was born in Carmarthen:thumbs



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OK Tim, I'll start things off in the next day or two.
Amazing, your Welsh connections! When did you leave here? Would be too coincidental to think our paths crossed in earlier days.
Look forward to your pm.

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That's great, Shaun! PM n the way..

It's highly unlikely that our paths crossed. My family moved when I was a year old and I grew up in Worcestershire. I still returned every summer to Fishguard though - and had an aunt in Pembroke Dock.



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Lovely buildings Shaun.You can't beat home-made,unique structures! No other layout in the whole world has those buildings. How many have Metcalfe's???(not that I'm Knocking Metcalfe...)

Cheers,John.B.:thumbs

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agree with all that has been said,brill stuff,
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rector wrote: ....................................................My family moved when I was a year old and I grew up in Worcestershire. I still returned every summer to Fishguard though - and had an aunt in Pembroke Dock.

:shock::shock::shock:  Floating or sunk Tim ? :lol::lol:

Where in Worcestershire ?  Liz was born there and grew up in Worcester itself (at Kings where her Father was a Housemaster). 



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Petermac wrote:
rector wrote: ....................................................My family moved when I was a year old and I grew up in Worcestershire. I still returned every summer to Fishguard though - and had an aunt in Pembroke Dock.

:shock::shock::shock:  Floating or sunk Tim ? :lol::lol:

Where in Worcestershire ?  Liz was born there and grew up in Worcester itself (at Kings where her Father was a Housemaster). 


:mutley:mutley:mutley Depended on the level on the cooking sherry bottle.

Now! (Cue suitable music) I grew up in Himbleton, seven miles outside of the city. We then moved in to Worcester when I was a teenager. AND! I was at King's 1963-1973:cool wink What was Liz's father's name? And what House?



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Well there's a coincidence Tim.

Liz's father was Stuart Sheppard  and Housmaster of Castle House (52 - 65/66 ?) .  You might have known Liz's sister - Veronica (Bunny).  They both went to the Alice Ottley ........................(cue music !)

Liz says were you a day boy ?  Creighton or Chapel ?



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I was aware of Mr Sheppard but as one so junior in the school (I hadn't even qualified as a spotty oik yet!) I never met him.  I was also a day boy - ending up in Creighton House.

My sister went to the Alice Ottley for a short while, but I never knew Veronica (Bunny.)

Sorry, Shaun - you can have your thread back now!!!:mutley:mutley:mutley



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Hey! no Problem! It's been interesting reading. This forum is nothing if not boring. Beats the hell out of RMweb...

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Thanks for being so gracious, Shaun! Thread hijacking is a practiced art on this forum. Petermac is a black belt at it;-)



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Who ?  Me ?   Not me Guv. - I'm just a screw trader ..................;-)

Back to you Shaun. :thumbs



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Yes - beats the pants off RMweb and no I'm not going to wash my out out as Listerene and tea don't mix too well ;-)

Oh - almost forgot :oops: - great little buildings Shaun and superbly decorated. Now where did I put that scaled down drawing of a mine house and who's pinched my clay??? :twisted:

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