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 Posted: Sat Jan 14th, 2012 08:17 pm
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Still got a long long way to go with the roof but eventually I will have to start building the Scalescenes Large station that goes with it

Brassmasters run a whole range of etched window frets for most of the Scalescene kits..........has anyone bought these for any kit or even seen them? I just want to get some idea whether they create sufficient additional realism to justify the expense.

If you read this Peter the etches for the shops look really good.



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I have only read about them John, not purchased any though.
I have this 'orrible feeling that once a set is purchased & used, one would be required to replace all the other existing frames on buildings that used plastic or card ,to maintain the new standard.



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There is a very good selection of windows in our Equipment Index, including Brassmaster of course.



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Like Sol, I've never used them John although I have looked at them and agree, they do seem very good.  I too wonder if the extra detail / realism is worth it ......:roll:

Being scale, they must be pretty fine etches and I'm not sure, at normal viewing distance, they would be sufficiently noticable to justify the not inconsiderable cost.

Also, like Sol, I fear that, if they really are good,  all the other building, so lovingly created, would have to be down-graded to the back of the layout !!

I'm trying to find a small unit to try them out on at some stage.:cheers



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Thats why I am undecided.......!

In fairness I already have a mix of card and plastic models and the latter of course have moulded frames. The station is, by both its very nature and its position on the layout, going to be front and centre...........I guess I am slowly convincing myself!  



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Yes John /I used those on a fishermans cottage a while back.  Can't find it now though for you to take a look .:sad:  In mho they were quite nice easy to use and they can be glazed with klear kote.



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Petermac wrote:

Also, like Sol, I fear that, if they really are good,  all the other building, so lovingly created, would have to be down-graded to the back of the layout !!


Not all window frames are the same though, some are so thin that a brass etch would be far too thick while others are such hefty pieces of wood that an etch isn't thick enough. One thing for sure, if they were all the same thickness then that would be odd.

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Perhaps that's the problem Jim - if you try to be too accurate, any discrepancies would show up.  At least with the acetate prints from Scalescenes, they all look as bad / good as the others ......................:roll::roll:



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Thanks guys. For the station there are two sizes of window and I believe they were produced with John's blessing....certainly he endorses them on his site.

I am almost there! A further question.....they come with either 4 panes or 8 panes.......I am inclined to go with 4 panes......as more appropriate for mid victorian?



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I would also endorse etched brass windows.  I have used them and they are very nice.  As far as the factory goes, the window print provided in the kit doesn't line up with the brass windows.  They are a tad pricey though.

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Thanks guys......order placed....I will let you know how I get on!



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