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Crackington Quay inspired this - a narrow gauge excercise in O16 and just to see much one can get on a Wicks flush door  - and you would be suprised.




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Excellent as usual Allan.Is this a recent build?.

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There's loads more which I will put up later - I forgot, most of the pictures were taken by wifey and are therefore in her files and not mine, little wonder I couldn't find them !

However, to give you some idea as to just what is possible on a 6ft 6 by 2ft 9 flush door I managed to get in about 30 mixed buildings - and a castle! and all in o gauge so never say you haven't got room !

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Thank you.

Yes, it is recent and I'm now 6/8 weeks in and still working on it.

Cheers.
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All I can say Allan is wow, I just wish I had that much space.
What did you use for the stonework?
Roy.

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RoyP wrote: All I can say Allan is wow, I just wish I had that much space.
What did you use for the stonework?
Roy.

Well Roy. 6ft 6 is hardly a barn and I would have thought it wouldn't be to difficult finding room like that somewhere around the house - try the wife's shoe cupboard !

The stone work is Wills and I'll be showing the method used to texture it up in a later post.

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allan downes wrote: RoyP wrote: All I can say Allan is wow, I just wish I had that much space.
What did you use for the stonework?
Roy.

Well Roy. 6ft 6 is hardly a barn and I would have thought it wouldn't be to difficult finding room like that somewhere around the house - try the wife's shoe cupboard !

The stone work is Wills and I'll be showing the method used to texture it up in a later post.

Cheers.
Allan

No chance of that much space in our little bungalow, but I do have 36" x 18" space in a cupboard I can use, perhaps two light weight boards 30" x 15", we will see, life keeps getting in the way.
Look forward to the info on the stone work.
Regards,Roy. 

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Using and bending Wills stone sheets - a castle in progress.

Any questions, just fire away.

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Colouring using Colro wood dye, matt/satin black and talc for the stone joints.











A little mixed up I'm affraid but I'm sure you'll get the idea.

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You know I to use the same plastic card, not quite to your quality. I will be watching and reading with interest. Keep up the great work.

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I knew i should have bought some shares in Wills......:mrgreen:Absolutely top class modelling.........:thumbs

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Action Station !

The hotel, inspired by a David Meaden photograph of Chester Buildings, was rejected after it was just to overpowering (the castle isn't then?!)  for such a small layout so had to be rebuilt and reduced in size.

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Excellent creations Allan. You have not lost your touch.

Also a smart move useing "0" scale for the build combined with "0" gauge NG loco,s and rolling stock and 16.5 track.
You won't have to work with a jeweller's eyeglass all the time.
I bet your good lady is delighted to see you back in your element.

regards and thanks for the building tips.

Derek.

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shunter1 wrote: Excellent creations Allan. You have not lost your touch.

Also a smart move useing "0" scale for the build combined with "0" gauge NG loco,s and rolling stock and 16.5 track.
You won't have to work with a jeweller's eyeglass all the time.
I bet your good lady is delighted to see you back in your element.

regards and thanks for the building tips.

Derek.

Thanks Derek.

It was a struggle at first though but my good wife kept pushing me and whatever materials I wanted and whatever the cost, she was on to my old suppliers straight away and ordering it - 1500 quid so far !!

Anyway, a further few shots mainly showing where that castle will be standing.

Cheers.
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I must say Allan that combination of Talc,Wood dye and paint proved an excellent combination on the castle stone work.
I have plans to build a load of stone retaining walls on my long developing railway effort if I ever get the track finished? I know now what to use to get a great stone effect.
Also may I say thanks to your wife for helping to get you motivated again.
regards,

Derek.

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Hi Allan,

Brilliant models once again.

I'm intrigued by the application of colour to the castles stoework. I can see that the black is applied as an aerosol, but curious about the application of the wood dye. Are both the black and dye used sparingly or flooded ? Also, is the application of talc done when the paint/dye is still wet to touch ?

Can you please let me in on a few of your trade secrets ?

Cheers, Gary.

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arghhhh.. stop it allan !!

:-)

beeeutiful as usual.

Followed your work since you were using computer card poke-outs for bricks !!

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Excellent work Alan. Glad to see you have taken up modelling again.

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Gary wrote: Hi Allan,

Brilliant models once again.

I'm intrigued by the application of colour to the castles stoework. I can see that the black is applied as an aerosol, but curious about the application of the wood dye. Are both the black and dye used sparingly or flooded ? Also, is the application of talc done when the paint/dye is still wet to touch ?

Can you please let me in on a few of your trade secrets ?

Cheers, Gary.
 
Hi Gary.

I did answer your post detailing what it was that you wanted to know then the bxxxxy internet had the courtesy of launching it into cyber space and never to be seen again so I'll try again later when I've calmed down a bit !

Cheers.
Allan.

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As always, top notch modelling, just have to look and admire the craftsmanship.

 

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Allan I love reading and seeing what you are building it is truly amazing. I am also planning a castle I have started on the gatehouse.

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Nice work Allan.

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The castle's now finished -  a weeks work - and this is how it now looks sited on the layout.

As castles go, it's little more than a token offering and represents little more than a stronghold in semi-low relief.

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A few shots showing the original hotel as influenced by David Meadens magic camera and its reduced rebuild.

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I'm drooling Allan,you almost want to live in them.

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allan downes wrote: Gary wrote: Hi Allan,

Brilliant models once again.

I'm intrigued by the application of colour to the castles stoework. I can see that the black is applied as an aerosol, but curious about the application of the wood dye. Are both the black and dye used sparingly or flooded ? Also, is the application of talc done when the paint/dye is still wet to touch ?

Can you please let me in on a few of your trade secrets ?

Cheers, Gary.
 
Hi Gary.

I did answer your post detailing what it was that you wanted to know then the bxxxxy internet had the courtesy of launching it into cyber space and never to be seen again so I'll try again later when I've calmed down a bit !

Cheers.
Allan.

Right Garry, I'll give it another go - Wills Coarse stone treatment. and easier demonstrated than explained !

First just give the stone sheet a normal coat of Colron Georgian Oak wood dye then aiming directly at one edge of the sheet make a few light passes with an acrylic matt/satin black aerosol so as to throw a "shadow" under one edge of the stonework.

When this has dried - about  20 minutes or so - rub talcum powder well into the stone joints and scrape of the surplus then using a wide flat modelling brush lightly dab Colron English Light Oak wood dye over the talc and leave for about half an hour during which time the  whole section will lighten up and look like what you see in the photographs -  a subdued mortar effect in between the stonework but, practice the method first on a spare sheet of the stonework.

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Thanks Allan for the tips, all very useful information. I'll take any advice you wish to give regarding model building/painting.

Cheers, Gary.

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Hello Alan

Great stuff as usual but you make it look so easy, when I know it isn't

Regards

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I like the ornate skylight on the top of the Lyndon hotel. Lovely work.

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A few (bad) shots of individual buildings - taken on top of a wheely bin ! -  most with chimneys, some without thus illustrating my one pet hate in model making !

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That foliage in the backscene is a bit over scale surely      :roll:

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The roofs look fantastic

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Chimneys look fine Allan.
Hmm, I was rolling a ciggie this evening and looking at those Rizla filter,s. One can get ultra slim ones.
I wonder if they would work for chimney pots?

Anyway lovely work.

regards,
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Hi Alan,
How is your lovely Railway/Town build coming along.
You lost a lot of posts due to the great Forum swop for want of a better word.
I am very interested on how you will handle the 0 16.5 railway within the Town.
regards,

Derek.

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shunter1 wrote: Hi Alan,
How is your lovely Railway/Town build coming along.
You lost a lot of posts due to the great Forum swop for want of a better word.
I am very interested on how you will handle the 0 16.5 railway within the Town.
regards,

Derek.

Hi Derek.

I 'finished' the layout a few weeks ago now and here's a few shots of the railway side.

Cheers.
Allan.












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:):) Smashing photo,s of a lovely build Allan.

The trackwork does blend in well with the town.

I must say I am very impressed by the speed of your quality construction work.

Are you building some loco,s and rolling stock at the moment?

all the best,

Derek.

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shunter1 wrote: :):) Smashing photo,s of a lovely build Allan.

The trackwork does blend in well with the town.

I must say I am very impressed by the speed of your quality construction work.

Are you building some loco,s and rolling stock at the moment?

all the best,

Derek.

Obviously Derek you haven't seen a Downes built loco - enough bits left over to build another one !


                 

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