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 Posted: Sun May 11th, 2014 06:39 pm
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Gary - I half expected a fully-illustrated answer to my question from you - you always go the extra mile! That looks good. I can't decide whether I prefer a wall or a fence, and whether to bring the wall around the front of the layout or leave it open to the edge. I am leaning towards a wall simply because it's cheaper and easier to build, and I do love those rusty gates that Terry posted the link to.... However... a fence would look good... Decisions... Decisions...

Marty - I had wondered whether we'd see the end results of your Three Rivers experiments - thanks for sharing them today.



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Hi Mike,

Those gates Terry put a link to look great. You could always mix it up a bit and use those gates with a rough corrugated iron fence...

A fence like this ; http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/58132-dock-green/?p=1011904

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I couldn't resist those gates that Terry put a link to, and the wall matches the building nicely too.



This is the first kit I've downloaded from Model Railway Scenery. I found it straight forward to build. It was interesting using cereal box instead of 2mm greyboard like Scalescenes kits use. It was cheap (obviously) but I found it a bit flimsy sometimes, but nothing that a bit more care could fix. Making the gate posts out of four slivers of card glued at right angles to each other was more fiddly than gluing four rectangles of card into a block like I am used to, but it worked well. The extra grab of the Rocket Card Glue really helped here.

I will post more pictures of the finished build when it is, well, finished!

Thanks for the link, Terry - I wouldn't have seen these excellent gates otherwise!



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The wall and those gates look terrific. I do like the heavily weathered brickwork from Model Railway Scenery, very nice. Now you have to fill that yard full of junk ! Well done. :thumbs

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Those gates look good and go well with the building. Nice one! :thumbs

 



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Looks great.
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Hi Mike,

Excellent job done. Very convincing.

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Fantastic job Mike :thumbs  Well done!

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The gates certainly look good, especially with the cobbled courtyard :thumbs


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Mike, whose cobbles are those in the picture?

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Excellent progress Mike and everything is looking really good, very well done.

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Thanks everyone. Looking forward to filling it with junk, Gary. And Terry, the cobbles are Scalescenes, they came with the High Street Backs kit.



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'PASHLEY BUILDING' Complete (220 days till Christmas)

I have finished the building at the headshunt end of the layout. The Boys' Big Sister decided to call the business "Pashley", so a sign was made with a phone number of her choosing. The nature of the business is yet to be decided, so the yard that you helped me decide on is still devoid of all junk.

Here's the building in situ:




This shows that this side of the layout is more or less complete. You can see the building alongside the vegetation that is slowly growing along the embankment towards the bridge. I am quite pleased with how this is turning out. And the river has had four coats of PVA and is starting to look good. Only a couple more, I think.

But... Back to the building.

This was a build of "façade 5" from the Scalescenes Low Relief High Street Backs kit, along with the Model Railway Scenics industrial wall and gates as previously discussed.

This building was notable for a few reasons:

  • This is the first time I have varnished the sheets by brush before constructing. Once all the sheets were laminated onto their card (or otherwise in the case of the Print Only ones), I gave each one with an external-facing print a coat of Ronseal clear matt interior varnish. The type sold in B&Q for wood. It was an experiment that really paid off. Although there is an ever-so-slight sheen on the surface, the prints became a kind of plastic to use. This made it a dream to build - glue simply wiped off; score lines were crisp and even, and the 'sticky fingers pulling off the print surface' problem that I always suffer from seemed to vanish. The paper does warp slightly if you're not careful to keep it down, but the varnish is dry in a matter of minutes, and it's something that I will definitely use again.
  • Whenever I have made a Scalescenes building in the past, I have loaded the best paper into the printer, set the quality to 'high' and set it off going. I can't believe it's taken me this long to realise that I only need the best printing and paper for the elements that face outwards. Bog standard paper and black/white 'draft' mode are fine for the internal base layers! I also used selective printing to only print the bits that I need. Paper is dirt cheap, ink isn't, so although it took more paper, I used much less ink.
  • The kit as-supplied has the extension with the doors on it facing the other way. Because I didn't want the doors opening onto the embankment, I used the printer driver's 'mirror image' function to print the entire kit in mirror image so that it all pointed the right way.
  • The ground on which I planted it wasn't quite level - there's a slight dip towards the river and from the embankment. I needed to cut tiny slivers of brick-paper-laminated card to go in the bottom. It's not really noticeable, which is a good thing.
  • Once the lights went on, I noticed a load of light leaking out of the underside of the roof - not glued on properly! I needed to use superglue to get it to stay down and I have bent the guttering and dented the roof in doing so, as well as pulling off some of the roof printing. A bit of grey felt-tip has sorted it out and it's hardly noticeable.
I enjoyed this one, and I think it really finishes off this part of the layout.

Here it is with the sun going down on Pig Hill...




And even one with a loco for the first time! I am starting to enjoy this!



And since I was on, I couldn't resist a 'through the bridge' shot while I had the good camera out!






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Wow!  It's looking great, Mike.  :thumbs

I can see some header shots there.




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Hi Mike.

It looks great. The whole scene really ties in well and I don't blame you for wanting the through the bridge shot as it just doubly confirms its realism.

Excellent

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Hi Mike,

Just a couple of words for you...,

                                                    "FANTASTIC, GOOD WORK, BRILLIANT !!"

                                                                        :doublethumb

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Excellent photos Mike,the "through the bridge" shot looks so real.:thumbs



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Excellent work Mike :thumbs  Why don't you just get the kids some football gear for Christmas, and keep the layout for yourself? :lol:

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A quick update (211 days till Christmas)

Thank you everyone - your encouragement is always appreciated! Terry - yes, the 'ownership' of the resulting Christmas present may be an issue that is yet to be resolved! :)

Progress has slowed a little on Pig Hill - it's been a busy couple of weeks, and the fun quick-fire work is now complete. It's not been a complete standstill though. We now have:

The Stream

The stream has had four coats of PVA on top of the browny-green paint. It looks good. Every photo seems to make it look quite cloudy, and it is a little bit, but is generally stream-looking and is better in the flesh. I don't think I will give it any more coats, but a top coat of gloss varnish may be called for at a later date...




Left-end scenery

I have completed the scenery on the left end. More of the same really. Various shades of Woodland Scenics foliage, bushes, scatters and rough turf. I used a bit of foliage glued to the backscene behind the bridge abutment which looks vaguely tree-like...




The Edward Stanley building

Work has started on this Scalescenes build. The right end of the layout will be dominated by this warehouse. This is a four-module-long part of the frontage. It will be 7 modules long by 4 deep, part ultra-low-relief, and part not. As someone else pointed out on this forum - there is a lot of cutting involved with this one!





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Just read this layout right through, looking good.

there is a lot of cutting involved with this one!
That's  why I now cheat and use a plotter cutter for the card cutting, I can import jpgs, pngs or most other image formats also   PDFs into the plotter cutter software. For buildings with no fancy detail like arched lintels or decorative brick work, I print brick or stone textures to A4 labels, stick that onto the card then cut, for things with more detail I print the building walls with all the detail, cut plain card in the machine then stick the printed wall with detail onto the cut card, it's much easier just hand cutting window and door openings in paper than card!  It is possible to cut detailed items, but getting the registration exact can be a PITA, especially to get the opening cut exact in  something like this window surround, an alternative is to print the surrounds separately and then stick  them on after.
 





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