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 Posted: Sun Apr 18th, 2021 09:38 am
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This is the type of signal box I would go for. I have never made a laser cut kit before so it would be a challenge!!



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 Posted: Sun Apr 18th, 2021 10:23 am
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That looks like the LSWR Farncombe box Graham, by Rail Model. They say it’s only in 7mm, but then they also say they can produce their models in other scales, so probably worth a call or email. They’re Plymouth based and my comms have been very good with them, they deliver quickly and they'll also sell parts from their kits, They kindly gave me a couple of chimneys for my station building bash.
 
I'm currently building their Chudleigh goods shed for my Newton Regis branch and have posted the first of two parts of the build (post 308, avril 8th). Some bits are a bit fiddly and the instructions are, let us say, "concise", but I like the fact that all parts are ready cut from the fret, although roof trusses will need careful easing with an emery board for a perfect fit and some modification to construction methodology if the roof is to be removable, which is a good idea if you are detailing the interior and fitting any lights. Roof trusses are delicate, so treat with care.
 
The only other laser cut MDF kit I’ve built is an engine shed by 4 Ground, which went together very easilly, although I modified the roof. A main point to watch with laser cut MDF brickwork are the quoins (corners) which need careful fettling to fit well. Perhaps the really expensive kits, such as Timber Tracks are much better, but it will pay to take your time with dry fitting in this area.
 
It’s all rather great fun though and from what I see with your existing buildings, you should be just fine.
 
Bon courage and Happy Birthday for tomorrow, as I’m out most of the day. Mines later in the week!
 
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Hi Graham. Excellent start. Very good weathering on the bridge , I will have to follow this as I have been twiddling my thumbs for too long. Best wishes Kevin



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Yes Bill it is the Rail Model one and I have asked him to make one in 4mm with the stairs on the left hand end. I do intend to fit an interior too. I shall watch your goods shed built with interest.Cheers.



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Hi Kevin, it was my first attempt at weathering and luckily it did turn out OK. I have been waiting for 26 years for retirement so I can start a new layout and it is all very exciting to try all the new technology, who knew about static grass????



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Hi Graham.  Did I read something about you using an iPad for your photography? When I get my finger out on the scenery front?  I hope to do the same. Best wishes Kevin 



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Yes I did use an iPad and I must admit that the results were surprisingly good. I did still need to use extra lighting too. I now need to try to photograph the station area and that is a lot darker in the back of the garage.

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I have done a bit more tidying in the garage and can now get to the station end. The cattle dock and lamp hut are one of many on going projects. I will have start the dreaded ballasting soon.











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Phew... that has had a brush up and polish.... very tidy. Looking great. You don’t have that much track to ballast do you?



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Ah!  The good old Airfix (now Dapol) water tower.  First produced in 1960 and still giving excellent service.
Your layout is looking good.  :thumbs

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Looked at loads of water towers and it was very hard to find one that wasn’t typically GWR and the Dapol one works really well with my plan.



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While waiting for my signal box from Rail Model, I thought I would try my hand at painting laser cut MDF brickwork as I have never used this medium before. Andy from Rail Model has been more than helpful and been able to supply me with some off cuts of brickwork and a copy of his recommendations for painting.

Rail Model recommend spraying with red oxide primer for the brick colour and then using a very thin mix of diy filler to paint the mortar lines and then wipe off the excess. This also tones down the brick colour.





The red oxide colour is very red.





The Polyfiller had seen better days so decided to try the Humbrol acrylic Off White paint that I have used on the bridge. I think that it has worked out OK. The red has definitely toned down a lot.



I have now added a few extra tones with my brick coloured pencils. If I can get this finish on the signal box I will be very pleased.



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Very nice! Looks spot on.



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Thanks Marty, maybe a bit more practice. I might try some different brick colours.



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Graham,

I have been struggling for a couple of years to get a technique that was foolproof enough for my size 12 hands.

So am following your adventures with interest. And hence my questions

Was the primer from a model paint firm such as Tamiya?

Did you water down the white acrylic?

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The red oxide primer was just the cheapest I could find at my local auto store. I left it a good 24 hours to dry fully. The acrylic was straight from the pot and then wiped off almost immediately to leave the paint in the mortar lines.

Hope this helps.

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I missed out the “before” picture showing the products I intended to use!!! I should read through my posts more before sending them.



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The Beckleigh station building is the superb Scenecraft Shillingstone building but I have always thought the canopy columns to be a bit on the big side. I have recently purchased a set of canopy columns from Goodwood Scenics and they are very well detailed, the rivet detail is especially good. All I have to do now is cut them down to the right height, paint them and fit them!






















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I think you have made a wise choice. The new ones look much better and I agree that the originals look too thick.



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I have just got to be brave enough to cut the old ones off!



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