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 Posted: Wed Dec 1st, 2010 12:33 pm
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In response to a query in my Bear's End layout thread I am showing how I built the flight of steps down the side of my Lime Kiln model.

Essentially it is a stack of 3mm card rectangles, chosen because they represent a rising of 9" in OO gauge. I have found that in this sort of job is cutting out a large number of identical pieces is a pain, so I used a 'Doofillotine'.

http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=5021&forum_id=11&highlight=guillotine

Fixing a length stop with a little G clamp ensure the pieces are all the same size.

Next fix a piece of strip wood onto your cutting board with Blu-tak to represent the height and distance you want your steps to span, e.g. 5cm x 5cm and using PVA start to stack up the pieces, keeping them pressed against the guiding wood strip.

If they are to slope sideways, lean them over a little as you join them together. Also be aware that when modelling any H&S conscious age, there is a limit to the number and pitch of steps you may build before inserting a landing or fall barrier.

My steps have been painted with tube watercolour paints by putting a blob each of black, burnt sienna and white paint on a saucer and then swirling them together in a random fashion before applying them thickly to the card. When virtually completely dry I over-brushed them with clear matt acrylic varnish which when dry, gives the 'crackle' or aged effect.

Side pieces can be added as needed, or as in this case the side exposed to view disguised by scenic material.












I hope this helps,

Doug


PS I have stuck a layer of Post-it note underneath the very soft cream card  i have used to ensure a crisp clean cut on the underside. [What a wood machinist would call a 'spelch-piece'.]

D



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What a clever doofer you are

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Doug,
Well it can't get much simpler than that! Sometimes the simples things are just too hard to figure out. :lol:

I will keep this in mind.

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Brilliant Doug................thank you

Its a bit like those Magicians tricks......once explained its all so simple!!!!

Thanks again

 



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I really like the paint finish on the steps, Doug. Very convincing. :thumbs

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Brilliant stuff Doug :doublethumb 

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Beautiful and so simple, thanks for that:thumbs 



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dooferdog wrote:   so I used a 'Doofillotine'.
I missed this thread Doug; it looks good. All you need now is a model of Madam Doofarge. (Sorry):roll:

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