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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby End2end » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:10 pm

A quick update to where I am so far with the station build.
Gable and internal walls and floors now installed with a mix of Linka tiles, Balsa and thick card.
Looking at the platfrom side
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Looking at the road side
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And where I am upto on the roof.
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Still a way to go before the basecoat but I am pleased with it so far.
I want to finish the roof first so I can spray it all at the same time even though the roof will be removable as with all my buildings.
This means adding internal strength by using additonal tiles glued underneath the roof. Easy with the smaller triangular tiles I've already created. :)
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Postby timbologist » Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:09 am

End2end wrote: Easy with the smaller triangular tiles I've already created. :)


Are yes always seem to end up with a lot of those special triangle tiles. :oops:

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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby End2end » Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:23 am

I've completed the roof excluding the ridge tiles finally but as I staggered the tiles by one locating finger they caused more problems than needed.
I think if I was to stagger them by 2 locating fingers then the maths and look would have been correct but I didn't need such a large roof and thus the pattern of the roof tiles almost ended up wrong. But with some sawing and fettling of tiles I managed to get the roof tile pattern mostly correct. :?
Once the ridge tiles ahve been glued in place I can then move on to the undercoating stage and some more pictures.
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Postby End2end » Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:33 pm

I had another idea for the ridge tiles.
Instead of using the tiny convex Linka tiles I thought it might be easier to use a long length of convex plastic and just mark it for the tile gaps.
Unfortunatly a visit to my local model shop left me bereft as they didn't have what I needed. Lots of beams and I-bars but no convex pieces.
This model shop never seems to have what I need off the shelf. :?

So instead I purchased the Ratio 420 GWR station fence and gates set for my current station building project and picked up the newest copy of The Railway Magazine Guide to Modelling (free paper). If you cannot get hold of a copy you can read it online here (lower down the page) - https://www.railwaymagazinemodelling.co.uk/june-2018/

I also popped into my local Oxfam (mainly books) and grabbed Historical Railway Modelling book by David Jenkinson for a measly £2.50.
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There was also another book called Modellers guide to the GWR by T.J.Booth which I picked up but was almost sure I had it already so put it back again.
Just looking at my book collection...I don't.
But I may be slightly confused.
Is this book..
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The same as this book?
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As I do have the latter and it's by Trevor Booth.
Or are these 2 completely different books?

Nice to get out on the bike for a meander today though. :)
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Postby luckymucklebackit » Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:42 pm

I did the opposite last week, I went into Cancer Research in Ayr and they had "London Midland Then and Now" by Gavin Morrison for £2 so I bought it and went home to find I already had that title in the loft, think I have two or three duplicates that I need to clear out now :D

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Postby End2end » Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:14 pm

@ Luckymucklebackit "Libraries" Mines not closing down it's getting bigger! :lol:

Researching the covex plastic rod idea for the ridge tiles I found Evergreen to be fairly expensive for what I need so a bit of digging came up with this cheaper product
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5x-Styrene-S ... 1438.l2649
Manufactured by serious-play in Cornwall, UK
I'm just waiting for some items I am selling to end on the bay this week to buy it.
My birthday is coming up next month so I have asked for the 2 L-cut GWR canopy trim Items (along with an EFE 20102 bus destination Newquay) from a family member so that will give me some time to finish the main building before adding those extra details.

Railway modelling...sometimes it's roofless! :shock: :lol:
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Postby TimberSurf » Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:45 pm

I have bought job lots of 40, with a range of sizes from China at circa £10 a pack (very cheap), but have had issues with the wrapping sticking to the product, the sizes vary widely along the length, profile is not symmetrical and the surface texture is poor.

Manufactured by serious-play in Cornwall, UK
Just be aware they import from china, so the quality is rather poor compared to the likes of Plastruct and Evergreen, but in fairness is a really good price. (I have bought lots from them)
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Postby End2end » Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:12 pm

Thanks for the warning Timbersurf. For £1.80 I'll give it a gamble. :wink:
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Postby End2end » Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:40 am

The covex plastic rod arrived but the gap between the Linka tiles at the ridge was far too wide for the rod.
I changed tack and used some square Linka rods instead, glued in the roof apex gap lying on thier edge.
This gives me the proper "A" shape for the ridge.
Once dry I sanded the rods back to be more flush with the roof tiles.
The whole building is now sitting in the garden drying after a coating of grey undercoat.
I still need to add the 2 chiminies and stacks but need to glue them together first.
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Postby End2end » Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:16 pm

A little painting progress beyond the undercoat.
Still quite a way to go to lighten the roof and darken the stonework before I can start adding the brown and cream livery to the doors and windows and then settling it all down somewhat.
Platform side
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Road / Street side - This side won't be seen so doesn't need to be over-elaborate, just lined up with the internal rooms so light shines in/out of the various windows.
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Here you can see the underside of the roof painted black and the internal walls getting thier first coat of cream
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Finally it is starting to look like a building. :)
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Postby End2end » Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:30 pm

Slowly but surely, full paint layer by dry brush layer it's coming along.
Again starting with the road / unseen side.
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And the platform side.
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And 2 shots of the ends of the building.
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That's looking a lot better. :D
I still want to dry brush some more dark grey just to lift the last layer which was the dark grey but mixed with a little black wash.
This has darkened some areas a little too much so just need lightening to blend in better.
Not shown is I have also painted the inner floors dark grey, all internal walls cream and tried to paint the internal doors the same as the external doors (brown and cream). I did this by just painting over everything with the cream first then attempted to paint the brown on. It's a little messy but I doubt it will be seen anyway. I think the lights through the leaded light windows will distract the eye even if you could see the internals. :)

I still need to find a source of opaque plastic for the privacy windows. Does anyone have any suggestions?

My Scalecast/Linka window transparencies have finally turned up (ordered in June), some of them as barred windows. I will use these for some of the smaller windows.
I've still yet to put my mind to which rooms will be lit as I'm not sure all need it and how to implement it so it is removable.
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Postby TimberSurf » Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:20 pm

It looks fantastic at that distance, Linka stone always turns out much better than brick! :(
The roof looks great 8) . I would pick out some wall stones a bit darker, to imitate not all being the same.

End2end wrote:I still need to find a source of opaque plastic for the privacy windows. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Plastic milk bottle, any packaging that is printed white
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Postby End2end » Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:32 pm

TimberSurf wrote:Plastic milk bottle

Of course!! :o
Well done Timbersurf. :mrgreen: I think there maybe one in the bin. :)

Good idea with the bricks too. I was going on rough memories of Cornish buildings which look kind of the same all over, made of stone with different shades of grey.
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby Pete » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:02 pm

I still need to find a source of opaque plastic for the privacy windows. Does anyone have any suggestions?

I'm not sure exactly what you mean by opaque plastic, isn't most plastic opaque? Or do you mean translucent? Tracing paper rather than plastic might do the job, looks like frosted glass. If I've miss understood just ignore me :)

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Postby End2end » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:16 pm

No. Sadly Pete, most of it is transparent. :? Probably something to do with being able to see the goods inside any packaging.
From google....
opaque
adjective: opaque; comparative adjective: opaquer; superlative adjective: opaquest
1. not able to be seen through; not transparent.


I feel tracing paper wouldn't be sturdy enough, whereas plastic would hold it's shape.
Thanks for the idea though. :)
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