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

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

Postby glencairn » Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:35 pm

End2end wrote:
glencairn...how's that for 50p extra? :lol:
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You are getting there. :lol:

Seriously -- Excellent work. Well done.

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

Postby End2end » Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:54 pm

Oh go on then glencairn....45p to you. :lol:
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Postby End2end » Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:34 pm

Now the canopy is glued to the main building so heres some more pictures with all (internal and external) lights on.

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The camera has made the lights look a lot more yellow than they actually are.
I am debating wether to add the extra details (chimnies, finials etc) yet or wait until I have somewhere on the layout to put it.
I have had the idea for most of my buildings that I will improve/increase the detailing on them all even more when they can sit securely on the layout.
Things like those mentioned before plus things like drain pipes etc.
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby joshv8 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:21 pm

How cool is that! Everything looks like its been laid piece by piece and slate by slate. I especially like those lead frame windows. And the lightings fantastic. If you dont finish it now I guess it gives you a job for a rainy day in the future.

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

Postby End2end » Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:55 pm

Thanks for your comments joshv8. :D
The lead frame windows were actually bought as a loose sheet.
They can be seen on this sale, picture 4 - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OO-Gauge-Rai ... rk:76:pf:0

The roof is still too shiny after I fixed it with hairspray so will need to be painted over somewhat. I tried sanding it a little but it didnt give me the flat look I wanted.
Other things to do is add some posters and timetables, people and I'm not sure if I want to stick a bench to the outside or just place it on the platform in front of the building. The platforms will be made using the new linka/scalecast stone platform moulds which I already have.
Also to add is the "fascia" boards (or whatever they are called) to the ends of the roof where the finials (which I will make from toothpicks) will be glued.
As you can imagine, one gentle knock and the finials will break off thus leaving them off until the layouts ready for the buildings.

I can't emphasize enough how versitle Linka/Scalecast really is. :D
As you mentioned the roof, imagine trying to lay that amount of single tiles! :shock: :lol:
The hardest part of the build was trying to channel out the balsa for the lighting wires on the canopy without going right the way through.
I could have made the canopy using a framework of seperate peices of balsa but as your not going to see it so it would have been a fruitless and long winded excersize let alone then threading the wires through the framework which might be seen.
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby joshv8 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:52 pm

Thanks for the link!
Im very impressed with the look of the Linka products. I might have to look into it a bit more just for fun.

Might I suggest just using powders to tone down the gloss level on your roof? You could perhaps try spraying a matt aerosol clear over the top but even they can be a bit glossy at times.
Matt paint has a matting additive that while the paint dries, floats to the surface and sits there to block the gloss level. A lot of aerosol and acylic/ enamel products dry too quickly to allow sufficient time for the matting agent to all get to the surface.... and some simply dont have enough. If you use a matt aerosol to save recolouring that lovely looking roof, sometimes a few quick flicks over of dry dusty coats cheats the matt look.

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

Postby End2end » Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:11 pm

Ahh yes weathering powders! :idea:
I dont have any in my modellers tool kit yet. I must have a look at them and how they work.

One of the good things about scalecast / linka, unlike spending the cost of a kit that will make one model, with linka you can make as many models, and different ones as many times as you like / have enough the moulds for / have the powder for.
They are solid and won't warp. You can make them even stronger with internal walls and floors and the insides are usually MUCH smoother then say any of Hornbys pre-made buildings (not the kits). I bought certain pre-made models only to directly sell them on as the inside walls looked like caves or were plastered by a blind man. :?
Scenix is the same. All the windows are solid so you cannot see throught them. No good for someone like me who likes to add internal details.
Plus, on a lot of pre-made buildings I've noticed that the windows aren't glued in straight. Useless! :roll:
I think the best pre-made buildings I've come across personally (they may be more manufacturers I have not looked at) are Bachmann.

As I started with specific kits that I didn't think I could make and do justice to (signal box, curved roof stores/warehouse) moving up (or down depending on your view) to linka was easy.
No messy glues needed, only pva.
I've even helped young children in my family to make a small house each. Thats how easy linka is. :mrgreen:
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby Bufferstop » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:17 pm

Ahh yes weathering powders! :idea:
I dont have any in my modellers tool kit yet. I must have a look at them and how they work

If you want to get an idea of how they work, get a few granules of instant coffee, crush them between two spoons then rub the powder into the crevices and corners on a wagon. If you like the effect invest in some weathering powders, if you don't a quick rinse under a tap and dab it dry. One of my wagons is lurking somewhere still with coffee weathering that I tried a couple of years ago.
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby End2end » Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:48 am

Great tip Bufferstop, although most of my wagons are weathered but I can try it on a car. :idea: :)
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby joshv8 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:24 am

Yes Ive got a bachmann scenecraft coaling stage and its pretty good. All the hornby skaledale stuff I have though looks nice but its rubbish... horribly out of square all over. Thats why I decided to build my own terraced houses/shops. The skaledale ones dont fit together!

For weathering powders I usually buy artists pastels and shave them down with a razor blade.

Gonna try some charcoal from the bbq I think

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

Postby End2end » Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:23 am

Got to love this place. So many ideas! :mrgreen:
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby dan8400 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:48 pm

Holy cow! The painting and weathering on the station building is amazing.

Also, it's always a pleasant surprise how much lighting adds to a building.

Brilliant work

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

Postby End2end » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:02 pm

Thanks for your comments dan8400. :D
To be honest I dont think I have a building that I haven't added lighting too. Even my modified Hornby platform waiting room has 2 LEDs in it.
I do love adding those extra details. :)
My main aim when starting was not to have my layout look like a train set or with everything having a "straight out of the box" look.
I think im succeding but the real test is when it all eventually comes together.
If RULE NUMBER 1 is "it's your layout, do what YOU want" then I think RULE NUMBER 2 should be HAVE FUN. :mrgreen:
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Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

Postby glencairn » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:27 pm

End2end wrote:If RULE NUMBER 1 is "it's your layout, do what YOU want" then I think RULE NUMBER 2 should be HAVE FUN. :mrgreen:
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Agreed. :D

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

Postby dan8400 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:31 pm

I'll second that Glencairn! Well said E2E

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