Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby luckymucklebackit » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:11 pm

Looking good Ex=Pat, there is to beat the satisfaction of recreating an original building. This damn weather is awful.

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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby Ex-Pat » Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:25 pm

Whilst waiting for the screws to arrive I decided to start preparing the "bodywork" of the coaling stage, and cut out the 2 ends:

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The "insides" of the 2 end pieces.


I then set about scribing the individual planks:

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This shows the depth of the scribe using an Olfa tool.


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Scribing complete - 160 planks in all - left me rather brain-numb!


Then I tried a bit of distress work to replicate the missing section and loose plank that is evident in my photo of the coaling stage.

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Then the screws arrived, so I turned my attention to the sub-structure:

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The base is upside down, showing the first few columns have been screwed to it.

The strip of wood is supposed to stop the base from warping - perhaps I should have put one on top as well?


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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby railwayjim » Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:15 pm

This is going to be an interesting scratchbuild, it's such an unusual building.
The scribing looks excellent, keeping them parallel must have been a
nightmare. Worth the trouble though as it is looking really good.

Needless to say I'm watching this build with interest.

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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby Mountain » Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:15 pm

Hey. Good work!
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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby flying scotsman123 » Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:18 pm

A great start; a small detail but I love that one wonky plank!
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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby carnehan » Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:22 pm

Yes Ex-pat, your materials are finally in meaning we will get a full build commentary. Happy days. It’s such a lovely design of a building and that scribing has already brought a plain piece of plasticard to life. What’s an Olfa tool?

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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby flying scotsman123 » Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:27 pm

carnehan wrote:Yes Ex-pat, your materials are finally in meaning we will get a full build commentary. Happy days. It’s such a lovely design of a building and that scribing has already brought a plain piece of plasticard to life. What’s an Olfa tool?

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One of these:

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I use them to do the planking on the scratch build wagons.
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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby Ex-Pat » Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:25 pm

Thanks railwayjim, Mountain, flying scotsman123 and carnehan.

Just to add to fs123's last post (he mustn't have been watching Channel 5 like I was!) here is the Olfa in more detail:

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This is a seriously sharp bit of kit, and does a great job.


Might as well add the next instalment.

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All columns now added


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Standing right way up - very difficult to get every column perpendicular and there is air underneath some of them (I think the ply is warping already!) but they will be placed on a foam base which will disguise any such gaps.


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Small pieces cut out to insert between the columns as in the far left of the shot above.


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Final piece on front row ready to be inserted (using GS Hypo adhesive). Then I applied Mekpak to all the joints.


Next will be the cross-bracing.

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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby TimberSurf » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:05 pm

Ex-Pat wrote:Thanks railwayjim, Mountain, flying scotsman123 and carnehan.

Just to add to fs123's last post (he mustn't have been watching Channel 5 like I was!) here is the Olfa in more detail:



Complete range here at Olfa

and just for Mountain who is on a tight budget and not afraid of do it yourself engineering....viewtopic.php?f=6&t=51695&p=637627&hilit=olfa#p637621

Very unusual scratch build, looks very labour intensive! :o
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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby flying scotsman123 » Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:01 am

Ex-Pat wrote:Just to add to fs123's last post (he mustn't have been watching Channel 5 like I was!)


Oh I was, but I've mastered the art of multi-tasking, or in other words typing on my phone during ad breaks! :lol:
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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby manna » Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:41 am

G'Day Gents

This is an interesting build, but so much repetition must be making your fingers ache, keep up the good work. :D

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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby Ex-Pat » Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:38 am

flying scotsman123 wrote:
Ex-Pat wrote:Just to add to fs123's last post (he mustn't have been watching Channel 5 like I was!)


Oh I was, but I've mastered the art of multi-tasking, or in other words typing on my phone during ad breaks! :lol:


Careful now! Reminds me of a "Right Brain/Left Brain" presentation I was at 7 years or so ago, and when a lady attendee trotted out with "Well, of course men can't multi-task", and to which I responded with "At least we can only do one thing wrong at a time then".

A stony silence ensued!

(Just digressing slightly - I am finding the Friday Channel 5 20.00 programme about the NYMR very interesting & enjoyable.)

And thanks manna - yes I do have a scalpel pressure sore on my middle finger.Thankfully most of the repetition is over with (apart from scribing the long body sides).

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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby Ex-Pat » Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:43 pm

A final word on the Olfa cutter -see photo:

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- you can get these beautiful spirals. Is there a use for them?


The cross-bracing proved tricky only from the point of view that my very limited photo selection (including screen shots of paused video stills) suggested that the cross-bracing supports were anything other than symmetrical! That of course gives me an easy escape clause, but, if anybody can prove me wrong with photographic evidence, then I shall be delighted!

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This first support is however one of which I am totally confident as being in the correct position. I don't know why the second pillar from the left is a round section whereas all the others are square section.



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These long ones are best guesses from the photos. There was more than likely another row of pillars going along the pencil line on the plywood but I didn’t bother with them as they were out of sight in the best of light, and were most likely at least half buried in the side slope rising up to the wagon line.


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This shows the final position (subject to a small horizontal strip being added later between the 2 left-most pillars).


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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby luckymucklebackit » Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:57 pm

Hi Ex Pat - as one who does not enjoy repetitive tasks (window frames come to mind)! I can only stand an applaud your perseverance in getting your coaling stage to this stage ('scuse pun :) ), that really has been a labour of love to model a unique building and it looks really good. Will keep an eye on progress

One question, G-S Hypo Cement is new to me, is that a type of polystyrene cement? I see several varieties one of which is pricey, could you do a quick review of its benefits?

Thanks

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Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

Postby Ex-Pat » Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:34 pm

Thanks Jim.

I was put on to G-S HYPO by this video:

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As you can see Geoff Taylor has excellent pedigree, and if it's recommended by him then who am I to argue?!


The box doesn't comment on whether or not it is polystyrene cement, but its not cyanoacrylate.

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I would say its main benefit are its Heineken properties - on account of it's extremely thin nozzle it gets to places that other glues can't reach! And nothing's come unstuck yet.

Despite the "NO WASTE" claim you do invariably lose some, simply because the applicator nozzle is so fine that it can be a real b*gg*r to replace the pin-cap in it. After a couple of "misses" some adhesive will have escaped.
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