PNP's O-16.5 Workbench

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Re: PNP's O-16.5 Workbench

Postby Strider » Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:14 pm

Good prices! May I ask what brand and confirm that you're pleased with the quality (not all styrenes/plastics are created equal).

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Re: PNP's O-16.5 Workbench

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:59 am

Strider wrote:Good prices! May I ask what brand and confirm that you're pleased with the quality (not all styrenes/plastics are created equal).

The link I posted takes you straight to them - the 'brand' is MAQUETT. Yes they were nice quality...

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Re: PNP's O-16.5 Workbench

Postby Strider » Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:25 pm

Thanks, I used the link, after decades of using the two main manufacturers, I'd not heard of them - good to hear your recommendations, thank you.

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Re: PNP's O-16.5 Workbench

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:57 pm

I have now moved straight onto the next warehouse; the one with opening doors to let the trains through :shock:

I found a nice kit from Kitwood Hill Models of some sliding doors which is very nicely designed and made:
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Although a British manufacturer, the kits are On30 and US outline. Not sure if this is normal for American kits but some of the parts are 'Peel and stick!', making it very quick and easy to assemble:
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In an attempt to make it look more British, I decided to paint the doors - lets face it, our climate does not favour bare timber :lol:. I went for Dark Green matt spray (left over from 'Ted') with Grass Green window frames (left over from 'Mabel'). Here are the doors posed in front of the building facade in Palight:
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The thing that attracted me to this kit was the working runners for sliding action :D. The 'rollers' are static (thin wood) but slide nicely along the rail when all contact surfaces are gently smoothed with fine sandpaper:
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The name was applied using Railtec transfers - I'm sure you can work out why I called it that? 8)

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Re: PNP's O-16.5 Workbench

Postby Strider » Wed Mar 03, 2021 5:17 pm

Looking amazing already.

Great quality kit, love the ease of assembly too. I've got a very similar quality product from Kitwood, modified to represent a small GWR turntable, Ive yet to build it, looks superb, good company too. Usual caveats apply I'm a happy customer.

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Re: PNP's O-16.5 Workbench

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Sat Mar 06, 2021 5:48 pm

Some progress on the stone facade of this ware house building.

I gave the whole thing a coat of Gunship Grey and then gently scraped the paint out of the mortar courses. Lintels and window sills were picked out in a lighter Stone Grey:
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Then I applied a wash of Camouflage which both coloured in the mortar, and toned down the stonework. Window frames (unglazed) were also fitted at this stage. In the photo below you can just see a hint of "servo-ness" behind - to be used to open the doors :D
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Onward and upward . . .

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Re: PNP's O-16.5 Workbench

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:19 pm

Some progress, including roof, windows, door rail and some general weathering :D
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Next is to properly hang, and mechanise, the doors. Plus fitting of gutters and downpipe. . .

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Re: PNP's O-16.5 Workbench

Postby Mountain » Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:15 pm

Very nice!

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Re: PNP's O-16.5 Workbench

Postby Stainsacre » Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:38 pm

I am liking the look of that too 8)

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Re: PNP's O-16.5 Workbench

Postby Strider » Fri Mar 12, 2021 8:30 pm

Looking superb! Sadly I don't think they're still available.

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Re: PNP's O-16.5 Workbench

Postby Renovater » Sat Mar 13, 2021 9:22 am

Good job there...
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Re: PNP's O-16.5 Workbench

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Sun Mar 14, 2021 1:02 pm

Thanks guys 8)

The doors are now working :D.
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A servo controls each door via an actuator rod (paper clip!) that passes through a small metal bracket super-glued to the inside of the door at the top. Simple door stops are fitted at the 'closed' position; the brackets butt up against the stone sides effectively creating the 'open' position stops. These were necessary to put the servos slightly in-tension at each end of the movement, to get the doors to always move fully.

This a back view:
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They were a bit fiddly to get working reliably but I think I have managed it now! Although they are a bit jerky :oops:! One problem was that the doors tended to move out, away from the building, at the bottom - and this stopped them from sliding properly. In the end I fitted little black 'rollers' at the door bottoms, which seemed to do the trick!

Anyway, here is a short video of them (slightly jerkily!) opening and closing...
https://youtu.be/nAVp-_zh9gM

Now I wonder if some grease applied to the slider rail will make them run smoother . . . :idea:

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Re: PNP's O-16.5 Workbench

Postby Renovater » Sun Mar 14, 2021 2:56 pm

Good idea, but a bit quick, going in the right direction though...
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Re: PNP's O-16.5 Workbench

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Sun Mar 14, 2021 3:10 pm

Yes I can adjust the speed to whatever I want, but I found that too slow a speed meant less momentum which meant the doors didn't travel their full extent!

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Re: PNP's O-16.5 Workbench

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Sun Mar 21, 2021 4:26 pm

Having completed the above building (gutters and downpipe added) I have moved on to the next one 8).

I am starting with an external staircase from Kitwood Hill Models:
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Quite a lot of parts = enough to make three staircases, even though I only want one :D

Quite delicate to construct, but it all went together nicely. Here it is before handrails etc:
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And completed (except for painting):
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Here it is posed against the (mock-up) building it is destined for - note it will have to go in the orientation shown due to lack of depth:
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