Firefly's Workbench

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Firefly16
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Firefly's Workbench

Postby Firefly16 » Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:41 pm

'Penpwll Ticket and Steamer Office'
A long term work in progress, part of a project that, owing to lack of space, exists as a kind of stage set, the stage being my kitchen worktop(not surprising, then, that it only comes out once in a blue moon). The premise of the 11' end to end run is an imaginary South Wales coal exporting port, a corner of which contains an excursion steam quay, accessed like the actual platform, via a subway beneath the elevated line. Because of the constraints imposed by the nature of the layout, the upper storey only is deployed, in horizontal half relief, the detachable ground floor being 'hidden' by the viaduct carrying lines and platform. At present, the viaduct is itself a detachable affair of short battens laid broad edge down and a small hardboard 'floor'
The first two photos show the front and rear of the building, the glazed area of which will, hopefully, one day face the subway entrance across a
narrow (and probably unsavoury) area running round two sides between the building and viaduct walls. The last two photos show respectively an aerial exploded view of the ground floor and a b/w interior as completed so far, which I have to say, I find just a little creepy...
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Re: Firefly's Workbench

Postby Firefly16 » Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:43 pm

Apologies - I hadn't reckoned on the photos appearing in reverse order!

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Re: Firefly's Workbench

Postby Dad-1 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:34 pm

Don't worry about the photographs order .......
Just keep 'em coming.
Getting together a seedy scene ?

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Remember ... I know nothing about railways.
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Re: Firefly's Workbench

Postby Firefly16 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:04 pm

Not as such, but who knows what might go on there in the gloom....

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Re: Firefly's Workbench

Postby Mountain » Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:39 pm

It looks very good to me.
Enjoying 7mm narrow gauge.

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Re: Firefly's Workbench

Postby Firefly16 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:39 pm

Thank you Mountain.

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Re: Firefly's Workbench

Postby Mountain » Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:43 am

I could almost live in there! :lol:
Enjoying 7mm narrow gauge.

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Re: Firefly's Workbench

Postby Firefly16 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:14 pm

Speaking as the 'architect', you wouldn't find it very homelike, Mountain! Anyway, I thought this low level b/w under canopy shot of detail in shadow in previous pics might be of interest. Still a lot to be done, the white 'gash' near the corner is the exposed card (1/16" mount board) of the rebate where a rainwater downpipe will go eventually, and there is still work to be done on the plinth by the chimney stack base.
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Re: Firefly's Workbench

Postby Firefly16 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:31 pm

'Penpwll T/SO': I've never been really happy with the oversailing courses on the chimney stacks - far to heavy looking (see first photo). So, decided on what I hope will be a pleasing solution that makes use of their mass, using Milliput. The first stage as shown on one stack is anything but pleasing - a lot of filing and shaping to come but hopefully the result will be worth the trouble.
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Re: Waste not...

Postby Firefly16 » Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:32 pm

Using the discarded sides of an upgraded Railroad 'Maunsell' brake, two joined sections of short clerestory roofs from the days when such spares were plentiful, this is the beginning of a project for those itchy fingered moments when one isn't really up to work requiring that little bit of extra input. One repainted side and the two ends are in place. The light areas on the still green reverse of the former corridor side are where the large windows have been converted to quarter lights and the white line along the top is a strip of 1mm styrene inserted to make good the wastage resulting from separation of sides from roof.
The following images show the first stage in my method of making seats, the seats attached to compartment partitions mounted on the base/frame unit and the locations of brake hangers, vacuum and gas cylinders and stretchers on the underside of what is now a basic monocoque body.
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Re: Firefly's Workbench

Postby Mountain » Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:07 pm

Looking great so far.
Enjoying 7mm narrow gauge.

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Re: Firefly's Workbench

Postby Firefly16 » Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:16 pm

The underside has now been 'primed' with Humbrol Rust No.113 and the brake gear, vacuum and gas cylinders attached but unpainted with the frame trussing highlighted in white for clarity. Of paper construction, the brake and vacuum cylinders are 80 gsm strips 6 and 36mm width respectively wound two or three times round the shank of a 4 3/4* wire nail and glued to form tubes. Slightly narrower strips are wound into tight rolls, round cocktail stick armatures in the case of the gas cylinders, and then fitted snugly in their respective tubes; the pressure imparted by the wound strips as they try to unroll maintains the profile of the cylinders. The ends of the cylinders are simply punched out 'chads' inserted into the recesses resulting from the difference in length of the wound cores and tubes, flush with the ends of the vacuum cylinders and pushed a little further in to give a scale rim effect to the gas cyls.
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Re: Firefly's Workbench

Postby Firefly16 » Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:49 am

'Penpwll Ticket and Steamer Office' - Work still being done on the chimney oversailings. Meanwhile here's an attempt at another interior, this time shot through one of the end windows of the central upper passage. The centre of the picture is lit by an angle poise lamp positioned above the large skylight in the fourth photo Sept. 10th above. I wish I'd thought to blank off the camera light. I tried the shot again minus the light, but I couldn't quite achieve the same atmosphere.
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Re: Firefly's Workbench

Postby Firefly16 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:18 pm

'Penpwll Ticket and Steamer Office'
The chimney stack oversailings now tidied up. But not with Milliput - probably because wrapped and re-wrapped so many times it didn't take this time (when it does it's a fantastic medium), so I used fine quality card, filling in the corner joins where necessary with Tetrion and smoothing off. I also took the opportunity to add the masonry corbelling detail to the single flue first floor fireplace stack. That's enough work on the building for the time being as I'll be concentrating on the viaduct walling that hopefully will go behind it, by which time I will have seen to it that the elements, soot, coal dust and a gannet or two have reduced the chimneys' pristine masonry to the same state as that of the windows.
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