MILLSEND WORKBENCH/BREAKFAST BAR

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Re: MILLSEND WORKBENCH/BREAKFAST BAR

Postby carnehan » Mon Nov 09, 2015 6:22 pm

I love it and will also be on the hunt for a couple of these kits. 8) The level of detail is superb and the lit centre floor reveals little office cameos that are a delight. Brilliant work, I salute you, sir. :D

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Re: MILLSEND WORKBENCH/BREAKFAST BAR

Postby railwayjim » Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:25 pm

Thanks for the compliments Paul, they are great kits, just a little difficult to source!

The build of this, the latest kit on Millsend was started in my other topic in layouts under construction,
but should have been started in here, not to worry it's here now!!!

Well all the outer walls have had a coat of matt brown enamel, once dry the lintels and ledges were painted
with a stone colour matt enamel, steady hand required and slow progress, but worth the trouble.

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After leaving to dry thoroughly I gave the whole of the brickwork a coat of matt cream acrylic and
then wiped of the surface of the bricks leaving it just in the recesses, creating the pointing.

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The windows had already been sprayed matt white so they were glued in place, followed by the glazing.

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The sections of the mill were then joined together with strengtheners used behind using plasticard and the roof attached
making the whole thing quite robust and solid.

Next came the drain and soil pipes using plastistrut tubing and attached with small offcuts of plasticard. Painted then once dry attached
to the front of the mill.

I have tried it in position on the layout and am pleased with the look of it.

Still to do: Small waste pipes to attach, ducting, some dim lighting and finally weathering.

A few pictures in position on the layout to follow.

Jim.

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Re: MILLSEND WORKBENCH/BREAKFAST BAR

Postby railwayjim » Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:33 pm

A dry fit of the mill on the layout.

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I will post more once complete.

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Re: MILLSEND WORKBENCH/BREAKFAST BAR

Postby Dad-1 » Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:30 am

Hi Jim,

More superb buildings. I do like the ability to locate in such a way as to enhance the effects.
I really should spend some time trying to source these kits as they have a universal design
standard that conceals the original US prototype.

I just hope I could get something towards these finishes, Just love them.

Geoff T.
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Re: MILLSEND WORKBENCH/BREAKFAST BAR

Postby railwayjim » Fri Dec 11, 2015 4:03 pm

You're right Geoff, these kits may be for the American market but can easily be made to look British,
we don't seem to have any British manufacturers doing this size of building?


Weathering completed, matt acrylic black wash on the window frames and Carr's weathering
powder on the brickwork.

Also added the waste water pipes and scratch built a ducting for extracting fumes etc from inside the mill,
made using 'of all things' a McDonalds drinking straw. I throw nothing away!!

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Will post a couple of shots of the mill on the layout later.

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Re: MILLSEND WORKBENCH/BREAKFAST BAR

Postby railwayjim » Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:19 pm

Happy New Year to all members.

First post of the year for me after the Xmas and New Year festivities.

Not had much time over the last week or so, but managed to squeeze in a bit of an
upgrade and repaint of the old Airfix now Dapol water tower.
This kit I feel makes into a really good model, which still, all these years later looks at home
on today's layouts. I have included a shot of this and the one I converted for the recent factory I built,
showing it's versitility for conversion.

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Re: MILLSEND WORKBENCH/BREAKFAST BAR

Postby railwayjim » Sat Jan 16, 2016 10:04 am

Thought I would share my car problems also, on the forum.

All geared up during the week to start my signal box kit and laser cut/resin interior kit.

Parked my car in a quiet street, came back to find this.....

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The lowlifes had just hit it, gone away and left it, no note with details or anything. Absolutely fuming.
So no car now until it's back from the body shop, new wing and respraying and touch in the door edge.
Luckily I went to school with the guy that owns the body shop, so saved a few quid there. What is so annoying is
I have been thinking of treating myself to a new Digitrax Zephyr Xtra DCS51 and a new sound loco, this will cost me more
and have nothing to show for the outlay, just my car back looking like it did before. Gutted.

Rant over I have bought the Ratio Signal box kit and a laser cut interior, I haven't used laser cut material before so I will
describe my findings as I go along. .................. Still gutted, sorry!!!

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Re: MILLSEND WORKBENCH/BREAKFAST BAR

Postby GWR_fan » Sat Jan 16, 2016 10:35 pm

I know how you feel about the car. Last year I went to my car, also parked on a quiet street, to find the driver's side of the car bashed in. Fortunately a neighbour had seen a neighbour's teenage son and his mates kicking a soccer ball from across the road into their front yard. The neighbour's son (fifteen years old) also was seen driving his mum's car while his parents were away for a few days, so this info helped when I approached his parents on their return. The son overwhelmed with the evidence confessed to damaging the car. His parents paid for the damages.

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Re: MILLSEND WORKBENCH/BREAKFAST BAR

Postby railwayjim » Fri Jan 29, 2016 4:18 pm

GWR_fan you were lucky to have a witness, no such luck for me!

A few pictures of the Scalescenes Goods Depot Kit, straightforward build, just need to
make a decent chimney stack and touch up a few tatty edges here and there, a couple of drainpipes
and a maroon door to replace the one supplied.

I am sure the building of these kits has been described before by other members, so I will skip the waffle.
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I'll post a couple of shots once it's on the layout tomorrow.

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Re: MILLSEND WORKBENCH/BREAKFAST BAR

Postby railwayjim » Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:05 am

It's been a while since my last update, so here we go with another new type of kit for me, laser cut !!!

I have shown the parts, some I have cut from the frets and some still to remove. Not as daunting as
I first thought, removing from the fret is easy, they have only attached parts in 2 areas. Using a sharp scalpel
they look fragile but with care they are quite strong, even the window frames are tough. The material I thought was wood is in fact
layers of what looks like recycled wood, re-engineered somehow.

The kit does not come with glazing but clear plastic or acetate is fine, we all have a bit of that kicking around! Glue recommended is PVA.

There are no real instructions with the kit, but, you can download them from their website (Yet to do).

Also on their website www.lcut.com there is a link showing a You Tube video, speeded up,
showing the box being built. This is very helpful also, plus many other videos showing painting etc.

This is the kit laid out, I will update as the build goes on (all being well).

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Re: MILLSEND WORKBENCH/BREAKFAST BAR

Postby Dad-1 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:12 pm

Hi Jim,

I'm in this one interested, there are more laser cut kits appearing and from the
few I've seen made up look very good.

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Re: MILLSEND WORKBENCH/BREAKFAST BAR

Postby railwayjim » Fri Feb 26, 2016 2:43 pm

Thanks Geoff, hope this one achieves those standards.

Just a couple of shots of it so far, slow going using PVA, just can't move on until what you have
glued has really dried. I am thinking perhaps Copydex or similar glue might be better.

Still I'm in no rush, I quite like the way it goes together, the actual material they use is, I have now found after cutting some is
layers of paper, bonded somehow into a wood type feel? What I can say is don't try sanding any parts that contain bricks, the top
brick layer seem to come away, meaning the brick effect just falls off, so I have found trimming carefully with a 'new' scalpel blade
is the best option. To be honest there is very little trimming required, all parts fit together perfectly. You get extra parts to allow either
left or right hand stair and also without stairs and doorway, just a brick gable for each end.

Well lunch is over so I will carry on, staircase and walkway next and I forgot to mention I sprayed the upper windows with matt white
before attaching to the box, but still need to touch in here and there when I paint the lower windows, before painting the rest.

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Re: MILLSEND WORKBENCH/BREAKFAST BAR

Postby railwayjim » Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:02 pm

Well that's enough for one day;

This is how it looks at the moment after glazing - the painting so far is
white: window frames,
cream: gable boards, boarding above windows and finials and bargeboards,
maroon: walkway supports stair and handrails, gutters (not yet fitted).
Painting to do is slates, brickwork and sills/ledges.

I know this is a GWR box but I like the look of it so it will be LMS-ified for Millsend.

It is looking a little ghostly at the moment in these shots but should tone down once the brickwork is done
and now I have just realised it will need more point rodding adding to justify it's existence.

I have bought the interior kit by LCut to fit into the box, so the roof remains unattached.

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Re: MILLSEND WORKBENCH/BREAKFAST BAR

Postby railwayjim » Sat Feb 27, 2016 1:08 pm

Another couple of shots of the box, now painted,
still need to make the interior kit, so roof just sat on loose.
Next step will be weathering, once completely dry.

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Re: MILLSEND WORKBENCH/BREAKFAST BAR

Postby skyblue » Sat Feb 27, 2016 2:18 pm

The signal box looks excellent and I'm sure your weathering will improve it even more.


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