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CandO Workbench

Postby CandO » Fri Oct 09, 2015 11:25 pm

Hope this is the right place for this! To start with I'd just like to say after looking at the threads on here I have a LOT to learn! I am a complete novice....I've never even had a train set (still don't!) but I have decided I need to do something rather than rot in front of the tv every night after work. So I set myself a project at the beginning of September to resurrect my local station as it used to be earlier in the 20thC. So using photo's and maps I've developed a plan of attack of sorts :lol:
Firstly I thought I didn't want to go to any serious expense re baseboards and train sets etc until I'd tried modelling the buildings - if this was not my bag then its gonna be a fruitless venture. So I've gathered some bits off ebay for a few quid and scratchbuilt my first building from the proposed set-up and the results are pictured below. It's not the finished item as bits need to be added and it needs to be weathered/painted or whatever BUT it's a start :D
Any comments or criticisms gratefully accepted!

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Re: CandO Workbench

Postby Dad-1 » Sat Oct 10, 2015 9:43 am

Well CandO,

If that's the start you have already proved you have a good 'eye'.

If I have one comment it's that you need to take a little more care
with your coping stones, trying to keep a more consistant gap. Also
it's worth scraping or rubbing some wet 'N' dry along the cut & snapped
edges to smooth up the sides.

But for a beginning it's more than just good. We also have to remember
that close up pictures magnify so much even very small imperfections
show up more than when seen on a layout.

Geoff T.
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Re: CandO Workbench

Postby CandO » Sat Oct 10, 2015 11:07 am

Cheers for the comments Geoff :-)
I must say I was thinking of replacing the coping stones with slightly thinner plasticard as they maybe looked too 'clumpy' if you get my meaning although I wasn't too bothered about them being uneven as I thought over time in the real world they'd work loose and move slightly anyways.....
Someone else told me that minor imperfections get lost in a layout and it only bothers you because you know they're there!! :D

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Re: CandO Workbench

Postby CandO » Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:10 pm

After having a complete rethink and deciding it would be better to model in N gauge I have now started to try the modelling.... :roll:

So after already trying my hand in 00 on what would be the smallest building (see first post) I thought I'd plump for doing the same building first in N too. Progress so far is that I have started cutting the pieces and putting the Slaters plastikard on, some need doing on both sides. One thing to change is that there is no 2mm corrugated roof so I have plumped for a tiled one :D

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Covered in Slaters 0435 (walls) and 0442 (roof)
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Size compared to original 00 model
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Can't really begin the assembly until the corner magnet blocks arrive which will hopefully be in the next couple of days but I've got to tidy the edges up a little yet anyway....

One thing I can't decide is whether or not to put a flag floor in or just place it directly on the platform....I'll have to think about it :wink:

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Re: CandO Workbench

Postby CandO » Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:07 pm

Not been here for a bit but a quick update.

I have assembled the sides and put the roof on one end of the N scale version of the platform toilet block. Just the coping stones to attach now so photo's when I've done that bit. I do think however that after assembly it seems like it's a touch too long....only a couple of mm but it's there and I know about it. I am going to leave it as is for the time being as it may not be quite as evident on the layout....

News on other fronts :

Got some great new info and pics this week which has given me a major boost to get going even more :D
My aim today was to start the baseboards but things haven't gone well! To start with I went to the local timber merchants only to be told they hadn't a qualified person there to cut the ply. So I left it as I don't drive (getting full size boards home by foot would be difficult) so thought I'd go home and just relocate my workstation so that when I did start assembly of the baseboards I'd have the room ready. I began moving a wardrobe in the bedroom and promptly caught my finger on a small nail head on the back and was left with a 2" gash down it's length.
So I've spent the afternoon finishing off the track plan on the laptop.....pleased to report that nothing untoward has happened doing that so far! :D

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Re: CandO Workbench

Postby rosenblad » Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:52 pm

Outch, that sounds painful! I wish you a speedy recovery! :D
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Re: CandO Workbench

Postby Dad-1 » Sun Nov 22, 2015 2:46 pm

Builders merchants & DIY stores can be a nightmare !!
I wanted some lengths of small timber, obviously wouldn't fit in the car at 2.4 metres long.
Could they saw it ? ... No Sorry, we don't do that now. Can I borrow that hand saw ? ....
No sorry that would be against the store health & safety rules. I left the wood by the counter !!

Now you'll remember to always check a job to make certain there is nothing to tear you to
pieces at some future date !!

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Re: CandO Workbench

Postby CandO » Mon Nov 23, 2015 6:10 pm

Dad-1 wrote:Now you'll remember to always check a job to make certain there is nothing to tear you to
pieces at some future date !!

Geoff T.

With a fine tooth comb Geoff and a pair of thick gloves!! :D

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Re: CandO Workbench

Postby CandO » Fri Nov 27, 2015 9:40 pm

Finally got round to finishing the N scale Gents Toilet Block. Not too bad but once again I think I've made a hash of the coping stones and, if I'm being honest, I deffo think this will be a rebuild once I'm at a better level :D Maybe I should've started with summat larger!! Hehehe :mrgreen:

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Sorry about the big pics shall remember to make 'em a tad smaller next time :wink:

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Re: CandO Workbench

Postby Dad-1 » Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:19 pm

Hi CandO,

Certainly scales the new building putting a 20p piece by it.
The next building will be ?? ..........

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Re: CandO Workbench

Postby CandO » Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:48 pm

Hi Dad-1,

I'm thinking the next building may be either another small one - the Porters Room - or something a bit bigger like the Timber Framed Warehouse......I'm undecided as yet though.....

However I think the next main project is the planning and assembly of the baseboards (Especially now the train set has arrived! :D )

Phil

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Re: CandO Workbench

Postby CandO » Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:33 pm

Sorry I haven't been around for a while but life can get quite hectic at times! Not only have I had the holidays to contend with but on December the 14th I also became a grandad for the first time which, as you can guess, has been my main focus for a while :D :D

Hopefully things will get back to some normality soon!!

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Re: CandO Workbench

Postby CandO » Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:08 pm

Hola! Well the past six months have positively flown by with a great big zilch being done on the lay-out. Grandfatherhood can be very time consuming along with work, kids studying for A level and SATS exams (using my modelling room for revision), not to mention numerous other things which have cropped up! :D
However I'm hopeful that over the next few weeks I can once again devote some time to CandO and get things moving along :D

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Re: CandO Workbench

Postby Bufferstop » Sat Jul 02, 2016 10:09 pm

Life has a nasty habit of getting in the way of modelling. Do what you can when you can and make sure it's enjoyable. A set of buildings for a station, is certainly a good place to start from when setting out a layout. Actual size of pictures isn't a problem as long as they fit the page without scrolling. Just don't crucify yourself by blowing them up bigger than they are, working in N scale is hard enough to begin with.
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Re: CandO Workbench

Postby CandO » Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:10 pm

Yay!! Been able to do a bit of summat on the CandO workbench past couple of nights just for a change. :D

Nothing much really but as I'd never done one thought I'd plump for a small Kestrel kit and I went with the Small Signal Box. This one is probably the closest I could find to the Saxby & Farmer one I need for the CandO layout (Kestrel equates to 20'x12' compared to the 16'x12' needed).....

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Without any instructions as such (Haha) I found that building one of these kits looked pretty straightforward although when you do start you soon realise there's probably an easier way to assemble the damn thing than the way you've chosen! :D One aspect to note of the kit was the windows on the long side which, although easy to position and affix in place, needed some slight alteration as they interfered with the windows on the end walls allowing it to all join together - a bit of delicate filing solved the problem.
I did get there in the end though and for a first attempt at such a kit I'm quite happy with the result ....

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I would add that you certainly don't attempt one of these things without being prepared to curse a little :wink: :lol:


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