In from the cold... Pete's new (not just) N Gauge adventures

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Re: In from the cold... Pete's new (not just) N Gauge adventures

Postby Pete » Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:45 pm

Hi

Managed to grab an hour when I got in tonight, and in a flurry of activity got the roof on:

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The flashing is aluminium foil, I quite like mixing plastic, card and metal, modelling alchemy. And there's very little UHU and Superglue won't stick.

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I have a stack of windows to sort now, before I board them up (even if you can't see them, I'll know they are there).

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Re: In from the cold... Pete's new (not just) N Gauge adventures

Postby Pete » Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:00 am

A long evening cutting out and fitting windows:

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Made a few of the detail parts too. I need a visit to a model shop to pick up something suitable to do the drain pipes, but otherwise it's coming together quite nicely.

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Re: In from the cold... Pete's new (not just) N Gauge adventures

Postby railwayjim » Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:56 pm

You've done a good job on the window frames, considering you've scratch built them
they look a very neat job. Perhaps some brass wire of the right gauge would make
good down pipes, especially with the awkward bends at the top.

Are you making window ledges like the original building?

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Re: In from the cold... Pete's new (not just) N Gauge adventures

Postby Pete » Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:14 pm

Jim

I forgot about the ledges :oops: , it's too late now as they would obscure the bottom of the window frames, it's a shame, but I think it will look ok. Nice idea about the wire, I might actually have some, I'll need to dig around in the shed tomorrow.

The windows came up really well, I just cut them with a nice fresh scalpel blade from some heavy water-colour paper, it's surprising how thin a section you can cut.

I have another project in the offing, will post more when I have something to show...

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Re: In from the cold... Pete's new (not just) N Gauge adventures

Postby Pete » Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:48 pm

I need some thin tube to make the down pipes on the cinema, can't proceed until I get to a model shop, probably next weekend.

So I decided to pick up on another little build in the mean time. East German backstreets are proving fruitful hunting grounds for ideas...

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I'm starting with the one on the left, I love the big rendered hole. A similar construction technique, mounting board and an array of thinner card, papers and anything else to hand.

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By distressing the card I think I can get close to the render falling off in places (not tried it before):

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...and after a coat of acrylic gesso:

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That's it for a couple of days now.

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Postby carnehan » Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:22 pm

That's going to look really good once complete.

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Re: In from the cold... Pete's new (not just) N Gauge adventures

Postby Pete » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:40 pm

Work continues:

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The perspective on the top image looks a little odd it, the windows on the upper floor of the right hand building look as if they are not parallel with the base but they are.

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Re: In from the cold... Pete's new (not just) N Gauge adventures

Postby railwayjim » Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:36 am

You've recreated the distressed render perfectly Pete, clever
technique removing the surface here and there.

The roof is going to be a challenge, look forward to seeing that.

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Re: In from the cold... Pete's new (not just) N Gauge adventures

Postby michaelasc » Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:03 am

Very clever, I am intrigued to see how this develops
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Re: In from the cold... Pete's new (not just) N Gauge adventures

Postby Pete » Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:38 pm

Started to get some paint on it today, it's a slow process building up washes and letting them dry.

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Inside the archway are a couple of steps up to a door, it's a splendid blue door, it's impossible to see it now it's in place... at least I know it's there :)

The roof at the moment is Slaters plastikard tiles, but I might end up making my own.

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Postby Pete » Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:41 am

In case anyone was interested I thought I might do a step by step of my approach.

The first step is to touch in the detail (you almost work backwards), and then just build up successive washes. What’s nice about watercolour is that they are translucent, so each layer shows through, I use a burnt umber as a base for all of the colours, so I mix up a wash and then introduce other colours into it, it keeps everything similar in tone (even the blue door).

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Need to sort the windows next, some glazed, some boarded.

This is the door in the archway, shame you can't see it...

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The final result is quite styalised, and I wouldn't mix these in with plastikard buildings, I tend to scratchbuild everything now on my layouts apart from the track and rolling stock so you get an overall effect because of the constant style and aesthetic. I'm not attempting P4 realism more an atmosphere.


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Re: In from the cold... Pete's new (not just) N Gauge adventures

Postby End2end » Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:22 pm

Pete wrote:I'm not attempting P4 realism more an atmosphere.

And it oozes it! :D
Charming rustic "of the continent" look.
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Re: In from the cold... Pete's new (not just) N Gauge adventures

Postby Pete » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:55 pm

Thanks

Appreciate the comments.

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Re: In from the cold... Pete's new (not just) N Gauge adventures

Postby Bufferstop » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:10 pm

Pete, in 4mm scale I use 1mm copper wire taken from surplus twin plus earth mains cable, for downpipes. The copper from solid core bell wire might be closer to scale for N. Make the joints by wrapping a strip of paper around the wire. If you take it down into the ground, or a deepish open drain no one will be able to see that there's no hole up the middle.
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Re: In from the cold... Pete's new (not just) N Gauge adventures

Postby Pete » Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:19 pm

That's a nice idea , these are HO so 1/87, I'll have to have a dig around in the shed I have some twin and earth somewhere.

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