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The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115 pt4 Abutments

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 07 December 2017 - - - - - - · 411 views

It's a busy time of year. Someone mad in a red suit is rushing around, or rather in this hot weather going red in 30°C rushing around!
Just time for some progress pics.


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115 pt3.

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 01 December 2017 - * * * * * · 652 views

Inspiration is a wonderful tonic! Progressing well now as modifying the bridge sides is a relatively easy task. The four outside plates are complete with the inner plates cut in half and glued. The end plates that are directly under the stonework abutments were cut from the original end pieces and end riveted detail cut from the same now spare panels.


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115 pt2.

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 28 November 2017 - - - - - - · 537 views

Well items ordered sometime go astray! While waiting patiently for the Wills SS57 plate girder panel bridge to not arrive, I’ve had time to help improve the old layout and rolling stock down at our local clubroom and go over my original thoughts and plans for my own layout baseboard construction.
With having the advantage of the newly constructed Railway...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115.

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 05 November 2017 - * * * * * · 671 views

With the Workers Railway Cottages virtually completed some of you may have noticed that the porch bargeboards are arranged differently from the previous trackside terrace cottages in as much as they are recessed under the roof tiles. I may return to make the remaining four cottages. This will depend on a possible diorama width decision and how well the la...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Completing the Railway Workers Cottages

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 30 October 2017 - * * * * * · 745 views

The stepped cottages chimney stacks and pots are now completed. I checked for older images of the cottages on the Internet and came across my own, which was disconcerting, as I hadn’t placed them there! Then I resorted to look for video images using You Tube. These old videos at the time were taken using film and VHS technology; most reveal the loss of th...


Garsdale Railway Stepped Workers Cottages: Windows and Slate Tiles

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 19 October 2017 - * * * * * · 383 views

As before these are pre cut using Evergreen#103/122 styrene strips for the window sides and rails. Working through all 47 windows takes time and certainly patience, so to break the repetition another one was started! Same thing but different.
The window assemblies did take time but I thought it was worth it as these workers cottages at Garsdale Head are,...


Garsdale Railway Stepped Workers Cottages: Pre painting and assembly

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 25 September 2017 - - - - - - · 362 views

Now for a slightly different approach for assembly than my last effort. Ease of assembly is my excuse, particularly for window detailing such as curtains. Although this was a relatively easy exercise for me before, it only required the pre painting all the external walls with a grey wash. The glazing panels were fitted along with the flooring support stri...


Weekend Work or Just Taking A Break

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 13 September 2017 - * * * * - · 354 views

The weekend GWRM Exhibition at Cambridge was well supported and all members contributed to its success. I've included photos showing our ever evolving Layout. Being a work in progress there is of course a lot more to be done modifying and improving it, but visitors are always interested in how our modellers scratch build and make our module dioramas.We en...


Garsdale Railway Stepped Workers Cottages: Sides & Slate Tiles

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 07 September 2017 - - - - - - · 386 views

No one slacking off here! The opposite would be true with involvement with the GWR Modellers forthcoming Cambridge Exhibition here in the Waikato and family visitors.
Aside from those, I have managed to progress on the above and now have some progress photos to share.


3.0mm Foam Board: Large Piece Paper Removal Technique Revisited.

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 30 August 2017 - - - - - - · 370 views

Many soggy days here have meant plenty of time to refine methods for easier paper removal from foam board. I found that my fingers didn’t appreciate rubbing the paper off when dealing with large pieces. When the foam board is made, I understand the paper backing is part of the manufacturing process. Removing the bond between the two should be the answer....


Garsdale Railway Workers Cottages: ‘Up on the roof’

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 17 August 2017 - * * * * * · 784 views

With the windows completed and the roof in place a ‘topping off’ ceremony has been held by yours truly by way of a brown ale or two before tackling the chimney stacks and painting them.
I have previously used balsa wood for each of the station waiting room chimneys with moderate success, but I found detailing the stonework awkward, as the wood was too sof...


Garsdale Railway Workers Cottages: ‘Look Through Any Window’.

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 10 August 2017 - - - - - - · 673 views

The Hollies of course sang my title for this post.
Now at last the glazing can be fitted to the windows. I had already cut these out at 25mm and 35mm square 0.4mm clear styrene sheet when I made the entrance lobby/porch windows.
The immediate concern is window dressing as once the tile roof goes on the access to the inside of the building will no longer b...


Garsdale Railway Workers Cottages: ‘Fade to Grey’ or Yorkshire Stone Block Painting.

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 03 August 2017 - * * * * * · 736 views

Before I can fit the glazing to all the windows, I need to paint the building exterior.
Being new to scratch building I have found painting with acrylics a challenge, in as much the matching of the paint colour to the images in photographs is always a compromise depending on the photographers use of filters, time of day, decade and of course the weather....


Garsdale Railway Workers Cottages: ‘Sixteen Tons’ of slate tiles.

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 26 July 2017 - - - - - - · 731 views

Tennessee Ernie Ford might have been a handy help for roofing the original prototype building, but 16 tons is just my guess anyway.
Now for a different approach than the way I used to fabricate the roofs on the smaller station buildings I made earlier.
Because of the slight bow that occurred with them, (the roofs had to be massaged gently back straight),...


Garsdale Railway Workers Cottages: Drawing in the detail 2.

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 19 July 2017 - - - - - - · 457 views

Alright, here goes the marking out the front details of the railway side terrace houses.
The entrance lobbies have a higher roof apex than those on the 3° slope stepped houses; otherwise all other details are similar.
The gable roofs of the lobbies took a bit of fiddling around as I found out due to extra allowances needed for the 3.0mm foam board to line...


Garsdale Railway Workers Cottages: Drawing in the detail 1.

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 06 July 2017 - - - - - - · 379 views

Now this is where we all might learn something, as this is a test of my observation!
I tend to start with the quoins on my replica of the Georgian era buildings, because they provide the basis of the Yorkshire stone courses and how they fit with the doors and window openings, but I’m getting ahead of myself here. My earlier buildings of the Garsdale Junc...


Garsdale Railway Workers Cottages - Preparing the Foam Board.

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 29 June 2017 - - - - - - · 384 views

Measure twice and cut once. I first learnt this when I fabricated steel that it was not appreciated if you wasted any material.
Using a 1.0 x 0.76 x 3.0mm Foamboard sheet (they come in all thickness and sizes, 10,5 and 3mm and in sizes A2, A3 and A4), I lightly draw out the sides and ends using a 0.5 HB mechanical pencil. Ensure you start from a square co...


Garsdale Railway Workers Cottages

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 21 June 2017 - - - - - - · 415 views

These will certainly be a challenge! When I used the AnyRail program as a guide to get an idea of all the buildings positions and their sizes on the layout, I also drew out a section through view of them on a spare piece of 3.0mm thick MDF to get their relationship to the baseboard’s structure i.e. support joists and risers.
My reasoning at the time (2015...


The Long Drag to Garsdale - Garsdale Signal Box Pt2

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 13 June 2017 - - - - - - · 406 views

After the initial assembly of the box, it was obvious to me that from the operator/visitor view point that the interior would need to be furnished.
The current lever and frame at the box is 33 levers in a forty frame, and I believe the
Northallerton line through Hawes in Wensleydale will be achievable one day. Therefore on my layout of Garsdale Junction t...


The Long Drag To Garsdale - Garsdale Signal Box pt1

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 06 June 2017 - - - - - - · 335 views

At the start of this blog I posted some of the pictures of my version of the Midland type 4c signal box that took some time to construct. The first problem for me was to check and recheck the window height (as it didn’t look right) against the prototype pictures and a pic of ‘Signalman Owen’ standing in the signal box entrance. The building dimensions als...

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