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Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic 13 October 2012 · 1,044 views

When I first fabricated the platform extension, I used Association PCB sleepers to make the base and topped it off with some thin ply. Now there is a old adage that "nothing looks more like wood than wood". This may be true in 7mm and even in 4mm scale. However when you get down to 2mm scale, I'd say that nothing looks less like wood than wood. I'd used some ply on Masham many years ago and was less than happy with the result; I was therefore mildly surprised to find that I'd made the same mistake on Brafferton. :scratchhead: If you trawl back through some earlier entries, you'll find a picture of said ply-topped platform. So really, it has to be "anything but wood". :mosking:

First up in the remedial process was to carefully rip out the old platform top:

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You can also see the disused platform in the foreground which is also experiencing an "upgrade"! As well as the plywood, I also removed the topmost layer of sleepering to allow enough depth for the replacement top.

Now I'm not an avid fan of plasticard either, but for planking etc. I don't think you can go wrong with the Evergreen sheets. Machined rather than moulded, they have a definition lacking in most of their peers. A base of 30thou was overlaid with some plank effect sheet. This had to be done in panels due to the curve on the platform and individual edge pieces were also used:

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Once dry, the unit was offered up and trimmed slightly to effect a close fit with the base edge and the join with the brick built platform:

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Whilst I tried to avoid it, the retaining wall had to be removed to allow satisfactory fitting. I'll use that as a reason to have a better stab at the wall.

Before gluing down with a smear of evostick, I painted the unit with enamels and weathered with powders. A little more blending will be needed as the other elements of the platform are placed, but so far I feel it is a big improvement over the original:

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Took me a moment for the ABW to click :D

Nice work on the platform(s) Tony - always happy to see more pics from Brafferton...
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Southernboy
Oct 13 2012 18:12
That platform surface certainly looks good - especially finished in a greyish tone - rather than brown, which the real thing so often is not.

Sorry to be dim - but I looked through the Evergreen PDF catalogue and couldn't see planking, can you point me in the right direction (or reference number please?).

Thanks
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Tony Simms
Oct 15 2012 06:13
Southern, my boy, you need "V Groove" (made in the good ol' US of A; they're not likely to use anything as obvious as "planking"). Mine was 2060 A-5; 60 thou spacing (9") and 20 thou thick. Hope this helps!
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devondynosoar118
Oct 15 2012 15:15
Its all about texture isn't it when scaled by 1:152 it makes quite a difference. Worthwhile result I think.
Don
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Tony Simms
Oct 18 2012 20:03
I think you're right Don; even the very fine grain in thin ply is obviously not right. The plasticard has a very light rub with glass paper just to add a slight texture.

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