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A shed and a lock-up

Posted by Mikkel , in Buildings, Construction 28 August 2016 · 831 views

gwr speech house road long marston scratchbuilding

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I’ve scratchbuilt some more buildings for Farthing.

 

 

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First up is this small goods shed, adapted from a prototype built by Eassie & Co. at Speech House Road station on the Severn & Wye. The contractors Eassie & Co. had an interesting history, nicely described in this PDF file by the GSIA.

 

 

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The prototype had a brick base, but I decided on a timber base and a few other detail changes to suit my tastes. The roof is detachable so I can detail the interior.

 

 

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The doors are modelled open so you can see what’s going on inside. I like the effect but it does add to the time and cost as you have to model the interior walls and framing too.

 

 

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One reason I chose this prototype was the potential for a nice view through the open doors across the tracks, in line with my preference for “see through” structures at the front of layouts.

 

 

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There’s also a view through the side door. The prototype had the door right up against one corner, probably to save space inside. It looked odd in model form though, so I moved it. If only the real world was so easy to change!

 

 

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Here’s another little building I’m working on. This is a lock-up/storage room based on a prototype at Long Marston. There was a very similar structure at Lustleigh.

 

 

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My version is some 25% larger than the prototype, in order to add a bit of mass.

 

 

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I normally use the Wills sheets for slate roofs, but on this lock-up I thought I’d try out the slate sheets from York Modelmaking. I have seen them used with very convincing results, not least on Iain Robinson’s wonderful creations.

 

 

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Unfortunately I had forgotten how sensitive paper can be to glue stains and bending/fraying at the edges. Experienced card modellers would no doubt have made a better job of it!

 

 

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Here’s a direct comparison between the Wills sheets (left) and the York Modelmaking strips (right) before painting.

 

 

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I’m really not very happy with the roof, and may give it another try. Incidentally the prototype photo doesn’t seem to show any gutters or drainpipes, which puzzles me a bit.

 

 

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The original plan was to use these buildings on “The sidings” – the latest of my Farthing layouts. But meanwhile I've found another prototype which I think will fit the purpose better. So I think I’ll save these ones for “Farthing Road”, another layout that I’m planning.

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Lovely stuff Mikkel.

I do like the vista opportunities already becoming apparent in your shots above.

Maybe only the edge tiles could be replaced as am sure the stains can be lost in some subtle weathering ;)

Always happy to see progress on the Farthing layouts me :good:

Thanks Pete, yes the views are beginning to come out, although I keep adding to the depth of the baseboard in order to improve them. I'll end up with a square baseboard :-) 

 

Good idea about only replaceing the edge tiles, I hadn't thought about that. Will have a look to see if that's feasible. Those bargeboards are rather skinny too. 

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Job's Modelling
Aug 28 2016 17:27

Nice to see some building activities.

This is nicely modelled and I'm looking forward to further progress.

For the prototype you mentioned, Scalescenes something like that. in the past as a free download. I think you can find some pictures om the Internet. 

I think it will fit your layout very well.

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Southernboy
Aug 28 2016 18:05

Your buildings are an absolute pleasure to behold Mikkel.

 

And very neat and tidy modelling too - if I'd made those you'd see Mex-Pax bleed/stains all over the place (although they later disappear once painted, but that's not the point).

 

I really like your concept of  "see through structures”, something I've not thought about before. On Frankland I put a lot of planning into sightlines - and equally structures that block or force you into viewing the layout from certain angles - but viewing through is new to me and I thank you for that insight :)

 

Your last photo I particularly like: So starkly minimal, yet just those few key components on display invoke the Edwardian without any doubt.

 

I take my hat off to you yet again!

Splendid stuff Mikkel!  Love the attention to detail, those mitres on the inside framing must have been tricky!  For what its worth I think the slates are a big improvement over the Wills sheets, these look thin as they should do!

 

The mention of Farthing Road is a very interesting tease! :-)

 

Best wishes

 

Dave

Quality stuff.... if only I had the skills!

Very nicely done indeed Mikkel

Lovely modelling. Those buildings are a joy to behold. Looking forward to the finished jobs. Rob

Mikkel,

Lovely modelling as one comes to expect from your good self.  I particularly like the concept of a view through the goods lock up.  I also feel that the Wills slates are somewhat outdone by the paper/card York ones - It is unfortunate that the end slates have suffered damage, perhaps they could be removed and replaced?  I'm sure painting/weathering will lose the glue leakage onto the few affected too.  As others have said quality modelling!

 

Ian

Nice to see some building activities.

This is nicely modelled and I'm looking forward to further progress.

For the prototype you mentioned, Scalescenes something like that. in the past as a free download. I think you can find some pictures om the Internet. 

I think it will fit your layout very well.

 

Hi Job, thanks for that. As for the Scalecenes kit, I'm not sure which of the buildings you mean? However since I have started my buildings in styrene on this layout I had better build them all with that medium. Some day I may try doing a layout with card buildings though - much cheaper than styrene, and healthier too when it comes to glue I imagine.

 

 

Your buildings are an absolute pleasure to behold Mikkel.

 

And very neat and tidy modelling too - if I'd made those you'd see Mex-Pax bleed/stains all over the place (although they later disappear once painted, but that's not the point).

 

I really like your concept of  "see through structures”, something I've not thought about before. On Frankland I put a lot of planning into sightlines - and equally structures that block or force you into viewing the layout from certain angles - but viewing through is new to me and I thank you for that insight :)

 

Your last photo I particularly like: So starkly minimal, yet just those few key components on display invoke the Edwardian without any doubt.

 

I take my hat off to you yet again!

 

Thanks very much Mark. My idea with see through structures is to (i) force the viewer to get down to eye level and explore the layout, and (ii) "puncture" the forbidding effect that viewblocks can sometimes have if they are too massive. The canopy on the bay platform and the mezzanine floor in the goods depot followed the same idea although on a larger scale.

 

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Splendid stuff Mikkel!  Love the attention to detail, those mitres on the inside framing must have been tricky!  For what its worth I think the slates are a big improvement over the Wills sheets, these look thin as they should do!

 

The mention of Farthing Road is a very interesting tease! :-)

 

Best wishes

 

Dave

 

Hi Dave, thanks for this and I'm glad you mention those slates. I must admit I'm still not entirely convinced about the slate strips. I agree they look thinner, but I need to be able to build them more "cleanly" before they look convincing to me. Must give it another go.

 

Farthing Road is an idea I have to bring my modelling into our living room. It will therefore have to be very small indeed! 

Quality stuff.... if only I had the skills!

 

Thanks, I've just read your post about Restoration House. Intriguing stuff!

 

 

Very nicely done indeed Mikkel

 

Thanks Andrew, practising my structure modelling skills is a main point of this layout, and I'm learning a lot as I go along - including the differences between styrene products. I'm finding Evergreen a good deal easier to work with than Plastruct, for example (no connection to either). 

 

Lovely modelling. Those buildings are a joy to behold. Looking forward to the finished jobs. Rob

 

Hi Rob, many thanks! Yes I suppose I will have to paint them too :-) I actually enjoy painting but there is something very appealing about white styrene. Now there's a weird fetisch!

Mikkel,

Lovely modelling as one comes to expect from your good self.  I particularly like the concept of a view through the goods lock up.  I also feel that the Wills slates are somewhat outdone by the paper/card York ones - It is unfortunate that the end slates have suffered damage, perhaps they could be removed and replaced?  I'm sure painting/weathering will lose the glue leakage onto the few affected too.  As others have said quality modelling!

 

Ian

 

Thanks Ian, much appreciated. I will see what can be done about the roof. It would certainly save time if I can just replace the tiles at the edges. The end tiles are particularly exposed on this building as the barge boards were mounted below them, so I can't use them to hide the problem. 

 
Farthing Road is an idea I have to bring my modelling into our living room. It will therefore have to be very small indeed!


A layout in the living room! The domestic authorities at "Mikkel Towers" are obviously a lot more indulgent than those at "Chateau Wenlock" lol
Hi Mikkel I hope all is well with you and yours.
Just when I thought it'd all gone quiet :)
I've just caught up with this build Mikkel and I think you know what I'm going to say !
YEY !!! Crackin' work as per matey.
I'm pleased that you hit upon Lustleigh it's in my top three GWR western regional stations ( not living too far from the village ) . I've often considered modelling it as a broad gauge diorama, tiz proper 'ansome.
I think the York Modelling slates are better in use ( having used them myself too ) especially where a longer roof is required preventing that annoying join if you are using the Wills sheets, which are still a good product I hasten to add.
Look forward to the next instalment
Great work Mikkel. Most impressive modelling. The slates look very good. Cheers, Mark

A layout in the living room! The domestic authorities at "Mikkel Towers" are obviously a lot more indulgent than those at "Chateau Wenlock" lol

 

Ah yes, well, you see... the domestic authorities have not been approached yet :-)

 

 

Hi Mikkel I hope all is well with you and yours. Just when I thought it'd all gone quiet :) I've just caught up with this build Mikkel and I think you know what I'm going to say ! YEY !!! Crackin' work as per matey. I'm pleased that you hit upon Lustleigh it's in my top three GWR western regional stations ( not living too far from the village ) . I've often considered modelling it as a broad gauge diorama, tiz proper 'ansome. I think the York Modelling slates are better in use ( having used them myself too ) especially where a longer roof is required preventing that annoying join if you are using the Wills sheets, which are still a good produce I hasten to add. Look forward to the next instalment

 

Hi Grahame, thanks a lot, I'm glad to have found someone who knows about Lustleigh as I've only just "discovered" it myself. It seems to have had it all, including bags of atmosphere.

 

Have you seen this: http://www.lustleigh...nd-the-railway/ - and this photo for sale on ebay which has a charm all of its own (click to enlarge):  http://www.ebay.co.u...R-/251634120769

 

Great work Mikkel. Most impressive modelling. The slates look very good. Cheers, Mark

 

Thanks Mark, I see you're planning a Milkwall & Sling layout, not too far from Speech House Road then. I look forward to seeing it develop.  

There's plenty of atmos around the station and surrounding Teign Valley, the route from Bovey Tracey up to Moretonhampstead is really quite beautiful, and you can still make out the line of the old railway too. When the weather permits I take my mountain bike over there and get onto Dartmoor in that area and try to ride the old track wherever possible ( sometimes pretending to be a BG loco going up the valley ! Big kid !!! ) I'm aware of the Lustleigh Community archive thank you, it's always useful for various reasons when looking into local history. Cheers Grahame
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Thanks Mark, I see you're planning a Milkwall & Sling layout, not too far from Speech House Road then. I look forward to seeing it develop.
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The Forest railways have always held a fascination helped by discovering Ben Ashworth's photos many years ago. A small layout based around Milkwall/Sling is on the cards one day.

Also the Teign Valley line is another interest and stock is being built or sourced for a project based around Trusham quarry.

Going back to the Farthings certainly looking forwards to seeing more progress.

Cheers,

Mark

I do enjoy the idea of providing 'interior glimpses', to give a sense of 'exploring' the layout, rather than having it all presented 'on a plate'.

 

Regarding encroaching into the living room - this is a tricky subject, although I'm fortunate, since the domestic authorities here are fairly well-disposed towards modelling. 

 

I recommend what a friend once described as a 'quantum tunnelling' approach:  i.e. keep trying a small 'breakthrough' and, once that's been accepted, nudge more things through the 'barrier'.  After getting one or two models onto a bookshelf, I now have my Broad Gauge diorama on an occasional table :)

 

Another approach is to make the railway useful.  For example, the Maharaja of Gwalior used a model train to carry drinks around the dining table.

 

Mike

There's plenty of atmos around the station and surrounding Teign Valley, the route from Bovey Tracey up to Moretonhampstead is really quite beautiful, and you can still make out the line of the old railway too. When the weather permits I take my mountain bike over there and get onto Dartmoor in that area and try to ride the old track wherever possible ( sometimes pretending to be a BG loco going up the valley ! Big kid !!! ) I'm aware of the Lustleigh Community archive thank you, it's always useful for various reasons when looking into local history. Cheers Grahame

 

Sounds good. Must put it on my bucket list (it keeps growing).

 

Pretending to be a BG loco, I like that. You'll have wide tyres fitted then? :-)

 

 

The Forest railways have always held a fascination helped by discovering Ben Ashworth's photos many years ago. A small layout based around Milkwall/Sling is on the cards one day. Also the Teign Valley line is another interest and stock is being built or sourced for a project based around Trusham quarry. Going back to the Farthings certainly looking forwards to seeing more progress. Cheers, Mark

 

Trusham quarry, that sounds interesting. I must read up on that. That's what I love about UK railways, you never run out of interesting places (well, historically at least).

 

 

I do enjoy the idea of providing 'interior glimpses', to give a sense of 'exploring' the layout, rather than having it all presented 'on a plate'.

 

Regarding encroaching into the living room - this is a tricky subject, although I'm fortunate, since the domestic authorities here are fairly well-disposed towards modelling. 

 

I recommend what a friend once described as a 'quantum tunnelling' approach:  i.e. keep trying a small 'breakthrough' and, once that's been accepted, nudge more things through the 'barrier'.  After getting one or two models onto a bookshelf, I now have my Broad Gauge diorama on an occasional table :)

 

Another approach is to make the railway useful.  For example, the Maharaja of Gwalior used a model train to carry drinks around the dining table.

 

Mike

 

Ha! Thanks Mike for this very useful advice on strategy. I think quantum tunnelling is just right for my situation. I was thinking of starting with a small boxfile thing.

 

I just googled the Maharaja of Gwalior's train, it was made by Bassett -Lowke it seems! 

 

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Hi Mikkel

 

After a long absence from the site it is good to pop back and find one of your posts, a most welcoming read indeed. Great work on the buildings and as you know I like that sort of thing and really must try and find time for it again, as for the slates I prefer to cut my own from 160gsm card as I can then control the widths to eliminate those narrow quarter slates on the end that are most prone to damage.

 

Great work as usual, I expect I have missed another post or two somewhere so will have a look later.

 

Jim

Hi Jim,

 

Good to see you back here! I have sorely missed your posts and seeing progress on Hemyock. It's not unusual for me to end up in your thread when Googling to see how others have solved a construction issue. The carriage- and engine sheds are some of my favourite buildings on here.

 

Thanks for the tip about cutting your own slates and the card thickness you use. I will see if I can fix the current roof and if not consider alternatives. 

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Ashley Bridge
Sep 19 2016 09:39
Hi Mikkel It's such a relief to see you posting again, I was afraid "Slipper boy" would be your swan song . Just a thought about the lack of gutters on your smaller shelter, the one at Lustleigh does have a brick base, if the wooden structure sits directly on a hard floor you will get rot up the lower nine inches or so. We don't have heavy rain, just lots of little bits, so the constant drip and splashing up causes the bottom planks/ends to be damp all the time. Either an interesting retro-fit of gutters or a different weathering opportunity. Keep up the good work, I always admire your depth of research. Ash.

Hi Ash, many thanks for this - very useful. I hadn't noticed the brickbase on the Lustleigh one but now that you have pointed it out I can see it in the photos.

 

I think I'll fit gutters along with a rebuild of the roof and barge boards - it will mean diverging a bit more from the prototype at Long Marston, but I do that all the time anyway! :-) 

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Trains&armour
Oct 04 2016 18:10

Forgot about your blog. sorry....

 

The shed is great, but I especially like the cart. Those kind of additions to a layout really make the period the layout is set in come alive.

Hi Seird, the cart is from Dart Castings - a very good little kit with some neat parts that go together quickly.

 

Horse drawn wagons have become one of my favourite things on the railway scene, I have built a handful so far and have plans for several more. There are two quite good books on GWR horsepower. 

Finally made it to your blog, and, as usual, it is not a disappointment.  You make it look so effortless, which I am sure it is not.

 

I know one person who uses Excel to print out slates onto the correct paper and then cuts rows out and half of the gap between the individual slates.  Paper gives you the chance to 'distress' some slates as well, or have some 'slipped'.

 

I always do my modelling on the dining room table which actually makes my wife happy as it means we are in the same room, but there is now only the two of us and it is most frustrating to put stuff away when we have visitors which is why projects seem to change quite frequently as different stuff gets taken out.

Hi Chris, thanks very much. Effortless it is not, as our swearbox can testify! But I tend to mainly post in the blogs when things are at some stage of completion, which may give the wrong impression.

 

The Excel idea is interesting, thanks for that. I am finding it more demanding to work in paper than plastics though. I'm not very good at getting measurements and cutting exactly right, and plastics are more forgiving in that way as you can file and fettle etc until things are right.

 

I do like the notion of modelling and operating a layout in the same room as my wife. I sometimes feel guilty about heading off to the basement! I know what you mean about putting things away though. Maybe a modified Ikea box of some sort might work, with a hinged lid on one side...

Welcome to Farthing!

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This blog chronicles the building of "The Farthing layouts", a series of small OO layouts that portray different sections of a GWR junction station in Edwardian days.

 

Intro and concept
How to eat an elephant
Design principles
State of play

 

Gallery (1900-1904)
Four o'clock blues, ca. 1902
What really happened in the Cuban...
The honourable slipper boy (Part 1)
The honourable slipper boy (Part 2)
The honourable slipper boy (Part 3)

 

Gallery (1904-08)
The trials of Mr Bull
A most implausible arrival
A parcel for Mr Ahern
Blue skies and horse traffic
The Remains of the Day
Motley crew

Edwardian daydreams

 

Gallery (1914)
All in a day's work, Part 1
All in a day's work, Part 2
All in a day's work, Part 3
All in a day's work, Part 4

 

Out of period
Undecided sky (1867)
The sleeping giant (1887)
Bunker first (1927)
Fitted fish and piles (1947)

 

Videos
Once Upon a Time in the West
Summer silliness
The unbearable lightness...
Across the years
The Sidelight Job
Painting coach panels

Traverser testing

 

Coaches
Low-tech pre-grouping stock

Short trains for short layouts
Short trains with a twist
Hand-me-down coaches
Low-tech coach restoration (1)
Low-tech coach restoration (2)
Low-tech coach restoration (3)
Low-tech coach restoration (4)
Low-tech coach restoration (5)

 

Wagons
Sprat & Winkle couplings
3 plank Open in GWR red
Outside Framed 8 Ton Van

In the red: GWR 1900s wagon liveries
In loving memory...
Scratchbuilt one-planker (1)
Scratchbuilt one-planker (2)
MSWJR 3-plank dropside
LSWR 10 ton sliding door van
SDJR Road Van
LSWR stone wagon
Fake news and wagon sheets

 

Locos
GWR 1854 Saddle Tank (1)
GWR 1854 Saddle Tank (2)
Shiny domes and safety valve covers

 

Track
C+L underlay and Carr's ballast
Experiments with C+L track
Comparing track
Messing about with track panels
Laying track on "The depot"

 

Vehicles
GWR horse-drawn trolley
GWR 5-ton horse-drawn vehicle
Parcels van and coal trolley

 

Goods
Fun with crates
Barrels, baskets, bales
Small crates and tea chests

 

Figures
Andrew Stadden 4mm figures
Backdated Monty's figures
Footplate crew
HO figures for an OO layout
Lesser known whitemetal figures

 

Building "The bay"
First bite: "The bay"
Simple structures for "The bay"
Platform trolleys and barrows
Signs, posters and adverts
Six lessons learnt

 

Building "The depot"
Second bite: "The depot"
Shunting Puzzle
Sketches of The depot
Soft body, hard shell
Kit-bashed roof structure
Dry Run
Dusting off the cobwebs
Playing with mirrors
Mezzanine floor
Progress on "The depot"
4mm slate roofing
The treachery of images

A roof for "The depot"

A tall bird from Paddington
Cranes for the depot
Shoulders of giants
Flight of the bumblebee

 

Building "The sidings"
Third bite: "The sidings"
Wagon propulsion
Progress on "The sidings"
Rising from slumber
The Biscuit Shed
A shed and a lock-up
Agricultural merchant's warehouse
Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall

 

The FSWDC
Railway modelling and Art
Moving Pictures
Season's greetings

 

Layout ideas
A flexible layout
Kicking back in Gloucester

 

Miscellaneous
GWR stables - an overview
Journey to Didcot
Detail hunting at Didcot
Here's looking at you
The mists of time (and all that)
My friend the operating chair
Ready-to-plonk freight
GWR Modelling website

 

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