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Progress on "The depot"

Posted by Mikkel , in The Depot, Construction 20 September 2011 · 1,306 views

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After a less than glorious summer (too much work, too much rain) it's time to get the autumn modelling season going. The past weekend saw a bit of progress on "The depot".

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As some may recall, the depot can be viewed from both the inside and the outside. These are the three outside walls, now approaching completion.

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Still need to add downpipes etc once the roof is fixed on.

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I’ve used a photo of Windsor goods depot as inspiration for this side of the building. Sides still not assembled, hence the poor corners.

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The canopies were knocked up from plasticard, with some leftover Ratio bits here and there.

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The brickwork was done using the good old method of two washes of white over a reddish foundation base (left). Nothing special, but I never cease to be amazed at the transformation that takes place once the washes are added.

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The decks were washed with thinned down Carr's sleeper stain. Heavily used places were given a light rub with wet and dry paper. But overall, still a bit too dark I think?

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For the inside, I was after a whitewashed look with the bricks just showing through. Ordinary paint was too thin, so I ended up applying two layers of lightly thinned plastic putty. This was then toned down and weathered. Perhaps I should have applied a third layer.

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View from the inside (sides not yet assembled). Looking at this photo, I think the colours need a bit of "blending in".
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Mikkel, hi

Good to see you on here again - hope you had a good summer.

This is looking very nice...I particularly like the way you have captured the faded whitewashed brickwork on the inside.

Fab stuff...already awaiting the next post...
Yup... fantastic stuff as ever! Thought you'd been a bit quiet of late - is there too much sunlight at your latitudes for modelling in the summer then ;-)
Good to see the progress, which is fascinating and as professional as ever. The finishing effects are really good - something for me to think about there! Thanks for posting this... and welcome back
I really like the slightly patchy whitewash, although perhaps it needs a bit of darkening at the base of the walls - the contrast with the deck there is quite strong. That aside, the colour tones on all the parts are gorgeous - really rich without being garish or Kodachrome-like.

it may be worth putting a temporary roof over it before deciding what to do with it though - it might end up looking quite different with some shadowing?
Thanks gents. Lack of modelling over the summer is mostly due to lack of time and a tendency for the mojo to diminish as day-light lasts longer :-)

Glad to hear the whitewashed brickwork looks OK, I wasn't sure. I agree that the contrast between the deck and walls is too strong. Good idea to darken the base of the walls, and I think I'll also lighten the deck a bit more. The roof is actually almost ready, so will test with that on too.
Sep 21 2011 22:13
Deck looks about right for grimy wood to me. I agree about dirtying up the bottom of the walls. A beautiful finish as usual, thanks for sharing it.
Thanks. A while back we discussed whether the lower parts of the walls should in fact be painted a darkish brown, but concluded (more or less) that this seems to have been a slightly later practice (http://www.rmweb.co..../#commentsStart). So, will set about dirtying up the bottom walls this evening.
I'll repeat the previous posters and say how good it is to see work resuming Mikkel!
I love thefinish on the inside walls of the shed. Also interested in your white washes over red, though I think it is perhaps not quite right for East Midland brick on Glenfield..
Looks superb on The Bay though, if thats the method you used there!
I know you are GWR, but this might be of interest too: MR Somers Town good shed.
I suspect the atmosphere is what may interest you.
Hi Chris, the white washes over red are the same as on "The bay", as are the English bond bricks (*). Hopefully this will help enhance the illusion that it's all part of the same station. I must admit the colour scheme is just, er, "generic", and not based on any particular regional style, which with hindsight it should have been.

Many thanks for the link to the photos, great atmosphere! I particularly like the "Milk and Fish depot" shot (fifth picture)! Those milk depots from the turn of the century are very modelable - I've a long-term plan to do one of the GWR London milk depots some day.

BTW, the Science & Society library also has some interesting photos of similar scenes (although the search function seems to work best if you know the location), eg: http://www.sciencean...ations=

(*) Except for the platform sides on The bay, where I got impatient and stupidly used a different bond. We always end up regretting such decisions!
Jan 02 2012 17:56
Hi Mikkel

Great to have the Farthing Layouts going again - it's very rare to see late 19th C railway models and have always wondered why the RTR manufacturers don't actually cover more models. Love your work and dedication to detail. Think the videos of work in progress are brilliant.


Hi Mike, many thanks :-)

Perhaps the City of Truro, SECR C class, Robinson O4 etc can lead the way for RTR models that go even further back? It does seem that there's a market for pre-grouping locos - as long as it's a prototype that's attractive enough for people to buy them even if they don't model that period.

I just had another look at your "80 years on the GWR" video. Nice how you've taken it into the post-steam period. I was amazed how authentic the Hornby clerestories look in the black and white shots in the film. Must dig out mine!
Jan 06 2012 11:33
Hi Mikkel

Thank you for your kind comments. I'm very flattered that you were interested in my video, especially given that you are such an accomplished GWR modeler yourself. It was inspired by your splendid video 'Across the years' which really captured my imagination - the quality of your creations are just mouth watering. I just wish I could model to your standard, maybe one day if I keep at it!

Yes, I was surprised by the Hornby's coaches too - very accurately painted with good molding on the panels etc. They are part of the Dean Single 175 Hornby anniversary pack and for something that really is only a 'train set' the quality is exceptional.

Keep up the good work - looking forward to the next post with anticipation.


Mikkel, as you can see I'm catching up on your Farthing thread!
I am very interested in your approach to weathering walls and wood, and looking forward to seeing the shed assembled.
Inspiring work as ever.
Hi Chris, I'm still not quite there in terms of getting the decks blended in well, but am working on it! It's very satisfying to use real wood as a representation of wood, I think. But I'm also finding it needs careful work to blend in with the other materials. Otherwise there's a risk that it clashes with the texture of plastic parts, with the result that the eye suddenly realizes that everything else is made of plastic - if you know what I mean.
Jan 14 2012 14:16
I've only come back to this because I was forced to find the content I follow link instead of using VNC. Much better for following blogs :)

I looked at the deck again as I scrolled down and thought about whether dark or light would be how the wood would age. I think that unless there is something to stain it as it wears I think it would probably stay quite light? Darker when it was wet and if rotten then that changes things, but it is inside so not so likely to be wet or even damp.
Thanks, that's really appreciated as I've been in two minds on how light the deck should be. One confusing fact is that it looks lighter when viewed from eye-level height, than from above! But in any case I agree, it should be lighter than it is now - and the bottom of the walls should be weathered a little more, to bring the two tones together, I think.

Currently laying the track (finally!).

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