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#1 kirtleypete

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 13:03

I am working on a commission to build part of Birmingham Snow Hill as a 7mm scale diorama on three boards, which will model the full extent of the overall roof. At a later date it will probably be extended to complete the platform area. 

 

For those not familiar with the station, this is what I have taken on...............

 

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The biggest challenge has been working out exactly how it all fitted together, but happily it was all built with standard parts and dimensions. The crucial one was the distance of 34 feet between the upright columns. 

 

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The diorama will reproduce this area, but only platforms 7/8 will be full width. 

 

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I have begin by building the platform buildings, which will in turn support the roof girders. Once the buildings are done I can work out the exact size of the boards and get those built and the track laid. 

 

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The structure is all plastic, and I have produced a brick paper especially for the project; the real thing used dark red glazed bricks. The period of the model is around 1930 when things were still reasonably clean, though the buildings will be toned down when they are all finished. 

 

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I'm going to need 64 of those Plastruct girders!  The other parts for the roof are being laser cut in plastic. 

 

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These buildings are the booking office, ladies toilets and first class waiting rooms on platform 7/8.

 

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I found a picture of an old tinplate Wymans bookstall so I copied the colours from that. I like the way it was built around the column.

 

I still need to add door knobs and several notices, as well as finishing the right hand end. 

 

Peter

 


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Posted 30 November 2017 - 13:09

Crikey.


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Posted 30 November 2017 - 13:18

Wow !
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Posted 30 November 2017 - 13:22

Amazing work

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 13:24

 

 

 

I'm going to need 64 of those Plastruct girders!  The other parts for the roof are being laser cut in plastic. 

 

 

 

 

If you are laser cutting the other parts of the roof, would it not be sensible to also laser cut the components for the girders to match the prototype while you are at it?


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Posted 30 November 2017 - 13:54

I look forward to following this amazing project. That first building is fantastic.
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Posted 30 November 2017 - 15:01

Excellent modelling.
Awesome project.

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 15:03

I thought about laser cutting the girders, but they would have to be in three overlays and it would be incredibly expensive. I can beef up the Plastruct ones to look very close to the originals.

 

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 15:28

Have you considered a cheap CNC engraving/milling machine? I haven't got mine working yet, but it should be able to handle thick plasticard, acrylic and thin MDF. For £200, I'm hoping it can do a lot of things an expensive laser cutter could do, but at a fraction of the cost of my own laser, or the prices charged by others to do it for me.



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Posted 30 November 2017 - 16:10

Incredible. Does that mean you have got plans for the whole station?



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Posted 30 November 2017 - 16:19

Sadly not, only bits and pieces of it. The good thing is that most of the dimensions seem to have been standardised, mainly to fit around the roof columns. 

 

Regarding the roof girders, the main constraint is time...I've got 64 girders here ready to fit. If I made my own I'd be there forever. If I was building it for myself it wouldn't matter, but I've got a deadline to meet. 

 

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 19:11

To think that once upon a time in what seems like a galaxy far, far away I contemplated doing Snow Hill in 4mm scale. I shall follow this thread with relish.



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Posted 30 November 2017 - 19:32

I've always thought Snow Hill a magnificent station and wish I could have seen it for real, but not being born until 1960, I kind of missed the boat. If I had the time, space and money, I would love to have a stab at it in 7mm myself.

I look forward to following your progress.

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 23:10

Born in '67, I only remember it as a derelict car park. :(

If only the new Snow Hill had recaptured some of that old glory. :rolleyes:

Edit: truly awesome project! Will it go on display anywhere?

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Posted 01 December 2017 - 02:19

Bostin werk, our kid.  


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Posted 01 December 2017 - 07:35

Bostin werk, our kid.


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Posted 01 December 2017 - 07:48

An interesting project Peter. Will follow with interest.

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Posted 01 December 2017 - 07:49

It will be exhibited, I'm sure, that's the intention behind having it built.

 

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Posted 01 December 2017 - 14:50

Wow .... just wow !!!

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Posted 01 December 2017 - 14:54

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 13:34

I've made more progress with the section I'm working on. The Plastruct roof girders have been strengthened and modified:

 

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Only another sixty to do! 

 

The building has been finished and fixed to the platform.

 

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Once that was in place it was possible to trial fit the roof girders, which slot into the hollow uprights. 

 

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Naturally each one is a slightly different size due to the curve of the rear face of the platform. I need to wait for the laser cut parts for the roof to arrive now before I can finish this section off; then I can use it as a template for the rest of the model. I'm at the stage now of being able to make the baseboard for this section.

 

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 13:51

Excellent modelling.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 12:56

I've got the platform on it's baseboards now, 3' 6" by 3' 3" and a quarter of the finished model. The sample laser cut parts have arrived from York Modelmaking, so I've been able to do a bit of the roof. 

 

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The finished model will be viewed through the slot in the front panel - this is just lightly tacked in place at the moment. 

 

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The next job is to finish the glass screen that runs along the back, and then that can be fixed in place and connected to the roof girders. The screen is one long piece of 3mm clear polystyrene which I but from B&Q. 

 

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The view from the front through the slot in the plywood panel; it forces you to get down to platform level rather then looking down on the model from above. It also means that I don't need to model the top of the roof! 

 

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 19:30

Looks amazing Peter, could you please explain how you went about building the platforms , they look spot on.

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 19:43

This project is going to look amazing.....

 

Simply stunning

 

Jim