Details around Dock Green 14
I had wanted a fire escape on one of Dock Green’s buildings for some time. When the layout was extended for the cassette handling baseboard I needed to screen the end of the scenic section to hide that area. A new factory facade would do the job and seemed an ideal opportunity for a fire escape.
I approached Peter Harvey again to see if he would design some etched brass parts for me. Having got agreement from him I needed to plan the model.
I put a piece of card in position and marked it up for size. I then used it to draw out the doors, windows and the profile of the escape. I then sent a drawing to Peter as a JPEG with the major dimensions marked up.
In due course he sent me JPEGs of the artwork he had prepared for the etches and some drawings showing how they should be assembled.
Peter's etches as they arrived, quite superb if rather daunting.
The etches for the decorative and very impressive support brackets.
These are frame pieces and side rails for the flights of stairs and landings. The "T" shaped half-etches accept the stair treads and stiffening plates.
The stair treads and landings etched with chequer plate and (bottom left) parts to make the edging flanges for the support brackets.
This was by far the most delicate and demanding etched brass model I have ever assembled and taxed my abilities and ingenuity. I had to make a jig to get the flights of stairs to come up accurately and true.
By agreement the etched parts did not include any provision for the handrails. I made the uprights for these out of code 70 bullhead rail and the rails from 0.7mm nickel silver wire.
I brush painted the model after a thin waft of acrylic primer from a rattle-can.
The last two photos are of the model in position on the layout.
There are no door handles as the fire doors would not be used for general access.
Some litter, a pile of timber stacked out of the way, weeds, oil drums - they all add to this obscure industrial corner.
Edited by chaz, 18 August 2017 - 08:03 .