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Agricultural merchant's warehouse




Here's a summary of my latest build, an agricultural merchant’s warehouse, inspired by this prototype.


As has become my habit I've modelled all doors open to allow for…


...see-through opportunities.


That approach does mean that the interior walls and framing have to be indicated - don’t look too closely though!


I used Will’s corrugated iron sheets for the main walls. They are rather thick so I fitted sliding doors on the outside to conceal the thickness. The windows seen here were my first attempt…


…but I ended up using this technique instead, after good advice from Richard of this parish (thanks Richard!). The glazing material was scored and painted black, and when touch-dry the excess paint was wiped off.


This gave a much finer result as appropriate for this type of building, seen here on the right with the original effort on the left.


The timber staging was built from stripwood, while the main deck is from model shipbuilders' decking. Oddly it seems that the latter is not easily available in the UK, though we have it here in Denmark.


For the lettering I used a plain alphabet sheet from Fox. The Cheeryble Brothers appear as merchants in Nicholas Nickleby.


I browsed the web for agricultural adverts and worked on them in Paintshop Pro to change perspective etc. For the time being they have just been printed on paper and varnished, but our printer isn’t quite up to it so I’m having them printed on proper photo paper instead. Thanks for the help and tips with this from Southernboy, Ian, Rob and others. I’ve put the adverts in a Flickr album here in case anyone has use for them (not to scale).


The roof is Slater's corrugated iron sheets, cut into individual sections and stuck onto a base sheet. Rather than overlaying the sheets, I pushed each sheet slightly up and above the edge of the adjoining one, thereby hoping to indicate an overlap but avoiding the thickness.


I slimmed the edges of the sheets with a scalpel. The slight size variation of the sheets is deliberate.


The trimmed Slater’s sheet next to the Will’s sheet. BTW I got several other good suggestions for corrugated roof options, including H0 aluminium sheets on ebay (thanks Pete) and some intereresting looking Redutex types. May try these later.


So, a rather long story for a seemingly simple structure. I learnt a lot from this build though, and many thanks to the many RMwebbers who provided input!

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Mikkel, this is a fantastic warehouse.

Lot of details and af course I like the merchants name.

After seeing your signs I have to create some time in the future to learn to use my photo program

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That's very nice Mikkel. I can just imagine it in a sepia photograph from the Edwardian era!

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Lovely stuff as usual Mikkel.


Good use of materials and I love the open door photo :good:


Look forward to see it insitu on the layout...

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That looks great Mikkel! There's something rather charming about corrugated iron buildings :-) The mark 2 windows are a huge improvement and really add to the building's character. The signs are lovely and make a nice change from the usual stuff from "Tiny Signs"


I always enjoy an update from Farthing! :-)

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quality work as always its time you moved to 2mm




Oooo no! It's time he moved to 7mm :-)

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Thanks very much everyone for your kind comments! This building was a bit different from the typical Edwardian "stylish" structures, which was interesting.


Looking at the pics there are some problems. Eg I'm not too happy with the sliding doors. They don't seem bulky enough and why have I put the lock on the outside as noone would be able to reach! :-) Never mind, lesson learnt.


As for 2mm and 7mm I have longer-term plans for both, but that's another story :-)

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Ha! Well I hope Gerry won't mind that I've named a corrugated shed after him :-)

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