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coombe junction - moorswater - old clay dries...





Work on the 37's has stopped briefly as I have now managed to source a small modelshop in barcelona (conveniently part of an architectural modelmakers) which stocks evergreen sheeting...amongst other goodies :D


This week has seen the model railway room home office rearranged which with some shuffling of the IKEA Lack shelves, has elevated the position of the 4mm layout (in slow progress for my sons) to allow me to store the coombe junction moorswater boards in their correct configuration complete with the removable backscenes attached...in short I can now stand on a chair and see the layout in its entirety without having to set it out balanced on the dining room table.



Here's a view looking from said chair...it's lodged between my sons 4mm layout above and our architectural models below...please don't zoom in on my shocking wiring...:P


Back to the dries. The first job was to complete the base roof cladding before I started the roof vent details. Once I laid the final pieces and drew out the positions of the vents and rooflights, I then considered cutting a hole where the rooflights were. I had not intended to do much on the interiors as much will be hidden from view, but I thought it might be interesting as there may be some nice shadows cast through the (grubby stained) windows to below. By chance the postions of the rooflights did not interfere with my intermediate supporting walls, so I started to cut out the windows insitu, through the plastic sheeting and the card beneath. I thought it was going to go horribly wrong...but surprising, armed with a brand new 10A blade, the swear box rermained free of contributions during this process.



The openings cut insitu into the roof...


I then started to construct the first level of the vent which is raised above the roofline and (I am guessing) provides a bit of cross flow ventilation to the clay dries stores. Once again I used the evergreen plastic sheeting but this has been spaced off the roof by small individual plastic struts cut from some spare plasticard to represent the timber structure.



The rafters were cut, marked out on the rear of the sheet and then attached with MEK PAK.


This was tackled in 2 pieces due to the length of the evergreen sheeting but I am hoping that final painting and weathering will help disguise some joints. This was attached to the roof using MEK PAK and the next job will be the high level vent running along the ridge of the roof and the rooflights.



Overall plan shot with vent in place...



Seen from the end which will be most viewed on the layout...



Seen from then end which will be tight against the backscenes...


Hoping to get another shot of modelling in perhaps at the weekend to try and finish the main parts of the roof.


As usual, any comments welcome, Pete

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Marvellous - but what more have we come to expect!


I'm sure the joints will disappear easy enough with a suitable grimy appearance, and your vanity wiring remains safe (can't zoom in close enough for public shame... :P ) I still think some small cameos or detailing will enhance the interior (but not knowing the industry, I couldn't suggest what); are you going to light the interior?


Looking forward to the next instalment...

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All very inspiring Pete. From the models below the shelves I can see where the skills you're demonstrating come from. Thanks for continuing with the educational posts detailing your approach which will soon be less evident under a coat of paint.

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Steve - Many thanks....lets gloss over my electrics :lol:


In terms of interiors, I guess its a few guys with shovels (or perhaps mini jcb's) dumping the clay in the wagons but am not overly keen on static figures in working poses...will keep thinking on that one though. In terms of lighting, once again, hadn't planned to as they are old sheds...where I guess most of the work was done during daylight hours? Grateful if anyone wants to jump in on this. If I do go down that route I have to becareful not to snooker myself as both buildings need to be fixed at some point :blink:


Jon - Many thanks also - I guess its a continual evolving process...my earlier railway modelling helped me to improve my architectural model making whilst studying...which then fed back into my current railway modelling...which refeeds my current architectural models....and so it continues :D

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I bet you'll be glad when you start the Wenford buildings - back to straight lines!

Seriously it looks very good an instantly recognsable as Moorswater bi think the cladding will look good under the paintwork and actually looks better than a single big sheet


May I quickly ask what sort of card you are using? I prefer it to plasticard but find it hard to source suitable stuff. The only half decent card I have found is very thick which makes door/windor depths look huge in 2mm. I guess one reason I love railway modelling is that I'm a frustrated architect at heart! It was always my more interesting career option but never worked out!

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Tom, hi


Just been writing on your thread!


Thanks - I think I prefer card to plasticard overall. I generally use 1mm white card from an artists shop and mix that with some grey thicker card (as used in the carcass's above) and all some postcard for thin work (I think WHS sell small packets of plain white postcard)






PS - I hope your chosen career option pays better than an Architect though...all that flash sports cars stuff is a myth...I have a Brompton bike instead...in black of course...:blink: ;)

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Cheers Pete - I'll have a look in the art shop next time I'm in town. I agree card just seems so much nicer to work with. If I modelled 00 and had the patience of a saint I'd like to try the Pendon way of scribing card! In the meantime I'll stick to Slaters or stonepaper - I think in this scale the overall impression is much more important than the exact right size stone work etc.


I think by the 80s most of the loading would be done by JCB, so that and a few heaps of clay are all I plan to model inside. I suspect the roof windows would be so grimey you wouldn't see much anyway so I think bright lighting and clean windows may spoil that slightly derelict look clayworks have.

Look forward to seeing progress



ps I drifted into medicine which also pays a lot less than people think! I for one don't have a sports car or a Bentley!

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Thats not an easy building to do but boy does it have some character. nice work Pete.

That photo of the shelves looks like some si-fi vision of a multi-layered future.


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Maybe perpetual tea break is the pose to go for?




am still not big on cameo's though...especially after dropping in on that thread which is running on 'layout cliches' :unsure:

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Thanks Kris - hoping to try and get the roof cracked this evening...and then...I have to finally face up to doing the 'inset track' :blink:

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