After my etched brass diversion, I'm getting back on track and making the buildings for my 7mm GWR branch line project. I want a goods shed to compliment the station building, so something designed by William Clarke would be ideal. I also want a style of shed that's platform mounted and has a track running through it, finishing at an end loading platform. I spent sometime researching possible prototypes, the "Modelling Questions, Help and Tips" section of the forum was very useful (Thanks to all), along with information by PM and email, (Thanks Ian!)
Unfortunately despite this help I've been unable to find a prototype of the right size and position for my layout. In an attempt to resolve this situation, I've decided to design and build a goods shed in the architectural style of William Clarke. Quite what he'd make of my attempts to interpret his designs, is anyones guess, probably best to draw a veil over it! The design I've come up with, has influences taken from Abbotsbury, Fencote and Bearley Goods Sheds. Ashburton Shed, although not a William Clark design, has also influenced the overall proportions of the model.
After a number of sketches and scribblings, I drew up the following 7mm scale plan.
From this drawing measurments were taken and the sides of the building were cut out from Slaters Plastikard Flemish Bond sheet. Bricks were removed to allow for the addition of the stone quoins, that are a prominent feature of William Clarke's buildings. The brick sheet was then lamminated to layers of plain 40 thou plastic card using liquid poly, to increase the thickness of the walls. Due to the open nature of the shed it will be fairly easy to see inside, with this in mind the internal suface of the walls were also lamminated with the brick embossed styrene sheet.
Once dry, the sides were glued together ...
20 thou plasticard was then cut into 5mm x 5mm squares and 7mm x 5mm rectangles to represent the stone quoins. These were then glued into position on the internal and external walls. (Much quicker to type, than do unfortunately!)
Well that's the progress so far! I'd welcome any comments as usual, try to be gentle regarding my presumption with William Clarkes designs!