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1865 Great Eastern station - more painting and first windows

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Taking on-board the advice from KH1 and Middlepeak I had some further goes at the brickwork on the building. Running in some very dilute acrylic white into the mortar joints worked well and then I tried just lifting the colour of the bricks using some Derwent graphic pencils. Using a couple of different colours on the brick red gets quite a nice subtle variation in my view and I hope I've toned down the quions to slightly better grey-yellow of the Cambridge white bricks.






On Friday I also made a trip to the cutter and had a first go at the windows. I cut these in 1.5mm MDF and you can draw the glazing bars at about .7mm and still cut them. Careful sanding takes the depth down to about .75mm before painting and sticking onto some clear plastic.The result can been seen in this rather cruel enlargement (the actual height of this section is 50mm), at any kind of distance it looks pretty good.




Justin1985 asked about the drawing shown on the previous post. This was the drawings of Takeley, available for purchase and download from the GERS site.




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Wow! That has made a huge difference, only thing now though is that the mortar on the quoins and window surrounds is still dark!

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Hi David


You may not thank me for this, but if you're basing the building on Takely, you need to re-consider your colours. 


I was driving throughTakely today (it's only 5 minutes from where I live) so I dropped by and took some photos of the station building, which still exists in it's entirety. The bricks are a cream colour, not red, and of very similar shade to the quoins. I understand that with the passing of time, the colours of items can change, but I find it very difficult to believe that the bricks would have started red and faded to cream!


I would attach some photo's, but it seems I can't add them to your blog post - I'd be more than happy to PM them to you.







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Hi Phil


The GER built lots of '1865 style' station building to this standard design, they came in small, medium and large (as well as variants as crossing keepers houses). The plans were obviously given to a local builder and the actual details changed significantly between builders. Some, such as Takeley, were built solely in yellow brick, others on the Stour valley line were constructed with the quoin details in a different colour brick. There were some where the quoin details were rendered to make them look like stone too.


I choice to finish my experiment in the red brick/white quoins as I think this is one of the most attractive.




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Sorry,David, I misunderstood. I thought you were modelling Takely station, you're obviously not!


I agree about the colour choice, although I do like the Takely colours, especially when surrounded by the greenery it's currently surrounded by, but the red brick does give the buildings a lovely feel to them.


I like what you've done so far - the building does look good, partially, I suspect, because of the way you've used laser cut materials - it adds a crispness to the finish. As I have access to a laser cutter at work, I'd be most interested to hear how you converted the GERS drawings to something the cutter can work with. An idea for a thread elsewhere in the forums, possibly, if not already there!



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