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A small country station (3)


col.stephens

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I cast my eyes over the drawing of the building and made a list of the features still to be added.  I find this is a good way to focus and makes it possible to make a plan of action.  I realised that I had not yet fitted the small porch over the door of the Station Master's house so set about remedying this.  Quick and easy to do.  One rectangular piece of card for the roof, two triangular pieces for the sides and a further two smaller triangles for the supports.  All coloured with a felt tipped pen and Scalescenes' slates stuck to the roof...

 

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Scalescenes' slates are added to the roof in overlapping strips, starting at the eaves and working up to the apex.  Before applying each strip I usually run a dark felt-tipped pen along the lower edge.  This prevents a series of white lines on the visible bottom edges of the slates.  

 

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Construction of the lamp room and toilet followed the techniques for the rest of the building.  The remaining roofs also had slates applied.  Scalescenes' ridge tiles were glued to the apex of the two larger roofs and flashing (Scalescenes) was affixed around the chimneys and where the roofs join together.  The black patch on the roof is where the toilet skylight will be positioned.

 

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The two ends of the skylight/vent over the gentlemen's lavatory were drawn and cut out.  The edges and insides were coloured with a black felt-tipped pen...

 

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The skylight was simply built up with two thicknesses of card, one being 1.5 mm thick and the other postcard thickness.  The lower edges were coloured with black felt-tip pen...

 

 

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The thicker card was glued in  place first and then the thinner, wider card, was glued on top.  This was repeated until the desired depth was reached...

 

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The other end was affixed and the outsides painted to match the general colour of the building. 

 

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For the glazing I used Scene-Setters Glazing Bars, as used on building windows and available from Freestone Model Accessories.  I rubbed the underside of the glazing with abrasive paper to give the impression of frosted glass.  A thin strip of grey paper was glued to the ridge and we can call the skylight finished.  Ridge tiles were applied...

 

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I added thin card to make the framing of the timber buildings.  A lick of paint now required...

 

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In my view, nothing makes a building look more like a railway structure than a platform canopy.  (Is it a canopy or an awning? Dictionary definitions of both words are similar.)  The top was made from card, but for the front of the canopy, I decided to use a commercial product from Slater's which they describe as Midland Railway Station Awning.  Surely they mean valence, the awning being the whole structure, not just the decorative board along the front?  Anyway, I had already bought it some years ago so I decided to use it, but firstly I had to reduce its depth.  The valence end was fabricated from styrene to match the Slater's product.  I painted the valence in yellow acrylic which, of course, looked nothing like the watercolour finish of the building!  However, once dry I was able to over paint with watercolour to match the rest of the building. On other buildings I have actually produced the valance from a strip of card but I am happy to use commercial products if they make the job easier.

 

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It was a quick job to make and paint the screen outside the gents' toilet.  Sankey Scenics provided the 'Gentlemen' sign...

 

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I then lightly weathered the building with dark watercolour paint, starting at the bottom planks and brushing upwards whilst adding water.

 

Time to fit the bargeboards.  Straight away I ran into a problem.  So far, the building had been constructed using 1.5mm mount board, with an occasional piece of postcard.  I needed white card whose thickness fell somewhere between the two.  A search of my card stock revealed nothing of use.  Idea! We had pizzas for dinner and they came on a card backing.  A quick dive down the recycling bin revealed two pieces of card about .75 mm thick with a white surface on one side.  Result!

Quite pleased with myself that I had done my bit to save the world by recycling the recycling, I cut 2.5mm strips of the aforementioned card, trimmed the ends to shape and coloured with a felt-tipped pen.  When stuck in place, they looked ideal...

 

 

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Next, the final touches.

 

Thanks for watching.

 

As always feel free to comment or ask questions.

 

Terry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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