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bcnPete

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Back again... :O

 

Think I have found the new way forward for the station building construction...been experimenting this evening.

 

Following departure from plasticard, I was thinking that perhaps a mixture of overlaid thin card layers might give a better result. Onto the 1mm card base, seen last night, I first allowed a layer of clear plasticard for the windows. I had been in two minds whether to scribe and fill with white paint for the frames...or use tape etc...however I thought I would see how far the layering took me.

 

Onto this, I cut out some openings for the window frames again using thin white postcard and then another layer was added on top which may be either scribed to resemble the planking or this will be another layer on top. I scribed a small amount of planking separately as an overlay just to see how it looks. The door frames and doors will probably be made separately and prepainted before positioning.

 

The following is a pictorial description of the above with a few assembled shots at the end...please excuse the slithers of masking tape holding it all temporarily together...

 

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Base frame from 1mm white card with openings...

 

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Clear plasticard layer for glazing...

 

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First white postcard layer for window frames...

 

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Second white postcard layer to sit on top to give relief to frames...

 

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Third white postcard layer scribed to resemble planking...

 

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The whole lot stacks together as per this...

 

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And with a penny for scale...

 

 

 

In summary...No cut fingers, No Gin Tonics and No loss of mojo this evening... :D

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Excellent, you can't beat lots of layers for getting those 'semi accidental' effects with weathering with wet paint and dry brushing later, its this phase that really pays the divedends later on!

 

You need a 2p, it makes everything look smaller and more impressive.. enjoying watching developments here!

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Hi Pete.

 

Looking really good! It takes a brave man to start from scratch, but I think it's going to be worth it!

 

Tom.

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Ogres have layers...

 

That looks very neat. I remember James H saying something about plasticard tending to warp over time. Card presumably doesn't provided you seal it?

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That's looking very promising indeed, and the prospect of painting the layers before putting it together is very appealing. What gluing and sealing methods do you use?

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Looks great, very impressive - not least marking out and cutting accurately so everything stays in register along the whole building. How do you do that? draw all the layers one above each other on a single sheet of card with a T-square before cutting? or is it just very careful work with a ruler?

 

Are you sure you've still got all your fingers?

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Excellent, you can't beat lots of layers for getting those 'semi accidental' effects with weathering with wet paint and dry brushing later, its this phase that really pays the divedends later on! You need a 2p, it makes everything look smaller and more impressive.. enjoying watching developments here!

 

Thanks Will...Thought I had better not use a Euro as they are not very popular at the moment I guess...

 

wot no gin

 

No...but there might have been a cool beer to steady my hand... ;)

 

thats an excellent idea, and description of the assembly.

 

Many thanks indeed Stephen...

 

Looking really good! It takes a brave man to start from scratch, but I think it's going to be worth it!  

 

Thanks also Tom...not sure about brave...but I am certainly getting used to restarting things...

 

Ogres have layers... That looks very neat. I remember James H saying something about plasticard tending to warp over time. Card presumably doesn't provided you seal it?

 

Thanks Will...Not sure...I never normally seal card...and providing well braced it seems to be ok. I always thought the paint acted as a kind of sealer on it?...

 

That's looking very promising indeed, and the prospect of painting the layers before putting it together is very appealing. What gluing and sealing methods do you use?

 

Ian, hi - Thanks also - Normally I use PVA for card...and in terms of sealing, as noted above, I don't usually...whether that's a good or bad thing I am not sure...

 

How have you stopped the plasticard that you have scribed for planks curling up?

 

Hi Kris...not sure I follow? The scribed plasticard that I used on station building Mk I was evergreen metal siding which is quite thick so wasn't curling. The scribed planks shown above are just white postcard scribed with a 10A...and I am guessing if they are applied with PVA and then painted, they should be ok...does that answer your question?...

 

Looks great, very impressive - not least marking out and cutting accurately so everything stays in register along the whole building. How do you do that? draw all the layers one above each other on a single sheet of card with a T-square before cutting? or is it just very careful work with a ruler? Are you sure you've still got all your fingers?

 

Graham, hi - Many thanks also. Here's the method I would use if I was doing it again. I would cut out the first base layer of the elevation in 1mm white card and then place on a lightbox and use to mark through the various layers using a metal rule. What actually happened was in my eagerness to get back building again, I had already formed the base walls and braced them, meaning my lightbox last night consisted of holding said model up to the iMac (with screensaver as blank bright white background), taping on the layers with masking tape one by one and marking by eye the various openings with a pencil. These individual flat layers were then marked out with a metal rule on the cutting mate and cut with the scalpel. All very 'Heath Robinsonish' I am afraid...but at least I now know which method I will use to make my signal box on my CJM layout :)

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For some reason I thought that you had used plasticard to scribe on rather than card. In the past when I have scribed planks onto plasticard it has caused it to curl up. Most frustrating.

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In the past when I have scribed planks onto plasticard it has caused it to curl up. Most frustrating.

 

Been there...that's why I cheat now buy evergreen metal siding etc... :O

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Glad to see that you've found an approach that is working for you.

 

Thanks Andy...

 

I like that Pete, and it has made me reconsider the use of plasticard for 2mm buildings... thanks for that.

 

Chris - Thanks also...its always good to keep questioning what we are doing...and the methods of achieving too...

 

Well done Pete... excellent results. I however did resort to the G&T... ah, Fridays.

 

Jon, hi - Thanks too...I need to restock up on some essential modelling materials...card, plasticard, Bombay Sapphire... ;)

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