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  1. I scrolled to the second picture expecting that one to be your take on the real location shown in the first; this is a beautiful and realistic bit of modelling, and cannily photographed to boot!
  2. Check out Steve's Small World. He makes texture rollers and stamps: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGA3IhcAeKvz1uB6GLmwa6A/featured
  3. Apologies if I have missed it elsewhere Grahame, but I would be interested to see a "how to" of your white-framed windows above. Do you just use a paint pen and ruler, or is there some other witchcraft in play?
  4. Box files, traditional construction (without the plastic ends) in Tesco's stationery aisle today.
  5. This is more like it! I've missed my regular drool over your beautiful plastic engineering. Hope you're keeping well Ron; it's really good to see you once again making progress on your own project. Cheers Phil
  6. Hi Scottystitch Thank you for sharing, in your signature; as someone in recovery I can relate 100% and applaud you fighting the stigma. All the best, and I hope your good days outnumber the bad. Cheers (and sorry for hijacking your thread Andrew!) Phil
  7. That's a lovely looking building. Good to watch it come together through the photos. As I scrolled down through the images I was thinking "that canopy looks a bit stark and bright white," but then the last one comes along and suddenly it stops looking like a model altogether; fantastic work! Cheers Phil
  8. One option is to use pre-printed craft papers. I have been known to raid SWMBO's stash if I see one that looks like a suitable wallpaper pattern. The patterns are most often much too large to use but, every now and then, one is just right. I always have a riffle through the pads when I'm in The Range, where they are cheapest: https://www.therange.co.uk/arts-and-crafts/papercraft/card-paper-and-foam/paper/simply-creative-fiesta-fun-paper-pad/#176489 Cheers Phil
  9. Thanks for that link Marc, I've not come across Noisli before; I like the way you can mix 'n' match the sounds. Hope the exhibition goes well; let us know what your visitors think. Cheers Phil
  10. The BBC have released over 16000 sound effect files, varying in length from a few seconds to 15 minutes. Searchable and free for private use: http://bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk/ Might be of some use; I can envisage traffic noise, birdsong, weather effects, noisy booking halls and bus stations, all playing on cheap mp3 players through speakers hidden around the layout... My mind's racing with ideas - perhaps I'd better get on and build something first though Cheers Phil
  11. Found this on the Mercedes AMG Petronas Facebook page. 1:18 scale paper models of Lewis' and Nico's 2015 cars for any of us also into F1. At first glance they look like detailed and complex kits. http://global.epson.com/company/sports/formula_one/ Downloads near bottom of page. Cheers Phil
  12. Just come across this; beautiful buildings and very atmospheric with junk and stuff lying around. I particularly like Hobbs' signs; there's a lovely example of the BP Union flag metal sign on the Norwich Road into Wroxham: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.7110908,1.4061258,3a,51y,26.46h,87.16t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sO6_0y3vXNozCHbk7Fj5B3w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en Cheers Phil
  13. Mirek, I have watched this build with fascination from the start and even though have watched pieces of paper and card coming together to form these intricate parts, I still cannot believe that I wouldn't need a block & tackle to lift that compressor into place! Stunningly beautiful! Cheers Phil edit: to correct my tablet's autocorrect
  14. Absolutely agree with Simon. I have enjoyed this thread for a few years now and find your pictures of raw materials and prepared parts, with your accompanying commentary, just as fascinating as completed products. Please don't worry about boring us with photos of acres of materials, Ron! Cheers Phil
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