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  1. it sort of worked for me yesterday, but not today. I found another copy of that drawing via google
  2. using that as a search helps. found this rather nice posting showing construction of a typical building. Would probably also make a nice station building as smallest versions were similar. https://modeliste17.forumactif.org/t51-construire-un-batiment-de-a-a-z-une-maison-de-garde-barrieres and this one just needs printing out, but could be easily used to design model http://lignefictive.blogspot.com/2010/09/maison-de-garde-barriere-po.html
  3. had not thought of that. would be more complex to do, and I think just having curved non tapered steps would suit most people. Just not sure about radius. I wonder how much the radius changes as it goes up a light house, as it might be possible bend steps in slightly .
  4. image of updated modular spiral stairs. it is a long prosess, as I keep thinking up new combinations, and finding design flaws, which once fixed make a big improvement.
  5. one of my favourite designs for 3D printing is my design for a spiral staircase. Not something that can be produced in one piece in any traditional way. It was based on a real example in Accrinton market hall, and had 14 steps. Notsure if this is standard as most model I have seen only have 12 which is a lot easier to calculate! Some small issues with Shapeways recently, so I thought it was time to redesign the model, which would also allow me to alter height and number of steps. I then wondered if I could developa modular system for bigger scales. I set standard height to orespond to 9ft floor to floor, and only 12 steps, so it would divide up easier, Then things got more complex and I wonderd if I could then do a straigt staircase in sections and a walkway system to link them all. This modularsystem woud only be practical for larger scales. Smallest I recon would be 1/24th scale, with another at 1/19th(16mm/ft), 1/12th and 1/6th scale. I started with the biggest one . Having noticed that many of the diorama type pieces for 1/6th scale were pretty expensive I thought 3D printing would be reasonable, especially as not much would be required to fll a small diorama. I have seen small stone type step modules priced at over £130 from China on ebay! It is very much a work in progress, and currently module system is only on display, and I have done the spiral staircase and straight staircase. http://www.rue-d-etropal.com/3D-printing/Buildings_and_Furniture/buildings-modular-stairs.htm I have started on the walkway sections, and plan to do straights and curves, as well as curved steps, with bigger radii, so they can go round outside or inside of builds(eg lighthouse) Certainly makes a change from railway carriages! And yes I do know people who have built narrow gauge in 1/6th scale. Not sure if I should upsize some of my narrow gauge models now!
  6. I have updated my spiral staircase designs, including doin a finerscale version of HO one http://www.rue-d-etropal.com/3D-printing/Buildings_and_Furniture/buildings.htm I plan to do other staircases in same style, as well as a modular system, but modular system only in bigger scales, as it is not practical for HO. I can now do different versions of the staircase, different heights, number of steps to fit different buildings.
  7. Not sure now where they are based exactly.Used to be somewhere near to Stockport. A couple of years ago they got a new laser cutter and had photos of their place which looked like a Victorian terrace house and it looked like the cutter only just fitted in!
  8. Shapeways have changed way they allow designers to update designs they reject(I suspect it will change again, as I have a problem with it for small minimum price designs). As a result I have had a proper look at redesigning the spiral staircase and now have one that can be easily adapted when someone asks for one for different heights and different number of steps. I have also realised that my spiral staircase is divided into 14 , not 13 steps . I remember being surprised whe I first did it, and got muddled as to whether to count the top as a step. Does not make maths any easier, but at least a half circle is possible.
  9. Couple of Swindon related designs, one steam)my favourite), one diesel(aequest) Collett Goods now done, a loco I have been wanting to do for a while, classic GWR tender loco. Swindon do love rivets! I still have my old Mainline model I have had since originally pre-ordering in all those years ago, then not being able to get one,, and eventually getting it at Hamleys! Other loco was a request, why do 1950s diesels have to be so complex? All those curves in all directions at once. Almost forgot. Also done a request class 23 Baby Deltic.
  10. I have modified my design for spiral staircase. It was borderline for printing, but had not been rejected . The slightly bigger version in 1/76 has just been rejected , despite being printed OK many times over the years, so it was an opportunity to tidy up the design. I hope to also look at doing a finer scale version, using finer plastic, which may meen I have to tidy up one of the bigger scale versions.
  11. Many years ago I used to use a very similar way to do rendering on buildings. I used ready mixed Artex(or cheaper alternative-textured paint). I mentioned this to Petite Properties a couple of years ago at Warley, as they were using another type of plaster. I found Artex stuck very well, and was very tough, did not shrink and did not crack. I was working in bigger scales then, and have not tried it with smaller scales. Main problem was caused by leaving todry upright, so had to make sure walls were horozontal, otherwise rendering could slip.
  12. brickwork is stretcher bond so not suitable for many older buildings, in particular industrial and railway. Would have been happier if it was a stone representation. Having said that for terraced houses built from about 1904, and then mainly north western, stretcher bond is OK. Sadly it is not uncommon to find laser cut kits done this way(but some do go the extra mile and have correct brickwork). I mentioned this to LCUT a while back and they said it was difficult in a modular system. Again I would rather a stone effect being used. Also size of stones is less an issue for HO versus OO scales. When it comes to doors, often smaller on older buildings. Often designed to fit building. Found this on a house I used to own when I wanted to replace a door, and it was non standard size.
  13. the range looks like it is aimed at OO modellers. Possibly doors around Stockport are smaller!!
  14. The buildings are a bit basic,and solid, but still good value.I know some items have been used in bigger scales(eg platform canopies). The sheets of cobbled roads are very good, and match work well with my 3D printed inset track. Had not actually measured the doors in shops. One kit that I definitely recommend is the theatre/cinema low relief building. It is based on a well known landmark in Stockport, and it is definitely closer to HO scale. I have used one on my small London tram layout.
  15. From a building point of view, number of steps makes no difference for a straight staircase, but for a spiral one I would have expected someone to find a way to make it only 12 as that makes more sence. I suspect there is one odd reason , buried in the past(like bread and bakers' dozen) for 13 steps being adopted.
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