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  1. Andy, thank you so much for this snippet and for the link. I’ve found very few references to the slate. I’ve seen Roy’s website before, he used to do tours during the renovation. It looks like he’s added some great stuff, so I’ll have a read through. I’m very aware the Midland Railway were very keen on only using materials from the Midlands, clearly why they were sourced from Leicester. The brickwork is a separate subject and is fascinating. There are several books on this subject, one with the menacing title of “Clay Stealers to St Pancras“. There are some interesting
  2. From the research I undertook, it seemed to me some people had achieved very good results in oo gauge wills, and looked very close by my eye. I had no idea one could be so verhmently resolved in their roof slate choices! It’s a good job I went for the slaters 2mm then by the sounds of things. Equally, for clarification I never undermined the skills of Victorian roofers. I’m afraid you read that wrong, however one only need to compare the pictures to see the vast difference between modern manufactured tiles and it’s uniformity in comparison.
  3. Well, the Grand Midland Hotel has been undertaking a roofing over a cold quiet evening. Unfortunately it seems we are not as blessed as the 'oo' modellers who have a remarkably close plasticard from "wills roof slate' that matches the rough hand cut I would presume the slate had on the original build when it opened in 1873. I opted for slaters 2mm roof slate, because Jerry Cliffords Midland Engine shed looks rather remarkable, but the pattern is very much repetitive and is more representative of the renovation of the roof in 2007. For the eagle eyed you will
  4. Jealous is an understatement! Do share any pictures if you have some. I was most impressed when someone on one of those tours sent me a picture of the original front awning that was discovered in an undercroft in the basement. The colour of the awning was totally different to the postcards that were hand painted (apparently in Germany) of the time. There were of course no coloured photos at this time and I believed the colour in the postcard was true, however, it as I am told, most unlikely that these can ever be relied on as the painter/producer was highly unlikely to have ever seen the actua
  5. With resin printing, suction is a huge factor. This is why a lot of new printers are advertising “low force” techniques. You might find for something like this you might get better results printing the roof separately and joining them together whilst curing. Also try to avoid areas where resin may get trapped in a cavity. Some alternative suggestions as to just print angles. Just something to thing about that might be useful. Looks like this came out very nicely.
  6. thanks, this is useful to know. do you know what sort of problems the ‘s’ suffers from. I note the main difference seems to be the illumination matrix and the z axis. what do you use? maybe better just being patient ?!
  7. I’m missing the printers in the workshop at work. Is the consensus here the Anycubic Photon S?
  8. Any recommendations for a spray tin of undercoat for some brass etches? I plan on using the phoenix precision paints, which are enamel. I’m also considering brushing the final coats instead of spraying. I do have a airbrush, but think it’s perhaps overkill? Appreciate any thoughts/guidance. tia
  9. Lots of prototyping stages here, mostly experimental 3d stuff, this dates back to 2016... I still don't have a working one! It's fantastic that people can do this sort of thing at home now.
  10. That has come out really very nice! What printer are you using there? I think you are quite right, 0.7mm is the minimum wall thickness for handling. However, I find these Midland Engines are very delicate and little. They just do not look right at that resolution, I did try. 10 thou brass/nickel sheet etches are 0.254 millimetres and that requires any print really to be 3 times thicker (x2.75), there isn't really a compromise if you consider how much a model gets handled at an exhibition and I do hope this will be an exhibition worthy model. If you look at t
  11. Here is a class 156, that’s only ever been in and out of a draw and box carefully. If reasonably to scale it’s just too fragile. It is also as light as a feather. It would certainly work well if etched and the 3d cad has been quickly and easily converted for this purpose. In essence you need much thicker frames like the RTR models do and at the moment I don’t think that would look right. It may well work for 3mm, but also may lack detail. Have to experiment!!
  12. To run stuff up north, I need some stock. I started on some carriages. These are the first carriages I've ever built, I'm reasonably happy with them, I'll get better as I practice more! These of course are bain arc roofs, the clerestory carriages look very difficult. There is a lot more to go, and therefore a lot more to practice on. I have a whole box full of etches from different suppliers, mostly just the carriages and no instructions! I've decided this is a tedious process. Once you have a carriages shape that's only the beginning! They need painting on
  13. I'm trying to determine how to model the streets and facade of what was the New Road and then later the Euston Road if memory serves. It seems to be a mix of cobbles and manure and sand/hay. It seems very fine and very variable. It's certainly subtle. It feels hard to achieve. Any suggestions on plasticard suppliers close to anything found here would be grateful, I seem to be going around in circles on deciding. Also flagstone plasticard, seems very hard to find something "right".
  14. What do people use to glaze their coaches? Microscope cover slides maybe? What thickness? Any suggestions for cutting? I guess they would easily score.. ty
  15. So I had a go at making this up this evening. I just dove in and didn’t really think about it. Now that I’m thinking about it I’m wondering if the steps are on the right side (is there a trick to tell or do I just look in a reference book). I’m also wondering how you fix the roof, I’ve soldered it now. But there is no base. At the time I thought the roof would be more difficult hence I done that part first. This is a worsley works etch, no instructions or pictures of it complete from my extensive searching. any tips appreciated, and the first time I’ve soldered a coach... so be kin
  16. I forgot about track, that is a colossal task and an art of its own that Keith Armes was tremendously generous and helpful with. He looked over a great deal of track plans from many sources with me before we decided on the final plan. There are many double slips, scissors, crossovers on this layout - here are some of the most complex made up and placed in no particular order - all of these are individual pieces. All of the track is hand made from scratch and all the points are fully functional, electrically tested too.
  17. At the moment this is one of my favourites. I only found this a few weeks ago. This is very early as the platform arrangement and glazing later changed. Some of the locos are also in midland green. What is special about this picture is that the Barlow roof painted brown. Legend has it according to the Midland Railway meeting minutes. Upon a director of the Midland Railway visiting the station for the first time he found the brown very gloomy, he was asked what colour he’d like them, he replied “I don’t know, the colour of the sky”. BR had them brown too, but
  18. John O’Conner (not the one from the terminator movie). This picture is one of my favourites. It has so much in it, that everytime I examine it I see something new. The boy crossing the road, the policeman, the lady stopping the tram. Wonderful piece of art and certainly inspirational!!
  19. I think this picture was by special permission of the manager of the station at the time for Tatler magazine. the very thought of painting it terrifies me!
  20. I should also add, this hasn't been a hap hazard approach, this project has taken me all over the country to many museums, societies and archives. I have probably got one of the most extensive collections of information about this building around! One time I actually bumped into Justin at the National Archives by accident! Fun times! I have been incredibly lucky that such a great many of people have allowed me behind the scenes and given me wonderful insight into the history and makeup of the building!
  21. And that brings us up to today... I decided to lay some of it out to get a feel for what I have accomplished so far and how very far there is to go!
  22. Some 3d printed Midland Engines, they are too light and fragile - so I will use the 3d design to start an etch file instead.
  23. This week I 3d printed the Grand Midland Hotel Roof and Facade. This now needs to be clad in tiles and then the more detailed 3d prints added on top.
  24. On the same trip I had found a new technique for 3d printing, in the several weeks I was there I decided I would take some time to model as many detailed parts as I could to bring back with me.
  25. A later trip to China, and another factory ended up with a great result. I ordered 50 etches for the price I was quoted for a single one in the UK.
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