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  1. Nearly There! This restoration proved to be more effort than I thought at first. The porch was beyond repair, the chimneys were missing entirely, and the roof had been badly damaged, so I'm afraid this is more of a pastiche than a restoration of the original. It's also become the Borough Engineer's offices instead of a police station. I remade the porch from 2mmMDF, with the little roof done with Scalecenes slates like the main roof shown earlier, and the chimney stacks are from wood with turned brass pots. It was obvious that the original stacks were as wide
  2. Well done, Edward! You have made a fine job of capturing the atmosphere of these attractive buildings. About the glue stains, it's best to avoid them in the first place, though it's not always possible, but a few glue syringes with different size nozzles bought on eBay for very little money (search for glue syringes), will make life much easier! This sort of thing, but make sure you have a means of sealing the fine tube after use, or washing the whole thing out, else it will dry and become useless (don't ask how I know this!) You might also consider printing Scales
  3. Slowly making a New Roof Most model buildings are seen from a higher viewpoint than is normal in real life, and so the roofs, chimneys and whatever are subjected to more rigourous inspection than usual! The arrival of dowloadable texture sheets, in particular roof textures, has made it possible to greatly improve the appearance of any model, and Superquicks are no exception. Possibly purists might object to altering the original, but I tend to think of it as an enhancing rather than degrading the finished model, much like curtains at the windows, or downpipes from the gutter
  4. Thanks for that, BH! There is clearly a lot of info out there about these models, makes me feel very ignorant! At least they are still around, and even some of the earlier ones turn up from time to time: Cheers, Mike
  5. I totally agree with you both! I suppose to all model railways are subject to some form of nostalgia - how much possibly depends on one's age! That said though, there is a lot of fun to be had by combining the timeless designs of Superquick with some of the techniques and materials that were not available when we first built them, all those years ago! I've dismantled the rather poorly made police station as far as I think is necessary, without doing untold damage, and I've made a start on painting all the exposed card edges. I had to put a couple of temporary braces insid
  6. A good friend of mine who was an avid railway modeller died some years ago, and although most of his models, which were Ho, went to the younger members of his family, his daughter gave me a large cardboard box full of half built or damaged model buildings and some unbuilt Superquicks. At the time, I was fully occupied with building a new staircase for the attic of our ancient house, and the box was put in a cupboard and forgotten! This thread jogged my memory, and the box was re examined. Most of the buildings are beyond hope, but I think this one will be worth restoring, I think i
  7. Here you go, Bernard, this must be the earlier version - I had no idea there were so many different types, all with the same numbers! I've just found the Elizabethan Cottages B28, the single continuous building, and the Greystones Farmhouse B24 with the projecting gable, so i might have a go at those! Thanks for your useful help Cheers, Mike
  8. Invicta, Bernard, thanks for your interesting feedback! Since I posted the pic I've found a few more unmade ancient Superquicks, and on the back of one of them there is an advert for the pair with the estate agents, and it is indeed numbered B22, but the other building is not the ones I have built, which is also numbered B22. and is called "Two Country Town Shops"! I still have the top of the pack (which is printed on black) somewhere, so I'll post a pic later. Cheers, Mike
  9. Marlyn, thanks for your comment. This little book has been a kind of Bible for me, for many years, so much so that it's now falling to pieces! Although it pre-dates computer aided models by many decades it is still full of inspirational ideas and techniques, and the designs are timeless. Here is my take on his drawing for the Duchess of Albany pub - it is in 3mm to the foot scale The tobacconists is scratch built using Scalescenes papers, and the terrace is a straight forward Scalescenes facade reduced to 1:100, but built using a foam core. Best, Mike
  10. Here's The Peacock and Olivers, posed next to what I think is another long deleted Superquick, the Estate agents shop. I bought this at auction and restored it, but I can find no trace of it in any older catalogues - perhaps it's not Superquick? The building on the right is from a publication called Making a Model Village, which I seem to have downloaded in 2006, but again, I know nothing about it's origin, publisher or copyright. I have the whole document, and could email it to anyone interested, but it's a 325mb file and would be a slow old job! It is in .tif format, which thi
  11. Thanks, Marlyn. Yes, of course, I have very fond memories also of those days, and I confess to wearing a pair of rose tinted specs sometimes, but it's that grubby, grey look that I'm after!! Best wishes, Mike
  12. But this is not something to apologise for, locomad2 - I like the slightly careworn appearance, in fact it's something I strive to achieve! It's just a personal opinion, but I think a lot of nice models appear less realistic than they could, just because they are so pristine - people go to endless lengths to weather locos and rolling stock, and then have them run past supposedly 100 year old buildings that look as if the scaffolding was taken down yesterday ! Here's a few Scalescenes "row of cottages", built as pairs, so they can descend a rather scruffy lane towards a pape
  13. Very good, Colin! Actually, I only bought this quite recently, but it certainly dates from before 1971, when decimal currency was introduced in UK, because it was marked three shillings and threepence! I did take my time over building it, but not quite the fifty years! Cheers, Mike
  14. Finally got round to finishing the fifty year old Superquick! It's more or less as per the instructions up to the top of the walls, but the roofs are strips of Scalescenes slates and tiles, reduced to 75% (The full size print looked a bit too large on this little model), and the chimney stacks are made from wood with Scalescenes brick paper and lead flashing. the chimney pots are turned from bits of scrap brass rod I left off the dormer on the shop building, it looked rather artificial to me, and as I already have an antique dealers, it's become a secondhand furnitu
  15. Bit more progress, and it's beginning to look something like a building! I've assembled the upper part of the tea room and fitted another full size floor at eaves level, and a ridge supportbetween the gables, so the model feels quite solid now. Here the false roofs of 1.5mm card have been cut and glued in place flush with the walls and gables. I always use this method for any model building - the actual roof is made from thin, rigid card (tea bag boxes!), covered with Scalescenes tiles or slates printed on self-adhesive label paper. It is far easier to man
  16. Despite my main interest being 3mm scale, I could not resist making a start on the early version of Two Country Town Shops that I bought a couple of weeks ago. Compared to the more recent version that I pictured at the beginning of this thread, they are very slightly smaller, and a bit more complex to assemble. This is because they use two layers of card for most of the outer surfaces, the inner one positioned to form a rebate for the adjoining piece, either a wall or floor . The card is also a bit thinner (though I haven’t bothered to measure it), so it needed a bit of reinfo
  17. Continuing on with this thread, I am a member of the 3mm Society, and they sometimes have odd things advertised in their newsletter, and I was lucky enough to buy these three very elderly, un-opened Superquicks. They are the two town shops, the island platform, and the Greystones hayloft. The marked prices varied between 3/- and 3/6 ! They must be very old, because the makers were S. Q. Developments, 4. Drapers Garden EC2, and the trade distributor was E. Keil, Wickford, Essex, presumably they of KeilKraft model planes etc. There were also a few sheets of ashlar stone
  18. John, I took the liberty of downloading your last two pics, and inverting them. Almost any photo or gallery app will have a function to do this, either on Android or iPhones, or on a PC, Mac, or Linux. It's usually in the edit image thingy at the bottom of the picture, have a look, and if you can't find it, I 'll do the rest for you! Nice model BTW! Cheers, Mike
  19. Thanks for your nice comment about the little church, much appreciated! If you do have a go at one, bear in mind that the spire is a bit flinsy, and will benefit greatly by having a couple of generous coats of shellac on the inside, once it has been glued up and fixed to the tower (use a long handled brush!) You're right about the fiddly nature of SQ's - Metclalfe are more like cardboard engineering! Best, Mike
  20. So, the wonderful people at the hospital in Sainte Feyre brought me back to something appoaching normality, and after a month of recuperation at home, I can go on with Alma Terrace! Keith commented that he was surprised not to see a queue of people outside Terry’s chip shop, and of course there will be later, but meantime there are a few customers inside the shop, and the lady serving and the lass at the chip fryer! These had to be put in place before I can fix the building permanently; the figures and units are fixed, but the floor is just placed in positio
  21. Well, I am surprised at the interest this has generated, it seems I'm not the only one who dabbles with stuff from an earlier era occasionally! Just to quickly make a few comments on some of the posts: Andyman7 - I'm sorry I didn't compliment you on your efforts with the shops. Good stuff! Locomad2 - I don't honestly know if those are Bilteezi sheets, but they look similar to some I've seen in the past. SteeveyDee68 - Yep, lightly misting almost anything with an off white or very pale grey with the airbrush will have an ageing effect, but gently does it! Colin - yes, I think Merco sheets
  22. This is all great stuff! Although I am a big fan of teccy developments, I also like some of the older methods of doing things, and these last two pics are just what I like! I am a member of the 3mm Society, and in their list of "scenic delights" they have some Bilteezi sheets scaled down to 3mm, and I have been thinking about getting a few. I remember building one or two in 4mm years ago, and they were excellent, if a little delicate, so these pics have provided the impetus! Thanks Vivian and John. Cheers, Mike Edit: Careless mistake - it is the 3SMR site that has
  23. John, I completely agree with you! I have made up a couple of Metcalfe kits and they are more like "cardboard engineering" than Superquick, and for me the huge advantage of Scalescenes (and others) is that they can be easily scaled down to 3mm, which I do a lot of ! Vivian, thanks for your encouragement! Go for it! Locomad, thanks for your interest. Yes, they do have a somewhat dated look that might not be quite right on a modern layout, but in real life there is always a mix of the old and new, and with some careful weathering different styles can all be blended toge
  24. Many thanks for all the kind words and likes! To be honest, it had been ages since I built a Superquick, but I wanted to make a comparison with Scalescenes, which as John says, make up into very nice models. But, - and it's a big but - the amount of effort to complete a similar building using a downloaded file is considerable, regardless of the origin - Scalescenes, Smart Models, Kingsway, or whatever. They also need some experience in cutting and manipulating card and paper, some knowledge of adhesives, and a good quality printer filled with decent inks, not to mention produci
  25. There are many great examples of card buildings on this forum, some scratch built or made from downloaded designs, and some from printed kits, and although not architectural models in the true sense, Superquick card kits have been around for years and provide an interesting range of buildings for someone who doesn't want, or does not have either the time or facilities, to make more elaborate models. However, the name Superquick is misleading, because if care is taken in the construction, and a few minor alterations made to the finishing details, they can be quite time consuming to
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