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  1. So far, so good - with the facade complete, I can turn to the "viaduct" itself. I will make it from 3mm MDF with 6mm MDF formers, and I want to be able to access the void space behind the arches for detailing the shop later, and perhaps for some electrics. Although it would be perfectly possible to cut these apertures in the sheet, the result would be very fragile and difficult to glue up, and it is often easier to assemble the whole thing first, then deal with the cutting out after. Here I'm boring out a corner with a 25mm Forstner bit; the work slides against a fixed fen
  2. Thanks again for your kind words, Kevin Thanks, John, appreciated! Scalescenes were the first building downloads I ever used, I loved them then, and I still do! Many thanks! Yes, small enough to have a certain charm, but big enough to have reasonable detail! I must admit I am a recent convert though! Cheers, Mike
  3. Thanks for your encouragement, Kevin! The facade for the newsagents is complete, as this cruel, three times lifesize close up shows! The base of the arch is only 72mm wide, so any errors are greatly magnified here! Here's the other two. The adverts are downloaded from the internet and then re-sized in Inkscape, and the signs are also drawn in Inkscape, which I use for all graphic related work. Cheers, Mike
  4. Now the basic case has come together, I can start on the facade of the viaduct. These are almost pure unaltered Scalescenes OO downloads, but printed at 76% to produce a 1:100 scale model. I have built these before in 1:76 scale and they make up into a very nice way of creating an elevated railway or road, with some additional scenic interest underneath. No connection to Scalescenes, just saying. In 3mm scale they are a bit more fiddly, and you need a sharp scalpel, used carefully, to cut the arch curves because errors are more obvious the smaller the scale. You don't need t
  5. Thanks, Rod, much appreciated. Been a fan of Naples Street since the beginning!
  6. I thought it best to try out some ideas for this upper corner before going any further, and this is what I finally came up with. A piece of the same quadrant moulding as the base has had a 6x6mm rebate cut in both faces, 3mm in from the outer face, then 6mm MDF "wings" were cut to fit, recessed below the top edge to provide support for the top lighting panel, and glued into the rebates. Shown with a couple of mock sides I used to check the fit of things; sorry about the lousy pic with the reflections from the surface plate, but it shows the idea more clearly than the descriptio
  7. Hi Luke, thanks for your kind words! As I said in the preamble, I would never have got into this if hadn't been for the competition you and Oliver organised! Cheers, Mike
  8. I next made the base, very similar to Grays Maltings, but this time using 30mm thick high density foam framed in 6mm MDF, but I want to have a radius on the open corner, rather than the "sharp corner" effort before! Here it is, still with a slightly altered simple card frame held together with sellotape ! Fairly easy to do the radius on the base, the corner is just a piece of quadrant moulding set into a right angle recess in the foam, but the upper one will not be so easy, because, as always, I want to be able to remove any of the four side panels without the rest
  9. Kevin, many thanks for your encouragement! Gray's Maltings was the first time I had really tried to do anything in 1/100 scale, and it was a bit of a shock, because although the difference between 1/76 and 1/100 doesn't sound a lot, it makes a big difference in how you do things! Two similar wagons for comparison. Cheers, Mike
  10. Hello Thomas, how nice to see your trains moving at such a sensible speed in the yard! Bravo! Mike
  11. I'm not sure if this is quite the right place for this thread - it might be more approriate in the card buildings forum, or the 3mm scale forum, but since it was inspired by a thread on this one, and it is a diorama, here goes! I apologise in advance to the pure railway enthusiasts, because this is more about devising and building a complete display, rather than a complex railway layout. I liked the idea of the competition devised by Oliver Rowley and Luke the Trainspotter on here, to produce an A4 diorama in less than 6 weeks, and without spending loads of money. I had alrea
  12. Hi Alex, interesting! I can speak tolerable French, (I have lived here for 16 years!), but Dutch is much harder for me, Many years ago I worked on a contract in Scheveningen and Den Haag, but only for a few months, and all my Dutch collegues spoke perfect English! Yes, SNCF do have a huge range of motive power, but many of the older types are disappearing, and many rural lines are being closed! Keep on with Models! Grtz Mike
  13. Hallo Alex, Ik kan niet echt Nederlands spreken, maar ik heb veel Nederlandse vriend hier in Frankrijk! Bravo, your model looks very nice, and you are absolutely correct about the lighting, and also about being able to alter the intensity, it brings the display to life! Grtz from France, Mike
  14. This one is in Limousin, PO in origin, might help? Mike
  15. This is very imaginative modelling, and the mirror is inspired, well done! As for overall lighting, you might consider a short length of self adhesive LED's. They are available online, can be cut in multiples of three, are either white or warm white, and although they are nominally 12V, they will run quite happily at 9V from a PP3 battery, easily hidden. Something like this, which is A4 paper size: Good Luck, Mike
  16. Thanks for the likes and support! Perhaps I should now explain the origin of Newton's "Verso" Flake, so prominently advertised beneath the window of Carpenter's shop in the pic above. The Newton Tobacco Company (1943) Ltd occupied large premises in Newton Saint Aldwyn, a fictional town in an OO gauge layout I started some years ago, but never finished. Here it is: In truth, it's pupose was to diguise a fiddle yard below, from which wagons could be shunted and stored in hidden sidings under both the roadway on which Pickfords are delivering a new transformer, a
  17. Been playing around with tiny dioramas based on a sheet of A4 paper recently, and here is a little detail, one of the Scalescenes "shops under arches" reduced by 76%, and tarted up with a bit of interior detail, lights, and a few 18mm figures. All printed on ordinary inkjet paper on a cheap Canon Pixma - the figures are from China, £3.75 for one hundred un-painted little people! Rather a cruel close up, the base of the arch is only 75mm wide. I've made these before in 4mm scale, and they are a nice way of adding some interest beneath an arched viaduct or brick r
  18. Thanks for your replies, Rab and Killybegs, I'll give it a go! Cheers, Mike
  19. I feel quite stupid about asking this, but I see most people have a link to their threads at the bottom of their posts, which I'd like to do also, but I can't find any info about how to do it!
  20. Hi Tom, congratulations on winning this fascinating little challenge - you would have been my choice as well, so, Hats Off! I'd also like to thank Oliver and Luke for dreaming up the idea of a diorama on a sheet of A4 - it isn't something that would ever have occurred to me before, but I enjoyed doing this so much that I immediately started on the successor to Gray's Maltings, which will have it's own thread in due course, - and will perhaps be built in a more leisurely manner! Best, Mike
  21. Terry, many thanks for your kind words! Bert's Garage has truly been transformed by the new owners - really lovely work Terry, Bravo !
  22. Kevin, many thanks for your kind words! As for future efforts, I must say that I am completely converted to the idea of these little dioramas - much easier to try out any new ideas - and not too much lost if it all goes pear shaped! 3mm is a beautiful scale to work with, but not so common - compared to 4mm there are very few road vehicles for example, but it does come into it's own for these small displays, and I suppose this is why it is almost invariably used by commercial architects. Cheers, Mike
  23. Here are a few more pics that I took while I was building this diorama. I mentioned at the beginning that all sides of the enclosure could be removed at will, and this shows how easy it is to work on the model, or make alterations to it if this can be done, here with the back panel removed. This shows the installation of one of the trees and the card facing for the wall - not impossible from the front, but far easier done like this! Google Earth view. Just for fun, what it looks like from above! A couple of the buildings were intended for an
  24. Khris, many thanks for your kind words !! Mike
  25. A lot of inspirational stuff here! I've had a very battered copy of Miniature Building Construction for years, and I have recently made a few 3mm scale structures for a little project, one of which was this pub, loosely based on Ahern's sketch of the Duchess of Albany. The Duchess of Albany was an Ushers pub in Salisbury (still there, I think, no longer a pub and much altered, into shops and an army recruiting centre!) This version is intended for a diorama set in East Anglia, so I have rendered it as a Dales of Cambridge house - the name is fictional but has real life prece
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