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  1. Thanks! There's quite a few in vol. 2 also. The pic on page 17 providing lots of detail and inspiration! I'll put a copy on my Christmas list!
  2. It's time to move on from houses and make a start on the structures for exchange! With the mojo firing on all cylinders, I made a start on the goods warehouse. Some compromise has had to be made due to space restrictions however the results should look pretty convincing. Pictures of it are rare but here's one of it framing a Jubilee. Windows are from an American company by way of special order. I made a start on these by removing all molding flash, detaching them from the sprures and cutting over half of them down to make 9 & 15 pane windows from the 12 pane ones as supplied. There's 82 altogether so it was quite a bit of work. Next, I worked out all the measurements and transferred those onto a decent sheet of white foam board. Then cut out large window openings free hand with a fresh blade in my mate Stanley. Spacers have been stuck on the insides of the walls which will assist with construction and allow the levels of the warehouse to be set as seen in the next image which looks like a muti story carpark. That all done I did a quick dry run. At 12" wide, 18' long and 8.5" high it's certainly big enough but to be truthful, it's actually 3mm scale with a OO train door! This will be fine on the confines of my version of Bradford's south station as it's only 2 thirds as far away as it should be from the base board edge. Lastly an aerial view of it showing how it once dominated the center of Bradford. Sad they had to go and pull it down instead of finding it a new lease of life really. Squatch.
  3. Ilford can be a dodgy place, my sister couldn't wait to move further out. Chelmsford to be precise. The ailments have subsided, I'm feeling much better thanks as you will see... I even heard Boris J. on the local news over here today. They must think if Boris says it's a good thing, then that's got to count for something because there's still a huge percentage who won't listen to their own government. Regards Shaun.
  4. My sister once lived in Ilford. I based those windows on the ones in our 1950s terrace in Woodingdean. We had them replaced eventually! Yes! had a double whammy this week, post booster syndrome and got a touch of bronchitis or something but it's not the killer vid. We did tests! Hope that you're well mate. Regards Shaun.
  5. Not much doing this week but did get back into it today briefly. I decided to change the living room windows on the second pair of semi's and then had to change that feature on the first pair as they do rather look more the part. One of them has acquired a simple garage too! Mrs. S. said it reminds her of spinners end in Harry Potter (Pro. Snapes house) on the sideboard at present. Now there's a thought: Spinners end is in a fictitious town call Cokeworth, possible name for my mill town maybe??? Squatch. Off to take some more nyquil...
  6. Day light, typical West Riding gloom, on the terrace too.
  7. Edwardian semi's. (if there is such a thing). I took it outside because the day light makes such a difference. Still needs a bit of weathering and chimneys. Note the varnished joinery.
  8. Tell that to Mrs. S. On our way back from the drive through booster clinic she said how much our house was worth and I said we could move to Queensbury, get an end of terrace edwardian and become mortage free! I won't repeat her response on here though. Regards Mr. S. (Just to keep the record straight. Sasquatches don't wear trousers)
  9. Something for across the road. Similar but not the same dimensions. This time I used O scale brick sheet and some HO scale random stone for the end wall of the demolished building that once stood next door. Again, inspiration is from Queensbury. Squatch. I plan on having these finished this evening. We'll see...
  10. Aye up lads. Thy's makin uz feel right t 'ome is thee. Squatch. Thy's done enough galzing fa one day. Aye.
  11. Chimneys and doors. These are just strips of cedar clad in the scraps from the window cutouts! Pots are mostly spares from Wills kits. When I ran out of those, I found some suitable rod and the tall single one is a section of feed gate turned in the cordless drill. This is the style of door I like for the terrace. Quite easy to do on the sheet of .020" plastic siding. As for all the molding on them, let's just say I'm just glad I didn't choose to model N gauge! The top lights are cut from 16 pane sash types with a new bottom rail. Squatch
  12. Next one seemed to take a whole evening again. They do look quite good and despite all the time involved I'll stick to this method for all future builds. Squatch.
  13. Guess work mostly. I know there's a science to it but all I do is start with the bottom lengths, cut a scrap of paper to a steep slope and cut the angle narrower until I think it looks right. The end is an isosceles triangle so the angle will be affected by the length of the end wall, I find a center line helps a lot. The front and back lengths will be the length of the end plus the difference! I also allow an extra 4mm for over hang (a scale 6" all round). Once I have the angle a strip of card is cut to the height of the triangle/ length of the center line. Mark the bottom lengths on the strip and cut the angles! Also saving the offcut scrap at left for next time saves work! To make the formers I simply measure the width and height using two steel rules and cut them using the same method! Working with center lines is key which also helps with chimney placement. Regards Shaun.
  14. Quite a lot of progress today. This afternoon I finished the last 5 rows and end slates on the terrace roof before adding the ridge tiles. Paint is a dedicated bottle of home mixed slate acrylic. This evening I made the two hipped roof assemblies for the semis. Simple mounting card held with tape and formers hot glued in place. Note the center two formers have been placed so as to allow easy mounting of the chimney stacks! The slates are the same as that used on Queensbury's waiting rooms; thick manilla envelope, scored with black biros every 4mm and cut into 8mm stripes. These are fixed down with the non-toxic tacky super glue overlapped 4mm working from the bottom up. Better get back on with it, Squatch.
  15. Definitely dragging my heels with the rooves though. These hipped types take a bit of practice... and the slates take ages! Regards Shaun.
  16. Enjoyed that! The coaches are beautiful and your village modeling is just perfect. Regards Shaun
  17. A bit more work on the terrace during the evenings. Paint. My usual formular of grey primer, mortar, dry brushed stone colours, dry brushed grime and black green wash. In the past I've shied away from HO scale stone sheet but this stuff was a bargain and has turned out splendidly! The stench pipes are the very last of some down pipes that came in a Linka kit I brought at age 15. The connectors are snippets of hollow cotton bud stick, anything remotely useful finds its way into one of my many scrap boxes but fear not, the nasty waxy cotton didn't I must draw the line somewhere! The rings were placed loose on the pipes which were then glued onto the sanded mounts. When set more glue was applied and the rings slid into place. I got up at 6, eager to apply the regular black paint. It is starting to look like the North of England on our side board. Squatch
  18. Great video Felix! Something I wish I had more time for! Hope that you're well Shaun
  19. Semis are taking shape and starting to look the part with a splash and daub of paint. Happy Thanksgiving. Squatch.
  20. Two very productive evenings have produced two pairs of semidetached council houses not too dissimilar to the types in the third picture above. All those Crittall steel-framed windows took most of the time! I fashioned them by cutting up these old warehouse windows obtained at a show in Eugene quite a few years back. Such things always end up in my goodie bag at shows. Doors are scratch built from .040 strip and off cuts of siding. A typical style for the period. Otherwise, it's the usual foam board construction only this time I chose to clad it with Plastruct concrete block. The downstairs fronts were constructed using my last scraps of Wills dressed stone to work around the living room windows. The N1 arrived in the post, a build I'm really looking forward to. I've built body kits before and chassis but never a whole kit! It is complete too, all the wheels, pins, gears, gubbins and paraphernalia to complete it. Squatch. Thanks for checking in.
  21. Nothing special just all the detail. Small snippets of Wills pantile sheet have been used to represent the ornate porch brackets. One thing I had to correct was the hipped right end of the roof. Another quirk of this West Riding-esque terrace. With previous builds, I have found that trying to apply down pipe detail futile after the paint has been applied , so have fixed their mounts with a view to masking them. Squatch
  22. After yesterdays plans went wayward I have taken no hesitation in getting cracking with this terrace build this morning. First I cut out all the windows from the foam and then cut the parts from the sheet with a fresh stanley blade, steel rule and my hobby craft square. The square has ridges down one edge on both sides. Next I cut the front and ends out of the plastic stone sheet marking the window and door placement roughly using the foam inner front wall. Taping this flush to the edge of the cutting mat, I cut all the left verticals and used the window parts to gauge the right cuts utilizing the ridged square! A straight edge came into play held down one end with a clamp to cut all the horizontals. The carcass has been glued together and held in place with Peco track fixing pins which will live to fight another day after the glue has cured. Squatch. Enjoying some scratch building.
  23. Here is where I got to with the Balmoral Place terrace this evening. Marked out the foam board carcass, cut the front wall overlay from JTT N scale random stone sheet and found suitable windows from my supplies. Fingers crossed, the whole day will be free for modeling tomorrow. Squatch
  24. The council would send the painters around every 5 years to give them a fresh coat of standard white.
  25. Many happy hours were spent on Tuesday scenic modeling, about a dozen trees and some ground cover on both Goathland and Queensbury. The ivy has killed these 3 trees. Spill from the drainage providing ideal conditions for boggy growth. Yesterday however I had to keep off of my feet again so sat in the warm doing a bit of research on housing for this planned mill town. Firstly I found this terrace in Queensbury on Google Earth. The model will be back dated to the 1940s-50s with all window frames painted orange brown and no railings. The low walls are indicative of railings which would have been commandeered for the war effort. Some more recent occupants have replaced them and note, not all of the same type! I find this row of houses has just enough detail to make it interesting; the four on the left having a mirrored layout to the two on the right, thus causing an odd chimney layout. Also the interior layout upstairs is back to front in the left four; evident by the presence of small bathroom windows and stench pipes etc. The mill town will have a central valley with a canal basin and be constructed like a slice of onion; in that the further away we travel from the center, the younger the buildings become. So down the end we need some typical 1930s semis. This type seem to be most common. Some have crescent style front room windows, some have been half rendered and one or two even have garages! Lastly I've just got to model this one. It's oozing with character and old worldly West Riding charm. Squatch. Looking forward to a bit of structure modeling in the warm!
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