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Hello Duncan your new building build looks nicely tanned now, must be due to the recent sunny weather.

Looking forward to seeing it in position.




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45 minutes ago, Horsehay Railway Modeller said:

Hi there, 

I have just seen this thread and read from start to finish. 


Absolutely beautiful modelling. I hope I can achieve similar (but smaller) effects in 4mm.


I look forward to future development. 




Many thanks for the kind words David!


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Station Building


This sequence shows the next weathering steps and the almost-finished structure.


1. Painted with gloopy grey emulsion:




2. Emulsion mostly wiped off:




3. DAS white modelling clay rubbed into the mortar joints:




4. DAS mostly wiped off:




5. Dirty acrylic wash all over and gutters made up from plastic section:




6. Lead flashing (puree tube tinfoil) added the roof valleys and tiled roof sections started. I find it easier to build up separate sections on thin card, which can be trimmed to the exact right size, than to apply the tile strips to the roof itself:




And finally, with roof sections on, chimneys in place, cills painted and windows added, gable grille installed and decorative barge boards in place. I also cut a bit of acrylic mirror to size to preview the optical delusion of an extended station building:


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There are a few details yet to add:

- ridge tiles

- downpipes

- doors

- chimney flashing, flaunching and pots

- interior and lighting

- more weathering


Hmmm - more than I thought! I'm also playing with my radio controlled Austin K8 van over on my workbench thread but hopefully I'll find time to progress the station and environs soon.


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Downpipes, not gutters!
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Lamp Hut


The triangular area under the station building, in the back right-hand corner of the layout, is a removable insert and its top sits an inch or so above the high-level base plywood to make the station area level with the platforms.


I started to plot out this area, which includes the station frontage, forecourt, and part of the platform. Here. you can see the insert with the station building footprint and some flagstones added:




As you can't see round the back (er - the front) of the station, there's no need for any detail there and some square plastic section locates the station building in place. The rest of the flagstones line up with those already on the platform.


To go round the back of the signal box, I knocked up this lamp hut from corrugated plasticard and foamboard. It uses a spare 3D-printed window left over from the stone office building and scratch-built door bolt and handle. In a Happy Accident, where some of the plasticard was very thin the contact adhesive deformed some of it. This had to become rusty damage, no doubt from someone leaning tools too heavily against the hut:


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It will fill in a corner behind the signal box. Fences are temporarily plonked to test out where the station forecourt is separated from the platform and the railway 'working' area:


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I just noticed Standard Joe is lying down on the job again!


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Loading Dock and Station Area


Because the radio-controlled van has its load bed considerably lower than the warehouse platform, the clever BR warehouse chaps built a lowered platform from old sleepers:




The van can open its rear doors over the new wooden platform now.


The sleepers are real oak, stained, sanded, scuffed, shaded and no doubt several other operations beginning with 's'.


The station area triangle has had the blank ground areas covered in tarmac (sandpaper sprayed with black and white primer):




The last remaining bit of untouched land on Offerston Quay is the little triangle behind the signal box. I gave this a concrete finish rather than try to match the tarmac. It will be almost completely hidden behind the box.




The servo connector labelled 'S' is actually the 9V lighting outlet for the signal box.


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Station Canopy


I'm pressing on with the last large structure on Offerston Quay - the overall station canopy roof.


A simple girder with column legs supports the station side of the canopy and a brick curtain wall supports t'other. The idea is that the canopy was a later addition to the station and had to be retro-fitted, leading to the add-on ironwork and mismatched bricks:




The canopy will have glass panels so the main structure is built from clear plastic sheet over laser-cut trusses:


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Station Canopy


The canopy has progressed, with wriggly asbestos and ironwork above the roof and timber cladding and laser-cut valence at the open end.


The louvred vents are made of 3D printed sections with more asbestos (plasticard) roofing.


I also put some guttering on the capstones of the supporting curtain wall, using gutter-section plastic rod and my own 3D printed brackets.





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Station Extension


With the big overall canopy in place, and the footbridge in place on the platforms, the station building was a bit hidden behind other stuff.


I decided to build an extension to the main station building, to allow it to show a bit more. Maybe it's the Ladies' Waiting Room, maybe it's a parcel office - who knows?


I'd run out of the nice round-top York Model Making sash windows, so I took the approach that the extension was done a bit 'on the cheap'  with normal sash windows, ceramic ridge tiles instead of shaped slate, and cheaper gutters.


Construction followed the usual method of foamboard box, covered in Slaters brick plasticard:




Sash windows are built up out of plastic strip on CD case material. Failed attempt on the left and successful Mark II on the right:



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The finished extension in place:


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Here's a general shot of the station area:






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I'd agree with all the comments, stunning work. I love the weathering too, the brickwork is very realistic and as Mudmagnet says look at that corrugated roof, outstanding! 

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Thanks Steve and Mudmagnet.


The corrugated asbestos is plasticard painted with light coats of grey, black and white rattle-can primer to give a speckled appearance. The moss in the valleys is dried and sifted garden soil sprinkled over PVA glue, then any 'moss' on the tops of the corrugations was rubbed off once the glue was dry, leaving it mostly in the valleys. A few dark green and dark grey washes highlight the crannies.


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