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For my next project I thought I'd make a model of Borough LT underground station. Over the years it seems to have undergone several upgrades. In the 1920s (when it was moved and re-built) until at least 1982 when this pic was taken it was like this:

 

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Then sometime between 1982 and 1989 is was re-built to look like this (note the cast concrete LT roundel):

 

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Later an ugly metal edifice, fencing and ladders were added to the roof (which is pretty much how it looks now:

 

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I think I'll go with the mid 1980s version.

(pics are all creative commons licenced).

 

 

 

 

 

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And we're off and running. I've sketched up a rough scale plan which, as usual, includes compromises of simplicity and compression. And I've cut two main parts, the floor and the roof of the main building from mountboard.

 

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The ground floor basic carcass is now effectively complete (upper level to be done) but it is very simple. And I've started marking out some 'tiled' plasticard I have for cladding as the walls. It's not quite accurate scale-wise (for the individual tile sizes) but seems to be pretty much very suitable and acceptable:

 

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Up bright and breezy this morning, made a pot of tea, fed the cat and been out shopping for the Sunday papers and some food for the week. And since I've got back I've had a bash at the basic carcass for the upper lever - the drum structure (most likely the stairs/lift and ventilation shaft) as well as the tile cladding for it. The circular part is cut from an old black peppercorns plastic container and the rest is mountboard. I'm quite pleased with progress:

 

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Next a switch back to the ground floor front wall and cut out the apertures and add some relief features - not much as it's pretty plain.

 

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It's starting to look like a LT tube station although there's still lots to do such as: the roof dwarf walls and coping stones, the canopy, roof details, and the tall cast concrete LT roundel. Plus painting should help accentuate the stripy look. And I need to straighten the right side of the entrance/exit opening.

 

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The exit/entrance is quite small, but then it is on the real station, reduced significantly over the years:

 

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Coping stones and primer grey now on. The two tricky assemblies, the curved canopy and the tall cast concrete roundel, are yet to be started but they are iconic LT features and should make it look right.

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Next to the real tube station is a narrow four storey building (a hotel I believe) as can be seen in the prototype photos above with a tall featureless flank wall towering over the station. As I have a model of a similar building (narrow and four storeys tall although not of the actual building) I've placed them together to get an idea of size and whether they look appropriate and correct and if the sizes are about right:

 

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The top storey is now glued to the ground floor, I've repainted the coping stones (as they seemed rather dark but probably still are), tidied up the vent grilles painting, added a little weathering powders to the roof, matt varnished it and cut a card template for the canopy to work from and ensure a snug fit. Other than that not a lot this morning . . . 

 

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Not a station I expected to see modelled. Are you modelling the whole of Borough High Street, Grahame? In the 1990s, Riva, the cafe on the ground floor of the neighbouring building had the contract for Southwark Social Services training day and conference lunches. Very nice sandwiches, samosas etc. they made too.

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@grahame that looks superb! As someone who takes six months to agonise over a factory back I am so envious of anyone who can re create real buildings in miniature. You're description and photo's make it look so easy. Loving this thread :good:

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Yes, quite a nightmare proposition. But I've been thinking through a few potential dodges to simplify things. One is possibly to arrange for York Modelmaking to laser cut the trusses and I'll probably cast, in resin, the support columns. Fortunately the side support walls are already effectively done.

 

The foyer, ticket office and travel centre roof, with all those little pyramid skylights, is another tricky proposition. . . .

 

It's a lifetime magnum opus, and not to be rushed.

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Hi Grahame,

Hope you're keeping well.

I've just had a catch-up of the thread as I was in London the other day for an appointment on Southwark Bridge Road. It was only as I was wandering about and saw Tooley Street that it all clicked that this was the area you're modelling. I didn't have long to look about, but you've got the character spot on, and although the area has changed a lot, it still helps to place your modelling.

Loving the work on Borough station.

 

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I've had another bash at miniature freehand signwriting - this time the pub name 'St John's tavern' using a bullet tipped paint pen. It was difficult to control and be consistent, but with it being N gauge scale (meaning the lettering is very small) and it will be at the back of the layout (so difficult to see), I'm hoping it will suffice. The other pub, 'The Antigallican', is yet to be tackled - I might take a different approach.

 

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I've added some plastic letters I had for the Antigallican. They're only 2mm high so by the time I'd painted them they were a bit messy when glued in place. But, it's a low relief model for the back of the layout. Next I need to get a new printer so I can print some posters and hanging signs, and not just for this row:

 

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