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Wasn’t sure where to post this but here is as good a place as any I suppose...! These couple of shots are the fruits of my experimenting with laser-cut brickwork onto mount board. I drew the walls in Autocad and then staggered the vertical joints very slightly to avoid the perfect look of mass-produced brick sheets. The effect is subtle but worth it. Colouring was with enamels and varnish. I think that large areas of brickwork can be produced with this method and will (I hope) look far superior than if just using brick sheets. Plus of course the massive bonus of drawing correct brick bonds around openings and brick arches etc etc. 9FCFA2DC-B00D-4799-8431-FB7FCB743835.jpeg.ce4bc1eec3471c7ebeca27409d818bb5.jpeg26CD75BA-C30F-4F3F-A00F-969E26EF06F4.jpeg.c46a62394fe5d14cc6a5f4cc2ab9b592.jpeg

This particular bit of wall will eventually get added to Birmingham to in-fill the bridge arch where a mirror used to be but will now have a line running in front of it, which in turn carries on to Tewkesbury. That is, in my little world!  

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6 hours ago, Tricky said:

Wasn’t sure where to post this but here is as good a place as any I suppose...! These couple of shots are the fruits of my experimenting with laser-cut brickwork onto mount board. I drew the walls in Autocad and then staggered the vertical joints very slightly to avoid the perfect look of mass-produced brick sheets. The effect is subtle but worth it. Colouring was with enamels and varnish. I think that large areas of brickwork can be produced with this method and will (I hope) look far superior than if just using brick sheets. Plus of course the massive bonus of drawing correct brick bonds around openings and brick arches etc etc. 9FCFA2DC-B00D-4799-8431-FB7FCB743835.jpeg.ce4bc1eec3471c7ebeca27409d818bb5.jpeg

 

Very nice, with a bit of cropping of the image, you could get away with calling it the real thing.

 

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10 hours ago, Stephenwolsten said:

Looking at this model using brick sheets, you can see what Richard means about the benefit of the approach he is trying.  https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/415386765633068549/

Indeed Stephen. Brick sheet does have its uses (there is a tiny inconspicuous piece used on Bristol!). I will experiment further with my method to see how far I can go with distressing the surface. I did a bit on this example by scraping away the top layer of card on some bricks to give the effect of spalling. 

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On 04/11/2019 at 13:17, Tricky said:

Wasn’t sure where to post this but here is as good a place as any I suppose...! These couple of shots are the fruits of my experimenting with laser-cut brickwork onto mount board. I drew the walls in Autocad and then staggered the vertical joints very slightly to avoid the perfect look of mass-produced brick sheets. The effect is subtle but worth it. Colouring was with enamels and varnish. I think that large areas of brickwork can be produced with this method and will (I hope) look far superior than if just using brick sheets. Plus of course the massive bonus of drawing correct brick bonds around openings and brick arches etc etc. 

This particular bit of wall will eventually get added to Birmingham to in-fill the bridge arch where a mirror used to be but will now have a line running in front of it, which in turn carries on to Tewkesbury. That is, in my little world!  

 

Fantastically rusty wriggly tin there, Richard!

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58 minutes ago, Fastdax said:

 

Fantastically rusty wriggly tin there, Richard!

The trick is adding rust colours etc thinned with white spirit over wet base colours so they gently run into one another. 

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Black Friday deal now open! Just go to my website www.monksgate.co.uk, place your order and enter the discount code BF19....happy shopping!

 

Ideal presents to suggest if you’re ‘hard to buy’ for! 

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Thought I’d give an update on a couple of things I’ve been working on lately - namely very large engineering packing crates. They’re constructed around accurately cut softwood blocks, where the individual planks (cut from solid maple) are laminated around the block and then battens added together with ‘stencil’ markings of the engineering firm’s name and other details. The individual planks look particularly effective. I’ve not added any weathering as firstly this may be done by the customer has he wishes and secondly they would be new in traffic anyway. They’re not on my website as yet but will be soon. The smaller ones measure 50mm x 60mm x 30mm high and the larger ones 90mm x 40mm x 40mm. If you’re interested to have some of your own, either to these sizes or to special sizes then do let me know and I’d be happy to oblige.

On another matter, if you’re on Instagram, please follow me @monks_gate. Cheers!

The photos of the loads on the long open wagon show them before being roped down...!!!

 

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You really need to stop this Richard.  All this wonderful modelling and inspirational photographs are just too much! NO scrap that, its not enough - we need more :P

 

Like the idea with the packing cases, I am working on a little 7mm diorama, which in all honesty draws much inspiration from your Midland in London/Birmingham layout, so will be in touch with you for a few things in the coming couple of months :)

 

Love the laser cut brickwork btw from an earlier post btw

 

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6 hours ago, MarshLane said:

You really need to stop this Richard.  All this wonderful modelling and inspirational photographs are just too much! NO scrap that, its not enough - we need more :P

 

Like the idea with the packing cases, I am working on a little 7mm diorama, which in all honesty draws much inspiration from your Midland in London/Birmingham layout, so will be in touch with you for a few things in the coming couple of months :)

 

Love the laser cut brickwork btw from an earlier post btw

 

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Hi Rich, good to hear you’re progressing well with your diorama. Is it on here? 

Just drop me a line when you’re ready...although the longer you leave it the more new stuff I will have done and then you’ll be tempted even more! 

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3 hours ago, Tricky said:

Hi Rich, good to hear you’re progressing well with your diorama. Is it on here? 

Just drop me a line when you’re ready...although the longer you leave it the more new stuff I will have done and then you’ll be tempted even more! 


Hi Richard,

Not yet. I wanted some progress before I started a thread! I’ll let you know. I would just say however, that this is all your fault, if I can get a quarter of the realism or quality that you manage, I’ll be happy. I’ll be in touch soon!

 

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On 17/01/2020 at 15:38, Tricky said:

Thought I’d give an update on a couple of things I’ve been working on lately - namely very large engineering packing crates. They’re constructed around accurately cut softwood blocks, where the individual planks (cut from solid maple) are laminated around the block and then battens added together with ‘stencil’ markings of the engineering firm’s name and other details. The individual planks look particularly effective. I’ve not added any weathering as firstly this may be done by the customer has he wishes and secondly they would be new in traffic anyway. They’re not on my website as yet but will be soon. The smaller ones measure 50mm x 60mm x 30mm high and the larger ones 90mm x 40mm x 40mm. If you’re interested to have some of your own, either to these sizes or to special sizes then do let me know and I’d be happy to oblige.

On another matter, if you’re on Instagram, please follow me @monks_gate. Cheers!

The photos of the loads on the long open wagon show them before being roped down...!!!

 

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On 19/01/2020 at 17:48, Stephenwolsten said:

 

 

Every dock layout needs packing cases!  68e4dcf6edbe69ba7ec4ee23d82d96e2.jpg

Very fine view of the Blue Funnel Line ship MS Helenus. My grandfather was a deep sea mariner who sailed for the Blue Funnel from Liverpool to the Far East, his last command being the MS Peisander, torpedoed in the North Atlantic, all hands survived. Dava

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Never fear!   My local Liverpool station (Fazakerley) often had a little group of old men on the platform in the evening with only a few baskets.   So you really don't need to work 24 hours a day on modelling a trainload.  As an ex-rail civil servant I was interested to read this obscure Parliamentary debate on the matter!  https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/commons/1976/jul/28/rail-transport-of-pigeons

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Here’s some more engineering crates. This time with labels rather than ‘stencil’ lettering. The usage of actual engineering firms lends an authentic air to them. Spending a bit of time on this level of detail is worth it every time. 548A1EE0-BDB2-4E94-A681-CAF3B4A75EE8.jpeg.ae6d00c4f4578f492b3b8cef52f50664.jpeg27D27E7F-4606-4537-A48C-81BFAEA518AD.jpeg.cf96498f9778dee04eb99a476e89fca5.jpegD4F60448-509C-4393-AEB1-DDFD4B9B50CF.jpeg.6dde50105d798a0a8639a668d530758e.jpeg76CA682F-642F-48B3-B52F-B5DC84B12E27.jpeg.efba0892726bceb0daf1c2ab0bf2fb46.jpeg75034CA3-299C-4FA2-BD57-365232A9D065.jpeg.30b92c7a7cc51310206c62e4fbc693c0.jpeg44CCC683-3E8E-494E-AD30-D7AC599F2B9C.jpeg.2ff44cc04d466d5b1926f1c9b74db734.jpeg

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Now here’s something that could go horribly wrong - although on this occasion I think it might actually work!

It’s a very tall, very slender chimney, which I’ve drawn on Autocad and then laser cut into 3mm mdf. I’ve set up the router table with a 45 degree chamfer bit and a false fence. I’ve then cut chamfers down all long edges and will proceed to glue it all together and hold it together with elastic bands until the glue dries. If all goes to plan, I’ll have a lovely tall, slender chimney where all the brick bonds follow round all four sides...

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If all goes to plan, I’ll be posting pics of a completed chimney later on. 

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12 minutes ago, Stephenwolsten said:

Those brick bonds around the chimney look very good.

Thanks. Although looking at the photo one of the strips looks a bit wonky! A slight adjustment might be required. But that’s the big advantage to taking photos - they don’t lie!

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Evening Richard,

 

That chimney is looking superb, can't wait to see it painted - I presume its not a solo model, so something else to be constructed alongside it?

 

On 22/01/2020 at 16:20, Tricky said:

And for my next trick....

 

...pigeon baskets!

 

Hmm now this could get good ... I am waiting to see either a) a flying pigeon modelled in your usual detail .. or b) a Paul Chetter DCC sound chip within the baskets with pigeon noises!!! :)  Actually, that's just given me an idea hehehe!  I wonder if we could hide a speaker within one?

 

Rich

 

 

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