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Little bit more progress. I've adapted part of the Scalescenes terraced house kit as a low-relief terrace end to give the backscene some added depth. Now to stick the backscene prints in place and add some fencing, walls and foliage to blend it all in.

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Having finally got my printer to work I was able to print out the Kingsway 2016 free Christmas download kit comprising two shops and a seedy looking pub, just right for my docks area. So the last few days have been spent layering this up to give it a more 3D effect, and making the pavement on which they will stand. I particularly like the contrasting architectural styles of the two shops.

 

This part of the build was not without its problems however. I got this far with the frontages, in all quite some time cutting out windows and various layers, but had not finally resolved exactly how to curve or step them to fit in the triangular space left for them. I decided to print out a quick black and white version using a different printer so I could fold it to shape and thus determine the shape and curve of the footpath. It was only after I had made the footpath and tried the colour version on it that I found the mock up version was slightly smaller, about 1/4" in length, than the colour one, which wouldn't now fit where I had planned it on the pavement, this despite both printers being set to print at 100% - most peculiar!

 

Having invested so much time in detailing the frontages I felt I couldn't scrap them, so an extra piece of pavement was added to increase the length slightly. Problem overcome!

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A few more days work has seen the completion of the buildings for the corner of the backscene, including a whole day being taken up with working out, and then making, the awkwardly shaped pitched roof for 'The Albion'. Being divergent, the main roof planes would not have met the hipped end correctly, so two smaller hips were added to transition between the two. To avoid having a rising ridge, the top of the roof was made flat and covered with a representation of lead , this also being used to cover the hip joints.

 

Then, when I thought I'd finished, I suddenly decided that an awning over the window to the Home & Colonial store would make an interesting feature, so a frame was bent up out of copper wire and the awning was cut from a Tunnocks Caramel Wafer wrapper, the reverse (upper) side being painted a pale creamy colour with a touch of light grey blended in.

 

The Superquick pavement paper was scribed at each printed joint to add some relief and the buildings glued down to it, although they are as yet not fixed down to the layout.

 

This has been a most satisfying piece to build, and I am very happy with the result.

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Those shops look fantastic, some great modelling there. You've done well to sort out that hipped roof! :good_mini:

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I am reminded of this comment on P3

 

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Seeing the results above, I wish I had paid more attention  at the time!  Splendid modelling.

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Thanks all for the kind comments about the Kingsway buildings. I didn't realise how long it had been since I last did anything on the layout, but the lovely weather we've been having got me into the garden to do some long overdue tidying, weeding, pruning and planting. I also got distracted adapting some RTR stock to pass as L&Y wagons for the club layout, when we can finally get back to meeting there.

 

But it's raining today, so I spent some time making a 'Lucy' box, one of those cast iron electrical equipment cabinets that used to be seen all over the place, but are which much less common now. I'm going to tell you that i scratchbuilt one from some 20thou plasticard and a bit of balsa wood because they are a rarely-modelled feature, but that's only part of the reason. The rest is that having glued the parapet to the bridge, there's an unsightly gap at one point on the curve, so this will hide it!

 

And whilst I was about it I made an end pier and fitted rainwater pipes to each of the bridge columns. Now it's ready for weathering before fixing down.

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Well, after that lovely, long, dry, sunny spell, the miserable weather we're now having is proving beneficial for the layout at least! The bridge was weathered using both the airbrush and weathering powders, as were the workshop and shops buildings, and it is now glued into position. Before glueing down the workshop building and remaining pavement sections I traced their outline onto the top level and painted the road surface to suit. Knowing that I wouldn't be able to get a perfect match with that already painted on the bridge, I planned to make these sections a shade or so darker, to suggest that the two had been surfaced at different times, and I also had to think of a way to disguise the joint between the two. Filling the gap was my first thought, but it was uneven and that would introduce a further material to the mix, so in the end I set into it a strip of plasticard in the hope it would look like an expansion joint. The 'town' road surface ended up being too dark and didn't look at all realistic, so I brushed it with some talcum powder which improved the appearance and also made it smell nice! 

 

After that I glued down the workshop and pavements (but not the shops yet as I'm having to lean over this part of the layout quite a bit at the moment, and that chimney pot is rather vulnerable) and started on the scenic landscaping. Two layers of static grass have been applied so far over an 'earth' base. The gravelly 'yard' to the workshop entrance is finely sieved Chinchilla dust with watery washes of mucky paint applied.

 

A trawl of the internet produced some suitable posters and I stuck them to a hoarding which will be planted in the rough grass between the workshop and the bridge. The Ratio GWR spearpoint fencing which will run along part of the top of the cliff face has been painted 'Council Green' and some concrete panel fencing is being made to enclose the workshop's rear yard.

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Activity in the last few days has been directed towards putting up the iron and concrete fences and adding overgrowth to the cliff top and parts of the cliff face. There is a little more still to do. The iron fence is Ratio GWR 'spearpoint' fencing but this can pass for use pretty much anywhere. I see from the packaging that it is no longer known as 'Ratio', but now comes under PECO's 'Parkside' range. The concrete fence is built up from Scale Model Scenery's 3D printed concrete posts with cereal box card for the slot-in panels, which I made 6ft x 1ft, all painted with 'storm grey' emulsion paint and a bit of dark grey blended in. It needs a little toning down to blend it all together. I'm not sure why, but I have a particular penchant for this type of fencing.

 

For some of the weedy shrubs and bramble-like plants, I experimented by making up some clumps of green polyfibre (Hornby), dabbed with PVA and then sprinkled with dark and light green scatter. This seemed to work quite well so small lumps were teased out and glued onto the static grass base. Dark green clump foliage foam sprinkled with yellow flock represent Gorse bushes, another favourite of mine, and are very common in untended areas like this.

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