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On 01/04/2021 at 23:05, Eddie R v2.0 said:

Stunning, just stunning. The colours are perfect, the bridge, the ruined cottage, the whole scene. 

 

Thanks Eddie - sorry for the delayed acknowledgement but my head has been in 'resin-casting' mode for a few weeks!

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8 hours ago, David Bell said:

Hi Brian, you have come a long way in a month. Those casts look first rate.

Thanks David - it was a big leap forward, never having made a mould or cast any resin until this month.  I was very fortunate to find experienced friends - firstly in Scotland last year and then more recently here in Bristol to answer my noddy questions.

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15 hours ago, brylonscamel said:

My old mentor in Scotland has been replaced by a dog-walking friend who turns out to have loads of experience in casting things from resin. He has worked in the film and TV industries making all manner of props and puppetry from cast materials.

 

Sounds like exactly the kind of constellation that makes a success! It looks great already, Brian :good:

 

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7 hours ago, Gypsy said:

I presume you have plans to sell them commercially?!

 

That is the plan! I'm not far off and will post here with details of what I have for sale.

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7 hours ago, Mikkel said:

 

 

Sounds like exactly the kind of constellation that makes a success! It looks great already, Brian :good:

 

Cheers - I've been lucky to find a willing source of local knowledge. I managed to return the favour by fixing his son's road bike - a satisfying trade of skills.

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Cottage Industries cont..

The new resin parts are casting nicely and I'm getting clean pieces with no blemishes. Now that I have all the additional parts, it's the big push to get these cottages finished!

 

Extra parts also give me a few options on the basic single-storey 'But & Ben' layout. What you see here are two detail variations on the basic cottage.

(1) A slate roof with dormer windows, representing a very common development of these buildings.

(2) A slate roof with dormers and a small porch. I imagine these porches offered a welcome refuge to peel off wet clothes on a "dreich' day. 

 

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Just an observation.

 

Two pots on each chimney stack would suggest two fireplaces. Given the end walls have windows,  only one fireplace can be downstairs, meaning the other has to be upstairs.

But if the dormers were a 'common development' then the original stack would only have one pot.

To me it would seem unlikely a 2nd fireplace would be added upstairs and a 2nd flue added within the same stack.

 

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1 hour ago, Stubby47 said:

Just an observation.

 

Two pots on each chimney stack would suggest two fireplaces. Given the end walls have windows,  only one fireplace can be downstairs, meaning the other has to be upstairs.

But if the dormers were a 'common development' then the original stack would only have one pot.

To me it would seem unlikely a 2nd fireplace would be added upstairs and a 2nd flue added within the same stack.

 

Stu

 

Thanks Stu, that's a great observation - I'll have a look at photos of these cottages 'in the wild'. When I say 'development' - I think these dormers were not added to an existing single storey croft but were built as cottages with dormers. Would that suggest a second fireplace and flue? At this stage only a couple of these cottages have double chimneys and I have loads of single chimneys set into flaunching so I might play it safe!

 

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Clearly both your photos above have two pots per stack, but neither cottage appears to have windows in the end wall.

Yes, of course if the cottages were built with the dormers then upstairs fireplaces would be included.

 

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3 minutes ago, Stubby47 said:

Clearly both your photos above have two pots per stack, but neither cottage appears to have windows in the end wall.

Yes, of course if the cottages were built with the dormers then upstairs fireplaces would be included.

 

 

I must admit, the window in the end walls were a feature of my original single storey 'but and ben' model. I added the dormers as an additional feature after requests came in from a couple of modellers to provide them.  The original master was based on a specific building but this 'mission creep' may demand an authentic reason for multiple pots!

I did find this example on the isle of Harris with a (very small) window in the end wall.

 

 

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14 minutes ago, Stubby47 said:

..  neither cottage appears to have windows in the end wall.

 

 

Stu - wait until I do some Scottish tenement buildings - typically they have the preposterous arrangement of chimney stacks directly above windows!

 

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13 minutes ago, brylonscamel said:

Stu - wait until I do some Scottish tenement buildings - typically they have the preposterous arrangement of chimney stacks directly above windows!

 

 

Yes, I've seen those and the late, great Alan Downes pointed out the absurdity until he was shown the prototype photos.

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1 minute ago, Stubby47 said:

 

Yes, I've seen those and the late, great Alan Downes pointed out the absurdity until he was shown the prototype photos.

It might well have been a conversation I had with him within this very forum? He really was delightful - he gave me some very encouraging feedback which helped me think about taking this model-making lark more seriously. I didn't get to meet him in the real world - only within these pages - but he came across as a generous man, hugely talented and good humoured right up to the end.

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16 minutes ago, Eddie R v2.0 said:

Tenement buildings you say? Oh yes please. As a wise man once said, “I’ve got an idea!” 
 

 

Cheers

Tenements will definitely happen - probably in low or half-relief. As another wise man once said "Watch this space!"

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1 minute ago, brylonscamel said:

Tenements will definitely happen - probably in low or half-relief. As another wise man once said "Watch this space!"

Low relief would be perfect. Just need a manufacturer to produce a RTR class 303 unit in 00 now....

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8 minutes ago, Eddie R v2.0 said:

Low relief would be perfect. Just need a manufacturer to produce a RTR class 303 unit in 00 now....

Now that would be good! Are you contemplating a model based on the Cathcart Circle?

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Quite possibly. The suburban network in Glasgow is fascinating. Other option would be North Clyde which would allow freight heading off the WHL to Cadder. It’s only an embryonic idea at the moment. 

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I like your progress so far brylonscamel, and I note that you are doing a lot of research. 

 

The lum over the windows to the front suggests to me an eastern influence, not many had that feature to the west. Perhaps two different models ? 

 

Oh , and a chimney pot factory. This is the tenement block across the road from me, there would have been two more stacks with 4 pots each to the rear, though a lot have been removed in recent years. 1921234507_tenementpotsglasgow.JPG.f1b4b9da4cea95c45b92064214309c1b.JPG

 

 

 

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55 minutes ago, Dave John said:

The lum over the windows to the front suggests to me an eastern influence, not many had that feature to the west. Perhaps two different models ? 

 

Definitely and eastern influence as most of my inspiration over the years has come from the north-east of Scotland. However, I have experimented with the broader Scottish scene. My little layout 'Caledonian Basin' was inspired by Bowling Harbour and more recently I won a commission from David Bell to help him model Glasgow Queen Street so I am deep into some Glasgow architecture. Two (or three) models might be in order - to represent the tenement styles of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

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1 hour ago, Dave John said:

Oh , and a chimney pot factory. This is the tenement block across the road from me, there would have been two more stacks with 4 pots each to the rear, though a lot have been removed in recent years. 

 

I have successfully made a chimney mould with multiple pots. I just need to produce one that groups them into greater rows.

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