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5 hours ago, Hector Lawn said:

For the benefit of those who may not be following my topic on the Layouts section, here’s a few picks of my latest efforts, the Charwelton (N) platform canopy.

 

 

I had never properly appreciated scratchbuilding until I needed to have a go myself.

I always viewed it as something peple did for the satisfaction of knowing it was their own work.

 

Then I decided to build a real station in minature...

 

I wanted buildings to look right & window styles to be correct. I also wanted to build thing mainly using styrene.

The only way I could get the buildings right was to scratchbuild. I ended up buying a laser cutter to get the tunnel mouths correct because everything available was the wrong shape. This has since been very useful for retaining wall arches, bridges.

I then found windows difficult to make neatly. This drew me into 3d printing.

I now have quite a collection of artwork for both. It is surprising how quickly the collections grow.

 

I always knew scratchbuilding was a slow process but I never appreciated how satisfying it is to build something from scratch.

For those considering giving it a try patience is obviously necessary, but I also found that I really enjoyed have a second try at something I was not entirely happy with first time.

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I agree Pete, I never realised how satisfying it is to build something from scratch until I gave it a go. 
A laser cutter and 3D printing certainly would make things easier for me and enable my building to be somewhat more accurate and a lot neater. For the time being I’ll have to settle on my faithful scalpel and ruler!

 

I’m not sure I have the patience though to build my structures a second time even if I have learnt lessons along the way!

Time will tell. 

 

Regards

Hector

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So not quite scratchbuilt, more kit bashed - This is my S Scale Rhodesia Railways Wagon and Carriage Inspectors hut. Based on an enlarged Scalescenes printable HO coal office, with new openings, covered in red brick paper, homemade windows and roof sheeting, and a few bits of plastic. The second photo shows the original HO build, a scaled up and slightly modified S Scale build that I did before the actual model.

 

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On 07/07/2020 at 07:13, 2ManySpams said:

A few progress photos from me of the old grain store from Bodmin North (7mm scale)...

 

Most impressive. How are you doing the tiles?

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On 08/07/2020 at 11:08, aardvark said:

 

Most impressive. How are you doing the tiles?

 

Cheers. They are cut from 10thou and 15thou plasticard and applied separately using Limonene (a weak solvent). There's only 3500-4000 of them...:wacko:

 

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2 hours ago, 2ManySpams said:

Cheers. They are cut from 10thou and 15thou plasticard and applied separately using Limonene (a weak solvent). There's only 3500-4000 of them...:wacko:

 

All the more impressive!!

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Wow!! Can you tell us a bit about how / what materials etc ? 

8 hours ago, IanLister said:

Hi.

I've taken the opportunity during the lockdown to build the station buildings for my ex-NER branch terminus .....

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, David jennings said:

Wow!! Can you tell us a bit about how / what materials etc ? 

 

Hi David.

The building shells are 3mm foamboard covered on the outside walls with a thin layer of Advanced Lightweight Polyfilla which is scribed when dry to represent the stonework.

 

Roofs are plasticard with slates from selfadhesive matte photopaper, cut into strips using the Silhouette cutter, which is a lot easier than the knife/ruler method I used to use!

 

Window and door frames etc are made using the Silhouette, as are the decorative awning valances.

 

The paving slabs, coping stones, chimney stacks and much of the decorative stonework detail is made from the same filler as mentioned above, but cast in slabs 2mm and 3mm thick. It's very easy to cut, sand, file , paint etc; the area of paving on the station concourse is all one piece scribed and painted.

 

The ironwork for the canopies was designed and cut using the Silhouette cameo.

 

The 'under construction' timber waiting rooms/refreshment bar is made from plasticard; every bit of it was cut or scribed using the silhouette Cameo. The diagonal 3" planking was scribed on 30 thou using a shallow blade setting on the cutter; much easier than scribing it and far more accurate. Style is based on the waiting shed at Wooler and the verandahs on the other A and C stations.Not the easiest prototypes to copy, but it's right for the model.

 

Hope this helps.........

 

Ian

 

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Commendable work and excellent use of the Silhouette Cutter, best modelling tool I purchased for cutting materials.

 

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My bank holiday weekend scratch-built building project was this low-relief N/2mm scale cinema. It's based on the Regent/ABC at Chatham (High Street) although it was demolished in 2004 and a block of flats built in its place. I made it for fun as I've no need for a cinema, but it will probably end up on a friends layout so I'll leave it to him to select the film(s) and print off suitable decals/signs for the canopy. The advertising of a film name would instantly date it to a specific year and I'm not sure what year he is modelling (just that it the 60s, I think).

 

Full details of the construction can be found on my thread https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/115057-scratch-built-card-and-styrene-structures-based-on-real-buildings/page/73/

 

 

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Hi All, Here's a few images taken during the construction of  'Vernes Tower', a stone tower for 'Fun Town', a small micro layout.

All scratchbuilt of course.

 

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Six layers of 0.5mm styrene wrapped and glued around a piece of cardboard tube. The outer layer is marked with a scraper and rubbed with acrylic paint to help align the stones.

 

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Stone strips are cut and glued with solvent, they are later textured with dental burs and finally given a rub down with a wire brush.

 

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Vernes Tower ready for ithe layout.

 

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A stair made made from brass connects 'Vernes Tower' to 'The Mart'.

 

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Another view on the Staircase and railings.

 

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A similar process is used for the Stone paving.

 

Thanks for Looking : Snitzl.

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