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Cracking pictures as usual with bag loads of potential modelling. This topics rapidly becoming my first stop for reference pictures! Thank you!

 

Bill

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sparks, on 14 Oct 2013 - 11:40, said:

The Gospel car - haven't seen that in years! Now that would make a great little project to fill a corner....

Or even put some wheels under it and stick it in a train!

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Some corrugated sheeting, chimney, crane base, iron foundry, and a pub door and window, this is about as exciting as it gets. :stinker:

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Some pictures of a building held together with iron rods, a brick shed with a tree growing out of it, little shop with big chimney,tiled roof, sliding door gear, and warehouse offices over entrance.

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A few more bits and pieces in no particular order.

That's useful. I'm thinking of doing something similar to the overhanging bit with the Scalescenes Factory/Warehouse, and thought it would need much bigger girders than that. Was there track under there originally? I'd need track under mine, and the occasional loco would go under there.

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That's useful. I'm thinking of doing something similar to the overhanging bit with the Scalescenes Factory/Warehouse, and thought it would need much bigger girders than that. Was there track under there originally? I'd need track under mine, and the occasional loco would go under there.

Hi. The building was late victorian and was used to store cast iron grates, and ranges. Railway wagons were shunted underneath and loaded from above.

                                              regards Adrian

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I was out walking earlier this week and went past this little chapel that I remember from my childhood in the 1960s, and remembered this thread.

Bridford is a small village on the edge of Dartmoor. Although it is peaceful now this area, and along the Teign Valley, was once a very busy mining and quarrying area for various minerals.

 

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Something like this would not take up much room

 

edit - another view of one sign on a sunnier day

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cheers

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Absolutely magnificent and brilliant photography.

 

A touch of the England I remember and so inspirational. Must find an excuse - or even not find an excuse - to model it all.

 

Thanks for sharing this wonderful find. Much appreciated.

 

Cheers.

 

Allan.

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Thought I would throw in a bit of backstreet urban grot from Scotland

 

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steve

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Re the frosted windows in the Bans's pub, anyone got any suggestions as to how to get that effect? In the era I model, South Wales before 1959, that's how it would have been.

 

TIA Tim T

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Hi Tim, you could redraw them on a computer and specify the the frosting effect as a spot colour black at about 11% opacity and the lettering and border as white, when printed out onto clear film the white will be transparent.

Attached is a quick example and is just to give you an idea of what I mean. Hope this is of some use Adrian.

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It's been a long time since anything was posted on here, but I saw this building today and was rather taken by the facia which has a mixture of type faces and looks like it was cut out of ply. 

No doubt this will vanish in the next few months and be gone forever. All the best Adrian.

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The village where I live has a number of characterful, interesting and modellable buildings of different styles and types. I photographed a few last year:

 

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The village hall with upstairs a village club (cheap beers, snooker and so on) and a hall with stage and kitchens downstairs available for hire.

 

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1930s terrace of shops

 

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The Plough pub which is mentioned in the 'War of the Worlds'. Originally sited near Plough bridge over the Wey it was moved complete to this location opposite the village green.

 

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The village bakery complete with Hovis sign.

 

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This used to be the head brewers house and commercial offices for the brewery that was located behind the Plough.

 

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Superb art deco style motor garage was once a petrol station.

 

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The Blue Anchor pub - famous for a 1920s murder when the landlady along with her French lover poisoned the landlord http://wokinghistory.org/onewebmedia/160527.pdf

 

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The Clockhouse, just across the road from the Blue Anchor, was an old peoples home with fantastic internal wood panelling but is now converted to apartments.

 

There are plenty of other interesting buildings in the village including an old mill and the Manor House where Henry VIII had his childhood before moving to Oatlands and Hampton Court: http://www.byfleetmanor.com/history/ A lot of the roads around are named after famous visitors to the house such as the Black Prince, Gaveston and Aragon (who was given the house by Henry).

 

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Hi Grahame, thank you for your contributions to this thread, some lovely photos and information of the buildings in your village. You think they will be there for always, but blink your eye and they are gone and you only have your memory of them.

 All the best Adrian. 

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For period urban building and infrastructure inspiration I'd recommend these two books:

 

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They are basically photo albums and can be picked up for around £10 each rather than their listed price of £16.95 each.

 

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The Art Deco service station is quite magnificent. Could be the inspiration for many scratch-builds. 1920s bus depot anyone? Re-built railway station frontage?

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What an excellent thread. I’m always exploring London and I have a load of photos. Here’s a start.

 

This is in Spitalfields, what was Newton Folgate. There are loads of 18th and 19th century buildings that once were slums in a poverty-stricken district and are now highly desirable residences in a popular and vibrant part of the city (he said cynically)

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The above is a sign seen in Camden Passage, Islington.

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On ‎14‎/‎05‎/‎2019 at 05:56, Bill_J said:

The Art Deco service station is quite magnificent. Could be the inspiration for many scratch-builds. 1920s bus depot anyone? Re-built railway station frontage?

 

Yes, Art Deco style is immensely modellable. And of course there are wonderful Art Deco stations such as the one at Surbiton which is considered one of the finest modernist stations in the country as well as being grade II listed. I took a snap of it earlier in the week when there to meet some friends for a drink.

 

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And while in Surbiton I noticed a lot of other very handsome and modellable buildings like these:

 

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Back to Art Deco there is, of course, the very nice St Olafs House at London Bridge, also Grade II listed:

 

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and of which I've slowly been building a model (unfortunately still not complete) for my future railway layout project:

 

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G

 

 

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Thank you both for the additional photos to this thread, some really useful reference pictures. Toms first pic is just that little bit of street detail I am looking for at the moment.

All the best and keep them coming Adrian.

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Here are some photos of a 19th century pub in Islington. This is, in fact, the Angel from which the station takes its name.

 

 

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