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Discussion in 'Area 51' started by Neil, 12 December 2016.
Interesting architecture on the cafe in the photo.
I've managed to complete and fix the first two areas of pavement. Since the last photos The card pavement sections have been painted at the workbench using the same shade of grey as the road. They went even curlier a la BR cheese sandwich circa 1978. However they stuck down well with PVA once weighted with a stck of books and some offcuts of roofing lead.
By and large I'm pleased with the result but the colour will have to be adjusted. The card used for the paving slabs is a more brilliant white than the Das clay used for road surfaces. The pavement will need a slight darkening and a bit of warmth added before I'm properly happy.
I've done a couple of things since the last post, the first being to fill in the slight gaps between pavement and road and the second to get out the pastels to darken and warm up the grey tones of the paving.
It's not as apparent in the photos as it is with the naked eye but I am a lot happier with the way it's coming together now for relatively little effort.
Now that the sh!th0le that we called home has become a des res at last and there are no rooms left to decorate I'm have a good deal more time to spend on making models. Spurred on by the progress Al Reynolds is making over at the other place with his lovely French industrial layout I'm knuckling down with further paving and scenery on Vischkaai. Attention is now focussed on the water side. Here's some of the real thing.
Here's what I've done so far.
The dreadful join will be filled and faffed with, fortunately I can also deploy bushes and weeds to disguise any deficiencies (see above). To tackle the paving adjoining the quayside I need to finish this roughed out building as it will sit within the paving.
Attention has also been given to the gaping holes round the point tie bars. Hopefully it's not a too implausible representation of steel cover plates.
Finally I thought it might be an idea to show how I work on the section of layout. Some time ago I bought an old tea trolley which is just the ticket for stuff like this as I can spin relatively large sections about to work at from all angles.
The working area on the desk is too big - it should be at least the maximum size of a postage stamp surrounded by tools and clutter .
I'm afraid it usually is.
As I want to press on with the paving on the right hand section of quayside I need to establish the final and accurate footprint of the building which will sit within it.
While the basic card shape works well to establish the overall look it's not precise enough to use as a marker for establishing the position of the paving slabs. Nothing for it but to make a start on the proper structure. Like most of the other buildings I have a head start in the form of a cast resin facade, this time by Alsa Cast picked up from the wonderful Kuijper's Hobbyhuis whilst on holiday in Utrecht.
The other three walls are fashioned from plasticard, the smaller windows from Auhagen, the big one from scratch to match the facade.
Like the other resin fronted buildings the structure will be completed by a false inner plasticard wall to which the resin outer will be laminated.
With the bits stuck together the building now looks like this.
When tried for size on Vischkaai the extreme narrowness seems far less apparent.
Looks very good Neil.
When it comes to painting the buildings - will it be Vermeer style?
If I could paint that well I'd be cultivating contacts at Christie's and practising signatures.