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Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by Pencarrow, 1 March 2016.
Very impressive, and well worth the time taken.
Cheers Stu, probably taken more time to build these two buildings than all those I built for Treneglos. They have been a bit of a test bed though for a few different methods and finishes.
Really enjoyed making them so far and looking forward to seeing them painted up and fully finished. It does mean that I'll have something finished to show on the stand at the Taunton do (RMweb SWAG members day) to compliment all the part made stuff.
Thanks Steve. They are quite deceptively complex little buildings. Would be great to travel back to the 1880s to see what they really looked like before being demolished.
I was thinking the other day that considering that the Bodmin and Wadebridge railway was one of the earliest passenger carrying railways, it's criminal that so little of it remains today.
At Wadebridge the original offices were demolished to make way for the station enlargement and the workshops were cleared when the line closed. The whole lot is now a CO-OP and car park.
At Bodmin the LSWR cleared just about everything when they redeveloped the wharf into a proper railway station.
Not forgetting the worn door steps, cracked window sills and lintels?
I'll just re-iterate the comments chap, absolutely superb and well observed too.
I will look forward to seeing them appear in Taunton.
(I think a Pannier would look nice standing next to them !!!)
Chris, I am really enjoying watching your truly inspiring progress on this thread.
I am rather sorry I missed your proposal for using masking tape to represent tarred felt - especially as you have now gone on and made such a superbly crafted job of it!
I would have shouted sooner if I had spotted it!
Masking tape might appear to be quite benign stuff, easy to use, convenient, and indeed useful to the point of being essential - yet it has a very nasty habit:
The adhesive commonly used is notably unstable. After a while, sometimes quite rapidly, it breaks down into a slime before drying out to a powder! During the first stage the tape will come unstuck and can curl up, releasing some of the goo, which can spread out. Finally, when it dries, the paper tape shrivels as well!
Incidentally, "Double sided" plastic tape or sheet can, and does behave very similarly!
I speak from bitter experience, and over the years have had some very precious and irreplaceable artwork utterly ruined by the use of both these materials.
Anyone tempted to use either really should be made aware of this.
To all readers I would say:
Only use masking tape for temporary tacking and, or, for the job it was actually designed to perform...
...and please, please avoid double sided tape like the plague!
By the way, I have found that tissue, stuck down over a thick, wet layer of paint, and with a further thinned coat of paint added on top has proven to be the most effective, and durable, method of representing felt for roofing.
I have even used this method on garden railway rolling stock that has not only been subject to extreme weather conditions, but significant oil contamination from live steam engines as well - and all with no detrimental effect whatsoever!
Thanks for your observations Pete, it's always worth sharing these findings - forewarned is forearmed. I know a lot of folk were caught out by lead shot bonded with PVA expanding over time.
Interestingly I've been using masking tape to get a felt texture for many years and haven't had issues with it coming unstuck. I suspect that the main reason is that I take the extra step of soaking the edges and joins with a thin superglue.
In your experience how long have you found it takes for the tape to deteriorate?
Do you think your observations regarding double-sided tape also apply to the self adhesive roof tiles I've used from York Modelmakers?
It's February. I've just cut all the lawns. What's going on?
Don't panic. Another day of sunshine and they'll be complaining of a drought and a hosepipe ban declared .
Second side window made - just needs the frame cutting down like the one on the left.
No chance of that, forecast monsoon tomorrow...
And snow on Saturday for Kettering?
Just the sticky out bay window left now. Still trying to decide how to make it.
Think it will have been modernised...
Even though it's such a nice window.
Think it would need etching to do it justice though.
Unless anyone else has any bright ideas?
I agree that an etch window frame is probably an appropriate solution; as an alternative, how about creating a drawing (Inkscape?) and looking for someone who can cut the frame from 15th HIPS using a Silhouette Cameo?
I can do that.
Or, just use transparent sheet and paint the lines on.
Or use loco/coach lining transfers.