Random 2mm things

Discussion in '2mm Lounge' started by David Varley, 22 October 2017.

  1. David Varley

    David Varley Western Thunderer

    Following a hiatus due to work, I've finally picked up the modelling tools again.

    I'm also now on an enforced absence from the office until at least the middle of November, so I'm hoping I might be able to progress a few things.

    First back on the bench are three 1871 design Furness Railway Horse Boxes - all plasticard/strip construction, save for few pieces of Scalescenes mesh.

    Next job after a bath in the ultrasonic cleaner will be painting the insides. 2mm Scale Association etches are also to hand for the chassis.

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  2. David Varley

    David Varley Western Thunderer

    First of the bodies with base colour painted and temporary roof attached (lost a couple of bolt heads in the process).

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    The livery details for these beasts are a bit vague, but it's thought they were painted in the same ultramarine which the Furness used for their coaching stock. I'll be picking out the window frames in white and the metal work in black.

    I'm using a new method for me of constructing the roof - 16mm wide, half-round wooden moulding strip, trimmed to bit inside the body with 0.25mm styrene sheet (Evergreen) affixed using foam glue. Quite pleased with the result but need to have another go with a sightly larger piece of styrene to get the overhang right on both sides.

    Once I've got the size right I'll also be putting another piece of 0.25mm styrene on top to get the thickness of the roof right and will then have to have a think about how I'm going to do the ventilators.
     
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  3. David Varley

    David Varley Western Thunderer

    I've also started work again on the buildings for the Pennine Area Group's layout based on Lightcliffe, circa 1930.

    There've been a couple of false starts due to information coming to hand after work had started, mainly concerning the level differences in the main station buildings which dropped away to the rear.

    Those buildings are now almost complete, but I do need to add some ventilators to the roof of the toilet block and signs and poster boards also need to be added to the platform frontage.

    The signal box is completed, but doesn't yet have a platform to sit on and the stone staircase for the footbridge is being painted.

    The Bradford bound platform is also a second attempt. I'd almost finished the first but wasn't happy with it - one of the baseboard joints runs across the platform and the first attempt was built in two pieces but the join was too unsightly so I decided to have another go, this time making the platform in one peice with the intention of drilling through it and the baseboard to insert location dowels which will then be covered over with the slips that I'm using to create the flagged plaform surface.

    The next building, which I've just finished marking out, is what appears to be some sort of store/warehouse on the Bradford bound platform. Again, this has been a tricky building to work out. From the platform side and the Bradford end it looks simple - plain end wall and frontage with a door and two windows - but when a photo of the Halifax end of the building finally came to light it showed a door which was on a different level to the doors leading onto the platform. Yup, another split level building!

    Unfortunately, that photo only shows half of the end wall ... and more frustratingly no photos have yet come to light showing the non-platform side of the building. I've managed to get hold of an aerial photo via Historical England which indicates that there might have been a loading area, but other than that it's guesswork as to what that side of the building looks like ... but it needs building so I've finally taken the bull by the horns and started work on it.

    Some very unexciting pictures showing the marking out of the sides and ends are attached, as are a few showing the other buildings already constructed.

    Marking out for platform frontage.

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    Best guess for the non-platform frontage.

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    Halifax (left) and Bradford (right) ends.

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    Main station buildings

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  4. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    At first glance I thought the station building was Shipley (GN) until I read the text.
     
  5. David Varley

    David Varley Western Thunderer

    There are quite a few similarities. It's just a shame that Lightcliffe's not still there like Shipley, as it would make modelling it a bit easier!

    I fell lucky in that Calderdale archives have some drawings of the main buildings from when they were altered in L&Y days otherwise it would have been a much more difficult build. Still not sure that they're quite 'as built' though!
     
  6. adrian

    adrian Flying Squad

    They look impressive - especially considering the scale. I do like the stonework around the windows and doors on the station building you've captured the look really well.
     
  7. David Varley

    David Varley Western Thunderer

    Thanks Adrian.

    It was a case of trial and error building windows in isolation until I found a way that I was happy with and then repeating the process several times over. That was a while ago though, and I just hope that I can remember how I did them for the warehouse building. Must remember to keep more notes/take more photos!
     
  8. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    Superb David
     
  9. David Varley

    David Varley Western Thunderer

    Enforced absence from work continues, as does work on the buildings for Lightcliffe.

    The walls for the warehouse on the Bradford bound platform and the gentlemens lavatory on the Halifax bound platform are almost finished, and I've now made a start on the weighbridge office in the goods yard.

    The platform frontage of the warehouse building. The timetable/poster boards are only losely positioned at the moment and I need to drill locating holes in the wall for them (there'll be a flat headed screw affixed to the rear of them so that the boards can be changed if required) plus the downpipes for the guttering need to be added and I'm also waiting for a custom made running-in board).

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    The rear wall of the warehouse building (now almost certainly guaranteed that a photograph will turn up to show that it didn't look anuthing like this).

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    And the end walls (I'm not sure that there was a flight of steps but it's such a Yorkshire feature:)).

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    Front and Bradford end wall for the gentlemens loo (the holes in the front wall are for the downpipe but I forgot to fit it when I was taking the photo).

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    And the Halifax end wall (remembered the downpipe this time, though it's not been glued in place yet).

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    And finally for now, the beginnings of the weighbridge hut (very small this, just 10' by 8').

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    Regards,

    David V.
     
  10. nightmail

    nightmail New Member

    They look very good. may I ask, is that Slater's embossed stone?
     
  11. David Varley

    David Varley Western Thunderer

    Thanks.

    The stone is Slater's 'Stone Courses' - medium on the warehouse building, and small on the gentlemens toilet.
     
  12. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    It's a shame no one produces a true 'West Yorkshire' stone sheet. Since living up here I've noticed the stone used in buildings is quite uniform and not random as say Cotswold, West Country or Welsh.
     
  13. David Varley

    David Varley Western Thunderer

    I've not tried it, but South Eastern Finecast do a 'Dressed Stone Block' sheet in 2mm ...

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    ... and Model Railway Scenery do a 'Wethered Sandstone Ashlars' in their range of downloadable textures.

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    The latter looks quite good to my eye, though I've never really been much of a fan of brick paper.

    I think I've got some of the South Eastern Finecast sheet kicking around somewhere so I might have a go with that for some of the remaining buildings - there are quite a few non-railway ones to go yet, including what will be one of the key buildings on the layout, the Hall from Brookes Limited's works.

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    We've got quite a few photos of the building that were taken before it was demolished (to make way for what I believe is the largest tumble dryer manufacturing site in Europe) but no plans have come to light yet despite various enquires.
     
  14. David Varley

    David Varley Western Thunderer

    Further progress on the additional buildings for Lightcliffe - all are now almost constructed, just got to paint them and add the final details.

    Platform side of the warehouse building on the Bradford bound platform.

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    Reverse of the same building.

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    And a three quarters shot showing the end staircase from the ground up to platform level.

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    Gentlemens toilet on the Halifax bound platform.

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    Weighbridge hut in the goods yard.

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    I've also now added the vents and the rooflights for the WCs in the main station building. The vents I knew about, but I only found out about the roof lights when I acquired an aerial photo of the station. Given the choice I'd have built them into the roof and glazed them, but I did't want to risk damaging the model, so I cut away the tiling and fitted the rooflights into the gaps having first painted them with washes to try and give the impression that they're glazed. The ridge tiles need tidying up a bit where the vents have gone in, but otherwise I'm pleased with how this has gone.

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    Regards,

    David V.
     
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