Building display dioramas

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  1. York Paul

    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    Now my next job is to scratch the handrails which will go on top of the other girders but before I start that and while the light is still good and not too overcast lets have a play around. :thumbs: So lets fire up the Platform 1 Time Machine and see where it takes us all.:avatar:

    Ah rightie ho then... its 1961 and Alsager sheds Jinty 47606 is passing over the long singled Audley branch near Lycett with a short trip working for Newcastle Goods. This consist will soon join the Market Drayton line at Keele and then head through Silverdale Tunnel and the notorious single bore of Brampton Tunnel before propelling down the old converted canal branch into Newcastle Goods. Well not really but there is no harm in nostalgia.




     
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    Fantastic, could easily be the real thing.:thumbs:
     
  3. Rob Pulham

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    Most realistic, I look forward to seeing it in the flesh at some point.
     
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    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    Well after our little time warp play of earlier it started to rain, so a hasty dash to put everything away again and then back to the bench to make the handrail stanchions, twelve in total and six on each side with three runs of 1mm wire passing through to make the safety rails. The picture shows on the left the stanchions bent to form with the pieces on the right forming the Tee section, these will be drilled tomorrow. I've finished one already soldered together and this is at the bottom on the pic.

     
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    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    Your welcome to make a visit here at any time Rob:thumbs:
     
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    Spot on Paul.
     
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Notice we're not getting invited back again Paul . :whatever: summit we said o_O
     
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    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    :avatar: you chaps don't need an invite :thumbup: its open house here for you twos:tophat:
     
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    I'm getting embarrassed now :redface: the privileges that I get bestowed upon me. It's a bit like getting the keys to the city handed to you. :worship:
     
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    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    The bridge is looking great Paul. The scenic shot with the 3F and a few vans looks fantastic. Is that chalk or plaster on right hand side the abutments ?

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Beautiful work Paul....:thumbs::thumbs::thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:
    Pretty to watch.!!!
    :cheers::tophat:Gormo
     
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    Absolutely brilliant :tophat::worship:, superb modelling mate!

    Pete.
     
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    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    Look the point is Toto you have to consider privileges in a serious manner because Platform 1 is full of privileges :avatar::avatar::avatar:
     
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    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    The other day I ordered a couple of packs of 1mm brass rod as I'd run out of my stock and its always a handy size to have in, this was to build the safety rails which fit on top on the outer bridge girders and the order stated the expected delivery would be next Tues 2nd July, so with that in mind work halted on the bridge. Well today said rods arrived and so this evening I set to putting the rail assembly together which was rather a nice surprise as this weekend I can focus back on plaster of paris mould making for the culvert wing walls and the main cap stones on the bridge wings.Anyway here's a couple of pics I took before the rail stanchion tops were trimmed level and the upper bridge assembly sprayed in grey primer, I've ordered some acrylic metalic Gunmetal paint for the finish coat, this colour is pretty well nearest to the shade the LMS used to paint their metal civil structures.


     
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    Very nice
     
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    Looking good Paul,

    If you are ever looking for longer lengths at sensible prices I can recommend Barry Steventon at Metalsmith Leeds http://www.metalsmith.co.uk/metals-materials.htm

    I buy all my supplies from Barry these days. I only venture to other suppliers if I need a size that Barry doesn't stock (not many:cool:)
     
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    Thanks for that and the link Rob... those prices are attractive compared to competitors on auction sites.:thumbs:
     
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    Today I started weathering the bridge by building up the base tones of deeper hues on the brickwork, this is a bit complex as lighter colours of semi translucent washes will be added later with the effect being to create tonal colour depths. Bricks used by the North Stafford on heavy structures like this were often made from Staffordshire ball clay mixed with boiler ash and known as Brindles, these bricks had a dark reddish blue tone and this is what I've started to copy. The bridge girders have been sprayed with metallic gunmetal colour and weathered using powders layered onto a tacky varnish coating and then dusted again with the gunmetal colour to create a distressed finish.


     
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    Looking fab.
     
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    As Andy said, looking good Paul :thumbs:
     
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