Coal merchants office / howf

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  1. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Luib Bridge is getting a coal drop and it's going to need a merchants office.

    The shape and size is still to be decided but the chances are that its going to be a lean too type building onto an existing wall or bridge parapet. Due to the potential irregularity in dimensions, I thought of some very thin ply with a layer of brickwork fashioned in clay.

    Anybody any comments / suggestions on the suitability of the two for adhesion purposes and also any hints or tips on getting a decent result in O Gauge brick courses. Once dry, it will be painted, clear glossed, mortar courses added then matt coated.

    Any comments on the above and on achieving a good scale brick course size would be appreciated.

    Cheers

    Toto
     
  2. gormo

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    G`day Toto,

    If it was me making the building, I think I would make the walls and skin them with the DAS but not assemble them at first. Use PVA to stick the DAS to the ply.

    This method would allow you to lay each wall flat on it`s back, and mark out your brick courses with a pencil. You could then scribe the brick courses using a straight edge to guide the scribe, and consequently have more control over the outcome.

    Once the scribing is done, you could assemble the walls of the building and fill as necessary on the corner joints.

    I`ll attach some pics of a little goods office at Oakworth station on the KWVR. The building is set into a retaining wall which results in an odd shape, yet interesting, and sounds similar to what you were talking about.

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    http://www.click:tophat:Gormo
     
  3. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Thanks for that Gormo.

    Nice photos to work from. :thumbs:
     
  4. jakesdad13

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    There is a company called Petite Properties who are primarily a dolls house maker, however they have branched out into model railway buildings as well in N, OO and O scales, they produce a book on how to build and finish their kits and in it an excellent how to for using DAS clay to cover the walls of buildings. Their method is to roll out the clay on non stick plastic document envelopes, the type that go in folders, to about 2mm thickness then glue it to the building with a thin layer of PVA then scribe whatever finish you want. If you Google them there is a gallery of what they make, its very good.

    Pete.
     
  5. paul_l

    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    Or you could make it from strips of paper overlaid to give a shiplap planking effect instead of bricks.

    Paul
     
  6. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    I checked out your site Pete and there is a very interesting little fishermans howf type arrangement which would be perfect. Even just to copy the design. looks reasonably simple to create.
    Maybe card would work Paul . paper wouldn't take much abuse. :avatar:
    cheers
    toto
     
  7. paul_l

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    The paper goes on top of the card / plywood

    Paul
     
  8. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Just testing. :avatar:
     
  9. jakesdad13

    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi Toto, what about using the Scalescene hut from the competition scaled up to 175% for O scale as I did but use the brick option.

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    Pete.
     
  10. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    That could be a goer. I take it you were quite happy with the finished scale ?
     
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    Hi Toto, yes the scale up came off the Scalescenes web site, the only problem I had was the layout of the down load doesn't lend itself to up scaleing, I had to print off some parts, turn the page 180 degrees and print it again, now I believe there is a way of manipulating the parts on the computer to get a better layout for printing, I am sure I read it here or on YMRC but I'm sure someone will know how to do it on here, it's just not me :avatar:.

    Pete.
     
  12. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    No worries, the answer shall be gorthcoming I'm sure. :avatar:
     

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