Sunshine, Palm Trees and a Food Industry...

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  1. Gary

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    Spent 90 odd minutes scratch building an old corrugated iron fence....

    Made from Evergreen styrene strip (post and rails), HO scale corrugated card and a few strands of fly wire mesh for the barbed wire. A flick of the paint brush here and there and it's done.... ;)




    I'll bed it in tomorrow after work and add some more junk and trash around it.

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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  3. Gary

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    I have been doing a little kit bashing and scratch building the last few days and I'll start with the kit bash.

    You could say this kit bash is also scratch building as I used parts left over from the Walthers Red Wing Mill to build this little low relief industrial building that will sit on the right hand end of the layout.

    I started with one of the large wall sections and cut out the bottom level and the third level for this build.



    I then cut down the third level into two pieces, one piece acting as a side wall for the right hand side.


    These were all glued together...



    ...before adding some lintel details around the top of the building, using Plastruct triangle section.


    The roof was the next piece to be added and this was cut from the roof section of the mill kit and a edge/fascia was added using Evergreen styrene strip.




    Before gluing the roof in place, I wanted some exterior details, so with some sprue from the kit, I created some pipes and short chimneys. The walls were drilled and these parts added.



    Part of the facia was filed down so the chimneys could sit flush.



    Wall brackets were made for the larger exterior pipe from styrene rod. The sprue was drilled and the three brackets glued in then all was painted silver.


    Roof top detail was then added using a few roof top vents.


    Next to go on to the building are the conduits, junction box and an external light switch. I cut up a few short lengths of styrene strip to make brackets and then glued on 0.88 and 0.64 styrene rod. The junction box is a small off cut of 1.5 x 4mm styrene strip.



    The building was given a coat of off white (little earth brown thrown in), the external pipes added and a door. I still have to add the 'fire escape' landing and stairs.


    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    My other job at hand was to fill the corner next to the level crossing with a small building. I thought a cafe would be a good choice so I searched google maps and found this particular cafe...



    This building became my inspiration for the model and I drew up the plans on paper, to make sure it would fit the area before transferring the lines to 30 thou styrene sheet.
    here you can see that I have cut out all the apertures for windows, doors and cooling louvres. The two narrow openings are for the louvres.


    I pieced all the cut out sections together to form the cafe. It is not a huge building with a foot print of about 100 x 100mm, with external wall added.


    The roof was to go on next. I glued down some 20 though styrene sheet followed by the corrugated sheet. This gave me more 'meat' for the barge boards to adhere to. A small brick wall was also knocked up from 20 thou sheet and some Slaters embossed brick. This forms up the out door 'alfresco' dinning area.


    Conduit and junction box was also added and more will be added soon as well as a gas line and meter box.


    That's as far as I got with the main building, but today I started on the outside dunny. The dunny can be seen in the rear photo of the cafe. It is basically a lean too or add-on.
    I started with a few off cuts of brick wall from another Walthers kit I kit bashed a while ago and I constructed the tree main walls.


    A length of 4mm diameter rod was then filed and cut to replicate a toilet bowl and hand basin.



    A tap for the hand basin was made from 0.64mm styrene rod...


    Once all these were completed, they were added to a painted (inside and out) open shell, with a small off cut of brick work for the floor. A cistern was added above the toilet and also a roll of bog paper.


    To give you an idea of size, I have photographed it alongside a Lego brick... ;) Some may call me crazy, but hey, what else do you do during lock down ?? ;)


    That's it for now. I have doors to make and hang, roof top details to add, a floor for the cafe, more conduits, paints and all that other stuff associated with cafes...

    Now I wonder if I can get the smell of coffee in there...?? It certainly will smell better than what's in the dunny... :eek:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    That carved dunny is quiet impressive...:cool:
     
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    Thanks Chris. I used the same technique on the hand basin as well, only difference is it was cut shorter and then halved, before adding the pedestal/drain.

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Great work Gary , and even more impressive in ho scale…….but where’s the soap and hand towel? :thumbs:
     
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    As usual, the soap is left in the basin ! The hand towel, well..., I could always add that at a latter date !

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    That`s a great little dunny Gary.......how about a Red Back on the toilet seat.........sorry wrong country.......:facepalm::avatar::avatar::avatar::avatar:
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    That would have to be a racoon climbing out of the dunny ! :avatar::avatar:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Last night I decided to scratch build another item found on the site of the cafe, a dumpster bin !


    This bin is fairly small, measuring around 4' high x 7' wide and about 4' deep. I used Evergreen styrene to construct the dumpster box.


    4mm wide C channel section was used to make the tyne points for lifting the bin into a truck and some 1.4mm angle for the top edges of the dumpster.


    Corrugated styrene was then cut to size and glued to a 0.64mm styrene rod to form the lids.


    I glued one lid in the open position and whilst this was curing, I added the under floor strengthening bars and the wheels. The bars are 1mm square strip and the wheels are slithers of 2mm rod.


    Then the dumpster bin and lid were painted accordingly and a little weathering applied.


    Water slide W & M were added then the whole bin was sprayed with matt clear to seal the decals and such. Trash was then glued into position and that folks, is a load of rubbish !


    Now, back to the cafe....

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Clever stuff Gary and a great end result :thumbup:
     
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    Nicely, nicely done....:thumbs::thumbs::thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:
    :tophat:Gormo
     
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    Thank you Kimbo & Gormo. :tophat:

    I only see one area that needs improvement and that is the channel where the truck tynes slide into. The outer wall is far too thick. What I need to do, if I entend building another, is to file a 30* angle back into the channel from the edges, making the slots look wider than what they are and narrowing the thickness of the outer material.


    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Okay..., it's time to skip back to the cafe...

    A little more has been completed, but I'll restart from where I left off with this building.

    First up, I had to measure, cut sand and line the canopy over the out door area. I used Evergreen corrugated styrene, the same as the roof on the building itself. 1.4mm angle was used to run around the exposed edges. Once cured, this was painted accordingly.


    The canopy needs a ledge/support on the building to sit upon, so a strip of 0.75 x 0.75 strip was glued into place.


    ...which allows the canopy roof to sit squarely against the wall...


    The brick wall around the front of the premises needs posts and a rail (bearer) to support the front of the canopy. 1mm square strip was used here, measured and cut equally and a bearer added. The bearer is 2.5mm x 0.75mm strip.


    Whilst this was curing and after a coat of black paint on the posts and bearer, I decided to floor and wall the interior with Scalescenes prints, printed at 87% for HO scale. I had to use the 'kitch' black & white checker tiles on the floor !


    The out door area just couldn't be bare, so I knocked up two tables from two cable drum ends and a short length of 2mm styrene rod. Stools were scratch built from small pieces of triangle shape and 0.75 square strip. A few indicator OO scale locomotive disks form the seat tops.


    The tables and stools had to cure before painting so I turned my attention to a little more interior. Again, Scalescenes prints were used for this. A menu board, fryer, fridges and benches were printed (87%) from the Corner Shop kit.


    The base for the cafe is a sheet of Evergreen styrene 6mm paving/side walk. This was painted a sandstone colour and when dry, I rubbed in some grey pastel into the gaps.

    More pipes were run around the cafe to the rear of the building to feed the cafe, the store room, the toilet and an outdoor tap.

    The toilet I built earlier in the week had a door made up and I also hung a calendar inside.



    This was glued into position after I had painted the exterior of the cafe. A roof was cut and painted/weathered and glued to the top of the toilet.

    I used a piece of sprue which I drilled the centre out to form a mop bucket. Two small holes opposite each other at the top of the bucket and a small length of brass wire added for a handle. A small length of 0.64mm rod was painted then cut to size and stood inside the bucket to act as the mop.

    to be continued...
     
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    One thing I forgot to mention in the above post was the inclusion of a palm tree print on the front wall next to the entry and the addition of two long outdoor tables for resting your hot coffee on ! The two tables (benches ?) are a strip of 4mm channel with Scalescenes timber wrapped around, supported underneath with 2 x lengths of 2mm rod... see pics below.

    Once the whole lot was glued together and the extra details added, the mop and bucket and the tables, stools and news papers added, I gave the model a light weathering and some weeds around the base of the building.




    The next job is to scratch build the air conditioner on the roof...

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    just need to scratch build 10000ciggy buts...lol...nice work
     
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    And a bin with loads of rubbish scattered around it.
     
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    Thank you Chris and Pete. :tophat:

    That's why I built the dumpster !!

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    i reckon a goat would fit in there perfectly .... :scratchchin: ...

    Ian vt
     

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