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Post by tom_tom_go » Fri Oct 07, 2011 6:09 pm

Inspired by others layouts I thought I would have a go at building an abandoned coach that has been lifted to the trackside on some sleepers:


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I have no real plan with this one - will just see how it turns out and make it up as I go along although ideas are welcome :)

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Post by Mike PVLR » Fri Oct 07, 2011 6:16 pm

you could use it as a station building !

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Post by MDLR » Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:37 pm

You could stick a crooked stove pipe out of the roof.............
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Post by Vapouriser » Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:51 pm

Its better than the coaches running on WWR. Swap?

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Post by tom_tom_go » Sat Oct 08, 2011 11:09 am

Great ideas keep em' coming!

I put to much effort into my builds to swap them - even if they are only going to be sitting outside as junked ;)

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Post by MDLR » Sat Oct 08, 2011 2:31 pm

Seeing as the body's on sleepers, you'll need a sleeper (preferably weathered) for a step to get people in and out of the coach - whether you devise hidden fixings to attach it to the coach or let it sit loose on whatever the coach is going to be sitting on is entirely up to you!
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Post by tom_tom_go » Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:39 pm

This has been shelved for a while as I need a replacement side panel as the one I have is broken and IP have no spares as this type of freelance coach is not made anymore:

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Maybe I can get away with placing planking or corrugated iron on the other side?

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Post by tom_tom_go » Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:07 pm

Here is what I ended up with! :)

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Post by MDLR » Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:10 pm

Nice - suitably rustic!
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Post by GW » Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:10 pm

Hello Tom-Tom,

I think a combination of "scrap" materials would look convincing on the "backside". Some cobbled up light framing covered with an old wooden panel, some planks in various degrees of aging, a couple of sheets of tin (corrugated or not), an old metal sign (rusty and hung upside down or sideways) and finish with some bent nails and  2x4 braces to hold it all up. That would give you an abandoned look like the coach had rolled and the side had gotten torn up so the cobbed up wall was added when re-used as a tool shed or shelter. Otherwise, I think it's turning out great! Love the canvas!

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Post by Keith S » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:18 pm

The planking really does make it look more like an old abandoned/retired coach. You really want it to look weathered and rotten, so it's sort of a blessing in disguise that the side was broken, I think.

I saw on here last year sometime a fellow had a really good way of weathering wood: He made some very scale-like grain in wood bits by attacking them with a wire brush, then he used some kind of a wash like very thinned-down black paint to make the wood look grey and old. This treatment on at least a few of your planks would really make that coach look old and weathered.

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Post by MDLR » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:40 pm

I use Indian Ink well let-down with water to age and weather wood................
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Post by GW » Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:09 pm

Hello All,

There are several weathering compounds on the market to weather wood to a nice tone, Weather-it and Siverwood to name a few. They are alcohol based so they dry fast and are non toxic in the fume dept. I have used such on my engine shed model (shown on the E S & I Engine Shed thread) I've also mixed my own using alcohol and black india ink with a few drops of Brown added. I've also heard of using ammonia instead of alcohol, seems it brings up the grain more. Of course you should wire brush the wood first to deepen the grain of the wood.

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Post by Annie » Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:17 pm

I love your abandoned coach Tom. The fact that the kit had a broken side adds to the backstory of how the coach came to be taken out of service and used as a lineside shed.
What has Reality done for you lately?

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Post by tom_tom_go » Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:41 am

Thanks for the suggestions and encouragement guys!

I have not forgot about the crooked stove pipe idea Brian :)

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