NWNG Railways No.1

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Re: NWNG Railways No.1

Post by FWLR » Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:23 am

You are correct about the UK, but does it always have to be done the way people expect them to be, I personally like the lighter colour, it stands out a lot more, for me anyway. But a little darkening were people have sit would look great too, it shows they have been sat on at least. :thumbright:
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Re: NWNG Railways No.1

Post by River Lin » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:33 pm

Hi all and thanks for the range of comments
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I think that is much better. A much more natural oak colour. They looked stark white against the teak interior.
This is antique pine before sanding and a sealing coat.
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Post by Peter Butler » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:58 pm

Far better in a slightly darker colour. That gives them a more substantial appearance and more in keeping with the original timber used.
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Post by FWLR » Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:19 am

Very nice. :thumbright:
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Re: NWNG Railways No.1

Post by River Lin » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:09 pm

Hi all. Time to pick on your experience.
I know i can do imitation leather seating in 1st class but i have ordered some thin black leather samples online and would love to make buttoned and padded leather seat pads if possible. Any help and ideas would be welcomed. Especially how to cover a foam pad without the leather puckering up at the corners (or does that matter?) .
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Post by Peter Butler » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:12 pm

During my many years as a picture framer I stretched possibly thousands of embroideries, tapestries and other fabrics and the one guaranteed thing is that corners will always be an issue when it comes to making a tidy job. Dependent on the thickness of your leather you could have a very untidy finish on the reverse of the cushion/squab as there will inevitably be a doubling-up of the material thickness. The thinner the better for your needs, but that might eliminate leather and be some other more flexible material.
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Re: NWNG Railways No.1

Post by River Lin » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:57 pm

Hi Peter.
The puckering problem is what i am woried. I could hide any on the underside by making a small box like structure to house the seat. It is more the four edge corners being untidy that wories me. I am probably attempting something a little too far but i can always modify my ideas if it turns out to be an impossible task. It will be interesting to see how thick the leather is when it arrives.
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Re: NWNG Railways No.1

Post by LNR » Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:16 am

This is the problem I had when doing my saloon seats, but as they run length ways I just made them butt against each other with no end folds. Do your seats feature arm rests, if so the same might be possible.
Then thinking about this some more, and this is a bit off the wall, I wonder if black plastic sheeting as used in the garden could be used. It's much thinner, black, and a "hospital tuck" might be possible without creating too much thickness. It could be a bit shiny which may be fixed by a rub with some steel wool. I'd imagine your probably only looking at 1/8th inch of foam so the buttoning won't need to pull in far. A bit wild but just a thought.
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Re: NWNG Railways No.1

Post by River Lin » Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:54 am

Thats not a bad thought Grant. Some sort of black sheeting mght be more flexible to pull aund th corners. There are armrests but the drawing is unclear as to whether they are come up from the sides of the seat or are just screwed to the side of the carriage. D
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Post by LNR » Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:03 am

Another suggestion David, neoprene rubber as in wetsuits. I wonder if that can be purchased thin enough, or cut to suitable thickness (your obviously a dab hand with a scalpel) And then for corners and ends prepared as my crude pic. and glued with contact cement.
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I know it buttons beautifully as I've used it for a model car seat.
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Re: NWNG Railways No.1

Post by philipy » Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:12 am

LNR wrote:
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:03 am
Another suggestion David, neoprene rubber as in wetsuits. I wonder if that can be purchased thin enough,
Thinking sideways from there, how about toy balloons? You can get big ones in a variety of colours and my guess is that one balloon would do the seat and back of one. i.e.: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/36-Inch-Gian ... jQTViOmp4Q

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Re: NWNG Railways No.1

Post by River Lin » Sat Dec 02, 2017 3:40 pm

Hi all.
My leather (type material) has arrived. It is very soft and thin with a leather texture and stretches in one direction so will try with this first but thanks for all the backup suggestions if this fails.
I think i will make removeable seat units so i can make the whole seat with cushions away from the carriage and slot them in and out as i need to during manufacture. I might use your idea in principal Grant while continuing the leather under the seat to glue it and making the front edge leather wider so it can wrap around the sides maybe hiding the corner joint.
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Re: NWNG Railways No.1

Post by GTB » Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:33 pm

LNR wrote:
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:03 am
Another suggestion David, neoprene rubber as in wetsuits. I wonder if that can be purchased thin enough,
Most railway upholstery I've seen has had sewn corners, not folded ones, so glueing the corners would be reasonable.

You can buy neoprene in sheet form down to 1/32"(0.8mm), which is a bit thick to form folded corners, but probably OK if the corners are cut and glued. One issue is colour, as it usually comes in a choice of black, black, or black..... Balloon rubber is suitably thin, but is usually natural rubber and rots fairly quickly, unlike synthetic rubbers like neoprene. Nitrile gloves are a source of very thin durable rubber, but the colours are a problem.

Another possibility might be thin PVC upholstery material, as the corners could be welded with a hot soldering iron.

If you have a good craft shop locally, have a browse to see what materials are available. There may also be something suitable for miniature upholstery from the dollhouse and miniature furniture hobby suppliers, as they use similar scales.

Not too sure what foam would be suitable for modelling deep button upholstery, as ordinary upholstery foam would be too soft relative to the cover material in this size. You might need to use a dense packaging foam and drill holes where the buttons will go, so it will form the right shape around the buttons.

The TVT doesn't use buttoned upholstery, but I did contemplate moulding it from Fimo PVC modelling clay and forming the divots for the buttons with a small Philips screwdriver. Once the Fimo has hardened, a hole can be drilled and a pin pushed in to simulate the button. I think Rik has used Fimo in a model and I've seen some very convincing model upholstery done in Fimo by Neil Ramsay.

I can see some experimentation in your future.........

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Re: NWNG Railways No.1

Post by River Lin » Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:54 pm

Hi Graeme.
The foam i have is a coarse but tough and firm foam that is about 5mm thick. It was used as packing in a box of flat packed furniture to even out the thickness of some of the boards in the box. One backup plan i have is to carve, prime and paint blocks of either balsa or polyeurathane foam and pre-form the button dents and push a dressmakers pin into the dents to form the button. Using fimo would be good as i could use a piece of leather to push into the surface to mould a leather texture into the surface.
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Re: NWNG Railways No.1

Post by GTB » Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:52 am

River Lin wrote:
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:54 pm
The foam i have is a coarse but tough and firm foam that is about 5mm thick.
That sounds like the sort of foam I was thinking of........ It is firm, but unlike styrofoam it doesn't crush when compressed.

Can't remember when I last used balsa for anything to do with model railways. The clear pine available from the local timber merchants is a native species and nice to work with hand tools, so I use that for anything made of wood.

Hadn't thought of pressing a surface texture into Fimo, but that could also be used to simulate the texture of fabric upholstery.

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