Stockpiling structures

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Stockpiling structures

Post by Old Man Aaron » Sun Mar 20, 2022 10:55 am

It'll be several years at current rate, before I can start on the next garden line. So I won't let that time be wasted, it's an opportunity to get a head-start on smaller, time-consuming projects like buildings and detailing. Things I can put away once complete, then, more-or-less plonk into the new tramway when the time finally comes..

This foamboard and styrene traffic office, modelled on the long-since demolished example at South Johnstone sugar mill, has been sporadically-progressing for the last year.
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The peeling paint effect was unintentional - the low-tack masking tape removed quite a bit of green topcoat. In spite of the grey primer showing underneath, it made for a reasonably realistic peeled paint effect; so I just stuck and ripped more tape from all over the building until I was satisfied. The exposed "wood" and "fibro" was then picked out with a wash of Tamiya enamels. The "hazy" effect on the green is because I sprayed during a storm. I tried gently buffing it with a kitchen scourer, which worked, but couldn't get into the corners without fully removing the paint. This turned out to be another happy accident, and has given the green another layer of age. An enamel "dirt" wash and flat clearcoat once the roof is done should see the weathering complete.
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Jackson's Miniatures doors and windows are just loosely fitted, awaiting glazing with real glass. More effort, but more durable. Couldn't find any interior photos of period narrow gauge traffic offices, so this was knocked up from foamboard scraps, and will be illuminated before fitting a corrugated iron roof.
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More to come on this and future buildings, in dribs and drabs, as and when.. I'm always keeping an eye out for characterful Australian buildings to add to the ideas folder.

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Post by philipy » Sun Mar 20, 2022 11:18 am

Accidental or not, the weathering looks fabulous. I just hope I last long enough to see all this in situ! :lol:

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Post by Peter Butler » Sun Mar 20, 2022 11:50 am

I agree with Philip, the peeling and weathered paint effect is just perfect; it suits the style and period of the structure well.
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Post by ge_rik » Mon Mar 21, 2022 7:18 am

Great effects by happy accidents! I wish mine worked out so fortuitously ... 😉

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Post by Lonsdaler » Mon Mar 21, 2022 5:41 pm

That is such an atmospheric little building Aaron. And a fortuitous way to add weathering effects - good job you didn't want it pristine! :lol:
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Post by gregh » Tue Mar 22, 2022 9:09 pm

As soon as I saw that paint peeling from the fibro, I was taken back to the old garage in the family home. Must have been the post war paint or fibro composition. Great work by you.
But the interior. Surely no railway office was without its Seth-Thomas pendulum clock. I expect to see a working model real soon. :thumbright: :thumbleft: :salute:
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Post by Andrew » Thu Mar 24, 2022 11:15 am

Old Man Aaron wrote:
Sun Mar 20, 2022 10:55 am
Couldn't find any interior photos of period narrow gauge traffic offices, so this was knocked up from foamboard scraps, and will be illuminated before fitting a corrugated iron roof.
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I'm guessing this picture of Tal-y-Llyn manager Haydn Jones (taken in 1949, when he was 86) depicts him in Towyn station building, the TR's version of a traffic office? It would be quite a challenge to model...

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I love your model, so full of character... The corrugated roof will finish it off a treat...

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Post by philipy » Thu Mar 24, 2022 12:39 pm

Strewth, no wonder they went bust!

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Post by Phil.P » Fri Mar 25, 2022 10:52 am

And I thought my filing system was unique! :dontknow:

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Post by Old Man Aaron » Fri Mar 25, 2022 3:26 pm

gregh wrote:
Tue Mar 22, 2022 9:09 pm
As soon as I saw that paint peeling from the fibro, I was taken back to the old garage in the family home. Must have been the post war paint or fibro composition. Great work by you.
But the interior. Surely no railway office was without its Seth-Thomas pendulum clock. I expect to see a working model real soon. :thumbright: :thumbleft: :salute:
Never seen peeling paint on fibro, so quite pleased to hear that. I considered a clock, but had to keep myself on a short leash for detailing this interior, lest I spend too much time on it, like the Imperial Hotel.. :roll:

My local heritage line has made a very faithful 1:1 scale model of the TR's traffic office erm, "system" in the volunteers' cottage on-site.. :bom: :lol:

Lights are now wired in, yet to finish the foamboard roof panels. When I make the corrugated sheets, I'll also clad the corflute sub-structure for this shed at right. This Moreton Mill photo was taken from the CaneSIG website; I reckon the shed itself was for the drying and storage of sand for locos. Note the sleeper walls and 1920s/30s gravity fuel pump. I've already bought a 1:18 model pump, it's on the list for a repaint and weathering sometime this year..
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Post by Old Man Aaron » Sat Apr 16, 2022 2:08 am

16/04/22

After the corflute shell sat for a year, the sand shed was finally knocked out over four nights. Real happy to finally have a model of this.
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Post by LNR » Sat Apr 16, 2022 4:34 am

Like the sag in the propped open window. Hope you enjoy painting all that rusty and otherwise corrugated iron.
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Post by invicta280 » Sun May 15, 2022 9:47 pm

I love to see models of corrugated iron structures. Good old wriggly tin.

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