Dduallt Station building

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Re: Dduallt Station building

Post by Tropic Blunder » Sun Oct 10, 2021 1:47 am

Looks great!

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Re: Dduallt Station building

Post by Trevor Thompson » Mon Oct 25, 2021 9:25 pm

I have been preparing ancillary fixtures to go with the station building. I have noticed that the station name boards which I printed over 2 years ago are looking a bit tired. Not the plastic itself - but the white paint I had used to fill in the background. So I have tried something to see if I can get around that for the future.

I have never tried printing in multiple colours before but this seemed like a valid reason to try it. So most of the sign was printed in white filament, and the embossed lettering and the surround printed in black filament:
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That was an easy way to get clear crisp lettering! I think that should avoid paint fading - as long as the filament does not fade.

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Re: Dduallt Station building

Post by philipy » Tue Oct 26, 2021 6:21 am

They look excellent Trevor.
I've never tried 2 colour printing, although I bought a 2 head machine deliberately so I could, but never really had a need in reality. Unless it is simple black and white like this, most of the coloured filaments are too bright and garish for reality.

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Re: Dduallt Station building

Post by Trevor Thompson » Tue Oct 26, 2021 9:29 am

I agree about the filament colours being unsuitable for our needs - but in this very limited way I can see the advantage of a two head machine.

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Re: Dduallt Station building

Post by Lonsdaler » Thu Oct 28, 2021 5:20 pm

Won't the print become brittle with exposure to UV? I thought painting was necessary for that reason?
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Re: Dduallt Station building

Post by Trevor Thompson » Fri Oct 29, 2021 9:43 am

I don't really know - but we will find out!

I suspect that they will last for quite a while. They are made from ABS which is used for all sorts of outdoor fittings in the commercial world - and it is supposed to have good resistance to UV and vandalism! Well we have lots of slugs and toads so vandalism resistance might be quite important.

Of course at the back of my mind is that if one day they are so bad that I want to replace them, it is just a couple of hours printer time and some filament, rather than ages cleaning and repainting.

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Re: Dduallt Station building

Post by Lonsdaler » Sat Nov 06, 2021 1:30 pm

Sorry Trevor, I missed that you are using ABS. I bought a PTEG or PLA - not sure which - kit from a 'commercial' supplier which came with a warning that the finished model building should be painted before being left exposed in the garden.
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Re: Dduallt Station building

Post by Trevor Thompson » Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:30 am

Some photos of the finished building now that it has been painted:
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I don't know what colours the Ffestiniog buildings were painted in the 1870's but some light shade somewhere between white and cream seams likely. The colourised photos in the 16mm association Ffestiniog document look cream. So my Tan-y-bwlch building is white and this one cream. So I cant be that far out!

I am pleased with the plank effect on the walls - perhaps they are too far apart but at least the gaps were not filled up with paint. The chimney represents my first attempt at printing the stone and brick effect within the walls - and that has worked. I think the brickwork on the top of the chimney was particularly successful. Note that the bricks are exactly to scale.

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Re: Dduallt Station building

Post by Andrew » Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:49 am

That's really lovely! I agree, the chimney is particularly good.

In technology terms, I'm about to head about as far as you can go in the other direction, and attempt to make a station building from mud. Well, clay anyway - my wife's just purchased a kiln...

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Re: Dduallt Station building

Post by ge_rik » Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:20 pm

That looks absolutely brilliant, Trevor. The paint job is really effective.

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Re: Dduallt Station building

Post by philipy » Tue Nov 23, 2021 1:01 pm

Yep, I agree, a first class job.
I dont think the plank gaps are overdone. They may be a tad overscale, but they show up and thats what is needed to give the effect and the human eye tends to ignore things like that.

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