Wednesday, 23 March 2016

A Grounded Van - Part 1

I've spent the last couple days starting work on the grounded van which I'm hoping will make for an interesting scene once the layout is complete. I'm a little apprehensive about this mainly because I've never tried to model anything quite so forlorn before. The real test will be when it comes to painting and weathering as I've no clue about how to carry out that stage!

Above: The basic underframe can be seen here. I'm yet to add the many cross members that will be needed, but that will be done eventually as it will be partly visible through the rotting floor.

Below: Next to go on were the four supporting posts on the ends. I'm not aiming for an 100% portrayal of the real thing, so I'm not worried that the chamfer isn't quite accurate.

Above: This is actually the second of the two sides being glued together with PVA. As you can see, I've omitted the odd plank and tried to "distress" the wood in places to give that abandoned look.

Below: During part of the build I had my feline friend overseeing the work! She seemed to take great interest in the construction of the sides. She must've thought I was preparing food or something...

Below: The final three photos show how far I've got over two afternoons work. I think I'm going to replace the "metal" supports (hence why they are bent out of the way) with thinner plasticard (when I get my hands on some). All the metalwork needs doing as you can see - from the corner plates to the straps on the side and everything else in between.

I also am yet to do the 4 curved roof supports since these will sit on the metal straps in the photo (once I've replaced them of course).

Special thanks to Bernard who kindly sent me some drawings for me to work from. I've also used an album full of photos from the restoration of an ex LBSC 10 ton box van for guidance, including one photo showing the pre-restoration condition - exactly as I plan to model it.

Monday, 21 March 2016

A Wooden Platform Shelter for Sandy Shores

In light of the arrival of the O&K, attention has finally turned back onto Sandy Shores!
I decided to tackle another of the structures that is needed for the layout - the wooden waiting shelter.
I really wanted to make this look like a typical tatty (but adorable!) seaside shelter, perhaps made from oak beams and a primitive roof from rusted corrugated iron.

You can see below the paper mock-up I built months ago. This was then used to cut bits of lollipop stick to the right lengths using the chopper device I showed a couple blog posts ago. Cutting the curved bracket was pretty infuriating as the lollipop sticks would all too easily split.

These parts were then glued together using PVA, with a basic bench and also basic window frames added. I have a huge box of these lollipop sticks left over from when I once made a pier railway (it was never finished), so I'm glad I kept them all these years later. Anyway, you'll notice I also added wide bits of wood to the bottom - this is to raise it up to platform height from ground level, and won't be seen when it the scenery is complete.

For the corrugated iron I use Southeastern Finecast sheets because they are nice and easy to use unlike the Will's stuff!

The photo below shows the basic wooden structure assembled. It's not perfect by any means, but I think that actually adds to the charm and tatty nature of the railway.

The final four photos show how far I've got today. Painting and weathering (along with the finial for the roof apex, and the lead for the ridges) will have to wait till I can work out how to carry them out in a satisfactory manner!

So that's it for today, I nice little project mostly complete!

Friday, 18 March 2016

A Narrow Planet O&K for Sandy Shores!

James Hilton has made a name for himself amongst narrow gauge circles by designing some incredible 3D printed kits for Narrow Planet, and I had long wanted one of his O&K kits for use on Calshot, Old AGWI Rd. and Sandy Shores. Unfortunately I did not feel confident assembling, painting and weathering this kit (which is no reflection at all on the kit, rather my ability/confidence!).

Luckily for me, James is a follower of my modelmaking and offered to do a one-off commission for me! You can find his posts on this build here:  The Build | Painting | Weathering

I think it goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway) that I am really grateful to James. Not only has he made an exception for me, but he has pulled out all the stops and kept me in the loop every stage of the way. The finished model is absolutely amazing. My photos really do not do it justice - you really need to see it in the flesh (so to speak!) to appreciate it fully.

This little beauty will be pride of the (very small) fleet, and I think it will see a lot of use!
I'm not sure if Sandy Shores will go on display at the beginning of May at our small exhibition in Woodgreen, but I'll keep you all updated - just in case you happen to be around the New Forest area.

Time to get the modelmaking back under way!