First attempt at Gn15

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First attempt at Gn15

Postby Phil » Sun May 04, 2008 4:46 am

Hello everybody

New to the scale, I've just decided to try my hand at laying a bit of track. Had no spikes, so I had to cut stapples in 3, discarding the middle. A dab of black paint could help .... :D

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Then I started a little shed for my soon-to-be loco

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BTW, the crew's local is supposed to be a thatched roof old kind of inn. Any idea on how to model thatch in G?

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Postby franckcombe » Sun May 04, 2008 6:30 am

excellent start and welcome in gnscale world.

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Postby DCRfan » Sun May 04, 2008 6:38 am

Phil,

Welcome. Your sleepers are amazing but you had better get some more framing in the engine shed before the council building inspector turns up :lol:
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sun May 04, 2008 8:03 am

Looks great Phil; for thatch take a look at bristles from a suitable household brush. If the head is wood you can more easily destroy it and remove the bunches of bristles.
Problem is you'll have to lay them as per a Thatcher's method - individually and pegged down. :wink: :lol:
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Postby Phil » Sun May 04, 2008 8:46 am

Tks for the kind words, Gents.
Gerry, I've been thinking about the broom thing but that seemed a bit overscaled to me. Have you tried it?
Don't worry, DCRfan, the inspector will never turn up anymore. Smell that smell in the little stoove?
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Postby dr5euss » Sun May 04, 2008 9:22 am

Excellent start, Phil :D

What about Sisel string? I guess it's worth an experiment, ifyou have some lying around in the garden shed?

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Postby Phil » Sun May 04, 2008 10:31 am

dr5euss wrote:Excellent start, Phil :D

What about Sisel string? I guess it's worth an experiment, ifyou have some lying around in the garden shed?


Sound quite interesting, though I would think it always comes twisted. Bit of a tough job to get it straight I would say...

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Postby Phil » Sun May 04, 2008 10:49 am

A quick shot of the still-under-construction diesel engine.
The pic is A/O yesterday; date shows default settings on the camera :D
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sun May 04, 2008 12:50 pm

I haven't used the brush bristles for thatch however I have some on the Salt Pan as reeds. As thatch can be both straw and water reed (the best material) the source phragmites communis can be 10-16mm in size therefore my household brush bristle fits the bill.
However if you want to simulate a straw thatch you'll need to look at paint brushes with a natural colour.
I made my reeds into 'bunches' using CA applied at one end to form the bunch.
Hope that helps.
I would avoid any man made strings as you'll Gnever get them straight.
Sorry George I think you'll find it doesn't work. :wink:
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Postby dr5euss » Sun May 04, 2008 3:09 pm

Gerry Bullock wrote:Sorry George I think you'll find it doesn't work. :wink:


I've found some old stuff under the sink and it looks promising actually, if I get a few moments I might try it.

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Postby Dave Westall » Sun May 04, 2008 7:03 pm

I like your work Phil - look forward to seeing more of it. 8)

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Postby Glen A » Sun May 04, 2008 8:21 pm

WOW Phil :shock:
That's amazing work.

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Postby michael » Tue May 06, 2008 3:44 am

welcom Phil A nice bit of work on the track and the brick detail that is showing with the plaster spalled off.
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Postby Panda » Wed May 07, 2008 6:56 pm

im inspired! im off to have a go.. eventually!
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Postby Stu » Wed May 07, 2008 7:07 pm

Nice bit of modelling Phil. How did you do that worn out wall?

Also, what scale wall light did you use?
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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Thu May 08, 2008 2:26 am

Phil wrote:A quick shot of the still-under-construction diesel engine.


Hey There;

Metal for hood/bonnet ought to work well - will look good painted :D
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Postby Phil » Thu May 08, 2008 6:51 am

Stu wrote:Nice bit of modelling Phil. How did you do that worn out wall?

Also, what scale wall light did you use?


Tks gents for all the kind words :oops:

Worn out wall started as plain cardboard, individual bricks cut from painted peeled foam core glued where they shud appear under the plaster and real plaster on top of all this. A thin wash of indian ink diluted in rubbing alcohol and voila.

As for the light, it's scratchbuilt (but the grain of wheat bulb :wink: ) from a cottage cheese box lid! (told u I kept my modelling on a low budget :D :D :D )
But I wasn't quite satisfied with it so I built another one from a piece of plastic turned on my mini drill used as a lathe, 1.5 mm copper wire and top of a precription capsule. Pics ASAP
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Postby andrew milner » Fri May 09, 2008 5:22 pm

In the UK, we have 'pound shops' which sell paintbrushes which would probably be good for the thatch. I have straightened sisal string though for reeds. Just cut lengths, untwist as much as possible, soak in water, hang with a weight at bottom to stretch and let dry :D
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Postby Stu » Fri May 09, 2008 6:39 pm

Now I know there are a few botanists amongst you lot, so maybe you can give this a common or scientific name!

It's a tall grass that normally grows wild in the countryside, it's about 18"-2' tall with a bud of fine seeds on top that look a little like a droopy corn. The stem is very rigid and I believe hollow although it is quite fine..

Now if you can work out what it is, the stems of this grass would be ideal for thatch..
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Postby Bob Taylor » Fri May 09, 2008 8:10 pm

Hi Phil and welcome to the group.

Very impressed with your efforts. Great work. I really like your track. Looking forward to more postings.


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Re: First attempt at Gn15

Postby Steve Bennett » Tue May 20, 2008 4:30 pm

Phil wrote:BTW, the crew's local is supposed to be a thatched roof old kind of inn. Any idea on how to model thatch in G?


Missed this question originally :roll:
Many years ago, I used coconut fibre brushes for thatch in 1:24. It worked very well, was also waterproof, which was useful as the buildings were for outdoors :) , not that you need that, of course.

The photo below, is not of my work, but that of my teacher. He wrote a book on the subject, Landscapes in Miniature, by John Canstable, published by Sheldon Press in 1984 (ISBN 0-85969-412-7) aimed at creating miniatures in the garden. Yes, the plants in the photo are real and this display piece was about 10 years old when photographed. The weathering on the thatch is completely natural.

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Postby Phil » Tue May 20, 2008 5:01 pm

Steve,
That is not fair!!!!!
You posted a picture of your own cottage in Devon.
I'm trying to model in 1:24, not 1:1 :D :D :D
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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue May 20, 2008 5:06 pm

Phil wrote:Steve,
That is not fair!!!!!
You posted a picture of your own cottage in Devon.
I'm trying to model in 1:24, not 1:1 :D :D :D


:lol: :lol: :lol:
Wish I could say it was mine :lol: it is a wonderful bit of 1:24 scale modelling.
My house is brick and tile unfortunately :( .
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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue May 20, 2008 5:37 pm

Just to show that it is a real 1:24 model, here is the complete landscape with the builder. The cottage and garden are built in one tray and the background trees are grown in a seperate window box, which was placed behind for the photo's. Hope this translates ok Phil.

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Postby Dave Westall » Tue May 20, 2008 6:32 pm

Perhaps there is an idea in something like this for Gerry and his Bonsai.

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