Large industrial buildings

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    • #241751
      Stuart Firth
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        I don’t consider buildings my chief enjoyment in the hobby but something had to be done at this end of the layout. This concrete structure with brick infill panels was a lockdown project, made from a great deal of 60 thou plasticard, and a fair number of Ambis etched windows. It was copied/inspired by an American laser cut kit which looked lovely but would have cost a fortune to buy/import/pay tax on/pay the post office to collect the tax on, etc. etc.

         

         

      • #241753
        Graham Price
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          Looks good to me. Could you do more details on ‘how I did it’ either here or as a Newsletter article, perhaps with an exploded diagram? I imagine layers are involved?

        • #241761
          Nigel Burbidge
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            That looks very impressive Stuart and really captures the look and feel of between the wars industrial architecture! I’m also impressed by your patience as it looks like a lot of repetitive cutting and glueing. Like you, buildings aren’t my favourite activity and I will carry out a lot of ‘displacement activity’ before I steel myself to crack on with a building project.

            Nigel

          • #241764
            Stuart Firth
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              Thanks chaps. It was closely based on a laser cut kit by ITLA scale models in the US. A drawing was made based on rough dimensions from their website. The structure is basically 60 thou in layers as Graham says. Concrete panel joints were made with a scraperboard tool which gives a really nice groove. It took some head scratching to work out where the overlays needed to overlap each other so every section butted up neatly to the next. Simply cutting out all of those apertures in 60 thou was quite a job, spread over a few days during lockdown, and my hands needed serious rest afterwards. The result is VERY strong but it needs to be, because of the temperature fluctuations in my loft. The brick infill panels are Wills, from the flexible sheets they supply for the inside curves of viaducts, and some of Alan Austin’s lovely etched windows completed the basic structure (can’t remember which ones). The fire escape is a laser cut kit by Scale Model Scenery, though it has started to warp in the heat.

               

            • #241769
              Nigel Burbidge
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                Some great photos showing some lovely scriber work as well. Also impressed by the size of your record collection!,

              • #241770
                Stuart Firth
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                  Vinyl music and DC control systems hold sway in this house. We have electric light however.

                • #241773
                  Graham Price
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                    Thanks for the explanations and photographs, Stuart. AS you say, 60thou plastikard is intractable stuff to work, but the result is very pleasing and must be satisfying. As is the record collection….

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