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Metcalfe - Fold or Cut?
« on: December 23, 2012, 11:33:42 AM »
I have two Metcalfe Building (unstarted) I look at them and when you fold the walls you get the white edges, now I know they say colour the edges. not a lot of detail, colours etc.

But I was thinking if I cut the edges (where they should be folded) and chamfered them 45 degrees and then built the kit there would be no white edge....

Has anyone done this with good or bad results?

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Re: Metcalfe - Fold or Cut?
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2012, 02:27:04 PM »
It seems a lot of work with the potential for summat to go wrong, rather than just colour the fold :worried:

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Re: Metcalfe - Fold or Cut?
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2012, 02:31:51 PM »
If you colour the white bits with watercolours or pastels they'll pretty much vanish out of sight.
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Re: Metcalfe - Fold or Cut?
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2012, 02:35:21 PM »
It seems a lot of work with the potential for summat to go wrong, rather than just colour the fold :worried:

That's what I do, bought a cheap set of coloured felt pens and just run the tip down the fold of a similar colour to the surrounding colour, works wonderfully, you'd have to look very, very closely to see it. 

Another thing is that a lot of the Metcalfe kits have interlocking features and strengtheners which have to be glued in place and these would need an adjustment to make them fit.

Just my two pennyworth.   ;)

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Re: Metcalfe - Fold or Cut?
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2012, 03:05:58 PM »
It's not so just much that they are white when the corner is folded, but that it effectively rips open on the outer edge leaving a horrible exposed corner than is not a sharp right angle. I suggest you cut a reform the corners properly.

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Re: Metcalfe - Fold or Cut?
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2012, 03:52:59 PM »
For all my card kits , and there are lots of them I use a box of water colour paints. (More than 20 years old )  That way you can just dab a almost dry bit , and then repeat until the shade is how you want it. 
Some days its just not worth gnawing through the straps.

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Re: Metcalfe - Fold or Cut?
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2013, 12:26:50 AM »
I fold and and use a suitably coloured felt tip or paint applied with a small brush. Once I weather the building the corners just blend in. I sometimes use foliage to help disguise them also.

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Re: Metcalfe - Fold or Cut?
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2013, 12:40:10 AM »
I build the Wordsworth card kits that are free to download, no problems with white edges because there is none to worry about, these kits can be enhanced by fitting plastic window frames and doors.
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Re: Metcalfe - Fold or Cut?
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2013, 08:36:28 AM »
It's not so just much that they are white when the corner is folded, but that it effectively rips open on the outer edge leaving a horrible exposed corner than is not a sharp right angle. I suggest you cut a reform the corners properly.

I seem to recall reading a nice article about improving Metcalf buildings recently.  :thumbsup:

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=9951.0
Well, that's just not good enough. Some fount of all knowledge you are!  :no:  ;)

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Re: Metcalfe - Fold or Cut?
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2013, 09:39:47 AM »
There's actually an article about improving Metcalfe kits in the latest N'Spirations 10 magazine. You can pick up a copy on ebay. http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_nkw=N%27Spirations+10&_sacat=19119&_odkw=&_ipg=200&_sop=10&_osacat=19119
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Re: Metcalfe - Fold or Cut?
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2013, 03:04:18 PM »
Just ordered it. Thanks

 

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