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Re: Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3900 on: January 25, 2020, 07:32:39 PM »
This morning, as usual, we walked into Hessle to the butchers.  Before we went, I did some more work on the Silhouette model design.  I also worked at improving the cutting specification for Plasticard.  I have now adjusted it to maximum pressure (33) with five passes and a blade setting of 10.

After we returned, we had coffee and while I was drinking mine, I continued to work at the Silhouette model until I was satisfied that I had got it exactly as I wanted, based on my experience of three previous trial runs.  Then I went down to the Train Shed and made some more progress with the low-relief houses.  I cut the slots in the ceilings and fixed them in place then fitted the roofs.  The slaters have still to get to work on the roofs.



After dinner, I first cut the next iteration of the farmhouse, using the Silhouette.  Then I set about pruning (destroying would be a better word) all the creepers alongside the border in the front garden.  We have a passionflower, a stephanotis, a honeysuckle and a Virginia creeper.  They are all prolific climbers and tie themselves (and each other) into knots.  Indeed, they tie into knots everything with which they come into contact as well.  So, by the end of the growing season, there is always a great deal of hacking down to be done.

After a cup of tea, I went down to the Train Shed again.  I took the sheet of Plasticard that I had just cut on the Silhouette and began to cut out windows and doors.



It is difficult to see all the markings with the glare from the lights, but some of the diagonal cuts can be clearly seen.  I use the point of a sharp craft knife and cut along the scored diagonals, beginning with the acute triangles as can be seen from the window that is half finished.  Then I returned to the low-relief houses and added some slates to one end.  On this occasion, I chose to fix the sheet of slates as a single piece, rather than cutting it into strips.  I cut strips for my first two Scalescenes models, but I think that, like a lot of N scale modelling, the detail is too overpowering, so I think a single sheet is preferable.



Tomorrow, I hope to do some more train running and, perhaps, complete the low-relief houses.  I have just come across and ordered a Silhouette 2mm Kraft Blade, which I hope will cut through the Plasticard to eliminate the need for finishing with a craft knife.
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Laurence
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Re: Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3901 on: January 26, 2020, 02:53:49 PM »
Keep us all informed as to how you get on with the 2mm blade Laurence.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3902 on: January 26, 2020, 05:19:52 PM »
Sunday morning dawned fine and the Sun even came out for a while, so we enjoyed our usual Sunday walk through the Country Park and down to the river.  When we returned home, we had coffee before I set about drilling holes in the bottoms of the orange buckets that we bought on Friday.  I know it seems silly to drill holes in buckets, especially when I donít have any straw for Henry to mend them.  But they are going to be used as flowerpots for all our large lavender plants that we intend to remove from the boarders because the grow far too vigorously and overpower everything else in the boarders.

After that, I replenished the bird feeders. That task is supposed to be one of my Friday jobs, but there is no point in refilling them when they are still pretty full.  Then I had a shortish session in the Train Shed.  I manged to complete the slating on the low-profile houses and fixed the ridge tiles.



I also managed to cut out the chimney cap base layers and cover layers, but I didnít have time to assemble them and add them to the model.  While I was there, it started to rain and it was only when I got back to the house that I remembered that I had intended to have pulled some carrots and a red cabbage before my Train Shed Session.  Oh, well!  I got a bit wet harvesting the vegetables today.

I am still persevering with the varifocals on the computer.  They work pretty well for everything else but it is still difficult with the computer screen.  I usually write in Word, using Arial 12pt with a page width view.  I can just about manage with that.  But spreadsheets are more of a problem and reading the posts on the forum almost gives me a headache.  I will continue with the trial for another couple of weeks, but I have a feeling that I will need to revert to reading glasses just for the computer.  I may ask the optician to change the lenses in the second pair (that werenít supposed to be made until after I was satisfied with these.  The lenses I have at the moment are Number 4 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 having the narrowest field of view and 5 the widest.  So I think I will ask for Number 5 lenses in the second pair to see if that makes any difference. 

In the afternoon, I ventured out into the rain and duly harvested the vegetables for tonightís tea.  Then I had another session in the Train Shed.  I eventually managed to finish the low-relief houses (apart from the chimney pots, which will be left until virtually everything on the layout is complete).  Here they are on the right, next to the first set that I made.



Then I started to cut out all the windows and doors on the Plasticard farmhouse.



I have finished all the doors and windows on the front and rear wall and have now only 35 more windows and 5 more doors to cut out, plus the chimney openings in the roof.  Then I will be able to remove the components and start assembling them.  It might be a good idea to mark them all with a marker pen as I remove them, to make assembly easier.

Incidentally, replacement cutting mats for use after 'experimentation' are cheap enough off Ebay. I know, I've just bought another 3 pack :doh:
Thanks for the tip.  I have order a set of three in case of irreparable damage to the one I am using.
Keep us all informed as to how you get on with the 2mm blade Laurence.  :thumbsup:
When it comes Iíll try it out.  It would be really good if I could cut right through the Plasticard to save having to use a craft knife to cut out the windows and doors.
With kind regards
Laurence
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Re: Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3903 on: January 27, 2020, 06:30:15 PM »
Monday is table tennis day but I did fit in a short session in the Train Shed before we set off.  I managed to cut out the window frames for the front windows.  I have designed the model so that the window frames will sit inside the front and rear walls.  Inside the window frames will be the glazing layer that I intend to cut as copy of the glazing panels from the Silhouette design.  Finally, the curtain panels will sit inside the glazing panels with printed curtains attached to them.  Four sheets of 0.5mm Plasticard (well three and one of glazing) should give the front and rear walls plenty of substance.

I came across a problem with the design for the widow frames, which only became apparent when I began to cut them out.  I have designed them as sash windows with a frame overlap of a scale 3 inches, which equates to about half a millimetre.  When cutting out, it is extremely fragile and you can see that one of them broke off, leaving a non-sash, picture window.  I donít think it will matter for the model, but I have designed a modified model with 6-inch overlaps.  Of course, if the 2mm Silhouette blade is able to cut right through the Plasticard, I wonít need to bother with the revised model.  You can see the result here.



After table tennis, I began work in the garden.  On this occasion, I dug up the four lavender bushes in the back garden, ready for Celia to pot them up in the orange buckets.  In the afternoon, I was able to make another foray down to the Train Shed and began with an operating session.  I havenít been able to run trains for a few days and it was quite heartening to see everything running very well.  Here you can see Forthampton Grange waiting for the Right Away from Platform 3 with the 2,31pm for Paddington.



Hereís another, more general view of the station, although the focus merge didnít work quite so well.



After the operating session, I continued with cutting out all the windows and doors in the remaining layers for the farmhouse.  I managed to finish them all, including the roof cut-outs for the chimneys.



So tomorrowís job will be to remove all the parts from the sheet of Plasticard and start to build the model.  On the way back up from the Train Shed, I couldnít help noticing the lavender bushes, now planted in the orange buckets.



Tomorrow is a gym day but, hopefully, I will be able to manage a session in the Train Shed before we go.
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Laurence
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Re: Marton Hinmarche
« Reply #3904 on: Yesterday at 08:01:33 PM »
Today was a gym day.  I was ready really early and thought I would be able to have a nice long session in the Train Shed before we set off.  However, circumstances conspired against me.  When I tried to open the garage to get the car out, the door stuck about half a metre from the bottom.  I suspected that the trailer had somehow been moved and that the rear lights were fouling the door, which proved to be the case.  So I moved the trailer and tried to open the door again.  But it closed and then began opening again, finishing in the same position as before.  I hit the button again and this time it opened fully, but then continued on for about the same distance and finished partially closed.  I tried again a couple of times, but each time the result was the same.  Oh dear!

There is a red pull tag in case of power failure, so I pulled it and the door was now released and I lowered it to the bottom.  I then tried to reset it with the green button, but I now could not get it to reengage with the mechanism.  After another few tries, I searched for and, eventually, found the instruction book.  However, it wasnít very illuminating.  It simply illustrated the procedure that I had already followed.  But there was a note to say that the door needed to be fully home when reengaging the mechanism.  So I lifted it into the fully open position and tried again.  This time, the mechanism moved for a short distance and then locked onto the door.  Then came the acid test.  I tried closing the door and it all worked fine.  I then opened it again and Bingo!  So that was most of my Train Shed time squandered. 

I did get to start cutting out and assembling the farmhouse.  However, I only got as far as fixing the end support to the base.  The end support runs along the middle of the base to act as a support for the two gable ands.  I am using Humbrol Liquid Poly to weld the pieces of Plasticard together, which worked very well on my scratch-built island platform.  I did begin to fix one of the gable ends but remembered, just in time, that I needed to add the stonework cladding first, which I hadnít printed yet.  So I removed the gable end before it welded itself to the support and set off for the gym.

After the gym we visited Lidl and Waitrose, arriving home for a late dinner.  Just before we set off for the gym, the 2mm Silhouette blade arrived.  The good news is that there are two in a pack, which seems like much better value.  The bad news is that, no matter what I did, I couldnít get it to cut in a straight line, so it looks as though that was a bit of a waste of money.  Fortunately, they were not terribly expensive.  So, in the afternoon, I spent some time trying to optimise the cuts with the standard auto blade.  In the end, I settled for five passes with the depth set to 9, force set to 33 and speed set to 5.  I also printed out some dressed stone facing for the farmhouse onto an A4 label and took it down to the train Shed.

The next bit of experimentation involved trying to work out the best way to cut the label material.  In the end, although it is a bit wasteful, I decided to draw a pencilled rectangle on the face of the dressed stone, somewhat larger that the wall section and stick the whole rectangle to the wall.  I finally cut out the sticky label with a razor blade using the edge of the wall section as a straight edge.  That seems to work well and here are the two gables in place.



In fact, when I fixed the end support in place, I realised that I had specified it 6Ē (1/24th of an inch) too short.  Remember, because the Silhouette only works in imperial measurements, I have chosen a scale of 1Ē to 12 feet, which is 1:144 as opposed to 1:148 for N scale.  But if you scratch build in metric, you need to work to 2mm to the foot, which is 1:152.4, so I am quite happy with my scaling.  Fortunately, I had another piece of end support from my previous effort, so I was able to use it as an overlapping extension piece to allow the correct spacing between the two gables.

Then I turned my attention to the front wall of the farmhouse.  This time I had to have several goes to get the cutting right for the stone faced cover layer, but I got it right in the end.  Once it was covered correctly, I had to cut out the window and door openings.  I did this from the back (inside) of wall, cutting a diagonal cross through each opening and then folding the pieces back inside the wall.  For the bottom of the doorway and the top of the first floor windows, I had to trim the foldover to ensure that it didnít foul the adhesive bond between sections.



At the moment, the corners of the building look a bit bare, with plastic edging showing.  But I intend to cover the corners with corner stones, so it should all look OK when I have finished.
With kind regards
Laurence
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