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Author Topic: Pitlurg Station & Glen Sharnie  (Read 2347 times)

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Re: Pitlurg Station & Glen Sharnie
« Reply #60 on: March 09, 2020, 06:08:00 PM »
A day of coughing, spluttering and expletives.
This might be useful to anyone who, like me, trawls through the youtube videos to get ideas. Some of the them are brilliant but only give half the information.
So, I saw this video of a chap using "styrofoam" insulation which looked like Celotex, cutting it easily with a hot wire and then going over it with a blowtorch to make it melt slightly, giving an absolutely brilliant terrain surface. Hmmm. What could go wrong?

1. First error- bought a cheap hot wire cutter. It doesn't get nearly hot enough to cut foam insulation.
2. Second error- the insulation board we have here (in the UK) is not styrofoam. Celotex, Kingspan, Quinn Board, whatever you want to call it, is evil stuff. Difficult to cut (it crumbles and releases clouds of dust) and breaks if you look at it the wrong way. And if you leave a cut piece out, the next day is has develped a slight curve.
3. Third error- going over this stuff with a blowtorch only turns it black and eventually sets fire to it. It is thermosetting and doesn't melt.

I've been chip chip chipping away (cough, splutter) sweep hoover and repeat, all day. I've ended up with the main terrain shapes blocked in. Naively I had thought I could sculpt this stuff well enough for it all to fit together, but it is too difficult. So I think the next step is glue it down and then get the plaster bandages out.


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Re: Pitlurg Station & Glen Sharnie
« Reply #61 on: March 10, 2020, 07:42:35 AM »
It sounds like you might need REAL bandages at this rate.
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Re: Pitlurg Station & Glen Sharnie
« Reply #62 on: March 10, 2020, 09:43:23 AM »
It sounds like you might need REAL bandages at this rate.

Yes, well, that's another story!
Seriously though I'm having fun. The problem solving is part of what I love about the hobby. I thought it might save someone wasting money and making the same mistakes.
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Re: Pitlurg Station & Glen Sharnie
« Reply #63 on: March 17, 2020, 04:23:54 PM »
A bit of progress to report.
Firstly, the control panel construction is finished, although  not wired up yet.



Wiring could be a challenge...
Also, the distillery is coming along- my first attempt at scratch-building. Not sure yet what to do about wall / roof pattern & texture, and acetate windows don't look quite good enough- will explore ideas. Advice very welcome ;)


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Re: Pitlurg Station & Glen Sharnie
« Reply #64 on: March 27, 2020, 07:45:53 PM »
Time for another update.
I have been working on the terrain shape. I'm still not happy with it but it is getting there. I gave it all a coat of brown primer to unify it. I still need to soften some of the steepness out, and create a bank on the other side of the rail in the unrealistic-looking corner.
Also, my first scratch-built buildings are coming along. I'm waiting for some copper paint to paint the still, bits of brass to make guttering from, and waiting for my finials to dry.








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Re: Pitlurg Station & Glen Sharnie
« Reply #65 on: March 27, 2020, 08:33:31 PM »
Coming on very well.
Crosswords while waiting for glue/paint to dry? ;)

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Re: Pitlurg Station & Glen Sharnie
« Reply #66 on: March 27, 2020, 08:55:08 PM »
Coming on very well.
Crosswords while waiting for glue/paint to dry? ;)
The other half waiting for me to clear the table  :)
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Re: Pitlurg Station & Glen Sharnie
« Reply #67 on: March 28, 2020, 07:48:08 AM »
That”s looking good Corbie.
I love the distillery which is coming along really well. Is that card that you are using for construction of the distillery buildings?

If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Pitlurg Station & Glen Sharnie
« Reply #68 on: March 28, 2020, 08:25:58 AM »
That”s looking good Corbie.
I love the distillery which is coming along really well. Is that card that you are using for construction of the distillery buildings?
Thanks :) I've been trying to learn from @rogerdB's excellent Wrenton buildings, and I'm grateful for the details of methods he has given. It's plasticard covered with paper printed from photographs of walls and slates. I chose the distillery to start with because the buildings are all fairly simple shapes. After this is done I have a farm cottage to do which has dormer windows  :uneasy:
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Re: Pitlurg Station & Glen Sharnie
« Reply #69 on: March 28, 2020, 10:09:59 AM »
those scratch built buildings look great!  Looks like there is an scene from "The Blob" being filmed in the as yet roofed portion of the building :)

Scenery is looking great - I had a similar experience a couple of years back with kingspan ... evil stuff .... now only use it for the purposes it is intended ..insulating things!  which for us is the sheds and beehives

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Re: Pitlurg Station & Glen Sharnie
« Reply #70 on: April 01, 2020, 01:16:58 PM »
those scratch built buildings look great!  Looks like there is an scene from "The Blob" being filmed in the as yet roofed portion of the building :)

Scenery is looking great - I had a similar experience a couple of years back with kingspan ... evil stuff .... now only use it for the purposes it is intended ..insulating things!  which for us is the sheds and beehives

Thanks. The blob is eventually going to be a copper still- will see how it looks when it is painted. The windows of the front reception room are quite big so I need to do the interior.
Feeling a bit poorly the last few days (just a cold) so been sitting in the warm. I discovered that Glen Garioch distillery, which my one is roughly modelled on, was ahead of its time in the first half of last century, in that they used surplus heat to warm greenhouses to grow tomatoes. So I've put together two greenhouses to add to the layout.


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