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Author Topic: In The Greenwood laser kits  (Read 8049 times)

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Offline JonHarbour

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Re: In The Greenwood laser kits
« Reply #30 on: December 20, 2016, 01:05:52 PM »
Finally got around to starting on the first of my kits now I'm off work for a week.



Had to do a little bit of fettling in a couple of places - firstly around the join between the sides and the large rear wall and secondly around the base where the building joins it. It's a loooong time since I have built any sort of a kit, but I'm reasonably happy with how it is going so far:



Here's another image from the rear of it.



I can see that I will need to do some minor filling of holes - I suspect this through my own cack-handedness but could also partially be because these kits have been scaled down from 'Orribly Oversized' and the tabs to hole relationship isn't 100%. I'm still looking at what would be needed to organise internal walls for the purpose of lighting through fibre optics inside the building. Do I also go to the next level with interior details that nobody will ever see? I saw some interesting ideas for N gauge house furnishings on Shapeways in previous weeks...



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Re: In The Greenwood laser kits
« Reply #31 on: December 20, 2016, 01:36:37 PM »
Not started on my house kits yet so interesting and helpful info.

Have you thought about how you may stain or colour the buildings? The canopy kits took acrylic OK but I'm not sure how best to approach the houses to get a decent brick colour.

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Re: In The Greenwood laser kits
« Reply #32 on: December 20, 2016, 01:55:48 PM »
For brickwork, I normally prime with Halfords red oxide primer as a base and then work from there. Maybe you can get a good look by staining the wood but I would rather prime it and then paint it as I would a non-porous model.
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Re: In The Greenwood laser kits
« Reply #33 on: December 20, 2016, 02:47:26 PM »
It's an idea but think spraying would lose the etched brickwork unless the coat is very thin.

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Re: In The Greenwood laser kits
« Reply #34 on: December 20, 2016, 03:05:56 PM »
It depends on the depth and thickness of the coursing. I have painted several plastic N gauge buildings without loosing the brickwork but it may be that the detail is finer on the laser cut buildings.
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Re: In The Greenwood laser kits
« Reply #35 on: December 20, 2016, 10:00:56 PM »
I was originally going to use grey primer to provide a surface for the paint to adhere to, but now I'm not so sure...

Obviously needs a little more thought....
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Re: In The Greenwood laser kits
« Reply #36 on: December 20, 2016, 10:38:26 PM »
mdf will soak up paint like a wick


but does finish quite well

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Re: In The Greenwood laser kits
« Reply #37 on: December 21, 2016, 05:49:28 AM »
Looks great, Nick.

What paint did you use, please?

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Re: In The Greenwood laser kits
« Reply #38 on: December 21, 2016, 09:45:27 AM »
Acrylics well thinned with  flow improver it needed several coats to build up the colour

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Re: In The Greenwood laser kits
« Reply #39 on: December 21, 2016, 03:04:12 PM »
mdf will soak up paint like a wick


Is there not a sealant that could be used first?

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Re: In The Greenwood laser kits
« Reply #40 on: December 21, 2016, 03:38:40 PM »
possibly but the etched mortar  line are less than 0.1m so would be easy to blur the details, acrylic paints is  cheap and flow improver although initial expensive lasts a awful long time

you can use a fine spray undercoat without loosing detail least ways that's how I've done mdf wagon bodies

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Re: In The Greenwood laser kits
« Reply #41 on: December 22, 2016, 01:02:53 PM »
I have to admit that I really love these kits. They go together very simply and easily and produce really lovely models. I've just ordered a few more -another low relief terrace house pair (rear view) a left hand terrace corner shop to book-end my right hand one, a long single track girder bridge and what will probably be the first of many full relief terrace houses. According to my current layout plan, I need at least ten of these!

There are more models in the 'Orribly Oversize' range that would be good candidates for shrinking to N - I can think of the terrace corner pub and the double bay window terrace houses for starters. Definitely  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup: from me!
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Re: In The Greenwood laser kits
« Reply #42 on: December 23, 2016, 01:52:19 AM »
Started painting some of what I've assembled so far today with Humbrol Acrylics. Was thinking about using Games Workshop ones but the local GW wasn't open until later this morning and I wanted to be back home early. I kind of think the 'brick red' colour is a little dark, but this is only the first coat. I didn't go with any primer as as I concerned that it would lose the detail of the etched brickwork.







Time to let the first coat dry, grab some lunch and tidy up a little before my wife comes home from her overseas trip tomorrow!



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Re: In The Greenwood laser kits
« Reply #43 on: December 23, 2016, 02:08:14 AM »
Looking great, Jon.  :thumbsup:
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Re: In The Greenwood laser kits
« Reply #44 on: December 23, 2016, 09:24:53 AM »
Thanks Bealman. The second coat has really made a difference. I think I will probably go with a third coat just to make sure though...
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