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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #345 on: January 17, 2020, 10:09:46 PM »
Just to show what I mean -

the model, (before final finishing)


the wall with the door and two upstairs windows will be the one facing the station

the real one
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« Reply #346 on: January 17, 2020, 10:52:15 PM »
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign:
    All looking good Alec, your decision of course re the land opposite the Mansions but I agree with John on this one.
      regards Derek.

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« Reply #347 on: January 25, 2020, 12:34:53 PM »
Joint effort

My thanks to everyone who put forward ideas for the scrap of land opposite Upper Crust Mansions.
I gained inspiration from David @dannyboy who posted photos of Coffey's cafe from his excellent layout Averingcliffe.
I have an unused corner shop from my previous layout. It was built as Harry Brown's the bakers. Its a Metcalfe kit with the greyish bricks.
It was a little bit mundane/back streety so with nothing to lose I thought I'd try to cheer it up a bit. An artist friend introduced me to gouache paint a while ago.
Its like watercolour only thicker. It can easily be varied by touching your brush in water to thin it to your required consistency.
I decided to paint the upper floor of the printed cardboard building in an off white to look like rendering. If the paint is used neat it'll dry out quicker than you might want.
It had to be thick enough to cover the printed bricks though. The original model also has the corner shop joining a terraced house next door.
I covered up the front door and downstairs window with a bit of identical brick paper. Harry's sign was replaced by a Betty's cafe one.

Betty will keep the shop as a bakers but you can also (like at Coffey's) buy a cake and a tea and sit outside beside the newly constructed ornamental pond.
Well, you will once the new benches arrive. She's also looking for the business of people who just grab a coffee and dash to the station with it.



Here's a helicopter view of the pond.



The new pond reflecting the posh houses opposite.



Alec.
« Last Edit: January 25, 2020, 02:48:05 PM by Invicta Alec »
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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #348 on: January 25, 2020, 01:41:46 PM »
Pond looks great too Alec, you can't really go wrong with them for a fiver :-)
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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #349 on: January 25, 2020, 02:37:13 PM »
That is looking really good now Alec, (and thanks for the kind comments  :beers:).
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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #350 on: January 25, 2020, 02:56:01 PM »
Shame 'Harry Brown's' has bitten the dust but Michael Caine's customer service ethos was always a bit, shall we say, thuggish :uneasy: ;)

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #351 on: January 25, 2020, 03:43:11 PM »
Betty's looks terrific, Alec.

Thank you for the tip about gouache paint.  I have heard of it but never used it.

Splendid photographs as well.

Best wishes.

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« Reply #352 on: January 25, 2020, 07:23:14 PM »

Thank you for the tip about gouache paint.  I have heard of it but never used it.

John

John,
Its probably me but I don't get on at all well with my acrylic paints.
I bought a little starter selection box of about a dozen tubes of gouash colours for about a fiver.
I'm having a bit of fun with it. Certainly for the sort of touching up stuff I'm often doing around Saxon Street it seems ideal.

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« Reply #353 on: January 25, 2020, 10:41:34 PM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
  Yes , must agree with the above all looking really splendid  :thumbsup:
       regards Derek.

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« Reply #354 on: January 26, 2020, 12:18:31 AM »
really looks good, just the place for a quick cuppa.

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #355 on: February 08, 2020, 04:32:35 PM »
Trying my best

Dear fellow railway modelling enthusiasts, chums and other chaps. Here is a photo of the signal box at Rainham. On the face of it a somewhat mundane photo, but note the following:-
1. Its Rainham in Kent rather than Rainham in Essex  :)
2. Its quite an ugly signal box as these things go.
3. Run of the mill 70's housing on the right hand side.
4. One of the most beautiful EMUs known to man in the form of a BR blue/grey class 411 passing by the signal box.
5. Not my photo. The copyright of this one is owned by Kentrail.org.



I thought I'd have a go at modelling it since it appears to be little more than a cube sitting offset on a brick shape. My attempt came out like this........



I even made a half hearted attempt at doing some internal detail.



Anyway I'll give myself six and a half out of ten for trying. It 'aint perfect by a long chalk but good enough to sit on my layout. N scale is tiny. Its fiddley.
With the passing years it isn't going to get any easier either. I think my scratch building days are largely behind me now!

Here it is on the layout. Please note the beautiful 411 and the 70's housing in the background  :D



Carry on chaps.

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #356 on: February 08, 2020, 05:38:02 PM »
That looks pretty good Alec.  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #357 on: February 08, 2020, 05:47:21 PM »
That looks pretty good Alec.  :thumbsup:

Thanks David.
I'm unsure whether to fit the wide extended roof. Easy enough to make, its only a flat plate after all but it looks a bit pagoda'ish.  :hmmm:

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #358 on: February 08, 2020, 05:49:02 PM »

I'm unsure whether to fit the wide extended roof. Easy enough to make, its only a flat plate after all but it looks a bit pagoda'ish. 


Naw, leave it as it is.  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #359 on: February 08, 2020, 06:05:05 PM »
Six-and-a-half out of ten.  Never!

Six-and-half out of seven more like.

Proper job!

Well done.

Best wishes.

John
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For the made-up background to the railway and list of characters, please see here: https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=38281.msg607991#msg607991

 

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