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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Exton Quays. The Station Building

It is.
It has a station building.
Exton Quays has a station building!
Based on the one at Breamore (but its not Breamore).
Still a bit to do but its there in all its glory.
Exton Quays station building

Exton Quays

Exton Quays

Exton Quays Ariel view

Station Building
 Breamore had an unusual feature. The lever frame was placed on the platform after the signal box was taken out of use, this allowed the station to be operated by one man. (i wonder what the unions had to say about that)
I have never seen this modelled before so i thought it would be a good feature on Exton Quays as the lack space for a Signal box is evident. 
Exton Quays

Ok, i cheated, these are the 'York modelmaking' tiles but repainted and weathered. I have used them before on the Goods shed for 'Parkstone Goods' and found them very good.

The lead guttering where the roof turns a corner is nothing more than grey insulation tape.( apply before tiles)

There is one drawback with embossed 'Plasikard' turning the the corner, try as i might it is really difficult to get the bricks to line up.
The ridge tiles are strips of Evergreen angle strip, filed and painted.
Exton Quays Chimney
 The Awning, not yet completed. We have the green bits to do and add the glazing. 
Exton Quays
 Coming along
Exton Quays
An old photy
Exton Quays
 And a touched in one, ok i was bored!
Exton Quays

Sunday, 11 February 2018

King Harry's coaches

For something completely different,
Or as i hinted in a previous post, a trip to the DARK SIDE.
King Harry's Coaches.
Have a look, you can hire these out.
Anyway, back to the story.
My Boss use to work on these when he left school and he had organised a trip on one.
I was asked if i could paint a model of a harrington Cavalier in the King's Harry livery.
I was duly presented with one of these
and a photo
Well, this is the result
I blame the camera but the green is a lot darker in real life.

 I used some 'Crafty craft' printable transfer paper for the logo on the back but its only as good as your printer. Trying to print something that's 14mm x 6mm, it's small 

Monday, 29 January 2018

Exton Quays, The movie.

I thought i would do a video, heck, here goes.

One other thing that caught my eye over the weekend was,
 Phil Parker's Saturday film club.

It brought back lots of happy memories with Mum & Dad 

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Exton Quays station building

I have started the construction of a station building for Exton Quays.
What to build, was the first question. Obviously.
The second question was, what do you call a Bear with know ear?
Most Ex Lswr buildings seem to be of brick construction, some, where extremely elaborate affairs, with stone cornerstones, fancy roofs, stone window frames and huge chimney designs.
I thought this was perhaps rather overkill for Exton Quays.
Looking around for ideas, something small, interesting and fairly easy to construct.
I drive passed it most days so thinking, Breamore could fit the bill.
I took a few measurements, it didn't have to be exact as im not building a model of Breamore station, but at least i had a starting point in mind.
The walls have been made up with good old South Eastern finecast brick sheet and all windows and window openings have been made and cut out. Ready for the sad part, each window was made to fit each opening. Everest Glazing where extremely helpful for this.
One concern. 
The roof looks like it might be slightly problematic. 
Exton Quays station building

How the windows will fit. As SEF brick plastikard is so thin i thought it would be a good idea to set the windows back from the front face, of course it involves cutting 5mm strips of brick and turning 90 degree to create a window aperture. I think it looks very effective, better than cutting a hole and sticking a window on the inside.  

Windows made up from Evergreen plastic strip

On a slightly different note.
My Defence
After all, i am only human.
 I had a painting spree last weekend, as the airbrush was out, i grabbed anything that needed a coat of the shiny stuff.
This Roxey Mouldings carriage needed a coat of primer. it had been sat on the shelf for a while now, so that to had a new coat.
It wasn't till the next day when i took a look and realised that ONE hasn't finished ONES carriage.
It's what happens when you leave something, to go off on a tangent, and do something else, only to come back to it, and have forgotten what the hell it is you were trying to achieve in the first place.

One other item i have been working on which will feature in a future post as i am sworn to secrecy for the moment, but lets just say, it involves a journey to the DARK SIDE 

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Exton Quays greenhouse and shed for Mr & Mrs Jenkins

Its surprising how long things take to do, this small scene has taken a couple of weeks to achieve but, hoping you will agree, its all worth while.
With thanks to Severn models and his superb kits.

Mr & Mrs Jenkins have been busy erecting there new shed and greenhouse.
Severn Model Greenhouse and shed 

A closer view

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Exton Quays Greenhouses and sheds

As was talked about in a previous post, i was on the lookout for a greenhouse for Exton Quays.
They were ordered on New Years Day, i have to hand it to Severn Models as they arrived Wednesday morning, Quick service. The other thing i have to mention, is how well, they were packed, all kits in a separate envelope and taped to a piece of hardboard. These weren't going to get bent up. 
Definitely worth a look .

Well written instruction and a superb brass etch.

Look at the detail on the door look and handle.

One completed Greenhouse

In the instructions, it does say about using glue but i have actually soldered these up. The greenhouse is in Two pieces, One piece for the sides and One for the roof.  

And the shed, or one of them, there are two in the kit, this one and one with a pitched roof.

 I shall post more pics when they have been painted.