LASER CUT GWR buildings ...

Discussion in 'Workbenches, including workshop techniques.' started by LarryG, 3 June 2019.

  1. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    This LAZERCUT RAILWAY MODELS "Medium station" is made of wood and not card, so it's pretty substantial. Instructions are in the form of images, but I decided to build it a different way to ease painting.
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    All the doors and window frames were stuck down to peices of timber ready for spray-priming...
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    First and most importantly, mark the top of the base. If its upside down, the ends will not key into the slots...
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    The two interior partitions were glued to the base with UHU. The two sides of the building were also glued to the base with UHU but were attached to the partitions with Evostick Impact to ensure everything is held together while the UHU sets....
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    Next, the two ends were attached with UHU and weighted.....
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  2. AdeMoore

    AdeMoore Western Thunderer

    Watching with interest, nice gluing technique I can follow cheers
    Ade
     
  3. Focalplane

    Focalplane Western Thunderer

    The station does resemble Ruabon a bit! Your mention of labelling the base is the sort of thing I should do often, no, do always!

    I notice that the company does plain sheets of brickwork, very useful for scratch building, it may be the way forward for my station building though windows would still be a problem.
     
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  4. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    A problem I see with plain sheets of brickwork is it's cutting. It is very tough material and there is a danger of bricks falling out. I lost a few while rounding odd corners.
     
  5. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    The pairs of roof halves were taped together and then dropped in place onto the walls....
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    The roof's were glued on with UHU...plenty of it.
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    The chimney stacks were a doddle to assemble and were glued in position above the internal wall partitions...
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    The windows frames were sprayed BR cream and the doors Western Region brown (I used cellulose mixed to match PPC paints)....

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    As supplied, the bargeboards had a constant curve, so cut them parallel except for the bottom half. Everything in the kit had been used so it only remained to fit guttering and downspouts. Chimney pots are on order....
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    The GWR sometimes used rounded corner bricks in doorways....
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  6. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    I used Wills plastic downspouts by gluing the halves to a piece of styrene sheet as below...
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    The styrene was then cut off and glued to the walls. Guttering was made from 60thou plastikard, rounded-off on its lower edge...
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    The same was done at each end of the building. Super-duper downspouts are available but I am only going for effect. I'm so pleased with this Lazercut building that I've ordered more...
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  7. Jinty

    Jinty Western Thunderer

    And after seeing it in the flesh this evening, I can say it's a superb bit of kit (Pardon the pun!!).

    David ;)
     
  8. BrushType4

    BrushType4 Western Thunderer

    I like the rounded bricks around the door frames.
     
  9. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Thanks. One corner of the building by the toilets was rounded off this morning seeing as there will be a secondary exit at that end. Brickwork will be orange-red with blue engineering brick 'trim'...

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  10. BrushType4

    BrushType4 Western Thunderer

    You're pretty brave taking a file to a kit to do that.
     
  11. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    I didn't realize that. There are some really neat laser cut buildings about, in fact I have seen a GWR station I particularly like and so I might sell this one when its painted. But I cannot find a decent single track GWR overbridge. There was one featured on a WT thread by I think Intentio, I read the company ceased trading.
     
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  12. BrushType4

    BrushType4 Western Thunderer

    I’m Intentio and still going strong !! I do have a few bridges available now.
     
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  13. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Ooops....Confused of Abergele ha ha. I will have a shufty at your website then.
     
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  14. jonte

    jonte Western Thunderer

    It’s good stuff too in my experience, Larry.

    Jonte
     
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  15. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    I sprayed the building brick red and roof grey today and painted the windows frames chocolate & cream but, to be honest, I probably won't spend anymore time on it. A far more suitable building has been found that will better fit the restricted space at my disposal....
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    If anyone is interested in buying it, PM me. I'm not charging for its construction....Simply sufficient to cover the kit and postage....
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  16. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    A RAIL MODEL 7mm laser cut kit arrived this afternoon. It is based on Rhostyllen near Wrexham The kit comes with stage-by-stage building photographs on a CD plus written instructions. The main walls are in two layers, so the first thing I recommend is bringing the CD up on screen and identifying all the parts before starting the assembly. The inner walls for the two ends have three notches in them along the top. The others are partition walls...
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    Inner and out wall sandwich weighted under books while the PVA glue dries. I glued the other pairs with Evostick contact adhesive, which is much speedier...
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    A problem was identified with the ends. Photos on the CD showed them to be between the back and front walls...
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    I removed the appropriate amount with a sharp knife and glued the ends between the sides...
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    I must have done the right thing seeing as the the lower plinths around the base of the wall were exactly the right length. I shamferred the top edge and shamferred the corners to meet with a file.
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    The window and door apertures were rounded off with a 1/2" flat file, as were the corners up to 4 brick courses from the top. Compare with the picture above...
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    Close up of the rounded corners. The GWR buildings on stations along the Dee Valley line were like this....
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  17. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    The next job was the fitting of the three upper overlays, mitering them at the corners. It is essential to ensure the four slots line up and are on the front of the building....
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    Window sill were glued firmly in place. I couldnt find en0ugh and so the rest were made from Plastikard and attached with Evostik Impact. Then the main roof trussing was added. Importantly, the two trusses with deeper slots go at each end (see arrows).....
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    The ridge board ensures everything is square. UHU PVA was used for this assembly....
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    The hip board followed after trimming the ends to fit snugly with adjacent trussing....
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    By this time, the window sills were ready for being slightly chamferred as shown below. All these details add character to these GWR design structures.....
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    The main roof parts were added one section at a time when the trussing was set. Books were used as weights to ensure the roof section was firmly pressed against the supports. Once again, PVA was used.....
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    The completed roof so far.....
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  18. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    The first move with this second session was to bring parts up on screen seeing as visuals are often more helpful than mere instructions. This is the canopy...
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    After fitting the fascia boards all round, I pressed the canopy trusses into the holes on the building but did not glue them as yet....
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    I then fitted and glued the ridge boards with PVA and the front board over the end tabs of each bracket...
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    The whole assemble was then gently levered away from the building and laid on a flat surface to harden after first ensuring it was square....

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    A few books were added as weights....
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    When the canopy was almost set, I places it back in the holes to ensure they continued to line up and then buffered it up to a pile of books until it was square. It won't be touched not until it is fully set....
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  19. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    The canopy was a kit in its own right with lots of small bits. I counted then and there still weren't enough ha ha. The canopy roof was added, but the back section glazing will be left off until after painting....
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    The canopy was supported on the usual books until the end valances had set. The real thing points upwards incidentally...
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    It was time to bring further images up on computer seeing as some details were not clear how they should be from the written instructions...
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    Guttering was added all around the building. Of note is the canopy guttering disappearing through the valance...

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    The back of the building will not be seen on the layout, but I might yet finish it off properly by rounding off the window brickwork...
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    The canopy was kept separate for ease of spraying....
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  20. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    The chimneys each have 25 parts, although I had to fabricate some parts....
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    The Gents privacy screen took some working out. This is where more specific instructions would help...
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    I shamferred the lower part of the chimney. There were no chimney pots in the kit, which surprised me....
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    Instruction say to glue glazing in between the door frame and the door. I altered things by removing the window frame above the door to leave a single thickness of wood.'''
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    A comparison between double thickness and single thickness...
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    All the window frames were stuck to masking tape on a block of wood ready for spraying cream while the doors will be brown. There is a drop-sash to glue over the topmost window but its all too thick for my liking so they ain't being used. I considered having windows etched, but at the end of the day, who cares....
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