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

  1. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Hi, Thanks for parcel just arrived. Two weighbridges in with the weighbridge building, so slightly confused Phil. :)
    Last edited: 27 November 2020
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  2. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Building a bridge while there's time. The brickwork is all laser cut from spare sheets while the pillars and sloping retaining walls are from a bridge kit. The kit is designed for any O gauge track and so it has to be reduced in height to suit. I cut the side walls with a right angle cut using a saw, but seeing as they slope back as a batter and are also at an angle to the track, the angle of cut has to be changed (see biro lines) otherwise the pillars will not be perfectly upright. Parts taped together before going into the circular saw...
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    Set up waiting for PVA to set hard after determining an angle for the side walls...
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    All the cutting was done with a saw (gently) from the brick side of the sheet. A knife risks damaging and loosing bricks....
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    Dry run with the span built from parts in the kit...
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    And this time with a span knocked up from Wills Varigirder panels and plastikard...
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    Last edited: 29 November 2020
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  3. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    I've done a bit, but it's too cold to mess around sizing things up in the shed.
  4. Dave Holt

    Dave Holt Western Thunderer

    I don't know the area being modelled, but to me, the grey Wills version, with the rivets in the panel stiffeners, looks the better option.
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  5. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    I agree now Dave. Winding down this past week or so has left the bridge high and dry for a while. A bigger hole was cut in the shed wall to suit O gauge and the bridge shoved onto the hole to test for various things. Next year will see if it develops into full fat or low-relief. The scenery outside is glued to the walls of the weather cover...
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    Last edited: 1 December 2020
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  6. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    So much for saying I was taking a break! The was completed this afternoon as low relief...

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  7. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    I recommend trying laser cut brick sheets where large expanses of brick are needed. Cement courses are narrower too. I found it preferable to laminating embossed styrene brick sheet with the risk of bubbles or worse. I think I read somewhere that Intentio have a thinner sort of laser cut brick sheet that is easier to cut.
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  8. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Christmas cards written, addressed and either delivered or posted, I did a quickie for a wet afternoon! Intentio coal bunkers in 7mm scale. This is my third and it has been made sturdier with strengthening sleepers along the base. They will probably butt up to the track sleepers and make this area easier to keep tidy. Assembled with UHU Wood glue...
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  9. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    The cal bunker was distressed this morning using a fine file, back of a knife and two screw drivers. I simply punched the wood as if the smaller screw driver were an pneumatic drill. The larger screwdriver was drawn between the sleepers to widen the grooves in places. The corners of used sleepers were usually worn rounded off...

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    Winter lighting (frost on the coal) shows the colouring of bunker sleepers along with shovel and other marks. One might assume coal bunkers were blackened, but apparently coal washes down when it rains and does not appear to stain the timbers...
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  10. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Primed and sprayed with cellulose matched to PPC 'Rusty Rails'....

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    Weathering done with PPC 'Dirty black', sometimes diluted ~ sometimes not, and wiped off. PPC 'Rusty Rails' lightened with matt white and dry-brushed along top edges of bunker. Fibre brush used to cut though and lighted areas affected by manpower... Sorted!
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    Last edited: 13 December 2020
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  11. Ian@StEnochs

    Ian@StEnochs Western Thunderer


    Nice but would the re-purposed sleepers not have had 2 bolt chairs?

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  12. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    In theory yes seing as the 2-bolt chair with serrated base was unique to the GWR. However, the canny GWR purchased job lots of redundant sleepers from wherever it could.

    I just made that up. Can you tell? :drool:
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  13. BrushType4

    BrushType4 Western Thunderer

    Just need to select the options :)
    Coal Staithes
  14. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    I didn't even spot the 2-hole option, not that it's a problem. The bunker is completed and I've moved on.
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  15. BrushType4

    BrushType4 Western Thunderer

    Don't worry, added it today :)
  16. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Attempted a daylight shot today with me standing between the wind and the bunker...

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    Initial attempt ~ just as it blew away! :eek:
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  17. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    The station building was built on a flat surface and yet one end would not 'sit-down' on the platform. I checked that flat surface today and it is not flat. Shock-horror....Constant use had caused the workbench to bow. An extra row of bricks has been added along the base and filed down...

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    Not wishing to add the smell of cellulose to the house at mealtime, I roughly mixed some enamel (PPC light brick red/white/dirty black) for the new bricks. Another job out 'at way...
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  18. GrahameH

    GrahameH Western Thunderer

    Its all sent to try us Larry, nice recovery with a hint of realism too.

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  19. paulc

    paulc Western Thunderer

    Hi Larry , i see that your seagull is back again (six photos back ) on the roof of a shed .
    Cheers Paul
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  20. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Housework & dinner out of the way, I converted the Cambrian signal box into a Great Western box by fitting completely new bargeboards. There is a lot more brown paintwork now...
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