Friday, 23 November 2018

Station Building Part 5

It's been a bit quiet on the layout lately. I've been working on a project for a club layout as well - so that's taken some of my 15 minutes a day up.

I've also had to tidy things up. It turns out that I'm a messy worker, no matter how hard I try to keep things in there place.

That hasn't stopped the station building progressing.

Here is the finished building. All the parts have now been glued together. It is amazing how well it all fit together before I started painting.

As it nestles up to the window frame only half of the interior could be modelled. I made this into a waiting room. A couple of Peco station seats were glued to the wall and a few people glued to the seats. This is so the building can be removed for extra work later. I put some travel posters up on the wall behind. I had printed a few for the Billabong Wharf station building. The poster just visible is a scan from a vintage travel poster style postcard from Estes Park in Colorado. I bought a few of these postcards while I was away with the idea of creating little travel posters.

It dawned on me this morning (no pun intended) that I don't need to glue figures and fixtures down onto the layout. It has been a while since I have got to this far on a layout which hasn't been portable. This means that this bloke won't forever be stuck on this seat reading his blank paper. I'm not sure about his green socks though. Don't look too closely at the photo though - I've already found a couple of spots that I need to touch up.

The logo on the sign was made using Adobe Illustrator. The organisation which I work for has given its employees access to - a website which has video tutorials on all sorts of things. I watched a couple on how to make a logo. It's a simple effort going from nothing to the logo in the space of an evening. It represents Boyd's Folly, an iconic building from the Eden area, and the waves of the coastal water. Why? I just wanted to brand my railway and give it a sense of place.

What is next?

I reckon that I will need a signal cabin on the platform. I might need to make a hedge or look at some form of fencing. I should put some lights on there too.

Until next time.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Station Building Part 4

Here is where I'm up to.

I used cardboard to mock up a rear wall. It looked pretty good so I cut some styrene to the right size and shapes for the doors and windows.

Next I painted the concrete awning sea mist grey (I think - it was a light grey.), the station building and interior were sprayed tan (the interior being sprayed on white styrene was  more yellow than the paint sprayed on the bricks) and the doors and windows were sprayed a dark blue as that's what the doors and windows at Dungog station are, according to Google Earth's Street View.

Today's effort was dry brushing different shades onto the brick work. It looked hideous so the airbrush came out again. I used earth and wood shades of brown and lightly sprayed them onto the building to vary the colours of the brick work.

Has it worked? I think so but I'm going to leave it a while and see what I think. If I'm not happy then it will be repainted again. Everything above is currently blue tacked together.

My man concern at the moment is that the platform bricks don't match. I'm not sure that it would be too bad if it weathered the platform bricks a bit.

Click here for the inspiration as I can see it from Google Earth.

Until next time.

Friday, 2 November 2018

The Station Building Part 3

It's been a hectic week with meetings and other commitments after work but I've been able to squeeze in a weeks worth of fifteen minutes or more.

The first thing to do was to cut out the roof of the building. I experimented on a bit of cardboard first. 

The curved ends were cut using a curve cutter. I'd purchased this years ago and finally took it out of its pack.

It seemed to fit well enough and once a couple of mistakes were sorted out the roof was cut out of, what I think was 60 thou styrene.

Once this was fitted well, I went to work on the pilasters. There were only two of these. I originally planned for three but it didn't look right. These were made but gluing three thicknesses of brick styrene together. They were also made in two parts - one for above the roof and one for below.

On the Dungog Station building, the pilasters stop a little above the windows above the roof. In hindsight, mine could have gone a bit higher. The building so far was blutacked together for the final photo.

Until next time.