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Miveson, if I could make a living or even a serious supplimentary income from modelling I would. At the drop of a hat. But really, I don't see that as a realistic possibility. Nice to dream though.


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Ah. Yes. Windows. Looks like I'll be making them myself. Have had one attempt that I'm not happy with. Wood surround of spruce is too thick. So it's back to the drawing board and probably balsa.

 

Roofing, at the moment, will be craft corregated card. I grabbed a new pack from the craft section of the local tightwad shop for a whole $2. It's actually a wider corre than the first pack that I bought from same shop, and looks slightly better scale for roofing iron.

 

The secret to the stain is two 'Jo Sonja' brand products. A decent craft supplier will probably have them. They make acrylic paints and media specifically aimed at the 'folk art' market. The two specific media I've used are 'Clear Glaze Medium' and 'All Purpose Sealer'. They basically do what their names suggest. The bottles I have are nearly 10 years old now, but I know the stuff is still available. They're leftovers from a few special projects I did years ago. And no, I was never into the folk art s**t. I did paint a few of 'game tables' (backgamon, chess and Scrabble, that sort of thing) and a few luddite computer towers (faux wood and stone) for friends.


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Available at Bunnings... walked past it many times.

Tom (Giddyup) uses it for his figures.

I'll have to get some.

Better than the crap I've got, clearly.

 

Thanks Embs.


Cheers,

Dick

 

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Actually, I've got to say the whole range is both good and comprehensive. And not badly priced. Better pigments in the paint than you get in most of the 'student' range of acrylics. Of course the best range is 'artist' quality.

 

The worst is 'craft' quality, available at most of the cheapy junk shops. Very cheap quality pigments and bad binding agents. Very poor light stability. And a tendancy toward soapiness when mixed with water for a wash.


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Looks b#*dy great! Didn't need the noggins' cause it aint leanin' yet.

Neva been 1 for diorama and stuff... am now. :lol:


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The worst is 'craft' quality, available at most of the cheapy junk shops. Very cheap quality pigments and bad binding agents. Very poor light stability. And a tendancy toward soapiness when mixed with water for a wash.

Mmm, that's them!


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Dick, if you can get the from Bunnings and survive the looks from the ladies in the craft section, I'd buy the Jo Sonja ones. They're not that expensive and worth the extra money. My own collection of acrylics is an odd bod mix of JS and Windsor & Newton leftover from uni days. The artist ones are thicker with less moisture and stronger pigments, so you use less, but they are considerably more expensive.


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Can you do a series of photos Ember, while you are staining the next pieces?

 

It might seem straightforward to you, but step-by-step photos would give the rest of us some confidence to try it ourselves :lol: .

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Will do so on next lot for fence palings. Promise. Its the same method, just a variation in the colours.

 

It is really just a case of brush on, wait, then wipe off. And then spend ages trying to wash it off the fingers. :lol: Might need to wrap camera in cling film.


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just a bit of a tip that the model r/road blokes [and blokettes] have been using for yonks to stain wood, coffee the stronger the brew the darker the wood

 

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Yup. Coffee works well to turn blonde wood into darker types. Makes for good fresh oak or walnut, or for finished teak and the likes. Raw wood that has spent time in the weather silvers rather than browns. Fussy, aren't I? :aussie:


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Yup. Coffee works well to turn blonde wood into darker types. Makes for good fresh oak or walnut, or for finished teak and the likes. Raw wood that has spent time in the weather silvers rather than browns. Fussy, aren't I? :aussie:

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Whoohoooo! I've got a window!!

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How was it done? Ummmm..... Good question that. A lot of time, patience, fiddling, trimming and a bit of gluing. It's all balsa and with a pane of plastic 'glass' saved from some packaging.

 

Life would be so much easier with a laser cutter.


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Time for a bit of an update on the garage project.

 

Last thing seen was a window in the back wall. So, the back wall actually looks like this.

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A little bit of an explanation of the window. The frame is balsa cut, stained, mitred and glued. A fine strip of balsa scrap was glued to create an 'inner frame'. A piece of plastic from the front of a box used for the pane, with fine strips of balsa glued to the front to define the smaller panes of glass. I used Canopy glue on the glass because I could. The pane is then inserted into the frame and a similar trim fitted to the inside. Probably the same effect could be achieved more easily, but it seemed like the right way to get the look I wanted. The window frames are only pushed in place and have not been glued.

 

When I was at my local tightwad shop I discovered another packet of corrugated craft card that is a little wider than the one used for the sheets in the swamp.

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The green is what I'd found before, used for tin in the swamp, the swamp culvert and I've used it for a water tank. The orange sheet is the new one. I've removed the back flat sheet and sprayed the card with silver model paint. The result has then been cut into standard sheet sizes (scale 8' x 4') and lightly weathered with artists acrylics. The result of the different acrylic paints is interesting but hasn't shown much on the following photos.

 

Doors have been made with stained balsa strips and roofing has commenced. Note, the roof remains removable and merely push-fits into place.

 

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Side wall with personal access door. The doors are currently held in place with blue-tac. I'm still trying to work out the best way to do hinges, seeing as I want the doors to open and close.

 

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Vehicular doors in closed position.

 

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Three quarter view from fence side. This side and the rear are intentionally in worse repair than the two door sides of the garage, as the fence runs along both walls leaving only the regulation 4' gap. Out of sight, out of mind.

 

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Detail of front doors, partially open.

 

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Front doors partially open.

 

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Detail through the open PA door.

 

Gluing of roofing iron will continue. Roofing iron will be more heavily weathered. And I still have to install barge boards to the front and rear gables. Originally I intended to give the outside of this garage a pealing paint treatment, but the more I look at it, the less sure I am. I like the current bare weathered wood look and the subtle colour variations in the stain.

 

Thanks for looking in.

Embs


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Great job there Ember

 

As for the hinges .... if your going to secure them in three places as per the blue tac, why not try thin bits of leather cut into the long "barn" type hinge shapes, three each door should support the doors as well as let them open and close


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Thanks Gazza. Hadn't thought of leather strips. I've got plenty of thicknesses and stiffnesses available in the archery and skins collection too.

 

At the moment I've got some hinges on order from one of the train model mobs. But I'm not sure if they're working hinges or just hinge look trim.

 

The other option is to make some brass ones in the same way I did on the farm gate on the track. At least I can solder brass, where the aluminium was just glued.


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What an awesome job you have done there Ember, something to be very proud of.


Regards

Rob

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Roofing is finished!

 

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Roofing iron is corrugated craft card found in the scrapbooking section of the local tightwad shop. Purchased for the princely sum of $2 per packet. It took 1.5 A5 sized sheets to cover the full roof, which leaves me with another 8 sheets for other projects. I call that value.

 

The sheet of card carefully had its flat backing paper removed to leave only the double sided corry. Sheet was then sprayed with silver model paint on both sides. I did a fairly rough job of it, breaking most of the rules because I didn't want a shiny perfect surface. Once dry the card was carefully cut into scale 8x4' sheets with a scalpel. Before gluing the sheets in place on the roof I gave them a light wash with burnt umber artist acrylic (just thinned with water). The difference between the model acrylic and artist acrylic causes the wash to retract and pool looking more like old rust and dirt.

 

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You might notice a slight variation in colour between the bottom row of iron and the top. I ran out of paint after spraying the first sheet so had to change cans half way through the job. I think the bottom layer gives a better finish for what I was after. Paint used for it was Colour Magic for lexan shells and if I spot more of it I'll certainly grab a few more cans of silver. The top layer is Tamiya silver. The different formulation between the two types of paint became obvious when I started weathering.

 

Weathering has been done with pastels mixed with methylated spirits and painted on. This is where the difference in model paints became obvious. The Tamiya paint dissolves with the meths, the Magic Colour does not. Anyway, several different layers of 'rust' applied wet. Then some dry powdered pastel dusted over the top in a few areas to finish off.

 

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Ridging and flashing is heavy paper glued around a bamboo skewer and left to dry before painting with silver spray can, trimming and gluing in place.

 

The black "junction box" on the front is made with balsa and houses a small two pin plug and socket which will supply power for the shed light.

 

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And a final photo with the roof removed, just to prove it can still be done.

 

Guttering to be added and doors to be hung but the basics of the garage are complete. I originally wanted to have the finished with old and peeling paint, not too sure about that now. I really like the subtle variations in the raw weatherboards.

 

So, the garage is basically ready for installation in the backyard diorama. Which means I'd better get the ground work on that finished to a stage to accept it.

 

Thanks for your interest.

Embs


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It's easy Mark. I just think of all the things that I hould be doing, but want to avoid. ;)


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