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johno



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:56 pm    Post subject: Portuguese model railway layout- Buildings/Stuctures Reply with quote

I am at the idea stage of building a small Portuguese Ho model railway layout and while it will be possible to buy the locos and rolling stock I am finding buildings very had to get. I am looking for shops and houses.

Can anyone advise there to look or suggest paper or plastic kits that could be modified to suit?

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Johno
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giles b



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Possibly some of the Jouef/MKD French kits for buildings with stucco walls might serve as a basis for conversion. Only problem is I think they're not currently available so may be hard to find.

Given that shutters are often closed during the day, you might be able to make your own houses from card with a wash of diluted Polyfilla for the plasterwork. A band of paper with blue and white patterns might suggest the tilework that's a feature of Portuguese properties. The shuttered windows could then be suggested by small squares of planking on the face of the walls. The occasional open window could have a spare window from a kit showing. Don't forget that windows are usually casement type, not sash; the advantage is far fewer glazing bars to paint!

Wills pantiles while not perfect, can still look good. If you give them a wash of quite bright pale orage/tile colour it suggests the sunshine, or at least it seemed to when I modelled Spanish and southern French structures a while ago.
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johno



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Giles i have just been looking at this
http://www.frenchmodeltrains.com/images/stories/virtuemart/product/mk610.jpg


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giles b



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the sort of thing. The windows are right and if you wanted to customise them the roofs could be changed to pantiles, perhaps with a flatter roof angle.

I think I have a Continental Modeller with a Portuguese layout in it, which I don't need any more. I'll have a look and see if it has any useful buildings in it. If so I'll PM you details and if you haven't got it I could send you the relevant pages.
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Simon Hargraves



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Model Shop at Woodchurch, Kent has good stocks of MKD and SAI kits; when I visited yesterday, they had a sale on SAI kits which seemed to apply to MKD as well, 50% off!
http://www.modelshopuk.com/
Hope this helps......oh, and they stock Jouef/Electrotren as well,
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johno



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Folks,

Looks like I am going to scratch build the structures for my new Lisbon layout. I don't have scale drawings so will be working from photos. This will be my first attempt at this so can someone advise me. I will be using card.
1. How do you work out the size of each building?
2. Can anyone describe how to assemble windows and their frames
3. As above but doors.

John
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