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Birmingham New Street in 4mm scale
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked Shocked
I'm in awe.. not my 'thing' but who cannot be impressed with the scale of this project and the level of detailed modelling.. brilliant!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Martin

Currently OMWB are my etches to improve the windows on the bachmann 150's

Here's a pic



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi All

Been pondering the best way to do the pillars on the platforms at the wolves end of the station. There are 8 of them and they are a bit of a weird shape. Drawing on my previous existence as a designer and doing packaging 'nets' I figured a test based on folding them from thickish card was in order.



The pattern is shown at the top and the whole pillar is double layered for strength. The pillar will fit over a wooden pillar that will hold the shopping center in place. The lines are drawn on with a dead biro and the whole pillar sprayed with plasticote suede for the concrete texture.

Also at the wolves end, there is a low platform on the non public side of the dock. Simple enough this one with a base of foamboard and plastic sheet. The checker plate is wills weathered using the salt method.



The walkway features a air pressure outlet similar, but simpler, to the one outside the signal box. At least you will be able to see this one!



Extreme close up - just some 0.4mm wire and some scraps of microstrip.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really envy you guys who can work from scratch (and have the time, of course). This project looks as if it will to amazing once it is finished.

Chris.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Chris

Spent my time this week working on the platform tops for the wolves end of the station thus-



While I have this board in the house I took the opportunity to do some more 'LED' piccies



This one uses a single LED as the light source and a 30 second exposure



This one uses 3 LEDS to give a wider spread of light again with a 30 second exposure. Lights in the background and a feint exhaust added in photoshop

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Birmingham New Street in 4mm scale Reply with quote

I can used to travel in Birmingham when these trains were normal, and in those colours too...

And I ren remember when the funny metal horses turned up on the platforms.

My dad can remember when this appeared:




He says it may seem odd now, but when it was built, it really was considered an improvement...
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi All

More low light stuff, this time, aside from normal finishing theres no photoshoppery on this one.



Sometimes you just have to take advantage of what you are doing at the time. In this case I was weathering the platform surfaces with a wash thus the chance to try a rainy night shot.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went through New Street today (on the way to Warley/NEC), and was amazed to see that this model is now a historical representation..!! Shocked



All the top cabins have gone, although the bottom brick half is still there as a shell. Does anyone know what the plan is? As it's about the oldest part of the station left, it'd be nice if it was restored and preserved.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Afraid I dont Jordan

Like you, I hope its saved in some way. Its about 150 years old I think!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi All

I have been busy with the pepper! Using sludgy grey paint and ground pepper to represent the mouldy stuff you get on damp walls. I have also used Klear for a leak that is still wet.





Fancied a little play with Black and white too.



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi All

I dont post a lot of piccies of trains, so to redress the balance a bit a few shots. All of these are taken from the back of the layout so represent views you wont see at shows.


50023 at platform 5


155 307 at platform 4


Hey, I didnt say all pics would be of trains. I saw a shot like this on flickr and thought it looked cool so this is my mini-version!

Finally, with nothing suitable in regards to RTP platform lights I have decided to build my own and this is WIP on the first one (not the actual place for it on the layout). There is no detail on the lower section yet but I have an idea for that.



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all

I have for a while been intending to add a small portfolio of my favourite pictures to my website. Well it's finally done and can be viewed at http://jsmithwright.demonweb.co.uk/portfolio/. Ok nothing new but at least it's all in one place!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi All

Its rare that I buy something for the layout that I think "i can just plonk that straight on" but these are just one of those items.



GPO boxes from unit models - see http://www.unitmodels.com/ for more of their relatively unknown stuff.

I fancied something a bit different and inspired by this thread http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php/topic/26376-the-birmingham-gun-barrel-proof-house-an-elegant-building/page__p__270430__fromsearch__1#entry270430 I decided to have a go at the sculpture above the gateway. The building itself is a long way off yet but this is what I came up with



Using layers of paper and plasticote suede paint. Its 40mm across.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi. I am seriously beginning to wonder if you are cheating and posting photos of the prototype. Na, your modelling is excellent and I just love those night time photos and the first two posted on Dec 8th looking out from under the tunnel are absolutely A1. Thanks for sharing all this with us.

With best wishes,
Chris.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Chris

More scenic -


mock up of the temporary bus stop - litter bin from S kits.


Another mock up - this time of the furniture I have been working on. Funny how clutter gives the scene a bit of life.


A fleetline is held at the lights. For those who know the area and the buses the driver is obviously lost!

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