Friday, 14 June 2019

China Clay Facility Part 2............

Time for the next instalment of the T029 China Clay Facility from Scalescenes. With the main frame of the building now complete, it’s time to start with the interior detail. It all starts at the bottom, where you would expect, with the floor. Because I took the time when putting the walls and sides together to make sure everything was square, I know that the floor is going to fit with no trimming required. 

The bunker walls are next. Two sections of 2mm base glued together to make a sturdy 4mm wall. Wrapped in a cover layer to finish off all of the raw exposed edges. 

Once again, make sure they are fitted nice and square. 

It’s at this point you need to install any substance you are going to use for your product to be loaded. I’ve gone for Hearty soft air dry clay, it’s a paper product that isn’t too wet, which will not soak the card model. You can find out more here

Be mindful that when you fill your bays, that this product does shrink slightly. You can either infill the shrunken areas once dried or, I made a sacrificial set of bays out of scrap card, that were approximately 5% bigger than they needed to be. This meant that when the Hearty soft dried and shrunk, it fit into the bays of the model, no problem. 

The loading bay edge is next. This incorporates a narrow channel just in from the front. This will become the running channel for the sliding doors. So make sure that once it’s in place, it is clear of any stray glue or debris. This will impede the sliding door operation. 

The front walls are next. These are made up of three sections, a left, a right and you guessed it, a centre section. Again like the bunker walls, these are two layers of 2mm card glued together to make sturdy 4mm walls. 
A top tip, when gluing two sections of card together which has a notch cut out for something to go in afterwards, glue two pieces of 2mm card together to make a spacer jig. This is the size of the slot in the wall, and will ensure when the glue has dried, the rafter will fit with no need for any adjustments.

The awning supports and down pipes are next. As always, the down pipes are incorporated into another element for increased sturdiness. 
The main rafters are next. These made up of four sections, made into a sandwich to form a cleverly defined structure. These little beauties, for all I like them, took my 2hours to cut out. I know, it’s worth it in the end.

The awning supports get glued to the front wall now, and when complete, glued to the main structure. Be mindful that the bottom of the wall needs to be on the edge of the door runner gap.

Once the other side wall is fitted, two of the main rafters are put into place. 
That’s where we are at the moment. The centre front wall will be next along with the doors.

Until Next Time...........

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

China Clay Loading Facility.............

Here we go again. It’s time to get to grips with the latest release from Scalescenes. It’s the new T029 China Clay Facility. I’ve been looking forward to release, as it has a few new construction techniques and new features, to make the final model easier to construct and sturdier. These techniques will be incorporated in future kits. I’m also going to try and incorporate lighting in this kit. I’ve dabbled briefly on my last kit I built for my wife’s project, and I was pleased with the results. It was a lot easier than I thought. More on this when we get to it in the build. 

Where here it is, in all its constituent parts. Just in case you don’t know, I use A4 self adhesive labels for my kits. In my opinion, I find this way so much easier and less messy.

Remember to make sure all of the air bubbles are smoothed out.

The first set of instructions are for a jig to be used later in the build. It’s a block made up of strips of 1mm card. This gets fixed to a base layer and a second piece of card to make a grip strip. More on this later.

The main kit starts with the side walls. Which incorporates floor supports.
 It’s made up of three layers, the third layer has built into it the door frames.
When gluing two layers together, I like to offer the two together in a dry fit and mark where the glue is to go. This eliminates over gluing any areas that don’t need gluing. 

Once the walls are dry, there is a cover strip to hide raw edge. These walls are set aside for now while construction of the rear wall. 

This has a great deal of photographic detail added. This will be visible through the open doors when finished.

The buttress pieces are fixed into place now. Followed by the bunker supports. 

Make sure to keep the supports perpendicular with  small square, and flush with the bottom with the edge of your ruler.

Ready to put the side walls on next. Make sure to try and keep the structure square.

The Bunker Rear Wall gets fixed into place now.

The platform support walls get fixed in place next.

This is one of the new construction techniques. Notched joints making the sub-structure a lot stronger.


Once the support walls are put into place, the structure squares up nicely and becomes sturdier.

That’s enough for now. It's all coming together quite well.

Until Next Time...........