Sunday 26 February 2012

Gantry Crane……….

Well I didn’t get a start on Thursday like I’d hoped for, but only got going last night. It looks as if I haven’t achieved much, but there is quite a bit of cutting out to do, to build up the card stock into substantial elements. The maximum thickness of the card stock that I use is only 2mm. To achieve the strength required, there is a lot of lamination, which I must say gives great strength.




By building up so many layers I managed to make the legs 12mm in places. This crane is going to be a lot stronger than it looks.


Once all fiddly bits have been cut out, the fun can start.


I was intrigued when I first saw the pictures of this crane from scalescenes, on how sturdy it was going to be. I should not have doubted it. It is going to be as strong as houses!



So, I have both end frames built, the two bridge rails are laminated. I can start and assemble the main structure. Unfortunately this will not be until next weekend, as I have a very busy week at work, with a trip to our Mersey Port near Liverpool for two days mid week.

Until Next Time…………..


Thursday 23 February 2012

Gantry Crane……..

Well I told you I had nothing to build and that I was going to get into the loft. Well, those people at Scalescenes  have only gone and produced the coolest looking Gantry Crane, and you guessed it I had to have it. Hopefully I am going to get a start on it tonight, if I get back from the Fire Station at a reasonable time. Go to Scalescenes and check it out

Call back in a couple of days, and see how I’m getting on.

Until Next Time………


Sunday 12 February 2012

Finished Barn…………..

Well I set to this weekend and promised myself that I would complete the Barn to go with the T012 Farm House from scalescenes. It has made such a refreshing change to construct  a building with no windows. It is a basic square building with two doors, simple.




How wrong could one man be!! I should have known that it wouldn’t just be a box with two doors, especially knowing that lot from scalescenes.

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These are oak beams to go (yes you guessed it) on the inside. At least I could cut out a panel at a time and not have to glue all of them on individually.

If that was not bad enough the under side of the roof has beams and rafters, just like the ones in the T014 Church, only smaller.


At least the roof was in two huge pieces, but placed with over the rafters I think that the end result is well worth the sore fingers, wouldn’t you agree?



Just the doors to go and then I’ve finished.

Just four plain barn doors.

Four easy to cut out and glue into place barn doors.

Four square cut, glue together barn doors.

Well you would think so.

Wouldn’t you.



They’ve only got strengthening battens on the back. DOH!!

Any how, all joking aside I think you’ll agree with me that this Barn is not just a plain building stuck at the side of the Farm house, but itself a grand building that would adorn any layout it was proudly placed upon.


And finally the pair of them side by side in all of their glory.


Well I’m not sure what I’m building next, but I have loads to do in the loft, so I might just divert all my efforts into getting the layout started and getting some of these buildings put into their final settings.

Until Next Time…………


Wednesday 8 February 2012

Finished Part One…………….

I eventually finished the T012 Farmhouse from scalescenes. I thought it was going to be a quick build over the Christmas holidays, but I was wrong. I have enjoyed building it, but it seems to have gone on forever. This I know has been due to my work load and time at the Fire Station. I normally like to set to and get a good start with a project, as it gives me a buzz seeing the basic elements come together creating a new building, but with this one, I should have waited till I had the time to do so, as it seemed to sit on my table for days going nowhere, in a sorry state of neglect.

Anyway here it is in all its glory




I would love to find a family of homeless little people to live in these buildings. All they would only need the electric and water turning on, and away they’d go.


Mary, please observe co-ordinating  curtains.


The fine detail of the exterior and the comprehensive detail of the interior is phenomenal. Down to gutters and drainpipes on the outside, to bookcases and fireplaces on the inside.

When I have the time, I’m going to build an “exploding “ version, so I can take to pieces and showcase the detail. It is a crying shame that nobody sees inside.

Next is the Barn, that goes with the Farm House.

Until Next Time…………


Sunday 5 February 2012

Coming Along Nicely…………

Just a quick update to let you see how the T012 Farm House is coming along. I know that it doesn’t look much since the last time I posted, but believe me it has been quite a fiddle getting five roof sections to marry up. (I tell a lie it wasn’t hard, I just have very little patience). Would you believe there is two sets of roofs, an inner set and an outer set. The inner set that you see in the pictures have a ceiling detail on the inside, which I might add again, nobody is going to see. And on the underside edge, it has the detail of rain gutters. Those clever Guys at scalescenes think of everything. The outer set have the tile detail on them. So I have all of the cutting out to do again. I will try to be more patient this time, as this time all of the joints have to be near perfect, as it is the finished roof.



Unfortunately Jean/Mary, I tried to make the roof into one piece so that I could lift it off to view inside, but I failed.

I will let you see when the outer roof goes on.

Until Next Time………..