Tuesday 19 November 2019

Scalescenes Gift Certificates...............

Just a quick reminder for, and for those who dont know, there are Scalescenes Gift Certificates  available on the Scalescenes website. These are an ideal gift for that person who is hard to buy gifts for. They are available for any amount however large or small. So, if you are after a specific kit or kits, but youve been holding off buying them, start dropping those subtle hints to your loved ones and direct them to the Scalescenes website. Here is the link https://scalescenes.com/product/scalescenes-gift-certificate/

They make ideal Christmas gifts.

Until Next Time...…..

Saturday 9 November 2019

Completed Railway Works.............

As promised, I’ve cracked on and completed the Scalescenes free download add on, to finish the Railway Works.

The next instalment is back to basics, using regular size sheets and base boards. I wasn’t keen on the grey board I used on the façade, as it was corrugated. For all this was very easy to cut, in comparison to the regular grey board I use, it did have its drawbacks. Like it was very easy to distort and it left ugly raw edges around the windows.

To get started, first of all I cut out the rear of the front wall base layers and their corresponding cover layers.

The reason for the cover layers just simply being printed onto the base layer, is that when you cover the base layer, the window and door edges, are cleverly covered.


And with the addition of the window sills to cover the bottom of the window, it just leaves the upper part of the window / door to be coloured with a marker to match the outside brick colour.


Cover the buttress base layers with the cover layers.

Glue the finished sections to the rear of the front façade. Then once in place, glue the buttresses over the joints. Set aside with plenty of clamps to ensure good adhesion.

Add the four internal gable walls.
This comes in four pieces. Two printed walls and two strengthening pieces to go on the rear. (Again I’ve lost a couple of pictures. These were just showing the two interior wall sections)
These are not all the same length. This is so when the four are put together, the joints are staggered, giving extra strength.

While the glue is setting on the rear wall, cut out the printed roof truss sections and glue these to the rear wall.

These have got a very clever photo based background, to give added depth to the finished model.


Time to cut out the actual roof trusses next. Once these are put in place, in gives a perfect three dimensional effect to the roof trusses.

A couple of simple doors get glued onto the rear wall next.

The two end wall doorways are made next.

These are made in two sections, an interior and exterior section, the glued together to give a slight reveal for the doors to be hung from.


The pictures of the complete end walls and the coming together of the complete building, I’m afraid, have been lost. But the process was just to glue the front façade, the end walls and rear wall together to form your building.

The roof is next. This is in four sections, to give a four ridge roof.

I’ve used the free to print dirty skylights, available at this link, as I didn’t think that the white Scaleglaze windows would be suitable, as the skylights would have probably never been cleaned. These once printed onto OHP film are just cut out and glued to the underside of the roof.

An interior cover layer completes the roof sections.


These are now just glued to the main building, in four sections. Don’t worry about the gaps, these are to be covered by valley guttering.


Ridge tile edging next, to cover the score line.

Capping edges are cut out, and glued to the top of the gables next.

Four doors next. These are made in three sections, to give that realistic baton door look. 

And that’s it. 

To say that this is a freebie from Hornby/Scalescenes, there is a lot of potential for this kit on a layout.

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

Sunday 3 November 2019

The Hornby Magazine Railway Works Façade.

Right, I think it’s time to have a go at the new Hornby Magazine freebie from Scalescenes. It is in the current November edition of the magazine. It is for the front façade of a railway works. All you get in the magazine is the just the front only, but by dropping onto the Scalescenes website, you can transform the free kit in the magazine, into a half relief building, with the R028 free download, that has endless potential.

I’m going to build the front façade first, then complete the build with the half relief, once this has been done.
I had to get the digital download from Scalescenes direct, as I don’t have a physical copy of the magazine. Now the free kit come on one A2 sheet, as the building is a whopping 540mm long. So because I don’t have the capability to print an A2 file, John at Scalescenes kindly sent the file tiled into four pages, allowing each to print on A4.

The next hurdle was, I didn’t have a piece of 2mm card stock in A2 size. But fear not, a quick question to my better half, and she came up with the goods, in the form of a couple of pieces of A2 - 2mm grey board from her work place.
I suppose I could have built it on the A4 sheets, but I wanted to use the full size A2 sheet, so that the front façade was built in one piece.

Time to put the sheets onto the board. This was the next hurdle. When John had kindly tiled the original file, he overlapped all of the sheets, this meant that they could be cut down to the correct size, without the fear of missing any detail due to print areas.

This was easily done, as the images were cleverly sized so that the cut lines were on a reference line for the cover layer. So once the sheets were cut using these reference lines, they lined up perfectly on the base layer.

The cover layers were cut using similar reference lines. Not that these needed to be put onto a base layer, but at least they were at the correct size for when the needed to be added to the kit. 


Right, into the build now that the four sheets have been cut to size.

Once the windows and door openings have been cut out, that’s the front of the kit in one piece.

I had a bit of a surprise when I came to cut out the apertures. When I normally cut out anything on 2mm grey board, it takes three or four light passes with my craft knife to cut. This board however was different. It only took one pass to cut out, which caught me off guard. It turns out that it’s not a true solid grey board, but a corrugated version. 

This I thought was brilliant at the time, as it only took the one pass to cut out, but my elation was short lived, as I realised that any exposed edges that I would normally colour with a marker, would not be solid. And also, when I applied any pressure to the board, when sticking down window edges and the like, the board collapsed due to the corrugations. Well it’s too late now, I’ll have to proceed with this kit and be careful, and not use this board anymore.

The cover layers go on in four separate pieces.

Then put the window sills into place.

I opted for the Scaleglaze windows for this kit. I know the windows would have been terribly dirty in reality but, I intend to weather them at a later date. The Scaleglaze windows are so much easier. 

I did however run out of the correct windows, so I had to improvise with a different one. 

Unfortunately the next set of pictures I took, have been deleted from my camera. These were the making and fitting of the buttresses, plinths and parapets.

So you’ll have to take my word when I tell you I’ve finished the front façade. You will however see the completed kit on the next post, as I intend to complete the kit post haste.

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