Monday, 4 February 2019

Glenroy Pc1 Station Building Kit Bash Part 3

This post for Glenroy Pc1 Building Kit Bash which will be the final for this series.

This post will cover the minor detailing and painting of Glenroy Station Building to getting ready to be placed on my main home Layout of Tumbarumba when it gets constructed.

Unfortunately, I have only been able to locate a few colour photos of Glenroy, none of them showed any internal shots of Glenroy. The Seating at one of the few surviving Pc1 Stations at Bukalong has long since been removed. I decided to refer to the Greg Edwards Data sheet to construct the inside seating for Glenroy.

I have scratched built the seat from styrene.

Guttering and other Roof Detailing

I have used an U Channel styrene strip for the guttering.

As mention previously on one of my earlier post on the Glenroy Kit bash is that Glenroy station lost roof capping, leaving behind the metal base that the roof capping was placed on. It seems with some of the Pc Buildings (which included Glenroy also included the wooden planks on the edge of the roof. I have included this detailing in this model.

Aluminium corrugated sheeting for detailing the awing and sits on 0.5 mm thick styrene sheeting. Facias have been added, but like the real Glenroy, the side awning facias were missing. Part of giving Glenroy the neglected look.

Here is the risky move, awning support have been added, but unlike what I have done on my Tumbarumba kit bash on the Pc2+ Building, these awning supports will need to bear a bit of load to keep the awning in shape.

Painting Glenroy Pc1
Normally painting is not a fun practice for me, it involves preparation, it makes a mess that takes time to clean up regardless if the paint job is successful or not and if your paint job does not turn out, then it could mean removing the paint job and starting from scratch. But for the case of doing a weathered rustic look to a structure, I personally found it rather satisfying with some great final outcome. Some of this was just experimental which I will explain.

The first prime Job revealed just a few issues where the various parts of the model were joined up as part of the kit bash. When you are using parts of the same colour or white styrene, it can be hard to get a perfect alignment when kit bashing. I was able to correct these misalignments and gaps with Tamiya putty which have corrected this issue.

I have painted the most of the model excluding the roof tiles with a Humbrol light grey as a base coat.

I have here done a test paint with Humbrol Light Bluff (Humbrol Enamel Gloss Colour Number 7) with a thick spray at one end and a light spray at the other end of the gable that I removed from the kit earlier. I did is a lightly soaked paint brush with turps to create the weathered look. As Humbrol Light Bluff is a gloss colour, I used the Testers dull coat to remove the gloss. It looks very close the actual coloured pictures that I have seen of Glenroy Pc1. 

I have applied the same method above on the roof and main structure of the Pc1, but applied a heavier coat on the Water Tank (which was originally intended for Tumbarumba). Water Tank seem to have hold much of its colour from the pictures I have seen of Glenroy, but seem to have more of a chipped paint look as opposed to the fading paint into the structure to what Glenroy had.
I would have love to painted the full building with a pristine finish to see my handy work, but it would have risked me having to strip back the paint and start again or not get the weathered look that I desired for.

It is also worth mentioning, that by use of a plastic glove, and tumbling inside the model soon after the paint work was applied, gave a nice slightly weathered look inside similar to what you can still see today in some of the Pc1 structures that still exist today. Internally, weathering inside would not be that bad compared to the outside of the structure as the paint work is better protected from the elements.

Tiled Roof section was painted using Humbrol Ocean Grey as the base coat and lightly sprayed Model Masters Dark Tan for the top coat. 

I started the weathering on some parts of the model and a little with the flooring and then Dull Coated the main building.

Using the dry brush weathering method, I dried brush on some Model Masters Dark Ghost Grey and dried brush on some Humbrol Flat white on the strip where the roof capping would have been placed.
I messed up the weathering job on the corrugated metal roofing on the awning. I later on decided to repaint the awning cover and provided a light weathered rust using Model Masters Rust colour via the dry brush method. 

The finished weathering job on the Water Tank. It is worth mentioning that I did use the turps brush method to age the light bluff colour paint job when I applied the Model Masters Dark Ghost Grey paint for the exposed concreat weathering.

Final Assembly of Glenroy Pc1
Now on the final run to complete this Kit bash project to the point that it can be placed on the layout when that time arrives.

My scratched built seating was painted, dull coated and put in to place by using Krystal Klear to attach it to the model.

I used Krystal Klear again to stick the roof onto the the main body. Hopefully it will remain in place. I have not used Krystal Clear on the awing supports to the corbels of the building just in case the roof does not stick on. Once Im satisfied it is firmly stuck, will Krystal Clear the awning supports onto the model. It is completed for now. I will need to add in a little bit of plumbing work from the guttering the water tank, but I do not intend to do that until this model is permanently fixed in place on the layout.

Final Run Down On My Glenroy Pc1 Kit Bash Experience
This kit bash project has gone extremely well, where I did come across some unexpected but pleasant results.
The awing supports that I did for this building I was expecting to break off every time I handled the roof section. Fortunately, this never occurred.

About 30 minutes after Dull coating the roof section of Glenroy Pc1, I noticed that there was a bit of gloss showing on the gables each side of the roof section. Soon after noticing this, I decided to spray that area again. Not sure at the time if that was not the best practice, but the following day I noticed that the paint work on the facias started to have that blistered look. If this was a pristine paint job, I would have to have stripped the paint back from that area and reapply the primer and paint again. 
In this case, it gave a good realistic weathered paint look. Im not sure if it me reapplying the dull coat too soon or other factors such as a thing coat of paint or blistering caused by the styrene itself or just a once off unique event that just happened in the right circumstances. I will have to one day try to repeat this and see if I can successfully replicate this blistering effect and share the method on how it is done.

The unexpected blistering effect seen on the facias.

For the learnings, next time I will not do the internal roof cavity detailing as it cannot be viewed, painting is a messy and not accurate when painting the rafters. 

There were some items that could have been done better, but fortunately, those imperfections can not be seen external to this model.

In all, cutting up the two Rail Central kits to get the results that I have ended up with to me was well worth it.

The Closing Note
Outside of the topic of Glenroy Pc1 Kit Bash, I have been working the baseboards and building the line side structures for my new Exhibition Layout. These are well on their way where progress is moving much quicker than expected. Hopefully I can continue this run soon as I expect to finally finish my tasks for my Clubs Wingello layout in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully from there, full focus will be on getting my new Exhibition Layout to the point of operational completion soon.

Next post will cover the baseboards for the Exhibition Layout.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Reflecting Back on 2018 and What to expect in 2019

First of all I would like to wish my Blog followers and readers a Happy New Year for 2019.

Reflecting back on 2018, I did not really get a lot done on my personal Project Tumbarumba mainly due to being involved with construction of my model rail club layout of Wingello. The second part of the year for me was extremely busy work wise. However, I have received a lot of learning on the Wingello Exhibition layout project and have certainly picked up some new skills which I will put into practice with my future projects.

Outside of the club and personal project side of things, I was able to somehow make the time to attend some of the exhibition throughout 2018 where I met up with others that have the same interest in the hobby as I do, in which I hope to do the same again throughout 2019.

I have just finished my holiday break and after battling through the long list of choirs that my wife has passed onto me to complete, I have some how managed to get some time to focus on my plans for 2019 in regards to my model rail projects as well been able to get a lot practical tasks done during that time.

First point I will need to make clear before moving onto the other items I plan for in 2019, is that Tumbarumba will be my prime layout for my home location and to get it right, I feel I need to developed skills in getting a couple of smaller layout projects completed first before getting the baseboards and scenery done for Tumbarumba.

I am also reconsidering placing Tumbarumba within the garage area of my home as I see some great operational opportunity if it is gets done right. At this point of time it is not a definite plan, but researching if this is feasible or not.

Either way in 2019, I will continue to persist with the construction of the line side buildings for the Tumbarumba Layout so when the day arrives for baseboard construction, they will be all be ready to be placed on the layout.

New Layout Project
I'm currently working on a new HO Scale layout project, which will be a personal layout. Baseboards are currently work in progress and are almost completed.
More detail on this New layout Project will be revealed in the near future along with the reasons why I'm doing this as a project.

2 x Baseboard Modules currently work in progress

N Scale Trains and Layouts
I have mentioned in the past that I do a little bit of Australian N scale. Im looking at least getting a Micro/Macro sized Victorian N Scale Layout done sometime this year which should fit easy in a small room that can be easily stored away when not in use.

Back in late 2018, news has emerged that a ready to run NR Class diesel/electric in N scale will be released sometime in 2019 by one of the main Australian Model Rail Manufacturers. Could this now be possible that in the next few years an expansion in range of Ready to Run Australia N Scale product being made available?

I'm also working on preparing for a NSW themed N scale layout to be done mainly consistent from 3D Printed line side items. I suspect this NSW N Scale will most likely to be started in 2020, again looking at this layout fitting in a small room and can be dismantled for easy storage.

In 2018, Shapeways not only changes the naming of their materials, but also increased their pricing.
In the mix of this, the Australian Government have enforced a 10% GST Tax from goods shipped to Australia that are purchased from overseas Markets. And the Australian Dollar has gone weaker against foreign currencies such as the US dollar. Also shipping costs need to be added which can be in some cases more expensive than the model itself.

Most of these factors has pushed the pricing up of the 3D printed models from fair to exceeding reasonable pricing.

Furthermore, the volume of special discount promotions that Shapeways had in 2018 compared to  2017 were down. The Black Friday to Cyber Monday specials in November 2018 being the only sales.

At that start of 2018, I started a Shapeways Store where I have made my Cc1 and Cc1 with Lamp Room available. Since I started this store, I was getting several inquires for the Bombala variation of the Cc1 with Lamp Room. Unfortunately, with the my work load last year, it was not possible for me to produce the Bombala Cc1 with Lamp Room and upload it to my store before new pricing structure came into place, hence I was not able to get it in time to have the Grandfather pricing to what the Cc1's that I have currently in my Shapeways store. However, the Grandfather pricing on exisiting models on the Shapeways store is meant to finish in the very near future if it has not changed already. Bombala Cc1 will be placed in the Shapeways store in the very near future.

Link to my Shapeway Store is as follows:

Bombala variation of the Cc1 with Lamp Room

Basically, I do not produce these models for a living, but more so for Model Rail Projects that I'm currently involved with. However, I know the feeling when you are trying to achieve a prototypical model rail layout that most of the line side structures that are needed for your project can not be purchased. This leads to the needed structure to be either kit bashed, scratched built or 3D Printed. When a Lineside model is on the marked that matches the profile, it means that it can save time and effort which enables quicker delivery of a functional Layout.

In the past, when there is a fair demand on any of my 3D models I have produced or a variant, before I market them via the Shapeways Store, I normally will need to print them out to ensure that the print is good to market. Some cases, I have found design errors which means the 3D drawing needs to be corrected, then back to Shapeways to reprint the model and shipped out back to myself. Indeed, all this comes at a cost. The current costs will from now on prohibit me from doing this as I will not be able to break even with the costs and like most people, I do have a limit of funds and I can not do this to a financial cost to myself.

The recent N scale Prints that I have done for the Victorian Railways Extended Station Building, NSWGR Waiting Shed and Goods Shed have seem to have generated a lot of interest when I posted them on a couple of Australian N Scale Facebook pages. Again, the pricing would be too expensive for what they are worth via the Shapeways store especially with shipping added. Fortunately, They do meet the tolerances to be casted and reproduced as a resin casted model. If there is a serious demand then I can look a resin casting option which could be marketed within reasonable pricing.

Unfortunately in the case of the Cc1's models that I have produced can not be resin casted as they fall below the minimal tolerances to successfully cast them.

On a closing note, hopefully 2019 will for bring in at least a completed running Layout and getting more models completed then what I have planned. Next blog I will hope to finish off the Glenroy Pc1project with Part 3.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Glenroy Pc1 Station Building Kit Bash Part 2

Pc1 Roof Section
In this post I will be mainly focused on the construction of the roof section. As mentioned in one of my earlier posts, there were low pitch and a high pitch roof variation of the Pc Buildings.

For Glenroy Pc1 it is a high pitch with the Fibro Tiled roof variation.

A 3d Printed Jig of the Pc High Pitched Roof

3D Printed Jig

Late last year, I did some 3d Drawings and thought to do a Jig for the Pc High Pitched Roof. The aim of this exercise was mainly reduce the amount of wasted material that would be discarded if the cutting up the profile of a particular item was not correct. 

I have also included in the jig for the awning support and the Corbels (which I produced in my last post).

I went overboard with including the frame work of the gable jig. The reason I decided to do the framework was allow for the option of the frame work to be exposed for a rundown version of a Pc Building.

Certainly it has done its job well in reducing the wasted material, making effective use of the limited time I have spare with railway modelling. This 3d printed Jig was done in strong and flex materials (I think Shapeways calls it something different now). This 3d printed material does not react to the MEK. This means the Styrene can be MEK whilst in the Jig.

I will not be putting this Jig on the market as it is not that user friendly plus the recent pricing for printouts from Shapeways are high to make it worthwhile. Glad that I got this one printed out before the pricing increases.

Construction of the Roof Section
As always, I shall let the pictures do the explaining.

To sum up the overall build, as simple as it looks, building this roof structure was a challenge. In fact if I did not do the internal Framework it would have been a bit more simple to build. But I have managed to get it completed to better than what I expected result.

The final part will be to get the minor details completed and get the painting and the weathering completed.