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Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 10:32 pm
by dr5euss
What do you use for gluing, Jon?

Whenever I'd tried framing with board by board construction, I lift it off the worksurface and it falls apart on me.

It's a good start :D

Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:22 pm
by Jon Randall
When I built the shed as seen on Tetley Grange I used wood glue
This time I was impatient so I used superglue on the first panel. I wasn't too sure that it was going to set so I put it to one side and on the next panel I used Bostick contact adhesive. By the time I finished putting this panel together the first panel had hardened so my doubt had transfered onto the contact adhesive. So I put a dob of superglue on each joint :roll:
With all three glues I made up the frames on a piece of baking paper and although when set all of the glues stuck to the baking paper a little I was able to peel it off.
The paper was mounted on a piece of thick mdf to ensure a flat surface.
In future I will go back to wood glue as I find it easier to place with a thin paint-brush. The downside is that it really needs to be left overnight to dry.
Experiments are fun :!:

Posted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 7:17 pm
by Jon Randall
I've managed to get the shed finished off in the last few nights.
I've taken inspiration from the fishermen sheds at Dungeness at the end of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.

The corrugated iron is from a gift box. The backing was peeled off with the aid of a wet sponge. A base spray was applied of red primer and then black primer sprayed semi-randomly over the top of that with more black on the inside as it would be affected less by weather.

Posted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 7:29 pm
by dr5euss
Great stuff Jon, looks the part :D

Posted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 8:03 pm
by martin
this is just delightful!

I want to go on a suitcase hunting trip!

Posted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 8:31 pm
by Steve Bennett
Looking great Jon, I have a couple of questions, but they can wait till monday :) . You dont want to be sat at the computer till after sunday :wink: . Hope all goes well.

Posted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:09 pm
by Jon Randall
Thanks George, Martin and Steve.
Any questions will be welcome .
At the mo I'm only on the computer while glue or paint is drying. :wink:
My family could probably do with a break from modelling :roll:
They might not get one though :lol:

Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:33 am
by bluey1989

I dont think you have covered it, but would it be possible for you to go in to a little detail on how the ripples on the water were created and what you did with the colours under it
I have now cut out the perspex for my canal and not sure how to create the require effect.



Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:55 am
by martin
could I ask what you have used for your shrubbery?

Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:32 pm
by Jon Randall
Thanks for your questions.
If you can wait a week or so I will do a series of articles as it is easier to show you than explain it.
I'm fitting a new kitchen this week so modelling time is short if existant at all :)
If anybody has any other questions then please post them here and I will answer when time and the Mrs permits :D

Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 10:48 am
by Jon Randall
Sorry for the late replies :oops:

Here is how I made the shrubbery.

First picture is what you need.
Back row- Paint, I wanted a dark effect so I went for black and dark brown but other lighter colours could be used.
Front row, left to right- Scatter material, superglue, hairy string and on top, a piece of wire.
You will also require hair-spray.

First step, cut hairy string twice as long as the height you require, plus a bit. Then tease it into individual strands.

Next fold it in two and wrap a piece of wire around the base. Don't trim the wire to length at this stage as it makes a convenient handle. Brush it over your hand to seperate the strands and trim to shape. Paint it in your chosen colours, you don't need to wait for it to dry at any stage.

Apply the hair-spray to the areas you want leaves, I just went for the top, and invert into the scatter material. Shake the loose off and you get-

I don't know about you but when I use superglue then sooner or later the lid is usually glued on tight before the tube is empty. Rather than waste these I put them to one side and use them for non-precision jobs.
The next step is to flood the string below the wire by sliting the side of the tube, be careful as always with superglue that it doesn't go where it shouldn't.

All you need to do now is to trim the wire and plant it in the required position, covering the wire and blending it in wih ground scatter.

Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:30 pm
by dieselwater
Wonderful modelling, very inspiring! Thanks for the great tips.

Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:00 pm
by Glen A
I think we have some of that string at home.
No more buying expensive woodland scenics grass strands now.
Thanks Jon! :)

Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:40 pm
by henrix72se
Perfect! and so simple!

Thanks for the great tip!


Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:36 am
by Steve Bennett
Very effective Jon, will have to give that a try.

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:57 am
by Harald
Be careful when using hair spray! I did a few trees some years ago and now have autumn around them :(

Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:24 am
by Jon Randall
Still ok Harold 8)

Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:27 am
by Jon Randall

Doesn't work as well as Gavin's Bedford :lol:

Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 3:29 pm
by demaine22
Bit on the industrious side Jon 8)

Reminds me I need to crack on with my Gnine project - the joys of scenic work :)