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Saturday, 17 February 2018

4mm Scale Corfe Castle Station Building - 7

I planned to complete the ticket office this week but other events caused delay and we have an unfinished model, as can be seen from the photo.

This module turned out to be more difficult than expected with the most challenging part being the dormer window that took a day alone to design and build. All those angles!

The two poster boards show a timetable and an advertisement for the west of England car carrier train. The timetable is not for the Swanage Branch but it does not matter because the text is so small it is unreadable! The advertising poster is my own design based on 1960s railway poster art.

Unfortunately the poster board on the right should have been placed between the two windows. By the time I realised this the glue had set. It could be cut off and the resulting damage to the wall stone decoration repaired but that would leave a noticeable scar. Positioned next to the door is a more logical place as it gives balance with the other board but it could not be so in practice as there is a stone ledge in the way that seems to serve no purpose other than decoration.

Postscript: The ledges were used to support a canopy over the entrance that once existed in the distant past.

To Part 1.

Friday, 9 February 2018

4mm Scale Corfe Castle Station Building - 6

The cross wing is the second module to be designed and built. It now joins the gable end module to complete the station master's residence.

The tricky part of the model cross wing design was the dormer window. It looks a complicated construction in photographs of the prototype because it cuts into the roof and has two rafters poking through its fascia that are on a different incline to the rest. It took some thought to come up with a simple construction method for the model.

Now for what is probably the most distinctive architectural feature on the platform side of the building - the highly ornate barge board. The graphic design for this was created over a photograph of the actual barge board at Swanage Station, being the same style as Corfe Castle Station (well very nearly the same. If you can spot the difference write it in the comment box and give yourself a doughnut).

The two drain pipes on the right hand side are temporarily placed and will be truncated to direct the rain they carry onto the canopy drainage gully, when that is built.

The design and build time of the cross wing was about half that of the gable end as I was able to duplicate or adapt some of its design elements.

Whilst this piece is about one third of the entire station building it seems to me that it could stand on its own as a fine Victorian detached house for either station masters or, the general public :)


Sunday, 4 February 2018

4mm Scale Corfe Castle Station Building - 5

Photo shows the almost complete Gable End module and the beginnings of the Cross Wing module. Some minor details to add to the Gable End module that have to wait for another module to ajoin it.

To Part 6.

To Part 1.
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