1950's Retro Gas Station

MatthewHughes

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This Thread is inspiring.

at some point in future we intend to build an extension on the house. part of it will be my office sorry 'office'

i now know it needs to be a bit bigger than was planed

o yeah i also subbed to this

Matt
 

Fourth Protocol

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This Thread is inspiring.

at some point in future we intend to build an extension on the house. part of it will be my office sorry 'office'

i now know it needs to be a bit bigger than was planed

o yeah i also subbed to this

Matt

Ha ha not sure about inspiring. More like an ode to never finishing anything ;) Thank you though ::2thumbs And yeah a big "office" is a sweet deal :cool:

The new paint takes ages to dry, so I had it out in the sun this afternoon.

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Got most of it done between yesterday afternoon and now, but there are still parts that haven't had primer, even. Like this bit. There wasn't a beam there in the beginning.

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Used to just lay the hinged roof onto the walls, but added the beam because then I can cover just one side of the garage, making it into a scale garage/photo booth for builds. I have yet to make such a sectionable roof though.

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The roof still needs a bit of aligning...

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And how it stands now:

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The opposite end:

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The porch roof still needs a bit of work, and I hope to get that done and painted tomorrow. After which I'm going to try for some scale perspective photography. Assuming Ms. Protocol picked up on the rather literal and in-your-face hints I've been dropping every 10 minutes for the last month about wanting an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III for my birthday...

Anyway the one thing I've yet to work out is how to age it all. It's weatherproof paint so the usual tricks model makers use won't work. Thinking I might just leave it outside for the rest of the summer, maybe also winter and see what it looks like in the spring.
 

odomandr

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I really appreciate the way this is easily broken down into pieces and then easily reassembled.
 

Fourth Protocol

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I really appreciate the way this is easily broken down into pieces and then easily reassembled.

Yeah that was one of my better ideas. Thank you ::2thumbs Frankly I couldn't see myself not moving the thing around, so some kind of disassembly was inevitable.

Got some signwriting done last night. The swinging Texaco still needs touching up but I have to go do grown up stuff so won't get 'round to it till later.

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Fourth Protocol

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The motorsport support crew thing from the Citro?n H got me thinking about a start gate. So I started building one.

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Should get more time for this again now that summer holidays are over.
 

Fourth Protocol

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Loving the scale buildings and the ingenuity of how they break down for storage, top shelf::2thumbs

Thank you ;)

New camera so images are now 4:3. Stairs for the start gate are done at last :smoke:

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And I got the first undercoat/primer on too. The corners of the towers aren't primed yet because I still have to make the retainer channels for the advertising boards like the bridge has.

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Not sure what I'm doing with the stairs - I could cover the sides with ply, cloth, or leave them bare. It'll work itself out when the main bit is done.

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dagabba

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Loving the start gate! I think the stairs look good bare, they often seem to be some sort of ali scaffold.

Nice one!
 

Fourth Protocol

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Loving the start gate! I think the stairs look good bare, they often seem to be some sort of ali scaffold.

Nice one!

Thanks ::2thumbs Stairs will remain bare for now.

a bit of fake chequre (how ever its spelt) for the stairs i reckon?

and it look awesome

Matt

Chequered plate is a very good idea! At least on the steps themselves. And thank you ;)

Got most of the assembly done, and most of the painting. Far enough to start on a set of event/promotional/ad boards. Only manual tools so spent much time with the saw and two huge fibre glass sheets.

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That's two sets. I ended up making three but only painted the GOX lot.

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And here they are in the start gate. As you might imagine the panels are interchangeable, so a new set can be made for any occasion or event I take this thing to. Each panel can of course be painted whatever I like, and sticker-bombed to hell and back.

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Next up is finishing the construction (stairs lower platform is missing some feet and steps to the vehicle platform), and then details like barrier lines and signposts. Have also started toying with RFID to time trucks from the start gate to an end point, but haven't finished the software.
 

Fourth Protocol

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First version of this beast is done.

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Used it at the 5th Eifel Scale Challenge this weekend, marking the beginning of the Trophy course. All the Willies and Wendies stayed at home because I need to find a way to fix them to the platform so that they're not stolen.

Or maybe even make a completely new bridge (it's seperate from the towers) that doesn't have the walkway/platform, so that I can leave the stairs at home too...

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Lots of ideas for more details now :hmmm:
 

Fourth Protocol

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You cant stop building? :p looks huge to carry but is very nice. the interchangeable panels are a neat idea

Yeah it's big. Have enough space to carry the thing and a herd of trucks, but the staircase is a bit delicate. Stage two will be to make a bridge for it that's more robust, so without a walkway and podium.

And lolz yes I can stop. About to actually, so that I can finish a balsa Spitfire and build a wooden frigate. I want to do more with wood.

Speaking of wood and stage 2 - been working on improving the breakover ramp. When you lack power tools it's mind-numbingly repetitive. Feel a bit live-die-repeat. But it will accomodate a wider variety of track widths, and be more robust.

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And while I love the raw wood look, it's going to need paint if I want to use it outside in the wet.

/EDIT

Just jumped for one of these -

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Yahoo ::D:
 
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Fourth Protocol

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Love the work, but LOVE the mini table saw!!

It arrived yesterday :cool: Speeds building up no end! And it's only 260mm wide :wow:

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Here's the progress on the breakover ramp. The idea is to accomodate varying track widths and to generally clean and strengthen it up a bit.

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The only time constraint I have now is the limited number of clamps. I can only glue and hold together one section at a time. So about two a day.
 

Fourth Protocol

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Got the main (middle) trestle done.

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But I need to redo it. It's so wide now that the center sags, which means building in vertical support in the middle. Which will be tricky because the vertical support cannot reach higher than the track or the trucks will get stuck.

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Have a plan though...
 

Fourth Protocol

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May I repeat, WOW!

It takes patience. Beyond that copy from trestle designs :cool:

Got the main trestle redone. It now sports a third vertical support in the center. That lone clamp is holding down the last of the sway braces until the glue dries.

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Here's a better view of the center support. The center post of the vertical support is height-adjustable, so it's never higher than the track. And won't foul axles as trucks drive over the ramp.

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Slow going and once again December is here and yet again I'll be in three countries over two continents so not much is going to happen until mid-January.
 
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