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Hi again

this time I've posted images of the stables in the gallery:

http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...um&album=59

Much of it was made in front of the computer between posting replies on MRF!! Again, this is scratchbuilt from DAS & wood veneer with the odd bit of stripwood I had lying around plus some beams cut from Iced lolly sticks when I ran out!

The straw is a contribution from my very supportive Susie - I needed to dye some fine sisal to a straw colour - she took it and mixed up some spice (turmeric) and tea in warm water... the photo tint does it no favours as it came out a truly excellent straw colour!

The tarpaulin is tissue dyed with some weak acrylic - put in place after the acrylic set by re-wetting it with a watery PVA+water mix, so now its dried it will hold shape forever!

Again, a full interior: etched brass mangers, partitioning and feed troughs made with individual planks of veneer, all interior beams etc plus in one image you can just see a horse rug over a rope across one of the stalls.

I'm assured by an old resident of the area on a recent "research" trip to UK that the building on the prototype had no glass in the windows - in winter, hessian was hung over the windows to keep out showdrifts, and straw + horse body warmth was enough for heating.... not sarfe to add a brazier in with all that straw!

The floor tiles are interesting - Stables are rare here in Australia as the weather is so good but while researching it I was told time and time again that it'd be nothing special ... but as a showjumper in and riding instructor part time in an earlier (and fitter) life I couldn't quite accept that and surely enough eventually learned / discovered that commerical stables back then frequently used a special flooring made of diamond pattern stones to ensure good grip and good hygene - horses were valuable and treated well even back then!! These were simply scribed into the flooring material (Balsa impregnated with paint+PVA)

I hope you enjoy the images

Regards

Richard Johnson
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Hi

Having seen this in the flesh I can tell you now the pictures do not in any form do it justice. I have watched the progress of Richards stable over the last 6-8 months and it is nothing short of spectacular. Yes the straw is amazing, love the detail that went into the tarps and the acid bottles in wicker baskets sitting in straw. You really have an eye for detail there. I think in many way I am lucky as I know how much detail you cannot see. Correct me if i am wrong every tile on the roof, hand made including rafters etc.

Outstanding!

So when are you planning a course on basic buildings Richard?

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Very nice too. The UK National Trust website is a great source for this sort of detail and will probably have good pictures of the dressed stone or tile floors with integral gutters typical of well set up stables. In some grand houses the stabling is rather better constructed and crafted than the lower servants accomodation.
 

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Once again Richard words fail me - if anything this is better than the smithy.

I now officially declare that I hate you.


Jealous regards
 

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Richard, very well done for both models.

I presume that when they are put into/onto your layout, you will have to run in the dark so one can see the detail inside?
In that case, how will your detectors work???
 

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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 1 May 2008, 06:37) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Not bad at all Richard. Is this to go on your layout or for a separate diorama?

You could proably install a servo to open and close the doors digitaly too

**Hi Neil

They'll be part of the layout - there will be 8 to 10 buildings on the Craven Lime Site - it covers about 4.5 metres x 1.5 metres with a lot of complex trackwork too. The Stables and Smithy were only a few metres apart so were done at the same time.

Re the doors, no, I'll not do anything like that - I do the interior details simply because I like to do it, and in fact even much of the exterior detail on both buildings will be hard to see once they are in their correct position. Lighting too is always a task I do because its interesting, but when the layouts running, it'll be a rare occurrence when the lighting is turned down do it can be seen to advantage....certainly its a long time since I grew out of playing trains in the dark :) :).

Richard
 

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QUOTE (Sol @ 1 May 2008, 07:21) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Richard, very well done for both models.

I presume that when they are put into/onto your layout, you will have to run in the dark so one can see the detail inside?
In that case, how will your detectors work???


**Cheers Sol
See my reply to Neil - and as to the detectors, those I need to work will do just fine no matter what the ambient lighting.... If I told you all my secrets, I'd have to kill you.


(I'll give you a hint though - RFID detection configured as full train describers plus optical detectors that will respond to both normal and "invisible" light).

Richard
 

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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 30 Apr 2008, 23:16) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Once again Richard words fail me - if anything this is better than the smithy.

I now officially declare that I hate you.


Jealous regards

**Thanks I think
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I do like the stables a lot (but the smithy is a far more complex building that my lousy photography did no favours to - I'll try to get some interior shots of it tonight).

Actually Britho, as far as both buildings are concerned....I'm certain that there's nothing there you couldn't do just as well given time and the will to do it!

Richard
 

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QUOTE (Richard Johnson @ 1 May 2008, 12:58) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>**Hi Neil

They'll be part of the layout - there will be 8 to 10 buildings on the Craven Lime Site - it covers about 4.5 metres x 1.5 metres with a lot of complex trackwork too. The Stables and Smithy were only a few metres apart so were done at the same time.

Re the doors, no, I'll not do anything like that - I do the interior details simply because I like to do it, and in fact even much of the exterior detail on both buildings will be hard to see once they are in their correct position. Lighting too is always a task I do because its interesting, but when the layouts running, it'll be a rare occurrence when the lighting is turned down do it can be seen to advantage....certainly its a long time since I grew out of playing trains in the dark :) :).

Richard
Hi Richard,

it should be an awesome layout once finished. I may have to make a visit to Perth to check it out.
 

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QUOTE (Richard Johnson @ 1 May 2008, 03:08) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>**Thanks I think
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That's OK Richard - it is/was a compliment.

I will have to scratchbuild a large part of my next project as hardly anything is available commercially, with the exception of SR concrete platelayers huts.

Your works and words will hopefully inspire me to something half as good.

Regards
 
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