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Old 25-02-2017, 09:43 AM   #11
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In kicking off this thread, I hadn't realised how many others would be in a similar position. Thanks for the added tips. The comment about 'dry fitting' is 100% 'on the ball' and had completely slipped my mind. I did it automatically and completely overlooked the fact that doing so it may not have come naturally to some.

As for the lights... unfortunately I have glued the back and the roof on so will probably end up cutting 2 holes in the back to gain access, replacing the cut-out when I have completed the wiring.

Even as a novice builder I have noticed that the Metcalfe kit can be further enhanced. The roof doesn't include soffits, facias, gutters (and down-pipes). I hope to add the first two (using card) and I can get some brass tubing for the down-pipes. The gutters are going to be a bit trickier. Maybe I can slice a drinking straw (lengthwise), unless anyone has a better suggestion.

My last issue with these kits is the fact that the one that I have comes with a brickwork finish. The prototype that I am modelling consisted of a row of 40+ properties all of which were cement rendered and each one painted an individual colour. This leads on to some interesting possibilities, especially where cracks have started to appear and 'bodged' repairs have taken place. Anyone got any suggestions as to how I could set about painting the walls and/or adding cracks etc.? I assume that cracks are most likely to appear at the corners of lintels.

Finally, the period that my layout will depict is post-war (1950s). Ownership of TV sets was beginning to catch on so some of the properties would have those (old-fashioned) 'H' shaped ariels. Has anyone any suggestions as to how I can create these?
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Old 25-02-2017, 10:07 AM   #12
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TV aerials can easily be made from thin wire and a bit of soldering. Offcuts from LEDs would work.
Guttering - Ratio or Wills do building packs covering this I think or use some half-round plasticard of a suitable size.
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Old 28-03-2017, 10:09 PM   #13
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From experience I've found a Stanley knife with a NEW blade much easier to control than a craft knife - personal preference I know, but to cut through a thick bit of card even where partially punched through needs a hefty knife and my craft knife wasn't up to it.

I found buying a set of cheap fibre tip pens invaluable to colour in the exposed edges of sections - in most instances it was easier to colour in the edges before assembly and doing this greatly improved the look of the model.

Final "disaster recovery" tip. I constructed a Superquick brick bridge, not the best model in the range relying quite a lot on butt-joints and in consequence suffered from the dreaded glue ooze onto the exposed surfaces - even though the Rocket glue dried clear, in a certain light the glue was shiny compared to the brick pattern paper and looked a bit of a mess. So I got some Humbrol Matt Cote and painted all the affected surfaces. Once dried the entire surface was the same lustre the Matt cote didn't affect the paper at all and massively improved the look.
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Old 28-03-2017, 10:54 PM   #14
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From experience I've found a Stanley knife with a NEW blade much easier to control than a craft knife - personal preference I know, but to cut through a thick bit of card even where partially punched through needs a hefty knife and my craft knife wasn't up to it.
I agree. And thick card blunts the blades very quickly. I've found that they can be sharpened quite easily in a kitchen knife sharpener. Money saving tip.
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Old 28-03-2017, 10:55 PM   #15
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I agree with Paul, a Stanley knife with a new blade does the best job. I have built dozens of Superquick and Metcalfe kits and you cannot beat a strong knife. Excellent list Batrapyr.
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Old 29-03-2017, 09:17 AM   #16
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Or the snap off type - lasts ages.
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Old 29-03-2017, 09:31 AM   #17
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Yes they're very good just as long as the handle is strong and comfortable. I have finer knives and they are OK for finer work.
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my most used tool is
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I have the handle that retracts the blade. Very useful.
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Yes they're very good just as long as the handle is strong and comfortable. I have finer knives and they are OK for finer work.
There are plenty of cheap (throw away) snap off knives available (My local market has a card of 3 for 1!). But you can buy decent, comfortable with rubberised handles in both the small and large sizes that will last forever. Replacement blades easily available on the bay. I bought THIS and THIS from B&Q.
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