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Old 01-04-2017, 11:15 AM   #21
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Some more tips.

I use UHU tube glue but it is so stringy that I tried balsa cement, no strings, quick drying but it shrinks and pulled the card out of shape, so reverted to a jar of paper/card glue and a paint brush, using SnapBack bulldog clips as clamps.

If you can afford them magnetic corner clamps are good but you need a good few and they are expensive.

Finally I spray my models inside and out with clear matt acrylic varnish to preclude fading and damp ingress.

Edit - a suggestion for rendered walls. Foam board with one side of the outer paper peeled off makes an easily worked building material. You can scribe lines using a pencil or tooth pick and work defects in using dental picks, etc and it takes acrylic paint well.
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Old 04-06-2017, 08:23 PM   #22
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Well.....I am a little disheartened that Metcalfe kits fall in the " novice " department.
I have been railway modelling for years but in narrow gauge.
I have just decided to switch to 00 Gauge and get a layout up and running before I go to heaven.
To this end, last week I ordered 100 quids worth of Metcalfe kits directly from them.
They arrived in a big box day before yesterday.
I am just in the throws of completing the country station building.
I am well pleased with the quality of the kits and how they build together perfectly.
Yes...I have made scale replicas of stations before and they looked good but did take a long time.
I find that the Metcalfe kits are cracking good value for money and hell........it looks like a station.
Are there any experienced well seasoned non novices out there that use these kits?
Okay I will get back in my box now.
Bye folks.
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Old 04-06-2017, 08:35 PM   #23
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There's nothing wrong with Metcalfe kits, they are all over my N layout.
But......in my experience they are a bit 'flat' and difficult to weather convincingly, so I am gradually moving over to resin and plastic buildings.
It's down to personal taste.
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Old 04-06-2017, 10:27 PM   #24
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I'm using a mix of Metcalfe and Superquick on my OO layout, but I must say I think the Metcalfe ones are better quality than Superquick. I'd say to make a good quality model, you need to take time and care - which in my humble opinion takes it out the "novice" category. Also adding more detail can turn a mundane model into something special - here's one I made earlier - I'd used Humbrol weathering powders to give a signal box a bit of a grubby feel and was quite pleased with the results.
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Old 04-06-2017, 11:47 PM   #25
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I'm using a mix of Metcalfe and Superquick on my OO layout, but I must say I think the Metcalfe ones are better quality than Superquick. I'd say to make a good quality model, you need to take time and care - which in my humble opinion takes it out the "novice" category. Also adding more detail can turn a mundane model into something special - here's one I made earlier - I'd used Humbrol weathering powders to give a signal box a bit of a grubby feel and was quite pleased with the results.
If that's a Metcalfe kit you did a nice job of it.
I do agree....time taken brings results.
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Old 05-06-2017, 08:45 AM   #26
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I like the 'tatty' railings, might do that to mine.
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Old 08-06-2017, 01:14 PM   #27
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Agree that Metcalfe produce excellent models and I have quite a few myself. One thing I find odd with them is the scaling of some of the 'additional' buildings you get.

The chicken coop you get with the modern farm barn is massive, especially when you put it next to the manor house!!! I think the farmer might prefer to live with the chickens.....
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I found the same with some of the Superquick buildings, I built the very nice Country Station and thought, ah, this definitely needs a signalbox to go with it - built that and thought hang on, the signal box is bigger than the station building!
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I found the same with some of the Superquick buildings, I built the very nice Country Station and thought, ah, this definitely needs a signalbox to go with it - built that and thought hang on, the signal box is bigger than the station building!

Should we in a very friendly manner address this to Metcalfe that we are infested with giant chickens and signalmen?
Otherwise it may not have occurred to them?
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Not sure if it has been said already...
(I'm chef- BBQ so this is quick)

Use single core wire with attached led.
You'll be able to pose it quite nicely through a smallish hole.
Araldite or similar epoxy in place..... ta daaaa!
Light in a tight space.
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