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PostSubject: Mile End Garage.    Tue 11 Mar 2014, 1:05 am

With the Belly Tanker finished, it's time to start my next diorama.

It's going to combine all of the following:



In the garage will be this. Possibly mid way through prepping for a respray into a civilian colour:



This will be the garage owners transport, painted in a civilian colour:



This will be propped up outside in military colours and have a 'For Sale' sign on it:



Equipment for the interior:



The small boy from this kit, kindly donated by a member on another site. He'll be looking 'longingly' at the motorcycle:



A petrol pump:



The garage owner:



The garage owner's father:



First up was to cut out all the vac formed walls etc. Quite thick styrene so it took several passes with the hobby knife for each cut. About two hours in all.

Gluing the halves together took about another two hours, as each piece had to be glued in six or seven places, allowing about a minute for the MEK to cure, before moving on.

It's not precision work as you can see and just like the wall in my Retreat From Leningrad diorama, there is plenty of filling and filing/sanding to do before construction can start.

The straight edges should be OK with a little block sanding.








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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Tue 11 Mar 2014, 1:54 am

Bang!!! And they are off. Good start Al.
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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Tue 11 Mar 2014, 5:38 am

That'll keep you off the streets Al. I'd love to see the Opel & the Ute in 1/24-25th.

The kit bashing opportunities are endless........
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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Tue 11 Mar 2014, 1:02 pm

 
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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Tue 11 Mar 2014, 2:01 pm

Looking forward to seeing this one.
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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Tue 11 Mar 2014, 6:57 pm

Grateful for your dedication...and entertaining us all!
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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Tue 11 Mar 2014, 7:41 pm

Hi Al,

I have been looking forward to seeing this come together ever since you mentioned it in the Off Topic section ( I'm starting a new diorama shortly )...

I hope you don't mind me asking this, but, why do you not make your own building instead of using a kit, sorry, hope you don't mind...

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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Wed 12 Mar 2014, 10:46 am

Thanks guys. More soon.

Chris..... you should give 1:35th a try.  Most are very well produced. These two are very well detailed and even have full engines with separate ancillaries.

Andy..... I've had three past attempts at a garage dio. Two were made from foam board, and the third was/is made from 5mm plywood. All were too large.

The last one was way too large, the base being approx 900mm sq. It was too big and I think that was the reason it stalled.

This time I wanted to be sure it wouldn't stall. Once it's under my belt, I'll look at scratch build the next one.

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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Thu 13 Mar 2014, 12:14 am

Oh boy!!! Joy of joys!!!

Tried to join the first two walls......what on earth am I meant to do with this?:



Both are at 90 degrees and both are vertical!!! Trial fits show the rest to be the same. No wonder the only built one I found on the web, was the one on MiniArts own site.

I was really looking forward to this but it's turned into a nightmare already.

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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Thu 13 Mar 2014, 12:38 am

Dug around the web a bit more.

This guy seems to have struggled big time:







While this guy seems to have made it work:

http://www.amps-armor.org/ampssite/reviews/showReview.aspx?ID=1993&Type=FB

Guess I'll just have to grit my teeth and put my thinking head on!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Thu 13 Mar 2014, 12:39 am

That's a shame that you got a kit with that type of fit. Looks like you aren't the only one.
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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Thu 13 Mar 2014, 1:09 am

Yeah, MiniArt's version sure does look good.

Cut material off the inside walls to fit and add timberlike material to make the joint more pleasing to the eye.
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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Thu 13 Mar 2014, 6:02 am

Al, I'd go along with what Mike said about sanding the joint angle on the inside wall. Looks to me like there is a slight curve on the joint angle   

I went to your link on the review and read it, I would say follow what he is telling you about the gaps and everything and you will be alright. Vacform's are not easy, I did a couple a long time ago so just take your time   
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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Thu 13 Mar 2014, 7:35 pm

Thanks for the input guys.

I thought about trying to straighten the 45 degree joins by using my bench belt sander. I even made up a crude but effective wooden jig to keep things straight. While they were somewhat better, I still wasn't happy.

When pondering the meaning of life, in the smallest room kin the house, it suddenly struck me that I was trying to achieve several things at once: Rigidity of the structure, alignment vertically and alignment horizontally. With that in mind it seemed unlikely that I would achieve them all without some additional support. Particularly the rigidity.

The brain cell was engaged and this is my proposed solution. Just need to buy some more box section styrene.

The plan is to concentrate on getting the angles right and the rigidity. Then see what needs to be done to sort out any gaps.





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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Thu 13 Mar 2014, 11:18 pm

Sounds like a good plan Al    Hope everything works as planed and I know you can do it.
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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Sat 15 Mar 2014, 6:11 pm

With the garage temporarily on hold, I have made a start on the 'Tilley' pickup.

It has full engine detail but at 1:35 scale is going to be a tad challenging to wire. Especially the distributor. Need to find some suitable diameter wire too.




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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Sun 16 Mar 2014, 1:36 am

Al I think I would drill a hole in the middle of it and glue the plug wires into it.
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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Sun 16 Mar 2014, 10:02 am

Strip a cheap usb cable for the internal wires, they're close for 1/35 wiring detail I've found.

Those tillys build up nice, waiting to see what you do with this :-)
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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Sun 16 Mar 2014, 9:55 pm

I know what u mean about small engines. Years ago I wanted to do a 1/32 Bugatti with a straight 8. The wires would indeed need to be really thin and the only way is as said, drill one big center hole partway in. Project is coming along beautifully! Thanx for sharing fotos!
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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Mon 17 Mar 2014, 12:43 am

Despite starting with a .3mm drill bit and working upwards in size, the last drill bit tore away the dizzie.
  

So I had to make up a new one by drilling a 1mm hole in the end of a piece of 2mm rod. (No tube to hand) Not great in this scale but passable when under the tiny bonnet. I also made up a coil while I was on.

Not the neatest wiring job I've ever done, but I don't suppose the 1:1s were particularly neat either.


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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Mon 17 Mar 2014, 1:06 am

Looks good Al    Nice save on the dizzie
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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Mon 17 Mar 2014, 3:07 am

Wiring looks good, Al. Painting the engine?
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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Mon 17 Mar 2014, 8:34 am

Fantasmagorical!!
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PostSubject: Re: Mile End Garage.    Mon 17 Mar 2014, 11:33 am

Man, that's getting down pretty small, Skid !!!
Nice work !
  
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