Elvenhome N Gauge Model Railway Layout Church School Build Update EP73

Elvenhome N Gauge Model Railway Layout Church School Build  Update EP73


Hello and welcome to Elvenhome, and to this
edition which carries on the two themes really from the last edition of
completing the chapel school and also working on the incline up to the coal
stage. Behind me I thought we’d have a bit of GWR action, we will assume that the
exchanges are taking place, because I’ve got Nunney Castle going round and a
Grange whose name I now completely forget on the other locomotive. So, let’s
go back a couple of weeks now to where I was working on the chapel school, and
show you where I got to in beginning to bring together the various parts of the
chapel, and then the middle section will be to do with the incline, and then
finishing off with the chapel, and I’ll speak to you at the end to tell you
about what’s going to be in the next edition which I’ve already pretty much
completed filming. Right, well as you can see from what’s in front of you I’m well
advanced now in cutting out all the various little bits and pieces. All the
walls have now been cut, all the holes for all the windows have been cut, the
card paper has been put on and the card folded through the windows to give a
brick lining to the window edges, The easy ones have been stuck on, as you can
see, so that’s the back wall of the school this is the front wall with the
girls entrance that will lead onto a corridor inside. This is the front upper
portion of the front wall and then this is all that’s needed doing for the end
wall which has the boys entrance, and for the doors, I’ve made the doors and I’ve
gone for a design essentially of what will be two halves, all you’ll be able to
see when it all goes on, if I bring this into camera, you’ll see that what I’ve
done is, on a piece of 2 millimeter plasticard, if I get them into the
light, I’ve then scored some lines down to give me something of
a design on the door, and then cut the piece in half and painted them up, and
what I will do if I put this down here in to view and just turn the camera down
a bit so you get a bit of view, is this will be stuck on the back in their two
halves and what you’ll see from the front once this goes on is essentially
as if there was two halves of a door which open inwards. When I do the girls
door I will put a dot of black paint on to suggest that there is a handle and an
external handle and keyhole because the boys doors open only from the inside. The
girls doors is the entrance to allow access both to the school generally and
of course at the weekends so the two sets of doors have been made for that
you’ll see that I’ve painted up the in a light stone effect which has
really brought the detail out on these these I’m very impressed with
these, and I have also now cut out the holes into which they will go so that
they fit, some need more of a push than others, so that they fit in tightly. Now most of these are really snug fits but even where there is a snug fit, you
may not be able to see, there’s a gap there, and what I propose
to do is to fill that with some putty just from the back not too much because
I don’t want it leaking through onto the paper at the front, because that
would be hard to get off, just to close the gap this for when I put this in to light; but I have to say cutting these has been entertaining because obviously
the straight parts are easy you can do those with the ruler but this part here
is quite hosta can only be down freehand and you have to do it very carefully
because you want to snug fit, and if it isn’t a snug fit you’re going to be
rather stumped. This is the side wall and I changed the design here
to have three very large windows on that side of the, which is the side that
you’ll be able to see, because the other side I’m leaving without any windows in
at all. So all the light comes in from the three sides with nothing coming
in from the back. So the next stage for me, and oh yes while I’m talking about it,
these were the templates that I mentioned which you if you saw me do the
fire station I had different templates for the doors there these are invaluable
I did try to use the windows themselves but being able to square things up and
and then hold this down while you draw around it gave me much better results, as
the area which needed to be cut out then trying to use the windows themselves. These aren’t particularly cheap, but, I mean they’re not expensive about £2.50 or £3.50 depending on size, but they do do repay the expense on them. So
that’s where I’ve got to now the next stage for me is to start assembly – well to put
all the windows in for the Chapel and see how much I then need to
do by way of masking at the back, where you won’t be able to see what’s going on
so much, but it will block the light just to make sure that the windows
don’t let light through and then it will be a case of fitting, probably I’m
going to use the just plug film, because you’re not intended to see through any
of these windows and I’ll see what I do in the chapel, but for that I will come
back, and I’m going to experiment with a few things and tell you what it is that
I’m going to do, but I’m not far off being able to put all this together now.
So I’ll come back and talk to you again in the next section when we’ll be having
a look at fixing this all together and putting in the light blocking stuff. I hope you forgive the handheld nature of
this short clip, but just to pick up from the last video. All the windows have been
set in where I had gaps they’ve been filled, and then I’ve
painted over them again to to color them through the stained
glass has gone in if I hold that up you’ll get an idea of what that will
look like, so I think that’s gonna look pretty good. On the back, there is the
diffusing film so that you can’t actually see through there, and when the
light is behind it shouldn’t I think shows a single point of light but we’ll
see. For the other windows, this is a good example, again there’s clear
plastic gone on for the for the window as you can just about see, I’ve painted
out that top window because that’s the storeroom so you would expect that to be
dark and the bottom one has the diffusing light set on it so again if I
put this up here that’s with that lit backlit behind that’s what that’s going
to look like. All the other parts now have had similar treatment according to
what was needed, and it’s now a case of sticking them to the base, and the first
thing I’m going to do is just do the exterior walls and for this front
section it would just be the lower exterior wall that will go on, because
then I want to look to see how I use those dividers and also start thinking
about where the lights are going to go whether I have, one, two or possibly three
lights depending on which ones I put in place. So that’s just a clip to show you
where I’ve got to here before you see it next time which will be with all the
exterior walls on, and then I can talk about the final stages that will be
needed to complete the model In the last video I started work on building the
incline that would take the railway line up to the coal stage. I left off, I think,
where I’ve completed the work with the shaper sheet and that had given me a
strong enough structure, remembering that this is this here is shaper sheet, with
shaper sheet plaster on top, bent round a piece of wood, and the plaster is
giving the strength to hold that up in place, there’s nothing else, it is screwed
in place but the screws are not holding it in place, not holding it up. The wall
is doing that of itself. At the end of the last video I think
needed to countersink the screw heads which has now been done, and they’ve been
covered using the DeLuxe plastic putty which is which does the job rather
nicely. The other thing that I’ve done is to
build the ramp, because the wood ends here, and this is a ramp, if I’ll just
pick that out which is built, if I bring it up to the camera, just using
evergreen styrene sheet; so the overall top piece is 130 millimeters long, the
two side pieces were cut they’re seven millimeters deep by 120 millimeters long,
and the beauty of that, that’s the right rate of incline, and it gives, if I bring
this up here, you can see where the, if I get into into focus, the wall
actually ends here, but it takes this down to meet the ground,and give not too
big a lip for when the incline starts. I’ve also, put that back in position, I’ve
also worked out the coaling stage, which you can see on the left, is
in the position now that it will actually be. I had some of the off cuts
from this kit which had the brick walling on it, and what I will do because
I need to be able to remove the coal stage in the event that I have to pick
up this board, which has all the point motors and things underneath it, I can
use some of the offcuts of the brick paper to create a wall behind the stairs,
and obviously, a wall on the other side, and then I will be able to put a floor
there, and that will butt right up against the incline, and I shall put a
wall along this incline, I think I’m going to keep the wall at a constant
size, so that the incline rises above the wall. I don’t think it needs to be walled
and looking at the one at Didcot that does rise from the ground and it isn’t
walled right up to the top of the track level, and that will make it an easier build. A a
wall, probably an eight-foot wall, maybe not, we’ll see, maybe a six-foot wall that
runs probably from about about this point and that will run right up and
butt onto the wall there and hopefully I’ll be able to disguise the join in
some way, once that’s built. If you look just to the left of the coal stage,
there’s a block of wood there. That’s just to give me an idea of length. It’s
about the right length for the piece of track that will come out in the back of
the coal stage, which is no more obviously than the end of the line, and
is about two wagons long. On the basis that you would get easily get two wagons
in here you need some space obviously to bring the second wagon up to where the
loading goes on, but you wouldn’t get more than two or possibly three wagons
in the head shunt with the engine, so there’s no point having the ability to
have a long rake of coal wagon’s up there, and that will be just about right
for what will be a raised embankment, which would be fairly easy to build. I
won’t need to do, don’t think, I’m gonna do that with shaper sheet. I’ll
probably just do it all with strip styrene, and maybe put some plasticard –
plaster bandage over it, to be able to sculpt some sort of sloped
hillsides to it; or I may just make it as a trapezoid I think is the correct term,
and then just scenic over that. So that’s my next pieces of work on here so I
think that’s pretty much it on this let’s go on to the to the next clip. Well as you can see the exterior walls went on really much more easily than I
thought they would do. The roofs are not permanently on. I’ll take those off so I
can just talk you through very quickly what I’ve done here. I mean obviously the
walls have all been stuck on, they’ve been stuck on to the base, and I’ve cut a hole in the base for which the lights or light will go through, because I’ve
discovered by trial and error, that if I place a light about here,
and as you’ll see this wall doesn’t come all the way down there, which it did
originally, it’s been cut off. One light here will light the school building, and
the chapel perfectly well, and so I am going to use one of the just plug lights.
I can put that in to the existing hub that’s running the lights of
the hotel. So that’s going to be very straightforward, especially as that’s got
a nice little sticky thing that will help me stick it just down there. The
doors have gone in. You can see, I think, those are the doors that get you into
the building and they’ve gone in there as well. There will be a step, that’s why
there’s this little white piece left here this I should put a step in there,
and again there to cover those pieces, and I need to build the three steps that
will take you up to the door of the of the chapel. I put a strengthening piece
of plasticard, or evergreen, this is evergreen strip styrene. I think that’s
the three millimeter square piece, to make sure that actually these two walls
were the right distance apart, and for the same reason, I decided not to use
internal dividers here, but instead there’s a piece of four millimeter by
two millimeter strip styrene that binds the two walls together and this card
then sits in here to make sure that the walls at this end remain the right
distance. The corners, i’ve cut pieces of the Metcalfe card just wide enough to go
around the corners and when the quoins go on them they, should sit right over the
top of those as well, but in fact from a distance you really can’t see those
corners but it does get rid of the white. This will need to be painted with
watercolor paint has to take the white edge off there ,as indeed will the
the roof pieces, which I haven’t quite finished with yet. So the lights will be
easy to install. The build of this part is now complete, and it’s really
beginning to think about guttering and the like, and where the gutters would
run. If I put this piece of roofing on first. I will, I think, put some
coping stones down the centre there. I’ve got pages and pages of the Metcalfe ones
from various kits, and I think that would do to finish the top off there,
Because of the size of the overhang, and I wanted a decent-sized overhang, the way
of putting the guttering on that I used for the houses, which you may recall was
to drill small holes and then use some jewelry wire, essentially to make
brackets that you then poked in. They would be too long I think and I think
the whole thing would droop. So I needed to think of a different way of fixing
those and in the end if I just drop you down a little bit. I hit upon using
this strip styrene channel, and cutting off from this side the wall of the
channel, and then cutting small pieces to act as a bracket, so that I can
sit the guttering, which is this half round rod. Essentially you stick it on
top and then use the L shape there to attach it to the wall. Now the overhang
on this is slightly different one side to the other by about a millimeter, which
is why I’ve got two sets of brackets, because this is the end result. If I pick
this up, almost certainly I’m going to drop this now, there you go bring it
into focus, and you’ll see that it gives me an L shape so I’ll be able to stick
that to the wall and then the half round will stick up on the end here, and the
combined distance brings the half round just to the right place where it will
need to be to provide the guttering. These are probably a bit wider – they’re
definitely wider. Prototypically there nearly a foot
wide which is really quite big brackets, but I’m afraid that’s a trade-off
between having something that will be strong
enough to hold the weight of the bar as it goes across, but not so small that I
can’t manipulate it. I’ve also made two of the downpipes, which is just again
using the steel core plastic coated rod, and obviously that’s really easy to bend
and then paint it after after I bent them. So those are for the two end parts
on each side. I will need to put some other guttering in, but once I’ve got
that this part done I can then give my mind to it. I think
there would be a gutter here. I’m not sure what would be if I turn this round,
yet in my mind, so you can see in there. I’m sure they would have to be a gutter
there because otherwise water would just collect and go straight in the wall and
similarly there probably would be a gutter from this roof coming down here,
but that will be much easier to do because the overhang from this wall is
not not so pronounced. So that I can probably fit that in more easily in the
way that I did perhaps with the other wall. So the next piece of work is to get
all that done and I’ll show you this once I’ve got all the gutters and
everything else and the steps in place. I’m not going to show you it lit
internally until you see it on the layout because, I think it looks quite
pretty. So I’ll come back when I’ve got that bit done and that will be the end
of the build of this school. Well, sorry to leave you on a cliffhanger
like that, but in the next edition you will see the completion of the work of
the church school, and something else, but for what that is you’ll have to call
back in a couple of weeks time. The locomotive that’s just passing it over
this shoulder now, for the eagle-eyed among you. There was a reason I couldn’t
remember which Grange it was at the start of the video. I don’t own the
Grange locomotive. it’s a Manor of course, its Broome Manor.
So it just shows age is obviously catching up with me. That’s about it for
this edition of Elvenhome and if you’ve got any comments please do leave the
comments. I really enjoy responding to the comments, and they’ve helped me so
much. The design of the church school would not be as it is but for the
comments that people left. If you haven’t subscribed ,well please do subscribe, it’d
be great to have you along, and hit the bell notifications so you know when i’m
uploading, but until we meet again in a couple of weeks time that’s bye-bye from me – bye bye [Music]

18 thoughts on “Elvenhome N Gauge Model Railway Layout Church School Build Update EP73

  1. great video and another awesome building made by you,this time a Church School
    all the best my friend,alberto πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  2. Hi Stephen, using the Metcalf card was an excellent move, it brings the School to life. Look Forward to the next video………………John.

  3. Church/School looking great! Look forward to seeing it finished and in situ. Tremendous news for Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway funding @ almost Β£750K. Well done and deserved. Will be watching developments with interest there too in the coming months/years!

  4. Hi Stephen, beautiful job on the church windows πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ you really threw me with the cliffhanger though, can't wait to see them all lit up πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  5. Oooh you tease! Looking forward to seeing the school lit up in situ in a fortnight! I think you have surpassed yourself this time Stephen, it is really looking exceptional.
    Andrew πŸ‘πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Stephen, The Church school looks fantastic, another excellent scratch build project, the stain glass windows look fantastic. I can't wait to see the church school lighted and installed on the layout. Your plastic ramp for the coal shed incline looks like just the ticket to reduce / eliminate the vertical kink or vertical jump from zero to incline I was trying to describe in my last comment, very well done. You also have my curiosity peaked, whatever could the "The Something Else" be? I know what I'm thinking it could be, but I'll save my thoughts and wait for the next update. Cheers and Happy Modeling, Rich S.

  7. What a beautifully built church school. Looks absolutely superb – you should be really pleased with your efforts. Euan

  8. Continues to look impressive and I admire and envy your scratch building skills. Visiting Didcot tomorrow with the wife and kids, so will be casting an eye over the coaling incline to look critically at yours! πŸ˜‰ As always thank you for sharing your progress.

  9. Hi Stephen,
    Great build and very intricate it’s just a shame that you have used Metcalfe roofing as I feel it looks really naff. www.dccsupplies.com stock a product called Redutex in 1.148 scale and in Slate Rounded Dark Grey weathered tiles which look really good, it is 3 dimensional. I think it would enhance you build really well. Other than that great build, keep up the good work. Regards Barry

  10. Hello, this has been another great build. I look forward to the church/school placement on your layout. And the subsequent lighting of. See ya.

  11. another great video Stephen. That chapel and school is looking great I think your best build so far. Cant wait to see it all lit up. Had to smile at your Grange slip. I was thinking to myself "surley thats his Manor!!"

  12. That church is looking great! I find oo is small enough to handle and your producing this work in n gauge. Lot of respect for what your achieving here. Love the windows, they add some real character. Great update, Clint

  13. It’s a stunning looking little school Stephen, you’ve managed to work out new methods for guttering etc and adding more to your scratch building portfolio. Great stuff. Paul

  14. That churchschool is turning out great ! I think schratchbuilding, if you got the time and skill, is fantastic. You get a building that is the only one in the world on a Model railroad layout. Very nice windows. You could also try to use photos of windows. Just add some plastic strips to give them some 3D effect. Thanks for the video !

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