Thursday, 8 September 2011

No Hiding Place

Following on from Monday's post here's a shot of the first of 100's sides with the beading added.

You'll see the wee triangles in the corners of the windows have been filed down as well.

Making this carriage in 7mm is a very interesting exercise for me after 20 years working almost exclusively in 4mm.

My observations so far are that while it may be less stress on the eyes working with bigger bits of styrene, and simpler to manipulate them with the tweezers, it's not necessarily any 'easier' than making a much smaller model.

The material is thicker so it's harder to slice and chop - particularly when going along to trim the top of the window pillars to size - and I find the bigger the model, the finer the tolerances you have to work to when cutting and fitting pieces such as beading or a blanking panel in a window.

In other words you can spot a bodge more easily on a big model than a small one.

There's no hiding place.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Rob, I am now laser cutting buildings and coach sides, the great thing is that you can do one drawing and get it cut in any scale you want and most materials, paper card plastic. I have managed to get panels cut to .25mm wide.

    Let me know if you want anything done

    David Lane