Stuart Birks StuartB
For Acorn Wood I decided to make my signal box based on Frome Mineral Junction which is restored at Didcot. Didcot_frome_mineral_Junction_box_in_2008.jpg 
I got this far but I wasn't happy with it. It looks ok in the picture but there is a lot wrong.IMG_4753.jpg
I have pondered over how to do the brickwork for a while. When I saw the kits from LCUT at the Bristol Model Rail Exhibition I thought it could be a solution. I worked through their listings and selected a series of panels that I thought coud be modified to create the walls that I wanted. The walls are ridiculously cheap so it is ok to buy a few extras.
The first step was to get the width correct. I wanted about 74mm so the LCUT medium front wall at 81.5mm wide looked a good starting point. By chance the windows are spaced exactly the right distance apart so it was just a case of chopping off the ends.
Plan A was to clamp the panel in the mill and re-cut the ends of the panel but they are made out of quite a soft card which will not mill in any way. I did consider cutting them but finally decided to cut a mitre. This has worked quite well.
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It is easy to see where I have joined panels. I hope the paint will cover this. The gaps at the bottom do not matter as it will be sunk into the ground by that sort of amount.IMG_4758.jpg  IMG_4759.jpg
There will be a door in this gap.
The rear wall is not quite high enough and the chimney needs to be taller but I have run out of panelling so I need to send for some more.
Some of the gap underneath is because it is not sitting on a flat surface for the photograph.
As Bunkerbarge has said on his retort house topic it is very easy to pop a brick off the surface. I will wait until I have painted it to decide if this needs to be corrected.

Stu
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Bunkerbarge
Very neat Stu, that will look superb when painted.

The bevelled corners work very well and look better than the standard interlocking courses.  How did you cut the bevel without disturbing any of the surface bricks?
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Stuart Birks StuartB
Thanks. I made a simple jig (I like jigs).

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Keep the back of a sharp chisel against the piece of wood and use it like a knife. It cuts very easily. The angle doesnt need to be fantastically accurate as any error over the 1.5mm thickness is tiny but it does have to be straight. I transferred a brick join line round from the front with a knife and worked to that.

Stu
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Bunkerbarge
Excellent job.  I thought an artists mount board cutter would do the job, until I saw the prices!!

I prefer your method!
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Stuart Birks StuartB
I have completed the base. I would not normally paint it at this stage but as this is a new process for me I didnt want to spend hours constructing the rest of the building and then find I dont like the effect I get.
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The only bad bit is where I have joined a few rows on the top of the wall. The cutting on the bricks seems to have come out differently and so given a different result. The bricks look bigger even though they are not. I am annoyed with myself about this as the bottom few rows of the building will be burried in the ground. With better planning that join could have been burried. This will be partly hidden by the overhang of the roof so I hope it will not show. Overall I am happy with this so the rest of the construction can start.

Stu
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Bunkerbarge
Lovely brick effect Stu.  I don't know if you have considered guttering but with the roof overhang and a gutter along the edge those bricks at the top will not even be noticeable.
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Stuart Birks StuartB
Thanks. Yes there will be guttering and the roof overhang is quite large so it should be ok.

Stu
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Jaz Avalley JazAvalley
definitly full on flavour of the reference picture, nice work on the grouting colour too.

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Stuart Birks StuartB
Starting to make some progress with the framework.

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I have done a bit of painting on the inside walls as it is difficult to access it once the framing is in place.

Stu
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Stuart Birks StuartB
The signal box now has the start of a roof.

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This will remain detachable to allow the fitting of the windows and interior detail.

Just need to add some tiles.

Stu
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Stuart Birks StuartB
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Bunkerbarge
Beautiful job Stuart, superb brickwork, neat yet authentically finished.  I do like the wooden platforms over the rodding as well, very realistic.
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Julian
Wow!!

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Ashbourne Junction Tonefan
That is stunning. A real work of art. I think I’ll just give up now. 😃
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Jaz Avalley JazAvalley

Beautiful, the windows are excellent with excellent thicknesses did you make them too? Everything is so sharp it looks like a professional kit. The roof life is sharp, exquisite workmanship.

I think where you were unhappy with the brick line it may be because the vertical grouting shows out far more than the horizontal grouting, which tricks the mind into receiving a different size, and changing now could mess the whole thing (please do not attempt it in that case!) I would leave well alone, and from the finished pictures even if it is apparent to you, that small corner would have easily passed inspection if you had not pointed it out.

At this late stage, my favourite water into the crevices then run the grouting colour could mean retouching the roof line, but if you are tempted, (any time of protective finish on the finished paint job nearby could damage it when removed) I would stand the model on the roof, on clingfilm on say kitty litter so nothing gets crushed! and have some tissue close to hand to mop up any clear water that goes to far and dab the grouting colour VERY VERY CAREFULLY! Me personally I would be very happy to leave it as is.

I have never used used it in this manner, BUT I suspect if it bugs you so much you would look at the brick in that corner Windsor and Newtons colourless art masking fluid would do least harm, but I would test it carefully on a spare piece first...and if you take any of those options and ruin it, I would feel guilty as hell!

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