Creating an N-Gauge Pub

To go with the N-Gauge Pub sign, I needed an N-Gauge Pub, so I ordered a cardboard kit from Upstairs Downstairs on the Isle of Wight. I found some low relieve timber-framed shops which fitted the theme I am going for. The kit creates two buildings and one of these more naturally seemed like a pub so I made that up first.

After consulting with Twitter, I decided to get some Deluxe Materials Roket card glue, it is expensive but as I’ve a few of these buildings to create, it will get used up. The glue came with a long applicator nozzle and some examples of how it was used. The main tips were to use sparingly and remove with water. The nozzle made applying it really easy, although occasionally created bubbles. For positioning and cleanup of the glue, I used a couple of cocktail sticks. The glue held quickly and I didn’t need to use anything to hold the parts together whilst it dried.

The kit builds two buildings but the instructions are sufficiently detailed to identify which are which. There are some parts that are used for both kits such as the laser cut gable ends. The only confusing step in the instructions was that for fitting the shop interior. I couldn’t see where the parts were. That was because the instruction booklet itself has these parts to cut out. However, as I’m building a custom interior that wasn’t needed. The other step I glossed over was the painting before assembly, as you fold the card the scorelines expose white edges which will need painting up. The instructions recommend doing this before assembly but I’ll be doing all the weathering afterwards. The fiddliest parts were the tiny brackets that act as supports for the window frames, I applied glue to those and manoeuvred using two cocktail sticks.

As well as the weathering there are some ridge tiles to add. Otherwise, the (half) kit was assembled in one evening. I’ve glued on the 3D printed sign with the same glue and despite being ABS it seems to have bonded well.

I’ve three more of these buildings to assemble and will be adding custom details to each of them. These will be printed interiors and signs, sticking them on with the help of some of the spare card from the kits. I do have a spare kit in case I feel like customising or kitbashing anything.

Creating an N-Gauge Pub sign part 2

Creating an N-Gauge Pub sign part 2

Continued from Creating an N-gauge pub sign When it came to printing out the sign, I printed 2 at once. This meant that if one failed I’d have a backup but it also helps with cooling small parts as the

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Creating an N-Gauge Pub sign

Creating an N-Gauge Pub sign

Most of the things I create don’t have a specific gauge, either because they are not based on reality or that the accuracy will not be noticed. My latest project is a small model diorama based on a town alleyway

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Heritage Crafts on TV

Heritage Crafts on TV

Over the weekend, I had an email from Spun Gold TV. Spun Gold is an independent producer and has previously made shows such as Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh, Great Canal Journeys, Back in the Saddle and Love

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Real life logo

Real life logo

I would love to claim the logo was made from planks from the old Workshopshed, but it has more humble origins. The build started out with some of the offcuts from when I made the step to our tv room.

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A robot that smells

A robot that smells

Back in 2019, I had an idea to build a clone of the Cheesoid robot for a Project14 competition from Element14. I got as far as saving an old coffee tin and messaging David on Twitter. But I didn’t find

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Creating a vector version of a logo

Creating a vector version of a logo

I’ve been rebuilding the Workshopshed logo as a vector graphic. So I can display the image as a large size a low-resolution photo was not going to cut it.

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Culzean Castle Sculptures

Culzean Castle Sculptures

Culzean Castle is celebrating it’s connection to to the sea and waterways with a wonderful series of willow scipltures.

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