Monday, 14 August 2017

HOME MADE TOY BRICKS by BB




Lots of shops on E Bay sell 1/72,1/32 and 1/35 scale bricks.
I decided to make my own which will come as no surprise for those familiar with my hobby style of work,and so it was that Sunday afternoon saw me cutting sections from a candy floss stick. "Just the job", I thought to my self as yet another idea of how to save money floated past my smiling little grey cells. Soon two sizes of brick like shapes were stuck onto an off cut of paper card.


                  Once more PVA Glue came into play sticking each wooden shape where I put it.


 The first silicone mould was soon produced and the first 69 bricks are shown above. I did not add colour to my mix,because I prefer to colour wash castings after they have dried out to a perfect white. However colours can be added to the mixing up process, but tends to slow down the curing time. Now it must be said I care very little for tiny bricks nobody can see upon my railway layout,so my simple bricks are seen above alongside one of my rulers. They will certainly fill my ever expanding needs.

Once more I got to play with those wonderful versatile Lego Bricks!
The reusable Board Pattern, just like on a factory production line, was used again to make a second silicon mould and then set up to make a third as seen below. Meanwhile the second casting up had filled again the first mould produced,and can be seen above.



Now ready made brick moulds can be bought on E Bay,and they cost £5.89 or there abouts with nearly another £5.00 for shipping costs. So one spends nearly £11.00 obtaining a silicone mould. That`s OK,for those that have a need for them in the hobby of arts and crafts. Of course ready made bricks can be bought  on line too,and a small bag of 2000 bricks cost £17.45 Free Post. Who are they kidding? Or one can buy 500 priced £7.49 Free Post.



The third and last mould was levelled off with one of my old favourite tools. My old Butter Knife! One will never find one in a modern tool kit that`s for sure. Before that levelling began I`d fingered and thumbed the silicone into the tiny mould. Yes I had used my best ever tools a body can ever have use of,my hands.
These three cheap rubber things cost  less than £3.00 to produce. Less than a Pound each,and will yield 207 bricks from  4 teaspoons full of Plaster of Paris. 500 bricks daily for a couple of weeks will fall into my stash. They will most certainly soon stack up.

What will I use my bricks for?
Everything from odd buildings ,double sided brick walls,to pavements and road ways,both on the waterways and Canal, and in `Honey Well', my little spiralling township of rambling buildings with its railway Station that oddly seems very busy at times.

I will most certainly use the bricks set into stacked up patterns to make,yes larger moulds.



Having been very busy casting up castellation walls,and there being always a little mix over I spread it into my brick moulds,a few shown above but over 8000 bricks have been added to my pile. Much better than assigning it to the waste bin and landfill somewhere in the UK. 

Have fun.  BB

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Part 1 : Railway Supporting Walls A Scratch Build Programme by Beano Boy

Hi guys I have thought to build supporting walls for my railway layout and being a Beano Boy out for fun as always I want different from the usual things seen on the average model railway systems. That off the peg stuff is not for me. ( Although I did buy one kit fully explained further on.)Sure I buy railway engines everyone does,and the train of carriages they often pull.However the bones of the railway I build and dress up how I see fit. Last year I worked throughout the summer on my raised canal diorama that sits on top of my railway tunnels. Both canal, and railway  tunnel entrances I designed, made patterns, rubber moulds,and cast them up in Plaster of Paris. So now the time is right to leave other stuff on hold and soldier on with this large upstairs layout,and while doing that take time out to run trains on the three track railway.That will be great fun over the summer holidays.



I am thinking,well decided actually to build medieval castle walls and use them as the supporting walls of my raised canal. Below is how it looked early last year before the water effect was sorted out.





It is this unfinished raised canal above  resting upon the tunnel supports that I want  to tidy up with ivy clad medieval walls. 


This shows  the position of the canal tunnels made last year.




The water had not totally cleared but the picture show the new stone tunnel after dipping in colour -wash.

I bought a 28mm kit of Castle Wall from RENEDRA LIMITED, but the detail is far to faint to be seen on my large layout,so it aint no use for me,but was worth trying out.
So I will be designing a few medieval walls myself over the next few weeks. The scribed patterns will have deep wide recesses between each stone so the detail will be visible from  across and along the  layout no matter where one is standing. My tunnels I designed in the same way and they were a great success. So I forget small to scale cannot see detail buildings and make my own larger size brickwork and stone.

So that is the plan ahead for the remainder of this year,however time will be set aside for the Asterix village buildings which I`ll work on a couple of hours of each day.






It was good to see my little narrow boat upon its slow paced journey.

Once those walls are  stuck into place ,then the back drop of the canal can be finished and installed.

Part 2 will be much shorter and will be placed sometime next week.
Thank you for viewing BB