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

Thursday, 27 July 2017


During this scratch build it often reminded me of DOOGAL from The Magic Roundabout.

                   Plumbers Hemp was a great material to use. It cost £7.00 UK Stirling to make,
                   and I still have some over for another build in the near future.

There is a certain satisfaction  that comes from making ones own buildings from scratch. They might not look that good, but in the world of arts and craft it is the use of imagination and ones hands that often really count.

                            A simple Haystack  is quicker to build.Here is my paper card scratch built
                            hay wagon of yesteryear with old HAT, wheels fixed onto home made axles.

                               Smaller building are planned for a later date  BB

Sunday, 23 July 2017


                        One more course to lay to create the sloop at each end.

                                    Both raised ends are tapered down toward the middle.

Once the last course is layed, the entire top can be put into place and finished off.

                                                                      Awaiting glue to dry.

The classic cartoon pictures certainly inspire the average scratch-building.  Me!
A wooden roofed building is certainly possible. BB

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Making Egyptian Walls The Easy Way. presented by BB

Toys often enable scratch builders certain ways to create something special and here the Playmobil toy is a terrific help for creating ornate walls between columns already made.                              

Here the Lego Bricks  form the oblong box needed to create the mould and so the plan involves pressing silicone rubber into each box thus making two patterns.   The centre feature of Tut,is not needed,as columns have already been made that will be placed in between the two wall reliefs.

Once the rubber is cured about 20 minutes the patterns can be removed washed in soapy hot water and dried. Each will be placed with the impression side facing up,so yes they lay upon their flat back. Lego Bricks then come into play again forming the raised sides up a brick size above the patterns. Than Plaster of Paris will be poured into this box mould thus creating the figures on the wall relief for my project. I will need 10 of each,and these when dried to a perfect white can then be quickly dipped into my own colourwash which seals each casting in color. So can be handled without getting chalky marks everywhere.                                                                                         


Rubber Filled By Hand

Above the rubber Patterns have been removed and they were trimmed by large scissors.
                                                  Total cost £2.75 UK Stirling!

All set into the Lego Box again, and the edges brought up by one extra brick level.

                                                          Filled with Plaster of Paris.

Here are the first two Ancient Egyptian Wall Relief.  18 more 10 Pence pieces to cast up.

                   To realise the full extent is a something somewhere yet to come.

                        This is The End of this quick and easy to do topic.  BB

Loss of Pictures World Wide presented by BB

Hi guys,
Who ever you are or where ever you are, do not lose heart because of loss of pictures due to Photobucket!
To the artist authors effected keep positive and move forward freely in the way you chose.

Photobucket has merged ( joined ) Photobox UK,which should be another grave concern to many.

I personally as a writer author keep all my own Back up files on a portable 4 TB Hardrive for safe keeping. It will last for years and my pictures and written copyright work is safe and sound more importantly free from Blackmail.
Due to Photobucket I have read that some authors written work they cannot access at all. This has to be an infringement of Copyright Law of all nations of the world. My advice seek legal advice and serve" Cease & Desist Notice!" Upon these Colorado fat cats!

To avoid legal costs you can legally write one out yourself,and get witnesses to sign that document ,and send it in by post. Do not send  "Cease & Desist ",E Mails. Their system can handle and delete them.

I highly recommend Posting by way of your own country`s Mail Postal Service and this will certainly see millions of letters arriving from world wide blocking up their handling system completely. All that is required is a Postage Stamp.  On a last few words,who is ever going to open that much mail? Just imagine them getting Truck loads of mail each day.

So guys go block up their Mailing System .

postimage org is a free post site. I have used it for 9 months. There`s no need to register, one can upload and use it straight  away to post to Forums.        BB

Monday, 10 July 2017

Making The New Sphinx presented by BB

The Egyptian Sphinx I moulded in a three part mould two years ago had lots of mould lines that needed trimming which took ages to do, and even though quite pleased with them at that time,i decided to attempt a one part mould and lever it out the best that I could. Hoping to create a clean casting with no need for trimming.

                                     So I fudged around and found my old pattern.

How I reduced the size using cheap plaster it cracked after use but I only needed it once.

I decided to reduce the stone plinth it stood on by the width of my sellotape because I felt it would lessen the angle I needed to pull the casting free of my one piece mould. A mould box made of leggo bricks soon formed the needed shape and depth needed to reduce the size of that plinth. Winding sellotape around from the bottom edge of the pattern I then stood it in the box,and filled the box with Plaster of Paris up to the top where the tape formed a neat line. So no need to mess about with clay,or expensive rubber to make this what I like to call an odd side. An Engineering term used in heavy industry within the field work of Foundries. When this was hard I encased the whole Pattern in silicon rubber by hand. This was prepared with my method of adding cornflower and oil to the silicone. Which is mixed together by well oiled hands. A few minutes work and the job was done and dusted.

My new mould with the reduction made to its height  of course the pattern had been removed.

Now I needed to be able to flex the mould pulling the rubber away from the castings that I plan on making.So I started slicing off rubber from around the mould this would aid getting it to flex enough to lever and drag out a complete casting,and then flex back into shape .

So another good reduction was eventually complete.

The flimsy mould had a wash and it was time to cast the first one up. I sat it in that plastic tub which was just perfect for the supporting job.

10 Pennies worth of Plaster of Paris was poured into the mould and worked in with a brush to lessen the chance of air bubbles in the casting. A few seconds work and it was left as you see it to harden off.

20 Minutes later the first casting popped out nicely as planned. A bit of slight damage, but I only need four and a half thousand year old ruins anyway.

 My hobby work on my Sphinx all worked out rather well. This is a cool way of making my own props for Sci-Fi & Fantasy story`s.  To help set perhaps a spell binding scene.


Having left a fully cast up mould overnight it was sort of hard work getting it out. Normally 20 minutes after filling I remove the hard casting. So I foregot, but things are learn`t by mistakes of this kind. To make sure others do no have a head snapped off, I cut folded and twisted some wire to strengthen the head.

I will of course use the damaged one head and all.

                                                                USING WET WATER

No it is not a wind up. OK?

I have used wet water for the first time on the actual mould before pouring!
Wet Water contains just a few drops of washing up soap in a large plastic washing up bowl of yes you guessed it,water,and the rubber mould was simply dipped into this.  I then used a brush to make sure all the tiny places where air bubbles tend to get trapped are full wet coated.   The wet water is then poured out,and the mould held upside down so the water can drip out. While still wet the mould was cast up. Breaking up the surface area with wet water helps with the flow of the Plaster of Paris pour and cuts down on trapped air while casting up.                                                                                                                  
Nice of you to pop in. Please do call again. I am in most days. BB                         

Sunday, 2 July 2017

The Asterix Type House Build by BB

This is an edited down version of ongoing work.
The original topic was far to long winded and so it was deleted.
As details have been shown on Video now,
I thought to add this journey too.  BB

Making The House Above

                                The work is one of taking my ease at a little section at a time.

The design based upon the Asterix Comic`s. The picture shows one of my own stonework castings.

     Cheapest Styrene Sheet cut to size shape and form, with the facing paper on each side removed.

     The double stabbing dinner fork method works well in creating a very effective looking end result.

                  The paper card frames that will make it possible to shape the lift on and off roof.
                  Scribed out wood effect with the use of a pen,painted black and dry brushed.

With the inside painted black and dry brushed with white,the framing was stuck into place using P V A Glue. My dinner fork method worked out really well and it took around about 20 minutes to achieve the desired effect that I needed.

                                                                  I started the roof

As I have never Hay-ed a roof before i set to , with cutting up and using Plumbers Hemp, I started knowing it would take rather a lot of time in doing this hairy sticky work,but I have looked forward to trying me sticky mitts on this one.

The result of four hours work can be viewed above. I like the challenge on this scratch-build.

My poor attempt at using clay to construct the chimney. It dried out well but I had to fill it in where it cracked.

Now the other side needs the Boris Johnson makeover.

My first Chimney

Now I am confident that the other side will be a bit quicker because I have the experience of haying a toy building well at least one side of one anyway.

As further work proceeds none of the chimneys will be stuck onto the buildings. So in this way they can be moved freely about upon a universal playful whim. 

Free floating universal objects like the planed Black Smithy, or the Fish Shop trader,can also be used to extend outward from the side of any type of A Frame scratch built thatched building.
 Above shows the Pattern  front of these cartoon style of universal buildings.                                                                               

                    The cast up Smithy,and what will be a Fish Shop, and they look well fit for what I have in mind for them. I cast up four of these and the mould cost £2.00 to make and the castings 5 pence each to make. Side walls to be designed for these need doing next.


Above a brand new dormer type window for setting onto a roof, and what  better sight to view, then tiny special cast up figures to be placed peeping out of the windows. The yellow ones from the 1970`s Asterix Range of Bubble Gum figures I used as the Patterns, and these little Gaul, ladies will certainly paint up well.

                                THE BRAND NEW ARRIVAL, ANOTHER CHIMNEY

It being made by using air drying clay. Once its shape was formed tapering slightly upward to its top. I found it easier just to push into place rolled up balls, and once completed scribing out deeper in between and around them. It was and still is a learning curb that worked out well for myself.

                     Great interest is shown upon high as a new chimney comes into being.

Vitalstatistix declared out aload to all his kinsmen," This will keep us warm during the toe toasting time of mid winter.

" Impedimenta, his Wife had a face full of smiles for most certainly she had quite a liking for this new invention poached from another time period.

"In reality one can most certainly use that in Sci-Fi & Fantasy", said Getafix the Druid.

The unpainted but colourful Gauls one and all agreed it to be of a sound scale structure indeed. So there was much celebration taking place.

                            As usual the music if one can so call it that was an awful din indeed.

                                                      Another  Part & Parcel Later
                                                             AN INTULUDE  QUESTION

                                      I wonder if one day Toutatis does fall from the sky?

                                                                   MAKING MENHIRS                 

It was two years and six months ago,i set to in the process of moulding lots of MENHIRS. Of course the Quarry needed scratch-building too. It is strange just how projects like to grow as if inflatable balloons. Well at least mine do anyway. A bit like painting one Roman then an entire Legion.

                                  I like to use stuff ordinary people have in their homes.

                                                         And so it began to expand.

As this is a Blog giving out tips freely.If I were to make another Quarry I would use Lump Wood Charcoal which is very light. Washed and dry brushed, then siliconed together. One cannot buy lumps of coal in Britain, well at least in Norwich,but most certainly coal could be used. Coal used for making simple moulds even.
                                               OBELIX`s SECRET QUARRY

        This is where having made hundreds of tree`s for my model railway comes in very handy.

                      In line with the question it was a well known fact that MENHIRS,
                     hold up the sky.  Well at least to the Ancient Brit`s & Gauls

                                        Thanks for visiting you are always welcome.