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Mile End Garage

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I'm not currently working on this but will be returning to it in a few weeks.

 

The basic outline is a run down late 1950's early 1960's English village garage.

 

This is just a brief run down, if anyone has any questions please feel free to ask. I',m more than willing to answer.

 

The basic kit:

 

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In the garage will be this. Possibly mid way through prepping for a respray into a civilian colour:

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This will be the garage owners transport, painted in a civilian colour:

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This will be propped up outside in military colours and have a 'For Sale' sign on it:

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Equipment for the interior:

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The small boy from this kit, kindly donated by a member on another site. He'll be looking 'longingly' at the motorcycle:

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A petrol pump:

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The garage owner:

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The garage owner's father:

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There is more stuff to that I don't currently have photos of.

 

This is the finished Tilly, compete with Dodgy Dennis's flash over civilian paint job. Should've dusted it before taking the photo!! LOL

 

I lost the kit wipers and had to make some up. Tamiya did not supply rear lights (I don't think they used them in WWII) so I made my own. I also made the bonnet stay and the tail gate stays.

 

I made a tarp to go on the roof to cover an ugly gap in the fit of the resin aftermarket bed cover.

 

It's not meant to be super shiney. It's meant to represent an ex WWII Tilly sold to a civilian garage owner, who has given it a quick 'flash' paint job. It will eventually be placed on the forecourt.

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The Miniart shed kit leaves a lot to be desired as regards fit, as this photo shows. There were a lot more:

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Some intermediate photos:

 

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In the last two weeks or so my building mojo has been at a 14 year low but the other night, a good friend showed me the latest work he has done on his own diorama and I realised what I needed to do. So back in the box goes Rob Huff and his Chevy Cruze.
 
So to re-kickstart this, I started on the outside netty:
 
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The roof isn't fixed on yet as I'll need to weather it inside as well as outside and also add some 'stuff'.
 
I'm also hoping to get Dodgy Dennis' wife in there too.
 
 
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The wood on the netty is in scale thickness BUT it all went wrong when I started on painting/weathering.
 
I made a thin wash of 'mucky' white for the inside with Tamiya paints thinned with cellulose thinners. That was allowed to dry thoroughly and all was looking good.
 
For the outside I used Vallejo Model Colour Burnt Red thinned with water and that's when it all went wrong and warped badly. Go figure.
 
So, I'm scratching one from basswood. Timber thickness is out of scale but won't be noticed very much once assembled.
 
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The basswood is too smooth for an old netty so it's going to get the weathering treatment as you can see in this photo:
 
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I created the timber joints with a pencil, which was pressed into the soft wood quite hard to give some depth:
 
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Here's a part mock up:
 
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At first I was simply going to have a hole in the crapper but then I made a simple round cover for it. Then I spotted one like this on the web and just had to do it.
 
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The roof isn't attached yet and the door is still to go on, otherwise it's all glued up and ready to start on the interior paint.
 
As you can see, I've added an access hatch at the front of the toilet. This type was often emptied at the rear or just as often, moved around'. LOL. Neither is an option in this case, so it has a 'can' which is accessed at the front.
 
The roof may stay 'planked' may get some 'Tarry Toot' (ashphalt cloth) or corrugated tin.
 
The interior will be 'furnished' with either a bog roll or pieces of cut up newspaper on a nail. Probably yesterdays newspaper too.
 
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Thanks Erik.

 

You know, I never thought I would get enthused in making an outhouse, but it has been real fun to do.

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Well, the netty is finished for now. The roof isn't fixed on yet until Dodgy Denis' missus is installed.
 
In the end I decided on pieces of newspaper on a nail in the wall. The roof I covered in medical tape and weathered it to look like roofing felt, which as kids we used to call 'tarry toot' and since Denis is 'fixing up the place, I gave it a couple of patches too.
 
Looking at it in the photos, I think I am going to have to 'bolt on' those hinges and add the hinge pin too.
 
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Looking good Al. I The doors and windows are looking great and I love the little details you are putting in, like the half-painted water pump!

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You've been busy lately!! It looks great so far and I can start to imagine what it will look like finished, I think it's going to be a fantastic piece!

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