Bluestone Railway Station
Check all parts are present. - You should have the following:-
12 x strips cornerstone
1 x verandah roof
I x verandah facia surround
2 x verandah posts plain
2 x verandah posts single arm
2 x verandah posts twin arm
1 x verandah gutter 163 mm.
4 x roof braces (stn marked on face)
3 x roof facias (gabled)
1 x roof support - same shape as roof brace but with a clean surface
plastic bag cont. 7 x wall pieces
plastic bag cont. 4 pieces 2.5 x 2.5 mm angle (gutter facia) 4 x gutter
plastic bag cont. 3 x corbel sets
plastic bag cont. 4 x roof sections, 4 x chimney shafts, 4 x chimney caps.
Plastic bag cont. signal box pieces - 1 x front wall (weatherboard and surround for 6 bay window), 1 x L shaped large door surround, 1 x side wall (small door aperture)
Plastic bag cont. lean-to outbuilding pieces - 1 x roof, 1 x back wall, 2 x side walls, 1 x internal brace/support.
Plastic bag cont. room extension pieces - 1 x roof, 1 x back wall (15 x 32mm), 2 x side walls (26 x 32mm)(1 wall with small door aperture), 1 x facia (3 sided), 2 x gutters, 1 x internal brace/support
Plastic bag cont. adhesive paper
Plastic bag cont. 8 small plastic bags - (1 x double door), (2 x small doors), (3 x large doors), (1 x six-bay window), (4 x windows approx 10 x 20mm), ( 2 x windows approx 12 x 16mm), (4 x window inner frame, 4 x window frame face), (2 x window inner frame, 2 x window frame face)
1 x outbuilding shed frame
1 x outbuilding shed roof
2 x outbuilding shed doors
plastic bag cont. 1mm brass rod
Remove excesses and file/sand where necessary. Considering the number of parts to this project I would recommend only preparing (filing/sanding) parts that are to be used in the immediate future - therefore prepare parts as you go through the construction stages of this project.
Place all bluestone walls on work area and divide into two groups dependent on wall height. You should have four walls tall and three walls shorter. Of the four tall walls, the front wall of the bluestone station will be the wall facing the platform. Therefore the front tall wall and the back tall wall are the same , both have two window apertures and a gable each. The left wall has a door aperture (This aperture will be covered by the extension room) and a window aperture, the right wall is solid. This right wall is where the remaining of the building joins. Of the three shorter walls the wall facing the platform has two large door apertures. The back shorter wall has a double door and a window aperture. The third wall is the gabled end wall. Paint.
The cornerstones can be in two forms. Take two strips of the cornerstones and lay straight edge to straight edge. Keep the ends flush. You can imagine if these were glued together at 90 degrees you would finish with a large stone paired with a large stone at the corner of the building and small stones would then also be paired. This repeats for the height of the wall. That's one way to prepare your cornerstone. The alternate is lay the two strips side by side again, then position one strip a single stone higher than the adjacent strip. This creates a large stone small stone pairing that alternates up and down the wall. You need to decide which you wish to create. For this project I prefer the pairings of large to small and hence small to large. Now we'll prepare the corner stones for the tall walls. Once you've made your decision cut the cornerstone strips to the appropriate length using the height of the wall as a measurement. Glue the cornerstones at 90 degrees. Use MEK to glue these. The task can be made easier by using aluminum angle. I have a small piece in a cradle and the two cornerstone strips sit on the inside of the angle flush together and glued. The MEK can't stick to the aluminum. Paint the assembled cornerstones. Four of the cornerstone strips need to be prepared for the tall walls. Repeat the process for the shorter walls although only two of the short cornerstone strips are required. Paint. Let dry. If using the large stone small stone pairing for the cornerstone care must be taken when gluing to walls. Take note at end end of the cornerstone assembly. Identify the differences for the taller frame. When gluing cater for the correct symmetry.
Glue the taller cornerstone strips to the front and rear tall gabled walls. The cornerstones will sit neat and flush against each end of the wall. Let set. Carefully position 1st side wall and glue. Let set. Repeat for second wall. Let set. Cut a piece of scrap styrene, cardboard etc to insert into the building for support and stability. DO NOT GLUE.
Glue the shorter cornerstone strips to the shorter end wall (gabled also). Let set. Glue front shorter wall in position. Let set, then glue back shorter wall into position. Make sure the front and back walls are in their correct position.
Again insert a scrap for support and stability.
Glue the two sections together, the shorter wall assembly buts the taller wall assembly on the tall right solid wall. Centre the shorter wall assembly at the solid wall. Test the fit by positioning the verandah across the front and adjust where necessary
Prepare the pieces of the signal box. Identify the front wall, this is the weatherboard wall with window aperture for the six bay window. The front wall overlaps both the side wall and the L shaped door surround. Take the L shaped door surround and glue to front wall at the left end. The L is to be inverted and then provides the a door surround. Glue the side wall into position at the other end of the front wall.
Prepare the pieces of the Lean-to. Identify the back wall of the lean-to by size (18 x 25mm). Back wall overlaps side walls. Position side walls. The top of the back wall should be flush with the top of the side wall. Glue and repeat for second side wall. Glue support into position. Paint. Also paint roof. Let dry. Inspect the roof and identify bevelled edge. This edge will but to the main building and therefore when glued to the lean-to wall frame should be flush with the open ends of the side walls. Find the correct position and glue roof to lean-to wall frame. Glue lean-to to main body on side wall.
Prepare the pieces of the room extension. Identify back wall (15 x 32mm). Back wall overlaps side walls. Position side walls and glue. Choose where the side wall with the door aperture is to be placed - it works at either side. Glue internal support/brace in position. Paint. Paint roof, paint facia and gutters. Let dry. Glue gutters to facia. Each gutter should be the same length as the longer arms of the facia. Let dry. Then glue the facia to the roof. The facia circumnavigates the roof and the opening of the facia will be flush with the smooth end of the roof. This roof assembly then is glued to the wall assembly. The roof assembly should fit over the walls. Glue to main body. This extension room must cover the door aperture on the side wall.
Prepare the pieces of the roof and chimney sections. Glue the chimney shafts to the chimney caps.
To assemble roof - identify gable edge by locating beveled edge and chimney cavities of both sections. Further filing may be required on these edges. Lay both sections slate surface facing up with bevel edges side by side. Leave approximately 3mm between roof sections and apply 2 or 3 strips of masking tape or similar from one section to the other. Use chimneys in their appropriate cavity to help align both sections. Lift from the working surface and carefully allow the to two sections to sag and the gap should close considerably. The roof forms a gable. Use roof braces to check fit. Adjustments may be necessary. If so repeat masking tape procedure closing or widening 3mm gap between roof sections. Once satisfied check square and check fit on wall assembly. Once satisfied glue roof sections using superglue gel. Leave for at least 4 hours preferably overnight and let dry in position on wall assembly and leave chimneys in position. Glue points should not be where gables or the masking tape are located. Let dry. Remove tape. Glue in roof braces.
Repeat process to assemble second roof. Paint and paint chimneys.
Paint roof assembly also paint adhesive paper, this will be the capping/edging for the roof.
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