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Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Project 20 - 0 Gauge Layout - Part 17A

Time for another building. It is the Paper Mill, inspired by the large building in this photograph of Hollins paper mill in Darwin (now demolished).

A lot of work is involved in making the model so, it is presented across two Postings.

The shell of the building is made of corrugated cardboard. This is proving an ideal material for 0 gauge buildings, as it is 'free' and makes a robust large model.

Unlike the Hollins building there is a covered walkway from the large hole on the right across two railway tracks to an imagined building off the layout.

Decorative papers of brick and rendered cement were applied to the shell. Interior decoration is also provided. The model is of the low relief variety, meaning it is assumed to be much longer than shown with the rest of it being off layout. Even so it is quite large for a low relief model, which are usually not much more than a wall against a backscene.

The back interior wall is covered in perspective views of real mill interiors, one for each floor, giving the impression of the building being much longer, although it is barely visible through the windows. May be more noticeable if the inside was lit.

The window frames are DIY 3D printed in plastic.

I wanted to include machinery on each floor and pondered on this for some time concerned about the difficulty of making 3D models of complex machinery.

I had a eureka moment when I saw a photograph that was taken from an angle that was ideal when seen through a window from the normal viewpoint of the model on the layout.

The idea was to cut out the machinery from the photograph, stick it to board and simply fix this two dimensional scene inside the building.

However, a three dimensional element was introduced by cutting out the roll of paper and table from the photograph and mounting it about 5 mm in front of the machine.

The scene was replicated to fill the ground floor of the building.

I found another ideal photograph to treat similarly for the first floor.


This is the view throught the ground floor windows of the machinery shown above.

I may not get away with this trick for the second floor, as the flat machinery will be more obvious viewed through skylights in the roof.

To Part 17B.

To Part 1



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