Tuesday, May 12, 2015

My Bit of Modelling Distraction

I have started to do some modelling again and I have been working on the Werris Creek Station building discussed in previous posts. The trial 3D prints of some doors and windows from Shapeways in the Frosted Ultra Detail material were very nice but the cost for all of the doors and windows exceeded $500 so a decision was made to do them in the lower cost White Strong and Flexible material at just over $200. The downside was that the detail level and finish is not as good but when the building will be viewed from the layout edge it will be fine. Also most of the fancy doors and windows are under the awnings.

I think that if I can keep focussed I will be able to finish it in a couple of weeks. I have had some more 3D printing done for the very large 'mouldings' that run along the length of the building at the top of the ground level and another 'moulding' above the second level just below the brick 'parapet' (see following photo of station). Other items printed are as shown below.

Here are some images of the mouldings and other pieces from Sketchup the 3d modelling program I am using.

Lower Large Moulding with slot for Corbel Panels - See photo above
Corbel Panel for Lower Large Moulding
Upper Large Moulding
Water Collector Boxes for downpipes visible in above photo - 2 types
Six small chimneys for roof
Two large chimneys for roof
Rear Awning Support Truss - Between Station Building and Refreshment Room building
Rear Awning Support Truss is visible in this photo.
Awning Truss and Post - Etches of Cast Iron Brackets to be added
Awning Rafter Section - Fits into Awning Truss and Posts

Upper level Window Awning Brackets - On North West Platform side in period modelled (1972)
So, for the moment, I hope you can put together all the above pieces and imagine what the model building will look like.

But to give you a little help here are a few photos of the building with some of the bits in place but not glued or fully painted as yet.

Starting to look good

Note the ugly toilet block, it will look better once the trimmings are added

Note the Awning Rafter Sections, Trusses and Posts fitted and glued together

Detail in the breezeway is almost complete
 If you look at the upper level you will notice that it was built in common bricks, an interesting challenge to reproduce, more in the next post.


BOLIVIA said...

Hi Ray
So was the upper level with the common bricks added latter.
As the window frames and roof pitch are different to the other bits ?

Bob Rawlins said...

you are making me jealous mate, i have not even finished my baseboards yet. just do not have the time, too busy casting all the time. ( takes my mind off the body pain)

Ray P said...


Yes, the original building was single storied and I have a plan dated September 1924 for a second storey addition but not for the complete length. Then there is a plan for the final part dated November 1938.
The common bricks would have possibly come from the State Brickworks in Sydney.

Railway Institute said...

It's beautiful Ray. It hadn't occurred to me that 3d printing allows the construction of this ornate masonry. I think the difficulty in modelling this has scared off attempts to model the more substantial railway structures.
Well done! Keep going!

Anonymous said...

Great stuff!! I'm in awe of what has been done with 3D printing etc, as well as the planning and all the general progress so far, very nice job.

Having spent many years in Werris Creek, and just recently retired, I'm planning a similar project. I always new the task would be fairly daunting, but so glad to see this inspirational piece of work. Thank You.