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Whitesands Quay - row of cottages

by Simon Cox
Simon Cox, Author

Model Railways

White Sands Quay row of cottages by Scalescenes
First set of buildings for Whitesands Quay is the Row of Cottages

Using a Scalescenes card kit

Orig­i­nal­ly I had intend­ed to con­struct the build­ings for White­sands Quay using Pen­don meth­ods but I real­ly don’t have the hun­dreds of hours required to find, mea­sure, pho­to­graph, draw, emboss, water­colour and con­struct suit­able build­ings for this lay­out. That way mad­ness can occur. How­ev­er I was set on that route until Scalescenes intro­duced a new kit — Row of cot­tages which I was imme­di­ate­ly inspired by.

The kit is par­tic­u­lar­ly cheap as it is a PDF down­load. You have to print the PDF sheets out and stick them to suit­able weights of card as detailed in the kit instruc­tions. Some of the thick­er card com­po­nents can be hard work to cut out and a good Stan­ley knife is a must have, else I used my usu­al scalpels for cut­ting.

This kit comes with sev­er­al vari­a­tions and although I had opt­ed for the flint and brick fin­ish it came with an option­al ren­dered ver­sion for two of the four cot­tages which I have extend­ed for all four as it would be appro­pri­ate for cot­tages next to a quay.

One of the advan­tages of these kits is that you only pay once for the PDF and then you can print out as many times as you want — so any mis­takes and you can start again. Of course cost of a new real­ly good pho­to print­er needs to be con­sid­ered as well as con­sum­ables (but we need­ed a new print­er anyway…).

The key con­struc­tion method is wrap­ping the paper lay­ers around card walls — includ­ing an ingen­u­ous method of cre­at­ing drain­pipes that also con­ceal the gap between the end and side walls. Detailed floors and full inte­ri­ors are includ­ed — not that I think any­one will ever see them on White­sands Quay but I know they are there.

The only think I now have left to do on the cot­tages is source and put some prop­er chim­ney pots on.

I am very pleased with the over­all look and fin­ish of the kit. This then left me with a small dilem­ma. To get the rest of the mod­el to be bal­anced I real­ly need to con­struct the remain­ing build­ings using oth­er Scalescenes kits but there are none avail­able that suit the loca­tion.

How­ev­er the meth­ods can be repli­cat­ed and that exact­ly what I have done for the large cot­tage in front of the row of cot­tages. I used a pic­ture of a cot­tage at Sen­nan on the West Cor­nish coast at White Sands bay, where White­sands Quay is fic­ti­tious­ly locat­ed, as the basis for the plans which I drew up in Adobe Illus­tra­tor then added suit­able tex­tures and print­ed the results out on mat­te pho­to paper.
To get the thick stone cot­tage wall effect with deep set win­dows and doors I used poly­board for the walls instead of card and you can see the result­ing effect in the pho­tos.

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