Building a mill house.
As mentioned last time, with the layout arrangement decided I can now start on the buildings.
And one of the key buildings is the mill house. This sits on the left hand side and along with the forge and office will be one of the three key points of visual interest.
It will also be the largest structure on the layout so it needs to look right.
For the basic structure, I’ve opted for Wills Kits mill house. Out of the packaging, it’s a collection of plasti-card sheets that are cut to size and to make spaces for the doors and windows. Nothing too difficult and pretty straightforward if you’re familiar with styrene sheets.
I kept to the basic shape as shown on the packaging but made a number of modifications.
Notably, I used additional stone brick plasti-card for the interior walls – as seen in the above photo – so anyone looking through the windows (this layout will be taken to exhibitions) will see stone work For the same reason, I also wanted detailing on the first floor, so used wood planking styrene for the internal floors.
Lights will illuminate the inside and the wiring was fixed out of sight – between the ceilings and walls – with a dab of hot glue.
On the subject of electrics, the waterwheel will also turn – driven by a slow revolution DC motor. This will be fixed to the ground floor with the axel protruding out of the right hand wall for the wheel to be mounted on.
Finally, I added ridge beams (see above) and purlin props to support the roof and also add further internal detailing that will be visible through the windows.
With the main structure done, I added a wall running extending from the right hand side. This will run over the river to hide where the water ends at the edge of the layout. This was just additional stone and slate plasti-card. A little footbridge was added at the foot of this wall as was a stone wall to support the far end of the waterwheel axle.
All told, i’m quite pleased with the end result although it still needs detail painting and some final touches.
This post is part of a series on the construction of a model railway for exhibitions. To read other posts in the series covering its development and build, see the links on the building an exhibition model railway page.
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