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Improving Hornby Platforms

Improving Hornby Platforms

Improving The Hornby Platform

In this article we take a look at breathing new life into Hornby’s Plastic Platforms. Concentrating on the straight sections but the method used will also work on the curved & end ramp platform sections. Some careful cutting of the texture sheet will be needed for use on the curved platform sections.

 

So what do i need?

Platform texture sheet(s) either from the club shop (Download version) or the pre-printed version from scalemodelscenery.co.uk. The Pre-printed ones can be found here:

https://www.scalemodelscenery.co.uk/?s=platform+texture+sheet&post_type=product&v=79cba1185463

You’ll also need some 0.2mm board or 250gsm card 250gsm white card from a craft shop.

Brick texture sheets of your choice for the platform sides. Again either from the scalemodelscenery.co.uk or from the brick papers in the club shop or from the download sister site modelrailwayscenery.com.

Tools

  • Craft knife or Scalpel
  • Scissors
  • Steel Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Glue Stick like Prittstick
  • Loctite 60 Second super glue or similar
  • Sanding stick
  • Old cloth

 

 

 

 

Lets get started…

With the 0.2mm card board or 250gsm card mark out the shape for the platform top & platform sizes. Then carefully cut out the three pieces.

With a sanding stick or similar, lightly sand the platform surface & sides to give a good keyed surface for the base layer to be glued to.
Using the Loctite 60 Second super glue apply to the platform top piece base layer. Carefully place on to the platform surface top. Make sure base layer is square with all edges of the platform.
Measure & cut out the platform surface texture sheet to fit the platform top. Allow space for adding the other concrete edging strip along the other edge as shown on the right. Make sure that the weathered black edge mark on white edging section sits with the platform edge. The rest of the white edging section will stick out beyond the platform.
Now turn the platform upside down. Carefully run the back edge (Blunt side) of the craft knife along the edge of the platform edge overhang. This creates a clean score line – DO NOT cut through the texture wrap layer.

Now fold the edging over & on to the underside of the platform edge. Use the steel ruler to push the edging flush up to the platform wall side. You should have it looking like in the photo on the right.

We now turn our attention to the side we’ve just wrapped the edging strip to. Taking one of the two side base layers we’ve cut earlier on, glue using the Loctite 60 Second Glue to the platform side. As seen on the right.
With the brick wall texture sheet in our case Blue Engineering Brick, measure & cut out two pieces to fit the platform side base layers.
Now glue the back of on of the side wall texture layers using a glue stick like Prittstick. Then place on to the platform base side layer as shown on the right.
With one of the spare edging strips provided on the platform texture sheet, cut out & glue the back of it with Prittstick glue stick. Then carefully place on the remaining exposed platform baselayer top. Make sure that the edge of the edging strip texture sheet butts up flush with the platform surface texture sheet. Again as before the weathered black line on the white edging strip should sit on the platform edge.
As before turn the platform upside down & score along the platform edge to create a fold line. Fold the texture sheet over & around the platform edge & on to the platform side. As shown on the right.
As before glue the other side base layer on to the side using the Loctite 60 Second glue.
As before glue the other side texture wrap layer on using Prittstick Glue Stick on to the base layer side.
And that’s it one modified & improved Hornby Platform. For the curve platforms some careful cutting on the edging strips are needed to get the edging strips to flow around the curved edge.

Happy modelling.

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