Simon Posted March 18, 2009 Report Share Posted March 18, 2009 Well, it's all hell breaking loose with me... not only have I been randomly unpacking boxes and getting things out to play with that I really shouldn't like all naughty boys .... But I've even set about some buildings I made a start last night - before Mrs H arrived home early and wanted me to light the Rayburn - on a simple pole barn to get into the swing of it.... This was kind of the first thing I pictured in my head for one of my planned farms - more a series of inter-related dioramas which over time [likely decades] I will put together, then get bored and want to do another one instead. I doubt very much I will have the patience of some to produce one really perfect farm Anywho, I have a kind of average small dairy farm in my head, I won't be going into building a really detailed parlour or anything like that, it will be a collection of typical aged buildings thrown together round a pretty scruffy yard and a range of JD machinery.... My thinking behind JD is sort of this.... I intend there to be a 2wd 2140 SG2, 4wd 3650, a 6400 with a loader and some kind of 20 series, probably a 6620.... They run JD by default because they made some money in the late eighties and early nineties and sort of feel they have to stick with them now.... they stretched themselves and bought a second hand 6400 & 6620 recently but the SG2's have been on farm since new and they can't warrant changing them for the hours they do, so they'll stay til they die, but will no doubt be disposed of in a farm sale when the old boy pops it... Kit wise they'll get the Keenan, probably Barry's West spreader when I get my paws on it, I'd like some clamp silage but this will be contractor made so I don't need to buy any kit, although I could be persuaded by one of Brian's trailed choppers... course then I'd need trailers [AW of course ] tedders etc... I'll probably give them a mounted mo-co, and a few other essentials but I don't want to over mechanise.... they may get a telehandler but if they do it will most likely be a Britains JD converted into a really tatty Matbro... OK, so that's my plan which no doubt will change, and here's the first building.... It scales to have 3 number 4.8m bays, 6m deep & 6m eaves [i drew it in my CAD package before I started to make my life a bit easier, will probably do this for all the buildings and that way I can plan it all out too... ] It'll be open front and back with possibly clad gables, corrugated card painted black and squashed and bent to look like an old GP store, plenty of rust and flaky paint. I'm using 6 or 8mm MDF for the base because it's what I had to hand, but will probably continue with it on all the other buildings & yards because it cuts and paints & drills really easily - although I'd like to get some relief in it somewhere so that will end up as papier mache... Anyway, here's progress so far... I'm making bowstring trusses out of plastruct to sit on top of timber poles [ex-telegraph poles, a common practice round here] with a timber eaves purlin. It'll then get timber purlins fixed across the trusses and corrugated card on top of that. I'll use the same timber for sheeting rails on the ends and possibly take this down to the floor. I started with my MDF base board and marked out the bays, drilling though at the centres of the poles and putting brass screws up from underneath. The poles were piloted out and glued and screwed down onto the base board. The eaves purlin was piloted out through into the top of the poles and 25mm pins nailed through the 2 with a dab of glue between. Not sure how I'll fix the trusses yet, possibly with small screws into the purlin. All the timber will be stained to look like aged creosote and the trusses with be painted to a flaky old black finish... The base board will be roughed up with something and painted / scattered to become a dirt floor. It'll probably house a couple of bays of hay or straw and a pile of fert bags and some random piece of kit, fert spreader or something.... I'm getting quite into it Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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