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Mark Birkett

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Hi everyone. I'm new to this forum so have not had much chance to read others posts. I have been building a farmyard for my 2 boys to play on, for about a year in my spare time ( i dont get much of it ).

I'm building it on a sheet of 12mm 4ftx8ft plywood base, which i cut in half to make moving it easier. So far i have nearly done the first half, comprising cubicle shed, milking parlour, barn and calf pens. The farmyard layout is as close to my own farm as i can.

Here are some pictures from my build so far.

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Stabliofarmer; Thanks. For the stone effect on the barns i used a stencil from a dolls house making website. Once you painted the bare walls your chosen mortar colour, you stick one of these stencils on, paste over some stone effect compound about 2mm thick then peel the stencil off.

Once dry, i painted random stones different colours like you would find in a stone wall. Then i went over with some Moss green spray from Model Mates. 

How durable it is to destructive kids, i dont know yet :)

 

0025, tractorman, robbo; Thanks for the encouraging replys, its no secret i'm really enjoying building this. More photos soon. 

Does anyone know how to make slidingdoors for my barns? 

 

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29 minutes ago, Mark Birkett said:

Stabliofarmer; Thanks. For the stone effect on the barns i used a stencil from a dolls house making website. Once you painted the bare walls your chosen mortar colour, you stick one of these stencils on, paste over some stone effect compound about 2mm thick then peel the stencil off.

Once dry, i painted random stones different colours like you would find in a stone wall. Then i went over with some Moss green spray from Model Mates. 

How durable it is to destructive kids, i dont know yet :)

 

0025, tractorman, robbo; Thanks for the encouraging replys, its no secret i'm really enjoying building this. More photos soon. 

Does anyone know how to make slidingdoors for my barns? 

 

I bought some of that about 3 months ago, haven't had time to try it out yet but looking at that I need to get going as it looks great, did you use the 1/32 scale template and if so did you have any trouble with using the stone compound with the stencil as on the dolls house website it says the compunds only really good for 1:24 and above?

Thanks for the reply by the way

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30 minutes ago, Mark Birkett said:

Stabliofarmer; Thanks. For the stone effect on the barns i used a stencil from a dolls house making website. Once you painted the bare walls your chosen mortar colour, you stick one of these stencils on, paste over some stone effect compound about 2mm thick then peel the stencil off.

Once dry, i painted random stones different colours like you would find in a stone wall. Then i went over with some Moss green spray from Model Mates. 

How durable it is to destructive kids, i dont know yet :)

 

0025, tractorman, robbo; Thanks for the encouraging replys, its no secret i'm really enjoying building this. More photos soon. 

Does anyone know how to make slidingdoors for my barns? 

 

for sliding doors simply make your doors out of your chosen material then at the top make a little thin bit the length of your chosen thickness of the doors then get another piece to fit over it and that is wider to hang down after this put a pics of wood at the side to stop falling off one opened. Here is a pic below of my sliding doors...

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For sliding doors i used a piece of Square Plastruct rod for the bar the door slides on, held it out against the wall with some more plastruct and then hung the doors on it using little strips of paper stuck to one side of the door, wrapped round the bar and then stuck to the other side forming a loop. The paper would be far from child proof though but it could be replaced with something like a bit of tin from a can of pop and the plastruct with a metal bar.

These photos probably explain it better

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1 hour ago, Stabliofarmer said:

I bought some of that about 3 months ago, haven't had time to try it out yet but looking at that I need to get going as it looks great, did you use the 1/32 scale template and if so did you have any trouble with using the stone compound with the stencil as on the dolls house website it says the compunds only really good for 1:24 and above?

Thanks for the reply by the way

I actually used 1:24 scale stencils. You cant really tell what scale it it as it looks near enough.

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21 hours ago, smallclaas said:

Great yard some nice detail in the stone buildings. Nice cubicle house and parlour. Always nice to build something in scale based on the real world version.

Thanks smallclaas. I'm trying to find a balance between being detailed and being robust enough for young lads to play on. I'm not sure if i dare let them loose on it now ;D

 

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Just a quick update showing my gate design. The gates are welded together from steel bar i bought from wickes. On one end is a piece of tube which acts as a hinge for the gate to swing.

Through the plywood base, i bolted a 4mm bolt which is countersunk on the underside so it sits flush. This bolt acts as a post over which the gate slides on.

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I got the roof on the cow shed finnished today. I was in 2 minds wether to have a removable roof so the boys have full access to whats inside or go for a hinged roof. In the end i opted for a hinged roof. That way it stays fixed to the farmyard and not getting mislayed somewhere or getting broken.

What do you think?

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

I got the sliding doors bolted onto the walls last night. Here are some pictures showing both open and shut.

While i was at it, i started putting longer bolts through the gates. The old ones were a bit short. This means i can get a nut on top to stop kids taking the gates off!

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