Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Inspirations 4: Charford.
The late John Charman built Charford over half a century without wavering, starting with a tiny terminus built in a caravan and culminating in an MRJ article in 1998 (100). What is the most inspiring part of this escapade is the commitment to the style, period and scale/gauge - late 40s Southern in OO - the Biltezzi factory building is there in the original articles and still there in the re-built layout in MRJ; a style of modelling that the exhibition circuit has ruined. Charman stands in the shade of the Reverend, which is a bit of a shame as Charford has just as much style and long-term development as BGC, it's just that Charman used just enough off the shelf equipment to make it look achievable. I may well return to this at another date.