Friday, 12 July 2019
Friday, 5 July 2019
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
What you get is two card frets with bits that very gently push out. The table and chairs are delightful; I've tried scratch building a table before and believe me, this is a better bet. The stove is a fold-up with a wrapped paper pipe. I discounted this as too much faff and used a carboard cotton bud tube instead. The levers are a fiddle and are a bit chunky and there is no proper instrument bridge. That's not a problem though. What we are aiming for here is visual suggestion. These are all unpainted as yet and with a gentle selection of colour there's more than enough to fool the eye into thinking that there is more going on than there actually is. Definitely worth a look.
Saturday, 29 June 2019
The bridge has been pre-built so unusually I had the foresight to ballast underneath first. The arches unit went in. The was a slight bow (2mm) upward, but it could have been a lot worse considering the seven end-on butt joints - a little standing and holding both ends down while the glue went off was in order. The bridge slots over the end and once this had been waggled around to fit and stuck down, the facia was cut and was glued on. All seems OK at this juncture so board one can come down and board three can go up. There's not quite enough room to walk around if all three are up at once.
I feel a whole lot of ballasting coming on.
Wednesday, 26 June 2019
It's a bit of a contrived scene - I'm never convinced by the siding in front of the FY, but then that was the requirement.
Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Sunday, 23 June 2019
Friday, 21 June 2019
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
The boards are slightly smaller than I would normally go for at 900mm long. This doesn't mean that by the time all the MDF backscene material is added that they are any easier to lift - I can happily stand on this one with all the box section engineering.
Sunday, 16 June 2019
My downside of the day was getting a cup of hot tea thrown over me by a wind-blown curtain. Still, an excellent showing of all things non-British. If you fancy something a little different, Alan Monk and the team put on a great show with a twist. Make an effort to take a look next year.
Catering; a grumpy 6 even though bacon rolls were available
Friday, 14 June 2019
Thursday, 13 June 2019
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Saturday, 8 June 2019
Monday, 3 June 2019
The room was not ideal, but was a last minute choice as the usual Burton Town Hall isn't now big enough and their second choice pulled the plug. There was plenty of big hitting trade in the room as well as a lot of the usual smaller traders. An excellent day rounded of with the café over the road which is err…. unique.
Catering 3< 9
Rucksacks a strong 5
Saturday, 1 June 2019
I could keep fiddling, but that'll do for now.
Friday, 31 May 2019
Thursday, 30 May 2019
New lintels have been added from 10 thou and the shed doors chopped into lengths to make new 'open' doors. An internal platform has been added level with the foot of the doorways. The rest is light weathering. I can't do much more as the final required footprint is unknown, but a platform and a canopy will be added later.
Wednesday, 29 May 2019
'Needs a small parcels depot'.
My first thought was to low-relief the new Wills modern factory unit. 'No, too modern.' Back to square one.
A trip to Crawley found me holding a folder with old RM's and it fell open at a Michael Andress piece from 1973 on turning the Airfix ES into factory buildings. This seemed like a way out of the conundrum.
Fairly obvious chop: slice the back wall into three, use the two outer as new ends and glue the sides together. It's a pretty rough kit and I'm not 100% that I wouldn't have been better starting from scratch, but I'm trying to use as many of the kit parts as possible. It's sort of fun and sort of not.
Monday, 27 May 2019
Quality as would be expected was high, but.... it left me wanting for some reason. Too finescaley perhaps. In fact the best way to describe it would be like Scaleforum, but with punters. Highlights were Nick Salzman's 3mm mixed gauge cameo entry which was just gorgeous, and the 10 minutes spent leaning on the barrier watching Leighton Buzzard, which is only improved with Nick Freezer operating - it adds a certain amount of authenticity for some reason. Usual scoring as follows:
Food 9 (burger ,chips and beans for £4.50)
I also learnt an interesting fact: the qualification for calling yourself a finescaler. You must own
a) a tweed jacket
b) a complete set of MRJs from number 0 including the compendiums
c) a Scalefour Society tape measure.
Failure to complete all three renders your claim invalid.
Saturday, 25 May 2019
I'm now at the point where I need to move on - I enjoy this sort of thing more than most, but it will be nice to get onto some track laying if only to break the several tea spoons of plastic dust that I consume every day of late.
Monday, 20 May 2019
The news over the weekend is devastating. I won't add anything as so much has been said already, only that I'm as deeply upset as the rest of the modelling community. We all feel the pain.
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Essentially it's a modular design and in this respect it works very well, although you have to think on your feet slightly as beyond the basic instructions for the box-art buildings there are only suggestions as to how to proceed. I needed something long and thin so laid out a selected set of walling and added bits and painted as I went along. Glazing as I went was in hindsight a bad move; yes it's easier to do it while the walls are flat, but no matter how careful I was the solvent fumes fogged bits of it in odd corners. Now a fully constructed box with a false back.
Thursday, 9 May 2019
Panting took longer to do than the build as I couldn't get the effect that I wanted until the German Grey came into play and toned everything down a little. There is a danger that stonework can look a little like painting by numbers.
Luckily it's too narrow for a bus, but the small boy may make an appearance again. Possibly standing on a box to see over the parapet.
Wednesday, 8 May 2019
There's just enough black paint left to do the Clees Hay carcass. That's the garage door frame and three layouts out of one tin - hurrah. Also some experimenting with some spray cans ala Mr Nevard. Mixed results, but I'll persevere.
Note the late 20th century cave paintings are still in place.
Tuesday, 7 May 2019
Saturday, 4 May 2019
Friday, 3 May 2019
Wednesday, 1 May 2019
Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Saturday, 27 April 2019
Other news: Off to the Epsom show today ostensibly to do a little shopping which was mostly successful even though I managed not to spend the £200 on books that I'd have liked to have taken home. All of a sudden the S&D and Settle stuff looks appealing. Excellent show; even the first room would have been worth the trip with our lord Gravatt with Arun Quay leading the role call. A lengthy chat with Andy Jones who (when he wasn't getting a waggy finger from the other half) was showing the evocative Herstmonceux for the final time. It really is a high quality event and with my usual scoring gave:
Rucksacks (a fairly high) 7
Back to the panting before a trip up to the smoke for a date with some panto. After all, there is nothing like a dame in April.
Friday, 26 April 2019
My preference would be S Wales. No good. Branch termini are non existent, they all end in a pit of some sort, plus they are mostly double tracked. So an accidental move to the West. Then you are up against Cambrian weight restrictions and Dukedogs, Cambrian 0-6-0's and at the outside a Dean Goods and a 48XX which I don't have. Back to Stourbridge shed area which means I can use all of the RTR things that are in stock. Once again no logical branches except the much projected Kinver both pre and post the electric light railway.
So it seems that something in the Hereford/ Hay area is likely with the Golden Valley as an influence and thus frustratingly back to Clees Hay, Mr. Hill's much loved root idea.
This was supposed to be a fairly quick project. It's proving anything but.
Monday, 22 April 2019
Sunday, 21 April 2019
This has been sitting on the bench for a couple of days and in an effort to clear up...
Bikes on layouts are good, but surprisingly absent in many cases. Seeing as the vast majority of people model pre1960s periods, and therefore pre-high car ownership this is strange. Therefore I've always tended to add at least one bike to a scene, often in a slightly obscured position; after all human nature tends to park a bike either in something, or behind something where it won't get nicked/tripped over/damaged. I'd earmarked one for Dury's Gap in the last few details. It came out of the tobacco tin marked 'barrels, drums bits' and may be a Wills product.
It started life in bright blue - possibly OK for 1960, but the 'trusty Rudge' would more likely be black so this was all about a repaint. Handlebars and pedals were touched in metallic, the frame matt black and the tyres in German grey. I though it might need a saddle bag, so a slice of scrap strip with the corners rounded off and painted brown was added; the saddle became a red brown. There's also a dot of red on the rear mudguard for a reflector.
Tucked half behind a shed it can hardly be seen, but adds a little human existence without a human figure. More bikes please.
Saturday, 20 April 2019
It also gets away from the aspect of the AotC that niggled me, that being the sidings running straight on to the running line; not prototypically impossible, but usually avoided or at lest reduced to one entry point leading into a fan rather than two separate entries. The Gammon End shape was common on the GWR notably on the Chinnor and West Somerset lines where the GWR often dumped a large goods shed over the loop. Here though it forms the run-round, not a loop siding and trap points.
What I do have is acres of spare space; which at this point in time is a little disconcerting, but then I do have a drawer or two of scenic coverings of various types to use up. Using things up is a theme these days. I have 26 weeks before Croydon... doddle.
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
Monday, 15 April 2019
Some top quality layouts attended including one of my favourites, Harton Gill - at last a place to see the Mainline /Bachmann J72s in their natural surroundings rather than the usual excuses to put them in East Anglian settings.
Thursday, 11 April 2019
Wednesday, 10 April 2019
Tuesday, 9 April 2019
While the middle board was propped on end to dry, it was observed that it was almost a google earth satellite view. I'm not sure if this is the case or that it just shows off the rough ballasting.