Friday 27 July 2012
During the visit to the Bluebell over the weekend it was felt that I had to look round the 'toy and collectors fair' that was attached. I don't usually bother with them but I did pick up a Triang wagon for 75p. They're not particularly common, but I thought the rising 7mm ng layout would need one flat wagon. So after butchering the Triang to its minimum, a simple top was built with a 40thou scribed Evergreen floor and a BB/solebar assembly from 60thou sheet. Nominal bolt detail has been added, just a little strapping and paint to go. I took the dimensions from the Snailbeach coal wagon previously built as the same chassis is used, however after I'd got this far I thought that a flat would have transverse planks not longitudinal ones like the coal wagon... never mind.
There is a working title for this new layout Upper Dodsworth. There is a DODworth near Barnsley so not that far fetched. If you can think of something else... on a postcard please.
Tuesday 24 July 2012
Monday 23 July 2012
Friday 20 July 2012
Looking at the stats for this page and taking averages and lumping them into a monthly figure I realised that this page gains as many views as the monthly circulation of some of the lesser model magazines. May I take this opportunity of saying thanks for your continued viewing. Have you not got something better to do?
Thursday 19 July 2012
What did become apparent yesterday was the 95% aspect of finishing things. There are still one or two things to go on Tal-coed as well as possibly increasing the stud on Rhiw. And there I am wandering into pastures new. But don't we all do that? Focus dear boy, focus.
Friday 13 July 2012
Thursday 12 July 2012
This morning CP sent some scans of 70s MRNs featuring Laurie; here after the old Central Hall exhibition. He pointed out that this para was sobering for all of us who exhibit, which the first part is. However the second sentence is... well we've been there too.
Tuesday 10 July 2012
Painting again. This warehouse built by Nigel for Svanda from plastic. My brief... to paint it. So far a coat of artist's acrylic grey on the roof and Humbrol 29 on the body as base-coats. There's a lot to do
The prototype inspiration at Granvin.
Monday 9 July 2012
A handful of times a year I drive through St. Reathem and Norwood in S London. And every time this corner grouping catches my eye. Urban buildings such as these make up most of our lives and fit the usual modelling periods and yet are rarely tacked. These two adjacent blocks with the alley between would fill hours of modelling and yet less than six linear inches in 4mm. But there is such a challenge, and therefore a satisfaction involved. We pass this sort of stuff every day and take no notice, and yet careful study of these three shots should bring out the modeller in all of us - the varied rooflines, pipework, different window designs and angles are a gift to those long on time, but short on modelling space.
Maybe we should stop all those competitions like squeezing a railway into a pizza box and instead encourage people to aspire to reproducing everyday - but highly complex - work like this.
Friday 6 July 2012
Tuesday 3 July 2012
Monday 2 July 2012
Now with three wooden Slaters figures in I can get the roof on. With the shirt packet 'glass' slightly yellowed over the years they are almost invisable, but just enough to give a little life.
Sunday 1 July 2012