Friday, 31 May 2019
Thursday, 30 May 2019
Would I recommend this piece of kit? Probably not. The brickwork is very lightly moulded - sub Slaters and halfway along the plinth it disappears altogether.
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
Altering the Dapol engine shed
'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.
It's a fairly obvious chop: slice the back gable-end wall into three, use the two outer pieces as new ends and glue the sides together. It's a pretty rough kit due to its great age 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 requirement was for a fairly lengthy building to run along the end wall of the layout and one which was generically post-modernisation plan. The Peco office building kit seemed a likely start point and again is over looked by most modellers. Modular in design it is easy enough to move the panels around to suit. Here I've picked four to act as a front wall and put the double door wall and plain wall at the ends. The back is black plasticard and the spare units are put to one side for later. This used all the roof panels and most of the facia sections so is probably as far as you can stretch one kit.
Next on the blocks is this Dapol signal box. Panels moved, balcony removed, steps altered and new window bars added. A gentle enough set of tweeks, that change it considerably, but still manage to scream Airfix at you.
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
I'd not built any of the Peco kits before until I converted the station building kit a year or so back. After the Wills sheet it came as a nice surprise being quite light and delicate by comparison. Now the requirement is for a mid-late 20th century station building, something flat roofed and mod'. Enter the Peco office buildings kit.
A new front wall
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.