September Progress

Posted on October 1, 2014. Filed under: Monthly progress |

For every job I do, two more appear out of the woodwork. So it goes with scenery. And the only tree work I’ve managed this month has been to mark out their positions on the layout. On a more positive note, I’ve made some satisfying contributions to several of Culrain’s buildings, including the one shown below in front of a practice watercolour sky.

Scenery 5 141001       Improved station building

The left chimney is a brass confection using 4mm tube for the main body and 0.45mm and 0.7mm wire to approximate the top and bottom profiles. The right one is a two-part, taper-rolled paper affair. While I don’t have true measurements, I do have very good black and white photos (I think by Chris Gammell), and these give a fair comparison between the model and the real thing. A small trim top and bottom for the paper chimney and I was able to cement (polyfilla) them in place.

My 25 year old copy of Chris Pilton’s excellent “Cottage Modelling for Pendon” has really come into its own. Unfortunately, it has led to an exponential growth in the list of tricky bits to be added to Culrain’s buildings. The station building certainly needs ridge tiles, barge boards, flashing, facia boards, gutters and down pipes. Where to stop? Fortunately, the platform view is hidden to exhibition viewers.

On a more frustrating note, I’ve had three attempts to model the platform fencing: a scratch length in plasticard, another in paper, and an oversize cheat using Ratio plastic GWR fences.

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