Most of this month has been spent on point rodding (see “Project progress”). But not all.
Towards the end of the month I collected Station Cottage from its builder, placing it straight into the waiting cellar base. Station Cottage is a fine example of “restrained modelling”, and blends perfectly into the scene. No wonder Nick is in such demand at Pendon. I particularly like the stonework, but the whole model has really captured the character of the prototype: many, many thanks, Nick. It’s a stunner! Have a look at https://moorestonemodeller.wordpress.com/ for more examples of Nick’s work.
Earlier in the month I attended Paul Bambrick’s AMBC (Amazing Backscene Modelling Course) at Missenden Abbey. Paul designed and made those awesome backscenes for Kevin Wilson’s Bucks Hill 0-gauge layout, using forced perspective to give the illusion of distant views in a matter of inches. I applied his techniques to the two-foot section of backscene featured in the above photo, and which will eventually include a perspective model of Carbisdale Castle.
I painted the sky in acrylics from a 6” x 4” print (more skills learned from Paul). This print is one of a series of 5, which join end to end to give a continuous, panoramic view.
ps almost forgot: I collected two more painted and lined coaches from Ian Rathbone at Missenden. There’s a maroon Porthole BTK for the 1960 Thurso branch train and, at long last, SC6730M in Red and Cream to LMS D1704A, the correct coach to run behind ex-HR tank 55053 on the 1955 Dornoch branch train.