I am working on a commission to build part of Birmingham Snow Hill as a 7mm scale diorama on three boards, which will model the full extent of the overall roof. At a later date it will probably be extended to complete the platform area.
For those not familiar with the station, this is what I have taken on...............
The biggest challenge has been working out exactly how it all fitted together, but happily it was all built with standard parts and dimensions. The crucial one was the distance of 34 feet between the upright columns.
The diorama will reproduce this area, but only platforms 7/8 will be full width.
I have begin by building the platform buildings, which will in turn support the roof girders. Once the buildings are done I can work out the exact size of the boards and get those built and the track laid.
The structure is all plastic, and I have produced a brick paper especially for the project; the real thing used dark red glazed bricks. The period of the model is around 1930 when things were still reasonably clean, though the buildings will be toned down when they are all finished.
I'm going to need 64 of those Plastruct girders! The other parts for the roof are being laser cut in plastic.
These buildings are the booking office, ladies toilets and first class waiting rooms on platform 7/8.
I found a picture of an old tinplate Wymans bookstall so I copied the colours from that. I like the way it was built around the column.
I still need to add door knobs and several notices, as well as finishing the right hand end.