For Northall Dock I try for the first time to create the scene inside out.
I asked myself the following questions:
- What is the story behind Northall Dock ?
- What will be the mean scene ?
The answer to the first question will be answered in another entry.
The answer on the second question is: a loading scene by a warehouse.
First some background information about the used model:
In the late 1940s production of the 'Jen-Tug' began. It was a 3 ton articulated vehicle, available with a wide range of trailers, including a flat trailer, a wire-sided trailer, a box trailer, a tipping trailer, a shallow tipping trailer, a high-sided trailer, a swan-neck trailer with winch, and a container.
The cab had an Austin A.50 four-cylinder, overhead valve petrol engine, with a capacity of 1.5 litres, and an output of 50 b.h.p. at 4,400 r.p.m. It had a built-in four-speed synchromesh gearbox, a Borg & Beck, single dry-plate 8 inch hydraulically operated clutch, and was mounted on an easily removable sub-frame. It also had powerful Girling hydraulic brakes with 11 inch diameter drums on both the tractor and trailer, a Jensen patent tractor coupling, operated from the cab, and a turning circle of 22 feet.
A 1950’s picture of a Southern Jen-Tug
The 'Jen-Tug' became quite popular, and was supplemented by an electrically-powered version, the 'Jen-Helec'.
The vehicles were made at West Bromwich, and also in Jensen's factory at Stoke.
On this website more info about Jensen Commercial Vehicles.
Below the model I build as the central scene for my new diorama.
First I gave the model a finish with a mat varnish, after I had added the load and lorry driver.
Then I weathered it with pastels and pigments.