I came across JCL's splendid thread about Silhouette cutters (http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/79025-a-guide-to-using-the-silhouette-cameo-cutter/) at an appropriate interval for dropping heavy hints before Christmas, so now have a 'Silhouette Portrait' machine and loads of ideas for coaches and buildings
Having discovered all about Cleminson chassis in an earlier post on this blog, I want to build some six-wheel coaches, especially since they seem to be rarely modelled, probably because of the difficulties of getting them round curves! The first step is to decide on suitable prototype(s) and I have put out a call for help about earlier diagrams, in the GWR forum.
As an example, this is an early standard gauge coach, converted from broad gauge. At least, I think that is the story - Russell's 'GWR Coaches part 1' states (p.22) that these were built in 1882 for the broad gauge but that the photo was taken much later in standard gauge days. In which case, it seems odd to me that the oil lamps are still on the sides of the clerestory. I coloured the old photo using the same techniques I used for the Garter Crest, as described in my Lining & Lettering entries.
I hope to share some of my experiences with the 'Silhouette' in my next post..
edited to add more info about the illustrated coach
I have now found Richard Spratt's splendid website at http://www.penrhos.m...chesIntro.shtml His site contains a mine of information about GWR short coaches and has answered all my queries so far. I now know that the coach illustrated above is to diagram U29, of which 12 were built in 1886.