The uncharacteristic sunny skies above Wales this Summer have meant little time has been spent modelling, motorcycling and other outdoor pursuits have taken precedence. I have however managed to finish the coal yard scene that I started in the previous blog entry http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/1131/entry-20890-coal/ back in the middle of May! As Stubby pointed out the ground around the coal heaps looked a bit too clean, so coal dust and artists pastels were used to blend the coal into the yard and pieces of coal were placed between the rails in the siding. Matt aerosol acrylic varnish was the used to fix everything in position.
I wanted to incorporate a coal merchants horse drawn wagon into the scene and found an etched brass kit was available in Duncan Models range. http://www.duncanmodels.co.uk/price_list_horse_drawn_wheeled_vehicles.htm
The kit was assembled using a Miniflame torch and Carrs 188 solder paste for the etched brass components, along with 5 minute epoxy resin for the white metal parts.
I'd noticed some rather nice etched brass hand barrow kits on the Roxey Moulding's stand at a recent show http://www.roxeymouldings.co.uk/category/88/7mm-scale-/-0-gauge-southwark-bridge-models-accessories/
and thought they would make a nice addition to the scene.
After a bit of fiddly, finger singeing soldering the completed kit looks like this!
I needed some coal sacks to place on the cart and used some "filled" and "unfilled" versions from http://www.sanddmodels.co.uk/products_43_accessories.htm whichhave a nice surface texture. These along with the barrow were painted using Humbrol enamel paints.
The Coal merchants cart was primed, then painted using more enamel paints. The lettering was cobbled together using press fix letters from a GWR 7mm scale wagon sheet, I hope Sherton Abbas's coal merchant Mr Frederick David Harris approves of his vehicle's livery!
Figures for the scene were provided from Andrew Stadden's excellent range https://www.acstadden.co.uk/product-page/vn2-navvies-2 One of the figures had his arms removed and replaced in a new position so that he could hold the head of the horse, a la Mikkel of this parish:-)
Once the paint had dried the various models were positioned on the layout and moved about until I was happy with the composition of the scene, then glued in position with 5 minute epoxy resin.
The following pictures are of the completed scene along with a couple of gratuitous images of the Dean Goods, as after all this is supposed to be a Railway Modelling blog rather than Horse Drawn Weekly!
Until next time:-)