I have pretty much paused blogging and indeed modelling for the Summer.
In the meantime, I want to define a sense of place for my main baseboard - something clearly identifiably British, but not overtly regional either. I envisage two palettes for the buildings and civil engineering features:
1) Present-day (modern) infrastructure: concrete and steel, occasional brickwork, and cuttings with retaining walls of concrete
2) Remnants of the past: dressed stone and timber, and cuttings in bare rock faces
As I get older and I hope more observant of the railway scene around now and before, I think a freelance setting is actually the most difficult if it is going to convince. This is especially true for a modern scene, where a steel-clad shed is much the same wherever it is in the country.
My scenic setting needs one or two slightly peculiar characteristics, to set it aside from much anywhere else. This might be something a simple as kerb stones painted black and white, or a name of a bus operator; I'm not sure at the moment. I ought to get some cues from the Isle of Man and indeed the island of Sodor.
I am, as it happens and for once in my life, very happy with Fairport. I suspect this worked out because I defined every square inch of the baseboard before I began; I made plenty of adjustments as I went along but the only significant rework was on the crane, to let the model represent a more widespread prototype.
The main baseboard is supposedly representing three intertwined micros. Three distinct locations, all separated and yet held together by the landscape around them. Possibly a bit of a tall order in one square metre, but I can only try.