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  1. Hi Tom, congratulations on winning this fascinating little challenge - you would have been my choice as well, so, Hats Off! I'd also like to thank Oliver and Luke for dreaming up the idea of a diorama on a sheet of A4 - it isn't something that would ever have occurred to me before, but I enjoyed doing this so much that I immediately started on the successor to Gray's Maltings, which will have it's own thread in due course, - and will perhaps be built in a more leisurely manner! Best, Mike
  2. Terry, many thanks for your kind words! Bert's Garage has truly been transformed by the new owners - really lovely work Terry, Bravo !
  3. Kevin, many thanks for your kind words! As for future efforts, I must say that I am completely converted to the idea of these little dioramas - much easier to try out any new ideas - and not too much lost if it all goes pear shaped! 3mm is a beautiful scale to work with, but not so common - compared to 4mm there are very few road vehicles for example, but it does come into it's own for these small displays, and I suppose this is why it is almost invariably used by commercial architects. Cheers, Mike
  4. Here are a few more pics that I took while I was building this diorama. I mentioned at the beginning that all sides of the enclosure could be removed at will, and this shows how easy it is to work on the model, or make alterations to it if this can be done, here with the back panel removed. This shows the installation of one of the trees and the card facing for the wall - not impossible from the front, but far easier done like this! Google Earth view. Just for fun, what it looks like from above! A couple of the buildings were intended for an
  5. Khris, many thanks for your kind words !! Mike
  6. A lot of inspirational stuff here! I've had a very battered copy of Miniature Building Construction for years, and I have recently made a few 3mm scale structures for a little project, one of which was this pub, loosely based on Ahern's sketch of the Duchess of Albany. The Duchess of Albany was an Ushers pub in Salisbury (still there, I think, no longer a pub and much altered, into shops and an army recruiting centre!) This version is intended for a diorama set in East Anglia, so I have rendered it as a Dales of Cambridge house - the name is fictional but has real life prece
  7. Hats Off! This is really wonderful, modelmaking, Mike, out of the very top drawer! And for my sins, I still have the Allbright Spacemaster draughting machine in the workshop, although it's more for ornament than use these days! Cheers, Mike
  8. Hard to say without actually seeing it, but my guess is that it's what is commonly called "blooming", where a clear coat of varnish is degraded by moisture in the atmosphere. Try gently dabbing the affected area with a solvent - meths, IPA, white spirit, or acetone (nail varnish remover) - depends on what sort of varnish! And if you can, switch the flash off on the camera - find something to support the camera on, or use a little tripod - the results will be much more natural ! Cheers, Mike
  9. Now that this diorama is largely finished, this seems the right time to offer a little description. I should like to be able to say that it was the story that prompted the model, but in truth , the model suggested the story! It is complete make believe, of course, apart from the breweries mentioned, which, living in France, I miss greatly! Gray's Maltings, a brief History Gray's Maltings was established in the 1880's, near Tredington, close to the boundary between Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. It was founded by the owner of a large local farm, Morton Gray, to produce ma
  10. This is my effort near enough complete, and I also confess that this is nearest I've ever got to actually finishing a model! I also had an unfair advantage because I had already made three of the five structures, and they just happened to go together on A4! Cheers, Mike
  11. This is the last day of this A4 competition, so here are a couple of pics of Gray's Maltings now that it is finished. Not quite finished, but nearly! Hard to pull off the night time look on a very sunny afternoon! Another view More night shift! It still needs a bit more detailing, but I've really enjoyed discovering what can be done on A4 in 3mm, and I'm already thinking of the next one! Cheers, Mike
  12. Hi Steve, thanks for your interest! I think it depends on the kind of substrate the trees have to be fixed on, and where they need to be put. This one had to go in a very tight corner, so it made sense to put it on a separate base to make it easier to finish. The other thing, is that if you use foam as a baseboard, poking a hole in it and sticking the tree in will only work until you accidentally knock it for the first time! Also applies to signal posts, crossing gates, telegraph poles, etc, etc - you can guess how I know this!! Best, Mike
  13. Into the Wilderness! I have a reasonable experience of model buildings and hard landscaping but admit to a deep ignorance of the greener side of things, but I thought this little diorama might be a chance to learn! I made this tree from twisted florists wire some months ago, but never used it, and it gradually got knocked about and lost a lot of the foliage, so I set about repairing it. The "foliage" is Woodland Scenics Underbrush, the trunk and branch padding material is brown decorators acrylic filler and the smaller branches are bits of lichen found in the garden. It is sc
  14. Tom, thanks for your kind words! No can do the cloak, but lack of time means there may be some ghostly white little figures dotted about! Best, Mike
  15. Kevin, many thanks for your encouragement! Now, pander to my curiosity - tell me that BA is Bishop Aukland, and not Buenos Aires ! Best, Mike
  16. Tick Tock! Finally finished putting in the lights, so I can now start to put in a few more scenic details. Here's a pic of the scene with the lights on - I have left the background plain dark blue for the moment, but I might change this later. Made a bit of progress with the weighbridge - the building is Scalescenes, the bridge is a piece of 00 plastic roofing, and the guard rail is soldered up from bits of copper wire, fitted in a some wooden "stone blocks" The 3 ton Opel Blitz will morph into a 3 ton Bedford when I have the time, shouldn't be t
  17. Like Simon, I am getting behind with this! I failed to anticipate how long it would take me to install a few simple lights, and the situation was made worse by having to cobble it together mostly from what I had around. As well as some lights in buildings, I wanted to have a typical gas lamp somewhere in the yard, but although they exist in 3mm scale there was no way to get one in time, - I could have abandoned the idea, but I'm a stubborn old cuss, so I sacrificed some time making one. I have a nice centre lathe, but this is about the limit of how small it can go (actually, the limit is me
  18. Not more than a Fiver! These are the other bits for my lighting rig on Gray's Maltings, they were actually ordered for another project, but I'll use 5 of the 3mm leds and one of the tiny 1mm leds, the bigger ones are about 54 pence each and the tiny ones £1.50, the R/F controller and transmitter were salvaged from the "leccy bits" bin, but I bought a few of them a couple of years ago, and they were only £0.99, I remember. I think that's all I need to spend, I have pillaged my bits and pieces boxes pretty savagely, but nothing I'm going to miss too much! No connection
  19. Hats Off, Tom! These are really good - very 18C! Mike
  20. I have really enjoyed the time I've spent so far on this little diorama, but although I got off to a flying start, because I had already built, or almost built, all the main structures, I seem to have spent ages sorting out what should be some very simple lighting! Well it is simple, but it had to be done before certain other things, and they in turn took more time than I thought, etc, etc - does any of this sound familiar? The plan is that the overall scenic lighting will be controlled by a panel mounted dimmer, and the lights in the buildings by a remote control wireless dimm
  21. Marlyn, thanks for your encouragement! This turning out to be far more of a challenge than I first thought, but a lot of fun as well, and if Oliver and Luke had not suggested it I would never have dreamed of such a tiny thing! best wishes, Mike
  22. Sprague & Collins All these previous buildings had only to be slightly altered or finished for this diorama, but this "building" had to be made specially for it, and It's purpose is to give the bridge some reason, rather than it ending in mid air! It also fills an awkward gap and the chimney masks the corner reasonably well. A needlessly complex thing to make from card alone, I made it from solid wood from the scrap box and then glued on card facings. The chimney is cut from high density foam, with card facings, and the rest of the trim bits are also from the scrap box
  23. Road Bridge This is another scratch built structure based on a previously published design, this time by the great Eric Ilett, who in the 1970's, produced a few booklets of the most wonderfully detailed drawings of railway related buildings and structures, mostly in the west of England or west Midlands, and mostly GWR and LMS - the illustrations are quite beautiful in themselves, a triumph of architectural drawing - done long before computer aided draughting, but still a valuable source of accurate info, and a pleasure to look at. Sorry, got a bit carried away th
  24. Filling a corner I wanted to make the bridge to have some purpose, and be the entrance to another factory or warehouse building, which had a tallish chimney to help hide the corner. This was the problem. The angles of the building were complex, and when the roof shapes were generated it looked as if it would be miserable to make it from card, so in the spirit of using the scap box, I made it instead from solid wood, which will have card facings added later. The position of the chimney (already made) now proved less easy to solve - not enough room to stand on the b
  25. 1:100 Scale buildings Now that the enclosure for this little diorama is almost finished and just needs paint and finishing, I can start on fixing the structures and groundscapeing, but before I do here's a few pics of the buildings and a little bit of info about them. I had a head start with these because they were already either complete or very nearly so, and it was lucky that they could fit on A4 with a good chance of producing a believable little scene. Gray's Maltings This is a composite building made using MDF, insulation foam, card and paper, and is a low re
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