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  1. Kevin, many thanks for your encouragement! Gray's Maltings was the first time I had really tried to do anything in 1/100 scale, and it was a bit of a shock, because although the difference between 1/76 and 1/100 doesn't sound a lot, it makes a big difference in how you do things! Two similar wagons for comparison. Cheers, Mike
  2. Hello Thomas, how nice to see your trains moving at such a sensible speed in the yard! Bravo! Mike
  3. I'm not sure if this is quite the right place for this thread - it might be more approriate in the card buildings forum, or the 3mm scale forum, but since it was inspired by a thread on this one, and it is a diorama, here goes! I apologise in advance to the pure railway enthusiasts, because this is more about devising and building a complete display, rather than a complex railway layout. I liked the idea of the competition devised by Oliver Rowley and Luke the Trainspotter on here, to produce an A4 diorama in less than 6 weeks, and without spending loads of money. I had alrea
  4. Hi Alex, interesting! I can speak tolerable French, (I have lived here for 16 years!), but Dutch is much harder for me, Many years ago I worked on a contract in Scheveningen and Den Haag, but only for a few months, and all my Dutch collegues spoke perfect English! Yes, SNCF do have a huge range of motive power, but many of the older types are disappearing, and many rural lines are being closed! Keep on with Models! Grtz Mike
  5. Hallo Alex, Ik kan niet echt Nederlands spreken, maar ik heb veel Nederlandse vriend hier in Frankrijk! Bravo, your model looks very nice, and you are absolutely correct about the lighting, and also about being able to alter the intensity, it brings the display to life! Grtz from France, Mike
  6. This one is in Limousin, PO in origin, might help? Mike
  7. This is very imaginative modelling, and the mirror is inspired, well done! As for overall lighting, you might consider a short length of self adhesive LED's. They are available online, can be cut in multiples of three, are either white or warm white, and although they are nominally 12V, they will run quite happily at 9V from a PP3 battery, easily hidden. Something like this, which is A4 paper size: Good Luck, Mike
  8. Thanks for the likes and support! Perhaps I should now explain the origin of Newton's "Verso" Flake, so prominently advertised beneath the window of Carpenter's shop in the pic above. The Newton Tobacco Company (1943) Ltd occupied large premises in Newton Saint Aldwyn, a fictional town in an OO gauge layout I started some years ago, but never finished. Here it is: In truth, it's pupose was to diguise a fiddle yard below, from which wagons could be shunted and stored in hidden sidings under both the roadway on which Pickfords are delivering a new transformer, a
  9. Been playing around with tiny dioramas based on a sheet of A4 paper recently, and here is a little detail, one of the Scalescenes "shops under arches" reduced by 76%, and tarted up with a bit of interior detail, lights, and a few 18mm figures. All printed on ordinary inkjet paper on a cheap Canon Pixma - the figures are from China, £3.75 for one hundred un-painted little people! Rather a cruel close up, the base of the arch is only 75mm wide. I've made these before in 4mm scale, and they are a nice way of adding some interest beneath an arched viaduct or brick r
  10. Thanks for your replies, Rab and Killybegs, I'll give it a go! Cheers, Mike
  11. I feel quite stupid about asking this, but I see most people have a link to their threads at the bottom of their posts, which I'd like to do also, but I can't find any info about how to do it!
  12. 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
  13. Terry, many thanks for your kind words! Bert's Garage has truly been transformed by the new owners - really lovely work Terry, Bravo !
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Khris, many thanks for your kind words !! Mike
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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