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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Kevin, many thanks for your encouragement! Now, pander to my curiosity - tell me that BA is Bishop Aukland, and not Buenos Aires ! Best, Mike
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Hats Off, Tom! These are really good - very 18C! Mike
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. The base and enclosure for Gray's Maltings nearly finished - still some kind of lighting rig to think about if I have the time, plus finishing the exterior. The panels are assembled using button head screws and in such a way as to allow any one or more of the panels to be removed without the rest falling apart! With something as small as this it's quite important for me to be able to do this - there isn't much room on a piece of A4, and I am quite clumsy! I put a piece of the said A4 paper on the base, just to show that I'm not cheating! Cheers, Mike
  19. 80 Next, the outer frame sides were cut to length and width from scrap 6mm MDF sheet and glued around the baseboard using ordinary builders white PVA glue. The longer sides are cut a little over length and will be cleaned up true on the belt sander later. The frames are 60mm deep giving a 20mm void below for wiring, switches, etc, if I have the time to fit lights in the buildings, and the frame has small pieces of softwood quadrant glued into the corners to increase the glue area. A couple of things I ought to say here, - firstly, if you use MDF for any kind of machine
  20. Before I move on I should explain that 3mm models run on either TT 12mm track, or the true scale 14.2mm track (there is a third less common size of 13.5mm, which I suppose is the equivalent of EM in 1/76), Now, since both this and the larger diorama I am building have a straight track emdedded in a roadway and paved yard, there is actually no need for tracks with sleepers, since they would be buried out of sight, and static or radio controlled models don't need power in the track, so luckily I found a length of extruded aluminium channel section, which has a "track" dimension of 12.25mm, so t
  21. This tiny diorama is being built in response to Oliver Rowley's brilliant challenge on this forum, - to build a diorama no bigger than A4 by 20 May this year. I don't want to hijack Oliver's thread by filling it with lots of my own construction details so I've decided to start this separate thread to show how I have approached this competition, and I hope you find at least some of it interesting. I am at present building a slightly larger diorama in 3mm:1Ft scale which isn't so far very advanced, but I had already made a number of card buildings for it, and a quick play with a sheet of A
  22. Hi Oliver, I've made a bit of progress with my effort, and started to do a little description, but I don't want to fill this thread with a lot of needless detail, so I will start a separate thread called "Gray's Maltings" in the main forum, and of course I'll put some updates on here as well. I am really enjoying this, it's a completely different kind of modelling! Best, Mike
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