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  1. Thanks, Andrew - will check it out. I have never walked the full Strathspey Way, but am familiar with the sections at Grantown, Advie, Dailuaine and Aberlour. Visited the old Grantown East Station a couple of years ago to check out the renovation there. Many happy childhood memories of hot summers by the River Spey, with the occasional sound of the trains passing through on the east and west lines. Marlyn
  2. Really enjoying your YouTube videos of Chandwell, Michael! Your explanation on how to design hipped roofs is so clear, well done! Back in the day (before the wonders of computer vector programs) I discovered the joy of making buildings from paper and card and found the compasses from my trusty school geometry set one of my favourite tools! Marlyn
  3. Hi Andrew, Just came across your excellent video when I was browsing YouTube. What a beautifully modelled layout and the details are so well observed. Coincidentally, some of my family from a couple of generations back lived in the cottages above the distillery at Dailuaine. A number of our menfolk had distillery connections in Strathspey, but most were tenant farmers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Like you, I also enjoy exploring the old Highland railway routes! Marlyn
  4. Sorry, in my post I seem to have managed to insert my comment into your quote, by mistake!
  5. I think there are a few of us with unfinished CakeBoxes from earlier challenges, as well as others with an idea yet to materialise! Even if there are no more CakeBox challenges we could still post personal progress on individual projects?
  6. Congratulations Ben! A wonderful model and a well deserved winner! It has been a really enjoyable challenge, working ‘virtually’ alongside so many talented model makers!
  7. Didn’t manage to complete the tartan detailing on my figures, in time for the submission. I have tried to emulate two family tartans ‘Hunting Stewart’ from my first kilt and ‘Macdonald’ from my grandmother’s folks. The laird’s kilt detail was hampered a bit by the sharp folds in the model and even my finest brush struggled! Grandma Giles’ brolly and her specs were created from fine wire (with the addition of tissue and clay for the brolly).
  8. Some of these old books on scratch building are very interesting. I can also recommend John H. Ahern’s book ‘Miniature Building Construction’. I bought my copy some years ago from the Pendon Museum shop, but second hand copies are available through Abebooks.
  9. As I have managed to finish my entry for the 2021 Challenge, think I should return to my unfinished models and complete this one, for starters! Now where did I put the locomotives?
  10. Well it’s been my usual last minute dash... figures still need more detail, but the model has now been submitted into the ‘Challenge’. I was trying to add a few more ‘Emett’ features... some ‘spear-topped’ railings made from wire and paper triangles, and there is a clay mouse and bird lying around somewhere. As this has been my first model, after being tied up for most of 2020, I have discovered many small pots of paints need replacing and my workshop needs a good tidy. It’s been good fun following the progress of all the amazing models. NB. The two chimneys, one on the station halt and one on the locomotive, have extension pieces, which are removable and enable the model to fit neatly inside the cake box.
  11. Train is as complete as it can be! Couple of things drying for the scenery, text written, photos to finalise then ready to submit! Like the locomotive, the carriage is made from paper, cereal box card and grey card, with the details drawn up on the computer and printed out onto matt photo paper. The chassis is made from card with two sets of Hornby 00 plastic carriage wheels. Buffers are drawing pins set into clay-filled sections of drinking straw.
  12. One ‘Emett-style’ loco more or less finished... may add a few details before final photos. One tall carriage with a small footprint to follow! That drinks can came in quite handy!
  13. Well said, Mike! That is a beautifully rendered image of those times. Our 1950s cities were grubby, gritty, grey places, but my memories of those times are still fond, despite the trials and tribulations our parents had to endure during the post war years! Marlyn
  14. Good luck with this new project, Keith! There is a lot of potential for some interesting scenic work and operation in this scale, especially when there are space restrictions. You are not alone in the challenge of being realistic with your model making aspirations! Marlyn
  15. What an interesting project, David! There are numerous Highland and Scottish stations I would love to model, but they cannot all be part of a layout! My foray back into modelling has been based on historical projects and an interest in modelling buildings. I look forward to seeing how this diorama develops!
  16. Despite the challenges, it’s these small details which are quite satisfying and provide some rewarding finishing touches!
  17. Thanks Kevin! This small diorama is a self-indulgent distraction from my half finished N gauge layout, based on a real location!
  18. Checking the dimensions of the model within the cakebox. I am leaving fixing buffers to the carriage and locomotive until the main carriage structure is completed! Cab roof and smoke box door are painted and currently drying in the workshop!
  19. I am afraid I would need another workshop, PaulRhB! I am working on an idea for a layout which provides a complete run around (possibly dogbone), with an interchangeable middle section. I could then enjoy modelling different themes, eras, etc to my hearts content!
  20. Since the deadline for submission has been extended a bit, I remade the front of the smoke box, because the chimney was slightly off the vertical! Trust me to chose an oval cylinder for the boiler! While my model is nowhere near finescale or prototypical, it is still a challenge to cut the curves for the cradles under the boiler accurately out of card. I am also attempting to make the cab roof out of an aluminium drinks can and discovered the bottom of the can had a dome shape, which might work for the smoke box door... fingers crossed!
  21. Because I have modelled the locomotive and carriage in paper and card, I find the detail becomes a little tricky when it comes to painting. So I decided to produce my locomotive linings and texture papers on the computer and print out on matt photo paper. The models are almost finished, but it is still working out quite fiddly, so just have to be patient! I follow Jim Read’s topics, where he has described modelling locomotives and rolling stock from card sealed with shellac, but I hope to have a go using his technique another time.
  22. I mainly use DAS for paving/cobbles on relatively solid foundations such as plywood. But for small areas on structures, which are constructed of thick card, I find there is no noticeable distortion. I paint PVA glue onto the area to be covered, take small pieces of DAS flattened to the thickness I require, and smooth it down with a wet finger. I have a bowl of diluted PVA for smoothing down. For certain areas, like the platform edge, I use a sculpting tool to make sure the detail is retained. On the building I laid about 2mm of DAS, and on the platform it was a little less - 1mm. Once dry, the stonework is marked out in pencil, then scribed with an old scalpel blade.
  23. Thank you Kevin and Ben B, for your kind comments! Inspiration has to be credited to Rowland Emett’s many crazy railway cartoons, which he produced for Punch magazine!
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