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  1. On Facebook I use Miss Parker to write about her research of the historical buildings of Littleworth and her daily life in the 1950’s. I separate the story there from my modelling information. So, Miss Parker continues: When I come back in Green Lane, I see the Austin pick up from Mr. James Nash standing in in the lane. Mr. Nash has a pet shop on Station Road in Northall where I sometimes buy some Spratt’s cat food. The Piggott sisters order their animal food there. Mr. Nash is probably delivering some Thornley’s pig food and some chicken food to Apple Tree cottage. Mr. Nash is talking to Miss Mary Piggott. They are looking to Jo, one of the Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs. I have another look and go into Rose Cottage. I have to make telephone call for an appointment with the National Provincial Bank to see if I can get a mortgage for the improvement of my cottage. Modelling information. The Pet shop on Station Road is made for my granddaughter a while ago. But fits in to my story. Today I finally finished Apple Tree cottage. The flashing around the chimney’s is done. More about Apple Tree cottage in a next entry. I made some new pictures with the Austin A70 pick up. Now with some pig food and chicken food sacks for Jo & Co, the pigs, of the Piggott sisters. Information about how I made the Austin A70 you can find here: Comments and suggestions are welcome. Greetings, Job
  2. I have not posted a blog for a while. But I am still modelling. I have finished my cottage. This cottage is called Rose Cottage and it belongs to Miss Harriet Parker, a free-lance journalist and writer. For the magazine of the Middleshire Historical Society Miss Parker wants to describe the cottages of Littleworth. She thought it would be a nice idea to start with the cottage she lives in. Sitting behind her Underwood Noiseless 77 typewriter she starts typing: “I know the cottage is built in around 1900. But there is not much information about the cottage in his papers. The only thing is a letter about adding a shed to the cottage in 1935. This letter was from Frederick Peterson & Son, Builders & Contractors. Mrs. Peterson tells me that Mr. Frederick was a fully accurate man. He archived everything very carefully. Now she stands up and goes to another room. After a while she comes back with an archive map. I can read that it is a map for Littleworth. Mrs. Peterson tell me that the firm had only done a few building projects in Littleworth. One of them was de building of some cottages on Green Lane. As a speculative builders Mr. Frederick Peterson hoped he could sell them to people who could afford buying a cottage. The three cottages there where of a basic design from E. Flint and Son, architects. In the map was page from a notebook on which stood that the cottages could be finished by a personal choice of brick and tiles. Mrs. Peterson gets another paper out of the archive map. This is a drawing of the floorplan of the cottages. I am incredibly pleased to see them and recognize my own cottage in it. Unfortunately, there is no further drawing information. No. 1 Green Lane was sold to Mr Christopher A. Roope, Wine & Spirit Merchant. They have their premises on Dock Road in Northall. We have no information when the cottage is sold to your farther. Suggestions and comments are welcome. Job
  3. Hullo all. With modelling resources hard to come by, I thought I’d try my hand at a project using nothing but rubbish. I thought a ruined castle would be the very thing. Using a small cardboard box and a kitchen roll tube, I made a shell. The stonework is mostly egg cartons, which have a very stony texture on the inside. My progress so far:
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  5. Littleworth is the village at the end of the branch line from Northall. I have finished the main building of first model for Littleworth: a detached cottage. On the left side I have planned a garage. A low relief kit of Petite Properties and a picture from internet are used as a base. The Flemish bond brick texture is from Wordsworth Models. Free to download. All the other used textures are from Scalescenes, except for the curtains. I used for the roof some useful advice from the excellent book of David Wright “Making rural buildings.” This is the way I made the roof: The Scalescenes texture is A4 filled with rows of clay tiles. Scalescenes provides also an A4 with lines for gluing the tiles in the right position. I didn’t want a clean roof and searched for an example on the website of Textures.com. I use this to create the roof for my cottage. On the picture you can see the process: 1. Glue the lines on the roof 2. Gluing the clay tiles on 220 gsm cardstock 3. Cutting a line of clay tiles 4. Giving the individual line his shape 5. Colouring the underside of the row with a raw umber pastel pencil 6. Adding the shaped and coloured row to the roof 7. Repeating step 3 to 6 And of course, a picture of the finished cottage. A picture in this size shows my some points that are waiting for my pastel pencil and a chimney pot that is not correctly pushed in. Will be continued. As usual comment are much appreciated. Kind regards, Job
  6. I'm not sure how this has happened but recently I seem to be finding just enough modelling time to actually make noticeable progress on may latest projects. So much so that the corner Pub I have been building for Lugsdale road now has its front sides fully glazed. I have even managed to apply a little colour to the roof and a little detail on the chimney stacks. As I said in a previous post, I sometimes like to make the roofs of some buildings as a sub assembly to make the construction process easier, and it definitely helped in this case, as you can see there is still a bit of work to complete on the roof, but the applying of "slate" strips ,seems to have added the texture I was looking for (I think maybe I should have based the layout in the countryside, as I quite like the idea of trees over slate roofs ) There is still a lot of work to do on the façade of the pub, as well as the interior, but with the roof plonked on its at least beginning to look like a pub, well to me at least. I have modelled one of the doors open, which means even more of the interior can be viewed (I don't make it any easier for myself) I need to splash a little paint on these once the glue has dried. The problem is with all those windows of that you can see a lot of the interior, even in N gauge, I may just take the easy way out and paint the rear of the windows black?? Still being a glutton for punishment, I have done a little work on segregating the lower floor into rooms, is that what they are called or are they bars? That's where the problem starts, you see being such a good boy, in fact being positively angelic I have never set foot in a pub, so I have no idea what they look like. I believe they even sell this special pop called Beer, I asked the Domestic Overlord about it and I was told that its only for naughty boys and that as I was a good boy I should not think about it. So the problem is what do I do next? How can I progress with this project? If only naughty boys are allowed in Pubs and have Beer, does this mean I will have to be..........NAUGHTY I need to give this some serious thought, I mean how hard is it to b naughty, and how naughty would I have to be to get into a Pub?? Until next time, as ever Happy Modelling
  7. I'm sure you are all getting bored with my updates on this project, so I think I will start to increase the length of time between updates, at least for the following 2 reasons. 1. There are far better things to read about on this forum. 2. If I post too many, the Domestic Overlord may conclude that I have too much free time, so increase the list of Domestic duties I have to complete each day before I am allowed to go to bed each day, just to dream about another day of servitude. Yes I'm like an actual Cinderella, I even have a FURRY Godmother, thanks to her having an unfortunate facial hair problem, in fact she looks remarkably like Bob one of the neighbours, but why would he be wearing a sparkly dress and wings, I mean it must have taken him weeks to sew all those sequins on, anyway I digress. On my previous layout I used card for the majority of construction for the first time in years, but I decided to revert back to plasti-card for this one, however I decided to use card again as I kind of enjoyed the challenges this presents (nothing to do with the fact that its considerably cheaper honest ). I decided that I needed at least one public house on the layout so I planned to have one at the corner of one of the streets on the layout. Progress on this is moving at such a rate that I may have to start looking at producing glazing for the windows, but there is still a lot of details to be added before then. I keep telling the Domestic Overlord that to produce a model you have to do some really detailed research (especially in the interior of Pubs) , but its fallen on deaf ears. Aparently to become really good Domestic skivvy you have to do more domestic chores, so as soon as I have finished this update, I'm off to scrub the kitchen floor. My idea for the street along the front of the layout was to portray as transition from commercial buildings to more mundane terraces, so I needed a few shops, the basics for the first block of these has been completed. I have not decided what businesses will be modelled yet and I think I will leave this for the Domestic Overlord to decide. This progress means that I am beginning to get a better impression of how Board 1 will look when completed, that is if I don't change the plan too much, and I hope its beginning to show a balanced urban scene. I have decided to work on the layout from front to back, and by coincidence (or planning) board 3 is dived into 3 sections, 1 The street scene, 2 The raised railway section, 3 The area behind the station up to the back scene. As you can see there is a massive amount of wok to be completed on the street scene alone so I better crack on and get some work completed on it whenever I can. I must go now, as I have just received a text message from the Domestic Overlord, saying "if you have time to read this, your obviously not doing the washing" never a truer word said. Until the next time Happy drudgery
  8. I spotted this on the upcoming kits section of the Scalescenes website - "coming soon a complete "drop in" industrial themed boxfile layout" Can't wait to see what this is about!
  9. Well I don't know how I managed to do it, but I managed to find some modelling time and managed to spend it productively for once. In my previous post I mentioned that I had decided to that the station buildings should be modelled on those used by the LNWR. As most people know, they built some of their stations from standardised wooden panels, and as a result they could erect buildings that suited their intended environments quickly and cheaply. I must admit being a prudent (some people say I'm as tight as two coats of paint) the cheap construction really appealed to me so I looked into it a little further. Basically the I could get away with constructing the station buildings using three different panels, a blank one, a window one and a door one, and following the cheap, sorry cost effective approach they would be constructed from card. A little time making out the panels on some card sides, and blunting several knife blades (thank god I use the cheap craft knives from the £ stores) I soon had the basic shells knocked up. To make fitting the planks that form the panels easier I then covered each side with some graph paper, and then had to cut out even more window and door apertures. The station entrance will be located at street level on the right side of the bridge so I have used a Metcalfe subway mini-kit to provide the platform access. The problem is I'm not sure if I like the way the buildings look on the station so I may leave them on the platform for a few days to see if they grow on me, the benefit of card is if I don't like them I can just bin them and start again at minimal cost I think the fact that the building will have a canopy will mean a lot of it will be hidden so that's a bonus, what I have done so far is black the interior walls so that if I do fit lighting to the buildings I wont get any bleeding through the walls. The only problem to adding lighting is that I may have to then fit interiors, so yet again I turn a potentially easy task into a considerably harder one One of the other little jobs is to get my Stanier Mogul finished then I maybe able to add it to the stock for the layout, which leads to another problem of which auto-coupler I should add to the stock for the layout, I have some DG's in the tool box but I have never used them before. Well I guess I will have to end this post now, as I don't want the Domestic Overlord thinking I have any spare time, especially enough to model with, as this is vital to my plan to get enough sympathy that the DO will slate a few model roofs (insert evil laugh here) Mikkel you may have to get ready to bow in the dust as ever Happy Modelling
  10. What is it with time? Lately I am convinced that the only reason it exists is to wind me up. I have noticed for a while now that its been trying to get to me, but it's not going to beast me despite its latest crafty trick, but I have spotted its latest ploy and I'm putting it down in text so others can be forewarned. Have you noticed that they little sod Time, seems to make sure you have plenty available to do all those crappy jobs you just don't want to do (or even the jobs the Domestic Overlord insists you do ), but for the jobs you really want to do, this "Time" geezer just leaves you with either no time at all. OR even more evilly leaves you with realisation that you have a some time to spend on what you want to do, but NEVER quite enough to complete what you wanted to do. Well time I'm onto your plans matey and you can beat me, despite your best attempts including the recruitment of the Domestic Overlord to use up even more of MY time I have still managed to get some modelling done The last few weeks since my last update, has seen a little progress on the Trams for Lugsdale Road, well at least one of them at least, which has had its original paint stripped, and after some severe thinning of the inside of its body, has been test fitted to a severely cut down Kato chassis. The scary thing is it seems to have worked, but needs a little more for want of a better term refinement before I post any details on here. What it did mean however is that I could test the curve in the tram line, that sees it curve past the Pub at the bottom of Lugsdale Road and under the railway station and it WORKS. This then led to another problem, which was what type of building to have opposite the Pub to fill in the space on that side of the road, I had a few ideas but could just not decide on a particular one. Now its been a very, very, very long time since I set foot in a Pub, so my memory might be a bit hazy on this but I think when you do you need Beer tokens. I seem to remember that on the last occasion I visited a Pub, I got some Beer tokens from a thing called a Bank, which you visited, gave the people inside a think called an account number, and then they gave you this folding paper stuff with pictures on it, called money. You then skipped to the Pub, handed over this money stuff and they gave you Beer, and a few Beer tokens back so you could get more Beer. I know its very hard to believe, but in the "good old days" that's how's things worked. So the inspiration was there, and I set about trying to create a model Bank. Again using what is becoming one of my favourite materials card, I soon had the basics of what I thought would be a typical "mutual" type bank that seemed to be popular in the time leading up to the 40's before the major banks as we know them were formed. To make things easier I thought I would attempt to finish the building with sandstone type render, so before the Domestic Overlord found out I was using paints (apparently if I have time to paint a model I can find time to paint a real room, well that's what the Domestic Overlord says), I got two base coats on the model to build up the finish I'm looking for. Once I have finally finished applying a couple more coats to produce the weather beaten faded look I want, it will be time to apply a lot of weathering, but to avoid the suspicions of the D.O I will avoid further painting for now, and see if I actually like the building in its planned location, of if I should try something different. As you can see there is still a lot to do on the street scene, and this is only part of what is becoming a seems to be huge baseboards, and they are only 8 feet long in total. So there you have it, I have managed to get one over on this Time fella, and managed to make some progress on the layout, the problem is its becoming very apparent that I will need a lot more time to complete it. I guess my battle with the Evil TIME Villain with me drawn out one. Anyway I have to go now, as I'm busy hunting down another threat to humanity, the GREY HAIR FAIRY, as the little ###### keeps visiting my room every night as I sleep and paints one of my hairs grey, well not for much longer, be warned my evil little nemesis I will get you. As ever until the next time....Happy Modelling
  11. This time I use a different approach for modelling a Scalescenes model. I printed the PDF’s on fine art paper. In this case Lana Dessin 150 gsm. Beneath a product description: “A perfect paper with light grain which makes every stroke of your pencil a real pleasure. Gelatine and surface bonded, it makes gluing and retouching operations so much easier to perform and the various weights available mean that you can choose the paper which best suits your own needs. Acid free and age resistant.” In the past I mostly used PRITT glue. After I received some advices I searches for a more PH neutral glue. The glue that fitted my wishes was a bookbinding glue. I have to bring it up with a small brush. And I use a rubber roller to get things flat. I let dry every piece I glued for 24 for hours. For cutting I followed the advice of a professional model maker and used a scalpel. He also gave another useful tip that I used. The first cut is no more than a guiding line for cutting. After the first line I cut the lines slowly down to get a good result. Have a look at the blog of David Neat: http://davidneat.wordpress.com/ Below the first picture of the modelling progress of the factory. To be continued. Regards, Job
  12. First an introduction to the factory in the background of the diorama. Darrel Fincher is working here as a metal worker. In the archives of the Northall Gazette I found an interesting article about the factory. Modelling progress (I had some extra time): I’m very content with the use of bookbinding glue. Althought it is a little more work the result is much better. With PRITT glue I had always parts that I had to glue again. Applying a thin coat of bookbinding glue gives a good result. I used the method described in the last entry. Although I had printed all factory sheets on Lana Dessin paper, I decided to use another kind of paper for the concrete ledge cover layers. For them I used Hahnemühle watercolour paper 150 g/m2 rough. This paper is acid free and age resistant. If you have a look on the internet for hand colouring inkjet papers you will see that they advise also the use of watercolour paper for starting professional photographers who want to do some hand colouring on black and white pictures. I believe it trying out different kind of papers for card modelling can give some surprising results. I don’t know of the difference is to see on the picture. The watercolour paper has much more structure and a far deeper colour. I think my cartridges will go empty a little bit quicker, but that is worth it. The two lighter ones are printed on Lana Paper. Below a picture of the modelling progress of the factory at this moment. Next step will be the weathering of the front of the factory and making some thouhts about how to do the finishing of the windows. To be continued. Regards, Job
  13. So, because as a musician I’m not busy enough at Christmas... I have decided to start phase 2 of the Gainford Spa Railway saga, this time in 4mm scale. I’m thinking large stone-built mill buildings, tiny locos, early stock. Anything quirky and above all small. Hopefully a mill will allow a large range of stock to look acceptable, as the overall scene would stay similar from the canal era up to the roads taking over, especially if I build a few removable cameos to reflect the changing eras... Anyway, box built, track down, point levers installed... then the Christmas services started... Layout works as an inglenook, with a long siding running off the top fork. The entrance to the fiddleyard is off that too, meaning shunting will include using the “main line” and having to clear it if the workers’ train arrives, just as an added complication. It is one of the variations suggested on the inglenook site. The line’s loco, until I build something older and maybe even smaller. No it isn’t as good as it looks, it’s better. Runs a dream and the motion is captivating. Looking to install a sound chip in the new year... lord help me! Edit : if you should wish to know, the layout is approximately 3’6 x 9”. Plus fiddle yard, if it gets one. Small is beautiful!
  14. So after lurking around for a while and occasionally mentioning the Foxwater Light Railway in other folk's threads I thought I'd better start my own topic thread. I hope this is the right place for my topic, - if not could a moderator shift it somewhere more appropriate (.....out the back door, down the alley and into the bins?) At the moment all I have is a mess. Years of hoarding train stuff, moving house, never quite managing to unpack everything properly and then getting ill have left me with a piled up mess in the half of my bedroom designated for layout building. From memory and because I don't want to get up and find my tape measure it's a 8ft by 14ft space that would be great for a layout if it wasn't full of junk. So far I've been sorting my 'O' gauge collection for items that would be useful for Foxwater and separating out my fairly nice large collection of Chad Valley, Brimtoy and Mettoy 'O' gauge which will more than likely get sold to help pay for building Foxwater. So anyway without further ado here is a corner of the mess which is perhaps not mess since I'll be keeping all this. It's sitting on what I hope will become the Foxwater station board and the board measures 8ft by 2ft something or another. I'm pleased with the photos. I was able to buy a second hand Samsung digital camera just recently at a serious bargain price and this is the first time I've tried it out. So there you go a fairly rough beginning point from which to start. My only fear is that with this illness I've got I'm going to make a start and then not be able to finish it which would only help to make me feel even more useless than I do now. The most important thing at the moment though is to keep on with sorting out all the hoarded stuff that's in the way of progress. Nothing meaningful can be done until that job is finished. With some things it's been close my eyes and bin it, but as tempting as that is as a means to shift all the clutter, there are some quite saleable items in amongst it all and I should sell them to raise cash for Foxwater. Even though it's a pain and will take me forever and will cut into my slender reserves of energy (le sigh). I have a trackplan for Foxwater and I haven't tried messing around with track yet to see if it's possible, but it's somewhere to start from. It was inspired by a Wantage based plan I saw on Carl Arendt's website, but it's not Wantage nor is it pretending to be; - I just liked certain elements of the trackplan. I'm just pointing this out because other folk who have seen the trackplan have blurted out, 'oh you're doing Wantage!'....... and then I have to explain which gets tedious. My intention is to use 027 type track by Marx and Lionel because I have got so much of it you wouldn't believe. I think it breeds because I'm sure I didn't have this much when I moved house. I've got some traditional high rail Hornby track as well, mostly for clockwork, but I have a very small amount of 3 rail stuff too. Because I want a light railway appearance the heavy stuff can stay in its box. Please don't suggest alternatives as I seriously don't have much money and anything available would have to come from overseas and the freight cost would be crippling even if the price of the new track hadn't crippled me first. Like the light railways the Foxwater Light Railway is inspired by things are going to have to be done on shoestring. Advice and comments will always be welcome
  15. Having attended a very interesting and inspirational '2mm Association' AGM, it's time to put that inspiration to work... Currently I'm working from a set of photographic images, using 'known dimensions' to create scales etc for construction of the 'concept model'. What I AM missing is a good aerial image - preferably from the 1947-49 RAF photo recce series (I'm off to the local museum today in hopes of rectifying this). So here's the 'ground plan' marked out on 6mm foam-board. Oriented to 'North' and compared to the 'Googleearth' image. Unfortunately there is a plethora of rooflines in the area marked 'X' which cannot be determined by ground-level images, so further info is needed (a possible view from the local church tower might also help)! The buildings front 'West Street' in Farnham - in the model will be slightly 'offstage'. The shop buildings will be 'half-relief plus' (ie the backscene will commence just below the ridge-line - I think this gives a better effect). 'West Street' will become Upton Dene's 'High Street' & will re-appear to provide access to the station forecourt.. To add 'railway interest I might also add a 'private siding in the south area of the yard (currently a car park). I decided to split the model into four groups - the main shop-buildings (black outline) a two-storey range (originally hop-kilns) to the 'east' (red), the (possible) weavers buildings (blue) and a further range of buildings (also possible ex-hop kilns) (green) on the western boundary. Documentary evidence supports the origin of the buildings - note the kilns are not the 'Kentish Oast' design but served much the same purpose, and were later converted to dwellings. All construction will be in 1mm card, using watercolour washes to represent wall finishes. I started by modelling the western end of the shop-backs, putting in place the 'ridgeline' as a central spine. The two-storey brick extension was then added So that's it so far - off to town now to try to resolve the other issues! Regs Ian PS - for Neil - Setts! - these are at the street access to the yard.
  16. I have to say goodbye to Station Road. I loved building it, especially the interiors of the Arch Record shop and the Walden Book Shop. I have made picture of all my building project, so I can have look at Station Road on my desktop. Also, Caroline Street has to go. Will keep the elements I can use again in the future. I don’t have the place to keep all my diorama’s. Some of them have found a new house. Some of them were made for someone special. Some of them have already gone. I don’t mind. It is not only the result that counts for me. The process of starting with an idea, researching and building it are more important for me. A new project is waiting, and I have already done a lot of research. I still have to order some items. Them the process of building a new project can start. For Station Road I made a small presentation. The assignment from my Daily Craft book was: “take a photo at the same time at the same place every day for a week.” I translate the assignments, when possible, to my modelling. In the pdf my Power Point presentation of a week on Station Road. Station Road.pdf I hope you like it. Job
  17. Well it seems to me that it has been a very long time since my last update, but I can hear people screaming from here that it has not been long enough, still I will ignore the screams of complaint and carry on. So what had been the reason for such a long period since updates, its not because I was abducted by Aliens and taken back to my home planet for a little holiday, because as the Domestic Overlord remarked, they went through all the effort to dump me here in the first place, why would they even consider taking me back Part of the reason is we had a week in Cornwall (actually thinking about it, is it that different from being on an alien planet? Only joking Cornwall). Despite being in the land of inferior railways, I thought if I visited some local model shops I might have been able to add an addition to the locomotive fleet by repatriating some poor lost LMS loco to its true home up north, or at least a little addition to the rolling stock collection. This is where my plan went wrong, on a couple of points, firstly it was nearly impossible to find any model shops, but when I eventually did they had hardly any n gauge, and what they did have was VASTLY overpriced (£18 for a peco Cattle van is just crazy). All was not lost though, as on a trip to the Bodmin railway I looked on the bookstall and found these two little gems for a total of £8. All I need to do now Is either build some new locomotives, or find some bargains to repaint, and I can put the books to good use, now where could I find some bargain Jubilees?? Once we got back from our little holiday I thought I might get little modelling done, and even have a little time to possibly visit the Warrington Model club, as I cant remember the last club night I attended, but alas work got in the way again. However I managed to get a little modelling done, and my attempts to replicate modular LNWR station buildings has moved on a little. In my last update I had the basic shells ready to accept my attempt of producing wooden planking, so to move things on a little I cut some planks from my trusted good quality graph paper and tried to ply them in straight lines. Despite my best efforts I managed to get a few straight planks on the buildings but I think true to form I managed to apply more wonky ones. I even managed to use a really sharp scalpel to tidy things up and still have all my 12 fingers. As usual, I'm was not too sure if all the effort was worth it, and considered other ways of obtaining the desired results and maybe to a better standard but until I did I pressed on and managed to complete both buildings. Once the planking was completed, I added the framing and then tried to cover up the mess with a nice coat of grey primer. I'm still not 100% sure about these buildings, but I might just press on with them, that is when I get anymore modelling time, I mean they are made from card so they have cost practically nothing apart from a little time (all of a sudden I quite like these cheap, so value for money buildings). If I continue with these buildings I think the majority of them will be hidden under the eventual canopies and roofs so what could possibly go wrong? If I do continue I think I may have to build another building to act as a parcels office and maybe an open roof gents, but the question is when will I get some more modelling time? So until the next time as ever Happy Modelling ....... Now where to find those bargain Jubilees and where to hide them from the Domestic Overlord...
  18. Modelling time, in fact any free time has been in very short supply lately, despite a career change that in theory would have given me more time to model, I appear to have an uncanny ability to fill this time with lots of none modelling stuff . As a result of this, perhaps I should have tittle this blog entry as "spot the progress"? One of the jobs I have nearly completed is the addition of the end backscene panel on board number 1. As I have used 4mm ply for this rather than my usual 6mm I may have to add a strengthening support to protect it from knocks and bumps, soon it will be time to slap some paint on these boards and try to portray my favoured dark, rainy, overcast grotty dismal impression of the Northwest in the midst of a heatwave. The backscene boards on Lugsdale road are slightly taller than usual which means hopefully this will help focus the viewers eye onto the layout rather than stuff going on behind (if we get any exhibition invites that is). The idea for the layout was to portray an industrial town just like the one I live in, and research showed that if there was space for one there would be a factory or warehouse surrounded by terraced houses and shops to supply the inmates, er sorry workers with just about enough to exist. So my idea was to have suitable buildings flanking part of the station. The basis shells for these have been slowly created over the last few weeks, but I was not quite happy with the look off them on the layout. Rather than bin them and start again (due to lack of time) they sort of hung around while I thought about a solution, after a massive amount of thought, I gave up and just reduced their height a little, and it seemed to have worked, to me at least they now look more balanced. As you can see there is still an awful lot to do on these buildings, but they are very slowly developing, and in honour of the Domestic Overlord I think this complex will be named "Morgans Industrial Gussets and Truss". Before you say it, its not because the DO needs industrial trusses or gussets, its just that I thought an average town up north might have such a manufacturer to provide products for the average northern battle axes (I dodged a bullet there I think ) A while ago, just form something to do I bought a low relief Metcalfe Cinema, I had no intention of using it on the layout, it was just something for me to play around with and modify but now I am beginning to have second thoughts? It can sit on the layout for a while until I have a better idea (so that means it will take up permanent residence). So that's about it for the progress what little there has been, the problem is it just shows how much is still to be done, the good news is that I have two volunteers for the operating crew, the only problem is finding the time to train them Until the next time as ever Happy Modelling
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