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24 minutes ago, brylonscamel said:

 

Definitely and eastern influence as most of my inspiration over the years has come from the north-east of Scotland. However, I have experimented with the broader Scottish scene. My little layout 'Caledonian Basin' was inspired by Bowling Harbour and more recently I won a commission from David Bell to help him model Glasgow Queen Street so I am deep into some Glasgow architecture. Two (or three) models might be in order - to represent the tenement styles of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Yes both the general arrangement and of course the stone used varied between the cities.

Malcolm

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10 minutes ago, dunwurken said:

Yes both the general arrangement and of course the stone used varied between the cities.

Malcolm

 

.. and then there's Dundee! Mind you, from the ones I've seene you could get away with using any of the aforementioned  styles!

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On your complete property the end walls with barge boards and a tiny bit of ridge outside the chimney stack looks a bit odd, but perhaps that is my eye more used to the end of roofs often having skew stones here in south-west Scotland!  Your ruin with the chimney as an integral part of the wall seems more in line with this.  (See as an example: https://www.instantstreetview.com/@54.97593,-3.865407,169.49h,2.71p,1z,vIYtw31-KDnbCWYIEdqLRw ).  
 

My comments are not meant as criticism, rather to try and encourage more representative models, appreciating that your inspiration is more north-east Scotland and perhaps with an eye to the highlands.  No doubt there are prototypes out there which have the layout you have made!

 

Your use of a modular approach will allow variations within a theme, rather than collections of identical models, like housing estates.  Perhaps further future variations in the dormer windows and porches, perhaps the latter with slightly steeper pitch to the roofs?  The attached link might also suggest allowing for multiples combined in short terraces?  And perhaps also different stone finishes?

 

I hope these comments are helpful.

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9 hours ago, 26power said:

I hope these comments are helpful.

 

I absolutely welcome comments - the more critical the better! I'm rapidly trying to get better at understanding my subject and realise that there is a lot of building and architectural practice to understand. 

 

I was inspired to reproduce my first cottage from one I saw on my travels in Pitlochry. I soon realised that I got in a bit of a muddle with the gable end but a little too late. My friend in Dunfermline made the initial set of moulds and I cast the walls from these and had enough to get started. Only later did I start to agonise over the gable. I think the projection of the roof in the original is unusual and I've rendered it too shallow - the original has a pronounced overhang with deep soffit and narrow board. 

 

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Two things have happened since

  1. I've read more on the subject and found a great book 'Buildings of the Scottish Countryside' that is a Bible for students of Scottish vernacular architecture.
  2. I have taken over the production of mould-making from my friend so I can prototype more easily. As a result, I'm inclined to produce more product variations. I am beginning to understand the originals better and this should produce more accurate models.

So please feel free to pitch in with comments on these or any future projects!

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Hi.  Thanks for your positive response.  Good to hear that you are open to feedback.  Also that things have moved on, particularly with your willingness to understand and research the subject more.  More power to your elbow!

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11 hours ago, 26power said:

Hi.  Thanks for your positive response.  Good to hear that you are open to feedback.  Also that things have moved on, particularly with your willingness to understand and research the subject more.  More power to your elbow!

I'm genuinely up for feedback and comments and dead keen to learn and improve. There's a lot of competition in our hobby and I want to be up there with the best offerings.

 

Some constructive criticism came my (from this forum) whilst starting on the little 'Caledonian Basin' layout a few years ago.  The criticism got me out of a spot of bother, when 'freelancing' an embankment. I hadn't really looked at enough real-world examples and plonked a building into a recess in the embankment. It looked awkward and another modeller said as much! I went back to the drawing board and took my cues from the very site I was using as inspiration - Bowling Harbour. After that, it all came good and I'm so glad someone felt able to criticise what I was doing. He was also pleased that I took it 'on the chin' as few people set out to upset other hobbyists!

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A Cottage industry

Here are some photos after priming the various 'but and ben' cottages. There are still some 'quirks' be dressed by hand but as a first batch of samples, they are generally tidy and will pop into life with the addition of paint.

 

As with all materials and processes used to produce models there is a lot to learn and expertise is usually won over years of practice. I consider myself very lucky that I found so much help and encouragement to start this venture. A local friend has recently pitched in with his own experience to offer tips and answers to numerous noddy questions. He has worked on things as various as the original Spitting Image and Tim Burton's 'Corpse Bride' so he has lots of ideas gained within a commercial setting.

 

I'm aiming to up the ante with the next set of buildings but as a starter for ten I feel this is 'Nae Bad'!

 

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Nae bad indeed Brian. The middle photo with all the models together makes me think it is only a matter of time before you produce rows of terraced houses a la Coronation Street! Well done

 

Cheers

David 

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3 minutes ago, David Bell said:

.. it is only a matter of time before you produce rows of terraced houses a la Coronation Street!

 

Thanks David - you are the second person today to mention Coronation Street in response to the grouping of cottages! 

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The North British Hotel

On the commissions front, David and I have agreed on a piece of Glasgow's railway and hotel heritage with which to proceed.

It's a beautiful, iconic building that makes a perfect companion to the office that I built.

 

The original is massive so we are restricted to the western end but it will have enough of the façade to be instantly recognisable to anyone familiar with Glasgow Queen Street station. 

 

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3 hours ago, brylonscamel said:

The North British Hotel

On the commissions front, David and I have agreed on a piece of Glasgow's railway and hotel heritage with which to proceed.

It's a beautiful, iconic building that makes a perfect companion to the office that I built.

 

The original is massive so we are restricted to the western end but it will have enough of the façade to be instantly recognisable to anyone familiar with Glasgow Queen Street station. 

 

north-british-postcard.jpg.21a9ad63977b1527522f84fdb798fed7.jpg

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing this develop! 

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