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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. 

 

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Looking forward to seeing this develop! 

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Cottages 'in the wild'

I've been a bit quiet whilst working through all these little cottage castings, fettling and painting the 24 pieces that I have assembled. here are some photos in natural light of the wee 'but & ben' cottages. I'm really chuffed with how they look, placed on dioramas that I made specifically to give them a setting.

 

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4 hours ago, Enfys_Rainbow said:

How much are these lovely little cottages going to cost? 


I'm just working out the cost of this first batch. l will post the info here when it's sorted but I've also dropped you a personal message.

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As the birds sang and the wind blew gently through the grass, John knelt quietly in the back of his trusty old Landrover and  prayed that he would annihilate his enemies in tonight's Counterstrike session.

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4 hours ago, Enterprisingwestern said:

Sometimes, something comes along which makes you wish you modelled a different area to that which you do!

 

That's a brilliant response! My plan to convert everyone to modelling the highlands and the old Great North of Scotland area is working!! 

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7 hours ago, Mikkel said:

As the birds sang and the wind blew gently through the grass, John knelt quietly in the back of his trusty old Landrover and  prayed that he would annihilate his enemies in tonight's Counterstrike session.

I love that this has sparked an accompanying story - will there be future episodes?

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2 hours ago, brylonscamel said:

 

That's a brilliant response! My plan to convert everyone to modelling the highlands and the old Great North of Scotland area is working!! 

 

Well, if you came up with engine sheds/goods sheds/tenements I might weaken.

 

Mike.

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4 hours ago, Enterprisingwestern said:

Well, if you came up with engine sheds/goods sheds/tenements I might weaken.

 

.. well Mike ... watch this space

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Update: The 'But & Ben' Collection

This first batch of cottages is fully painted but I want to fit gutters, pipes and spouts to complete the buildings properly. I have been in a bit of a dither as to what will work. The parts available from Alan at Modelu are terrific but the gutters are in short lengths and so fine that mass assembly is too time consuming. 

I tried a couple of options and settled on a combination of HO gutters that work nicely with Modelu fittings. This means I can finish the batch and offer them for sale.

 

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Oops!  I've been very busy behind the scenes, almost forgetting to update this RMWeb thread in the process.

 

A sort of 'sample sale' is up on the website and the small batch of fully prepared is available to buy.  Despite my recent career in web design and web development, the nuts-and-bolts of e-commerce setup, email configuration and page design still takes a bit of doing!

 

Anyway, you press buttons and things pop up in a reassuringly reliable fashion. If anything takes someone's fancy, purchasing is easy.

 

The fully-finished nature (and price) of most pieces may disappoint some. This is due to the fact that I needed a batch to photograph and showcase. Also, this being my first venture into resin-casting, there were lots of quirks in the castings that needed fettling to assemble. To complete the buildings, some parts are scratch-built or were tweaked to fit. This makes the current castings too fussy to sell as self-assembly kits.

 

My confidence with casting is growing and I feel certain that some nice kits will be rolling out of my shed  and have lots of ideas for the future.

 

I really hope this develops into a healthy little enterprise and adds to the growing industry of specialist model-producers in the UK.

 

When I last looked, a slick young estate-agent was even spotted nosing around one of the properties .. he said he had been waiting for the owner to install the gutters and downpipes!

 

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