Jump to content
Image restoration from pre-May 2021 continues and may take an indefinite period of time.

Braeside Models: The Scratchbuild Commissions of Brian McCulloch


Recommended Posts

33 minutes ago, thompclass37 said:

What is your website address please

 

Thanks for that comparison  - funnily enough I read a book last year ("Precisely") and it included the rolls-royce story. Mr Royce's dedication to accuracy remains something to aspire to! 

The website was produced in haste last week but seems to work fine: https://braesidemodels.co.uk/

 

I'll be adding buildings in kit form as soon as I can get the next round of development* done. 

 

* a fancy way of saying 'make some more buildings"

 

Cheers,

Brian 

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for that comparison  - funnily enough I read a book last year ("Precisely") and it included the rolls-royce story. Mr Royce's dedication to accuracy remains something to aspire to! 

The website was produced in haste last week but seems to work fine: https://braesidemodels.co.uk/

 

 

Thanks Brian

 

Charles

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

In my ignorance, would these cottages have had some sort of flashing around the chimney?  It may be there and I cannot see it in the pictures or it may be that cottages like this didn't have flashing.   I am not trying to be petty, I dont know and am curious.  As a matter of interest I live in Canada near Ottawa and there are a few cottages so similar to these you wouldn't believe it.

Link to post
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...
On 14/06/2021 at 21:03, Theakerr said:

In my ignorance, would these cottages have had some sort of flashing around the chimney?  It may be there and I cannot see it in the pictures or it may be that cottages like this didn't have flashing.   I am not trying to be petty, I dont know and am curious.  As a matter of interest I live in Canada near Ottawa and there are a few cottages so similar to these you wouldn't believe it.

 

You are right, flashing is a feature of these  buildings but not always obvious to the eye and some old cottages with 'wiggly tin' roofs seem completely without flashing. I believe the use of lime mortar fillets was the most common method but time and weathering reduced many to something hardly visible. Traditionally, lead was rare and expensive so hardly used.

 

I've taken a bit of license with this first model and rendered them without a clearly defined mortar flash running over the top of slates or corrugated sheet. This compromise was partly to facilitate the model construction which uses chimney stacks set into a recess in the roof parts. Future models will feature something more clearly defined where appropriate.

 

roof-examples-02.jpg

  • Like 4
  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

On 14/06/2021 at 21:03, Theakerr said:

As a matter of interest I live in Canada near Ottawa and there are a few cottages so similar to these you wouldn't believe it.

I wonder if Scottish emigres have taken their building style to Canada?

 

  • Agree 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

  • RMweb Gold
On 26/06/2021 at 16:01, brylonscamel said:

In amongst other commissions and the cottagey stuff are a couple of kit builds for laser-cut manufacturers.

The first of these was a canal-side warehouse in 4mm for JS Models.

My job was to assemble the kit and paint it to give customers an idea of how a finished model might look - the signwork was added in paint using a machine cut stencil.

 

Here it is, mostly assembled with stonework painted and just doors, winch canopies and tiling left ..

js-models-warehouse-01-INSTA.jpg

js-models-warehouse-02-INSTA.jpg

 

js-models-warehouse-03-INSTA.jpg

 

js-models-warehouse-04.jpg

 

Well, that's mine in the bin!

 

Mike.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Sometimes it is hard to believe the quality improvements in kits that have taken place over the last 10 years or less.  I do sometimes think should I replace my detailed but generic signal box with one of the new ones that is a) far superior in detail and b) is much more location specific

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...
On 29/06/2021 at 20:36, Theakerr said:

Sometimes it is hard to believe the quality improvements in kits that have taken place over the last 10 years or less. 

I agree, the pace of change has been phenomenally rapid, as much around the information explosion as advances in materials. We  are able to research techniques and tool like never before as well as cut, cast and print at levels of accuracy normally only available in factories and foundries!

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been trying recently to achieve the art of parallel model-making with mixed results. My instinct seems to bury my head in one activity to the exclusion of others. Maybe this is inevitable with model-making requiring lots of concentration and tripping you up if you fail to check on your work.

 

How many times have you assembled something in a daft order, severed a miniature part or guessed at something because you weren't really on the job?

Edited by brylonscamel
Link to post
Share on other sites

Adventures in Finescale

 

One of the things that consumed me recently is the move to modelling the railway to P4 standards. A commission client works to P4 so I am embracing the challenge and having fun with it.

 

The first thing was to make a test track that put OO alongside P4 so that I had a parallel comparison. Here we have a BRCW type 2 that was going to get a wheel swap alongside an SLW 24 already shod with a P4 wheelset:

inverurie-TEST-TRACK-03.jpg.607d4ff649792edfbc84fd3ad4b2d714.jpg

 

  • Like 8
Link to post
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

P4….. you know it makes sense Brian! Why compromise when you can have accurate, detailed trackwork to match your superb buildings. Don’t be put off with all those that say stock falls off all the time, problems re-wheeling, too much effort etc. if I can manage to get P4 to work, anyone can!!

Cheers. 
Bill. 

  • Like 3
  • Agree 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

19 hours ago, billywhizz said:

P4….. you know it makes sense Brian! Why compromise when you can have accurate, detailed trackwork to match your superb buildings. Don’t be put off with all those that say stock falls off all the time, problems re-wheeling, too much effort etc. if I can manage to get P4 to work, anyone can!!

Cheers. 
Bill. 

 

Thanks for the reassurance Bill. I seem to be getting the hang of it and had also listened to all the horror stories.

PS I joined the Scalefour Society which seemed a smart move. Lots of resources!

Brian

Link to post
Share on other sites

I have also been playing about with P4 rolling stock - again, taking the easy route with a chassis swap and a kit-build. Both based on Cambrian Models kits. Rolling stock is not my forte but as with all other aspects of model-making, I feel obliged to get stuck in. Just waiting for drawbar hooks and couplings ...

 

p4-wagons-03.jpg

p4-wagons-04.jpg

Edited by brylonscamel
  • Like 6
Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...