Thursday, 24 June 2021

The Yellow Pelican Mining Co. - painting the tunnel entrance

The completed tunnel entrance has now been painted - I used various acrylic paints to copy the well-worn and aged wood effect I had seen on the internet.

The internal shuttering was painted in the same way. Above is the internal (right) edge and below is the external (left) edge. Both shown with a 1:27.7 or 11mm = 1 foot scale figure.

The final two images show the entrance and shuttering placed on the kitchen table and outside patio paving to show the finish I was looking for.


Monday, 21 June 2021

The Yellow Pelican Mining Co. - the tunnel entrance

The left hand side of the layout will disappear into a crude tunnel entrance built from huge wooden supports while the tunnel interior will be defined with some wooden shuttering.

The first image shows the start of the wooden shuttering. Built from scrap wood and DAS modelling clay over some 3mm thick plastic card the walls have been detailed with plastic card and florists wire.

The wooden tunnel entrance was inspired by a mine entrance I found on the internet and built from some spare balsawood blocks. The entrance has been scaled to accept the narrow gauge engines (just).

The final image for this post shows the first parts built (but not glued down). I still need to determine how far around the entrance needs to come on the layout and build the right hand shuttering and paint them.....


Sunday, 20 June 2021

Magazine Haul

As a Father's Day treat Holly accompanied Sue and I for a walk along the river front in Bewdley. Although the weather wasn't great we enjoyed our stroll, feeding the ducks and watching the rowers.

Before returning home I stopped off at Bewdley railway station on the Severn Valley Railway and picked up this selection of second-hand, foreign language railway magazines.

You may wonder why?

Well these magazines nearly always have a specialised model making section - for example this article by one of my favourite authors Emmanuel Nouaillier and at just 20p an issue - it's a real bargain bucket treat.

I'll enjoy looking through them over the next couple of weeks, cutting out articles I want to keep and then passing them on to a cadre of railway modellers in Droitwich.


Friday, 18 June 2021

Another project for the Grandchildren

Regular updates have been delayed this last couple of months as projects for the Grandchildren have taken priority. The latest is this old TEA box painted for Finley to keep his ever growing collection of fossils safe.

I can confirm that I have also been working on a variety of magazine articles and I'll post details once they are published.


Saturday, 12 June 2021

A Scratch Built Epic Scale Barn for ACW gaming

Issue 459 of Miniature Wargames (July 2021) has another scratch built modelling article written by me - this time a traditional red barn built to match with the Epic Scale ACW plastic figures from Warlord Games.

The model was built over a balsawood former and I used card and DAS modelling clay to model the features. 

For more information, see the full article in MW.

The model was built to accompany the earlier Epic Scale church, details of which can be found on the Blog. See this link for more details.


Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Stanley No.199 - fully restored

The Stanley No.199 - fully restored and finished. I have to say that I'm very impressed with the finished knife, for more information, see this earlier post showing the knife prior to restoration.

The knife has been cleaned, polished and painted with a blue wash prior to being waxed and finished.

A £1.00 find at The Malvern Flea Market has been transformed into this beautiful working knife with nothing more than elbow grease and clear wax. I'm very happy with this restoration.


Monday, 7 June 2021

Midlands Air Museum, Coventry

Yesterday Sue and I had the pleasure of 'babysitting' our grandsons, this is the first time in over 18 months that we have been able to take them out and we choose to take them to the Midlands Air Museum.

For more details of the museum see this link

We all had a great time enjoying the outdoor exhibits and even having a picnic/snack under the wing of the huge Argosy 650.

This was our first visit to a museum in some time and I have to say that everyone at the museum made us feel safe and welcome. Thank you.