Thursday, 18 January 2018

A Christmas Carol at the RSC Stratford

Last night, Sue and I went to see A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and adapted by David Edgar as the RSC Stratford-upon-Avon.

The play was staged on the main stage at the RSC, the first time I had been to this theatre and not seen a Shakespeare play. It was all and more than I expected, at times funny, at times moving and at times thought provoking. All-in-all a fine performance and a well worked adaptation.

The lead role of Scrooge was played by Phil Davis and I have to say it was a performance full of humbug character - very well done.

As is becoming the norm for Sue and I we stayed for the question and answer session afterwards and again I found this informative and interesting.

I will pass on one comment that we heard from a family seated behind us. As you may know the stage at the RSC is a plain stage in-the-round with seating on three sides - as the performance develops different parts of the stage will open and close and the main arch will develop. This family had never been to the RSC before and passed comment on the fact that they were disappointed that there was no stage furniture at the start of the play and for the money they had paid they would have expected more.

At the interval the comments had changed to WOW, did you see how the stage moved, opened, changed etc.....

Sue and I gave our selves knowing looks.

For more details of this fantastic performance see this link.


Sunday, 14 January 2018

Free Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1a

Yesterday afternoon I came home to this surprise. Sue had picked up the Daily Mail newspaper from WH Smiths which was offering this Airfix 1/72nd scale Spitfire Mk.1a model kit free. The newspaper proclaimed that the model kit was worth £9.99 quite a jump from the 2/6 kits I used to buy with my pocket money. Thank you Sue.

For more details see this link.

Later I was searching the internet for some images and came across this Limited Edition box art with Daily Mail logo in the lower right hand corner. My free kit is plain (without the logo) and I couldn't help thinking how rare such a Limited Edition box is or could be in the future.

It is disappointing to read rumours that Hornby (the owners of Airfix) are looking to sell the brand.


Friday, 12 January 2018

Scale Model World 2017 - part five

This update is a mix of 'what-if' planes, special colour schemes and Sci-Fi models from the show. I have started with some unusual aircraft that were spotted at Scale Model World - the IPMS show held in Telford last year.

Then some TV or Film inspired models.

And finally a scratch-built, steampunk motorcycle.


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Cold Weather

Blog updates and new modelling projects have been delayed since Christmas as cold weather has limited the amount of time I have wanted to sit in the cold and model or paint.

Commissions and work on magazine and book articles have fared worse but I am hopeful that once the better (warmer) weather starts, I can get back on track.

I will of course keep the Blog updated as to progress.


Monday, 8 January 2018

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part seventeen

Taking inspiration from the original Lion Salt Works salt pan, I felt that the model needed even more weathering. I have once again used watercolour pencils to add more ageing. The police officer stands around 60mm tall from head to toe and gives some idea of the scale of the model.


Friday, 5 January 2018

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part sixteen

I started by ageing the OSO SALT lettering. I used a broken sponge and dark grey acrylic paint which was dabbed on to the metal salt pan walls. Further weathering was carried out with thinned and watered-down light grey washes built up in thin layers while a white Conte a Paris 630 artist pencil was used to produce the vertical white streaks. I sharpened the pencil to a very fine point and used it to draw fine lines on the sides of the salt pan.


Wednesday, 3 January 2018

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part fifteen

The metal salt pan has been weathered, well at least the weathering has been started. I have used acrylic paint applied with both a broken sponge and a fine brush to add rust streaks to the salt pan.

Please note, the metal salt pan is still not glued in place. I'm thinking I might have to add even more weathering.....