Saturday, 14 July 2018

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part thirty-seven

Work on the layout has been slow, I have managed to build some items of clutter (more on this later in the month and for the whole month of August) but with the hot weather and baby-sitting most of my modelling and/or painting has been done in short sessions while listening to The World Cup on the radio. 

This latest post shows the brick wall section that will fit between the main end-on building and the OSO Salt salt pan. In the image above you get a sense of the height and detailing of the bricks. I wanted a worn and run-down look and decided that I just couldn't face placing individual bricks as modelled with the base of the salt pan. The wall section is modelled from 'pizza foam' - the foam that you find on the bases of frozen pizzas.

In the second image you can see the full section. The wall was modelled slightly longer than needed as I thought it was easier to trim it down rather than build it to fit exactly. The wall is 180mm long x 60mm tall and just 10mm thick.

It was built on a corrugated cardboard core with pizza foam on the top and front. The individual bricks were impressed into the foam with the same brick making tool used for the earlier end-on building (see earlier posts).

Painting was done with a basecoat of cream/white and a number of layers of drybrushing over the top. Highlighting was done with washes and artists watercolour pencils. The SHELL sign was sourced from the internet and printed onto photographic paper at the local Boots the Chemists. It was stuck to thin card and weathered with acrylic paints and pencils before being glued in place. Once dry, I varnished the whole wall with Galleria matt varnish.

These two images show the pizza foam and corrugated cardboard construction.

While this final image shows work-in-progress.


Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Chateau Impney Hill Climb 2018 - part two

Part two and some of the weird and wonderful cars that were taking part in the hill climb.


Monday, 9 July 2018

A Box & Co (Very) Ltd. A Narrow Gauge Railway layout built to 10mm = 1 foot

I recently picked up a second-hand copy of Railway Modeller from September 2017 and was pleasantly surprised to see a Narrow Gauge layout built to 10mm = 1 foot running on O Gauge or 32mm track and representing a 3 foot industrial narrow gauge layout. The layout, called A Box & Co (Very) Ltd. was built by Peter Osborne as an example of a Micro Layout. The whole layout can be broken down and stored in 3 standard box files (hence the name - A Box) when not in use.

My own 11mm = 1 foot layout (still to be named) was thought to be unique. Seeing this I'm thinking that there are more 'mad NG modellers' out there working in 'non-standard gauge/scale combinations.


Saturday, 7 July 2018

Chateau Impney Hill Climb 2018

Sue and I visited the Chateau Impney Hill Climb event, day one yesterday where I took loads of photos of both display cars and racing or event cars. In this first post I have pulled together some of the displays, starting with this stunning Morgan three wheeler. Regular readers will know how much I love these little runabouts and after taking the first image I was asked if I wanted to sit in the car. I'm pretty sure you know what the answer to that question was.....

The rest of the images are of display cars, cars for sale or cars parked in the carpark for example this Porsche Speedster replica was for sale for £22,000. If only I'd brought my chequebook!

For more information of the hill climb, please see this link.


Thursday, 5 July 2018

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part thirty-six

The larger, end-on building (to the right) has now been fixed to the base and backboard. I used PVA and superglue to glue it in place. The metal salt pan and concrete wall section have still to be fixed in place.


Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Kidderminster Electrical Sub-Station

Earlier this week, Sue and I were walking along the canals in Kidderminster. We often park the car on the outskirts of the town and walk in alongside the canal. On this occasion I watched while workmen were updating the electrical sub-station behind ASDA's. It looks like they are up-dating the brick-built station and removing some of the older structures.

Last year I did the same walk, but this time I had my camera with me and I took these images of the same sub-station. The English Electric and Parsons roof mounted condensers have now been removed, so it was a good thing I had taken pictures.


Sunday, 1 July 2018

Severn Valley Railway 1940's weekend

It is rare for me to have a Saturday off work and so with financial audits ending on Friday and some hours owing, Sue and I decided that we would have a day out. We drove to Bewdley and visited the Severn Valley Railway to see the 1940's festival. The event is held along the whole route of the SVR from Kidderminster to Bridgenorth with different events at each station. I choose Bewdley as we could then have a walk around this quaint little town and promenade alongside the river.

I think the highlight for me was seeing the Spitfire, an original fuselage with fibeglass wings in the markings of Johnny Johnson JE 0 J.

There was even a drive through of historical vehicles, some of which are seen here.

Back at the station there were many people dressed in period costume which I think made the day even more special.

The event in on today and also next weekend the 7th and 8th of July. So if you are in the area you can also see the people in period costume and enjoy the steam trains.

For full details see this link.