Monday, 22 July 2019

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - More clutter



Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.

In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.

I've had great fun this weekend adding scratch-built clutter to the layout. I spent ages placing individual pieces and moving them around before gluing them down with superglue and producing these vignettes. As you can see I have used lots of items and crammed the areas with detail.

For details of how these items were modified/made see the earlier posts.

I still have loads of bits and pieces to add but am enjoying the fun of building these small displays.


I like to add brightly coloured items or 'spot colour' to the vignettes. This can be seen around the rusted oil drum and the use of the blue and white oil drum and red 'flimsy' in the upper image. I also use weathering powders to the joins between items and groundwork, to 'bed' the items into the ground and disguise unsightly black shadows under the pieces.

Tony

Friday, 19 July 2019

The Forgotten Arts & Crafts by John Seymour



This hardback book was picked up from a charity book store in Tewkesbury earlier this week. It is absolutely crammed packed with black and white illustrations and at just £2.00 will be inspiration for lots of forthcoming models.

The Forgotten Arts & Crafts by John Seymour
Published by Dorling Kingsley in 1984
My copy was published in association with The National Trust in 2001
384 pages and hundreds of illustrations
ISBN 0 7513 2782 4

Tony

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Scratch Building a Star Trek Shuttle - Miniature Wargames August 2019



Issue 436 of Miniature Wargames (August 2019) has a five page 'how-to' article on scratch-building this Star Trek Shuttle for 28mm gaming. The full tutorial, written by me shows how I re-drew scale plans, built the shuttle and painted it as well as sourcing some suitable hull decorations. The magazine is available from Warners, your local gaming store or W H Smiths in the UK.


Shuttle Diplomacy

The model was built on a foamboard core with plastic card cladding and bits from the spares box. It was painted with 'rattle-can' spray paints and acrylics and finished with home-made and scrounged decals and labels.


In addition to the Star Trek Shuttle, there are another two 'how-to' articles and a number of early Tolkien First Age scenarios. The magazine also includes the usual reviews and eye candy.

Tony

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Wooden Fence part two



Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.

In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.

The wooden fence was glued in place with superglue and I started placing bits and pieces of 'clutter'. At first I was just testing where I wanted the items to go, but then I started to glue them in place and add some weathering powders to the join between items and ground cover.

The process took some time, but was great fun and as you can see I have used lots of items of clutter to fill this side of the layout.


Most of these items were scratch-built or highly modified. You can see more images by following the Narrow Gauge or 1:27.7 links to the right.

Tony

Monday, 15 July 2019

Chateau Impney Hill Climb 2019 - part two



Part Two - and cars that were in the car park!


















Tony

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Chateau Impney Hill Climb 2019



Practice day at the 2019 Chateau Impney Hill Climb and here are some of the cars I saw either competing or on display.



























Tony