Since finishing the parish church I have spent the last few weeks faffing about wondering what to build next. After only a brief few years modelling I am, I'm afraid, hooked and now when I have nothing to work on I feel at a loose end. Perversely though, I couldn't find the motivation to make anything. Very odd.
However, after seeing a few photos of the Cambrian Coast railway and recalling a couple of very pleasant trips along the coast, I purchased my first railway DVD, a driver's eye view of the section between Machynlleth and Barmouth. I am concerned, by the way, that this is the start of a steep descent into the crepuscular world of rivet counting from which there is no return. Anyway, every few seconds brought a captivating scene which I would have loved to try to model, so I am going to have a go at a short section of an imaginary line and have started on a station halt with a wooden platform.
I thought about Wills wooden planking for the platform but I find it just too thick to work, difficult to join seamlessly and, in any case, space means that the platform must be slightly curved. Instead I have experimented with some cheap oak veneer. We'll see what it looks like after sanding and painting.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
"Diorama" is a bit of an exaggeration. The vicar of the church on which this version is modelled asked to display it for a week. Of course I was delighted she thought it good enough but decided I ought at least display it in some sort of setting. So I have rather hurriedly modelled the lychgate and put together this diorama.
I have decided two things in the process. First, because I am easily distracted, building a diorama gives me a fighting chance of finishing a project. Secondly, I am far from satisfied about the way I have been modelling trees, hedges and grass. From now on I shall attempt to copy the techniques here http://radnorailways.blogspot.co.uk/