Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
This is my entry in the Detailed Line-side Kit category at the BRMA(Q) AMMC. Unfortunately I wasn’t successful, but it was an enjoyable experience and I learned a lot – now I have 8 more to do to complete the street scene on the back of St Alban’s Priory.
The basic kit is that of Kestrel Design’s KD31 – Semi-Detached House and the detailing was inspired from reading an article some years ago in Grahame Hedge’s N’spirations Magazine – Number 3 from 2011 for those of you playing at home. If you haven’t gotten a copy of this one, it is in my opinion, one of the more N’spiring of the 12 which Grahame has published and I am certainly grateful for the inspiration for this make over.
To give you some idea of what I did (and I did this for the judges) here is a photo showing the detailed kit along side a kit which has merely had Humbrol No 70 added to the walls and 64 to the roof:
The article details it step by step although I did deviate – I didn’t highlight the mortar runs in the brick work, and I went for a grey slate roof rather than the red tiles. I also did the waste vent pipes differently (not sure about in the UK but in Australia you don’t put the sewerage and storm water down the same pipe – the pictures in N’spirations 3 have the vent pipes also connected to the gutters!) The model looks much better in real life – it is, in the first picture, in its place on the layout but I haven’t fixed it down yet which enabled the other two pictures to be taken – than in the photos. Looking at the photos at a high resolution on the computer screen I wonder why I thought it good enough to enter in the first place!!
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Waaaay back in 2012 (!) I posted this. As I wasn’t eligible for the BRMA(Q) Diorama category following my win in 2011 with my cattle dock (late comers or the forgetful can find it here – clearly I need to do something about titles!) I didn’t actually get around to doing much more with it – although one of the LAG members did get his finished and he was successful in winning the Diorama category at the 2012 BRMA AMMC.
With the 2013 competition approaching I thought it would be opportune to get it out, dust it off and finish it with a view to entering it on the day. Unfortunately I didn’t take too many pictures of the progress from what was in the blog post from 2012 until close to the competition date – a small matter of having glue on my fingers and the wife not liking me touching her DSLR camera while my fingers are thus coated (picky picky!).
In any event, it was completed using bits and pieces from the scraped Swallow Street (which I had hoped to resurrect in 2012 – fail – and then moved it to 2013 – also fail and may get around to it in 2014 – unlikely) from which I gained the inspiration.
The blue isn’t actually part of it – is a folder on the shelf behind it. Papers all by Scale Scene. The Terrace is a couple of blocks of half inch by two inch pine with a chamfer cut on for the roof. Chimneys balsa with some styrene for pots. Lamps Ratio, seats Langley (I think), trolleys Kibati (sic).
Detail of the seated passenger waiting… On the day of the Competition, the 4CEP DBSO was added to show a train arriving.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Last November the British Railway Modellers of Australia (Queensland Division!) had their Annual Model Making Competition and, for the second year in succession, all the major prizes were awarded. We have obviously gained a critical mass with this after 10 years (the Competition was first held in 2003) and hopefully the standard of modelling as a whole improves as a result.
I was ineligible for two categories as I was the 2012 winner for the Kit or Scratch-built Locomotive (LMS Garratt by Fleetline – those of you familiar with this kit will be a little bemused, as I was, considering that I didn’t do anything special to it – just glued it together and painted it with cheap black spray paint. I wasn’t at the competition in 2012 so I don’t know what the other entries were like) and the Modified RTR Locomotive (a detailed Peco Jubilee). I entered four categories this year – Kit or Scratch built Rolling stock, Modified RTR Rolling-stock, Diorama and Detailed Line-side Structure Kit. The last one I was especially keen to have a go at as it is the only category which I haven’t won – mind you, I haven’t previously entered it either!
As it turned out, I was successful in two categories again – both were satisfying wins for various reasons but neither was the Detailed Line-side Structure Kit. Better luck next year. I was successful in the Kit or Scratch-built Rolling Stock and the Diorama categories.
I plan on putting up a post about each of the winning entries – and the model which I put in the Line-side Structure Kit category – over the next few days.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
In closing – a picture of what the 5 kids and beautiful wife gave me for Christmas just past. Undoubtedly some will be bemused but, given some of the projects I will be involved in this year, the 2nd and 3rd parts of the Book of the Black 5s will be handy.