Sunday, 10 September 2017

Workbench Sunday

This weekends project was to build a small brick coal merchants office for Smestow.


                                                                                                                                                                          Close up pictures can be very cruel.
This is the coal merchants office built for my new layout "Smestow" Scratch built from Plasticard and some Wills brick arches over the door and window.
Not only dose the picture show all the imperfections but it also shows up the difference between the Slaters Plasticard used for the walls and the Wills bricks used for the arches.
Bear in mind that the picture is at least 10 x the size of the real thing and at a normal viewing distance of 2 feet away looks reasonably OK.
The next job will be to add signage and plonk on the layout.
I've now got to do a copy of this office for the Cradley Heath MRC's layout "Halfpenny Green"


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Building Bridges


I've been working on the road over bridge that will form the scenic break between the fiddle yard and the layout on Smestow.

The main structure is 99% of a "Wills" kit and the adjoining retaining wall is made from the matching "Wills" embossed sheets (English bond to match that from the kit)



 The whole ensemble was sprayed with Umbrol RAF blue as this was the nearest shade I could find that looks anything like blue engineering brick colour.
I then picked out individual bricks or groups of bricks with a lighter shade of Umbrol enamel (Light Blue)
Finally the whole job was given a couple of washes of watered down matt black emulsion to tone things down a bit,

The next job will be to glue the bridge and wall to the layout and add the road deck.  The road deck will be made from thick card and painted an appropriate colour.  But, I will have to ballast the section of track that passes under the bridge first as it will be awkward to do that once the bridge is fixed in place.
Another update soon!
Cheers!
Frank.