Thursday, 23 September 2010
Here are a few sneak preview pics of a small MPD-based layout that I've just finished, to be displayed over this weekend at Model Rail LIVE at Barrow Hill Roundhouse. Pardon the fuzzy quality of the images - they were taken in my shed, well after midnight last night, on my phone as I put the final touches in place and readied the layout for transport.
Ben's clogging up North this morning to collect it en-route to setting up the show at Barrow Hill and, while it's looking fairly complete, there's still quite a bit to do. Not least the wiring and a few other structures, including a large chimney to accompany the factory (not in these views).
Contained completely on a single 4x2ft board, the MPD building kit is from www.scalescenes.com, with various other bits either kit-built or off-the-shelf. A full feature will appear in Model Rail magazine in due course - once it's fully finished that is!
Thursday, 16 September 2010
This has been an interesting and varied last few days, with a lovely O gauge 'Pug' 0-4-0ST landing on my doormat (so to speak), a few review projects finished and a small MPD diorama under frantic construction. The Tower Models 'Pug' is to be finished for a competition prize, which is a shame on my part as I've already fallen in love with the thing... not sure I can afford one for myself, especially as it will only sit on a shelf. Ho hum.
The loco is to be numbered-up as a Bristol-based machine and I'm looking forward to adding a few extra bits and bobs plus a lightly weathered finish - a nice change from my mostly OO output. Funnily enough, I've been working on a few O gauge wagon kits recently, so I'll have something to pose the finished loco with. Just need to build a suitable diorama...
This handsome MPD kit is one of the many downloadable products from www.scalescenes.com
Friday, 10 September 2010
Day One features 'General Airbrushing for Railway Modellers', with an in-depth, practical look at how airbrushes can bring a heightened realism to your finishing work. There will also be demonstrations of air supplies, mixing and thinning paints and various airbrushing techniques.
'Weathering Techniques for Railway Modellers' is the subject of Day Two, with a hands-on study of how to create ultra-realistic models using an airbrush. Tools, paints and materials are covered, along with a range of special techniques such as distressing and buffing paintwork to create anything from a light misting of track dirt to a heavy coating of filth! Rolling stock, buildings and scenery will be covered.
The courses run on April 7th and 8th 2011 and are based at The Airbrush Company's premises in Lancing, West Sussex. Running from 10am to 5pm, students will have access to a wide range of high quality airbrushes, paints and equipment. A maximum of 8 places are available for each day, so book early to avoid disappointment!
Prices are £95 per person for each day (inc.VAT) and refreshments are provided.
Call Lisa Munro on 01903 767800 for more details, or go to www.airbrushes.com
Maybe see you there!
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Friday, 3 September 2010
I've used Vallejo acrylic paints for a while, but these powdered pigments are a recent find - they're worth every penny!
The Supertest has thrown up some fantastic products, some of which I hadn't tried before, such as Vallejo Pigments and washes from MIG and Pro-Modeller. Most of these were discovered when reading through various military and aviation modelling magazines that I take monthly. Having a passing interest in these other disciplines keeps me up to date with other techniques, tools and materials that can be translated for railway use. If you're interested, I recommend the following titles: AFV and AIR Modeller (bi-monthly), Scale Aviation Modelling and Scale Aircraft Modelling.
Although there's not that many different shades available, these MIG stain washes are great fun to use.