Wednesday, 11 December 2013

LITTLE COMFORT FARM

2mm scale diorama takes shape


For issue 192 (Feb 2014) of Model Rail magazine, I'm putting together an article on how to create a typical farm scene. Working in 2mm scale/'N' gauge, I've made use of a number of off-the shelf buildings in the Hornby and Farish ranges, along with a delightful kit of farm vehicles, figures, animals and equipment from Lytchett Manor Models. Having finished most of the scenic work, I just need to finish painting the various people, animals and other bits and pieces before fixing them into the scene.

I've always wanted to live on a farm, so creating miniature versions is always one of my favourite scenic pursuits, although this is my first attempt in 2mm scale. It's proved to be great fun so far and I'm happy with the adaptation of the Graham Farish/Scenecraft town house into a believable farm dwelling. Covering the ornate portico entrance with a particularly verdant climbing clematis has helped. Indeed, it has something of the 'Manor Farm' air about it. Adding a stream in the foreground has also lent the scene a further bucolic touch, with a lovely little stone bridge (Ten Commandments) providing access.

The various figures, vehicles and accessories, temporarily superglued to a scrap of plywood, are currently being finished with a variety of acrylic paints. When dry, they can be snapped off the plywood and fixed into the scene.

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