Tuesday, 21 November 2017


Impressive structure takes shape.

I was having so much fun building the Wills three-arch viaduct kit that I bought a few more and began extending the structure. Adding arches soon becomes addictive and I had to rein myself in. So far, this imposing single-track viaduct boasts five arches. However, a second parallel viaduct is also required, to carry a curved, diverging branch across the same valley - but that will have to wait for a while...

The Wills kit provides an excellent basis for customisation and I've improvised drain pipes and reinforcing patress plates to provide a bit more detail. Buttress walls at each end are also missing from the kit, so I've made my own, which finish off the structure nicely.

You can read all about how this was built in the next issue of Model Rail magazine (MR243), out on 14 December.

Monday, 6 November 2017


Bedford mess van adds a bit of colour

While rooting through some boxes yesterday, I came across this Oxford Die-cast 4mm scale Bedford mess and tool truck. While the luminous yellow plastic body looked very toylike, I wondered if I could tone it down convincingly with a quick weathering job.

An hour or so later and here it is, looking a lot more realistic. A mix of enamel washes and airbrushed paints have been employed, along with clear coats of various sheens and dry pigments around the wheels.

The truck would still benefit from some detailing work, especially to the interior, but it'll do for now... my diesel depot has been crying out for some authentic 1980s BR road vehicles and this is a perfect addition.