Tuesday, 24 April 2018


Styrene system makes job easy.

As my last blog post mentioned, I've been experimenting with various elements of the Maquett range of plastic sheet and section. After building a simple mesh security fence, I decided to tackle something a little different, inspired by some of the images in the Maquett catalogue. Accordingly, a typical three-berth coal bunker forms the subject of this model, erected from various 'H'. 'C' and 'T' section uprights and individual styrene strip 'planks', all sited on a 1mm thick styrene sheet base. 

Having cut all of the necessary parts to size, the whole thing slotted together quickly and easily, taking up an enjoyable hour or so. Once the poly cement has cured, it'll be ready for priming and painting.

As with other similar brands of styrene sheet and section, the possibilities are endless in terms of what can be created. Indeed, building this bunker has inspired me to start on a modern station waiting shelter, plus a few other building projects. After a recent hiatus in terms of practical modelling - as blog readers may have noticed - these short exercises have given be a welcome boost of inspiration. You'll be able to see more of this bunker and the Maquett range in issue 249 of Model Rail magazine, on sale 7 June.

... with thanks to Albion Hobbies for supplying the various Maquett samples.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018


Useful plastic material from Holland.

The Maquett range of plastic profiles and sheet material, distributed in the UK by Albion Hobbies, contains some really useful sections, rod and tubing, in styrene, PVC and other plastic compounds. Having only recently discovered the range, I've obtained a range of bits and pieces to test, with this PVC mesh sheeting the first to go under the knife.

Available in straight or diagonal grid patterns, the mesh has a pleasing woven texture (rather than being unrealistically flat) and is offered in near-A4 size sheets. It's flexible yet resilient and - best of all - can be bonded with strong liquid poly cement (such as EMA Plastic Weld or Mr Hobby Mr Cement), making construction quick, simple and neat. 

Indeed, I knocked up this modern chain link fence - about 8inches long - in about 10 minutes, using styrene square section uprights. After a few hours of curing, a quick blast from an aerosol took care of the painting stage and it was soon mounted on the layout the same day. 

While the fence looks fine on my OO gauge layout, it would also look at home within an 'O' gauge scene. You can see how it was built in Model Rail mag in issue 248 (out on 10 May).

The Maquett PVC mesh is available in square or diagonal mesh patterns - this is the diagonal version.