Obviously I'm not exhibiting!
Hopefully though I'll get to Warley again this weekend. I have been known to forget the show is on before now.
I promised myself that I would get the signal box more or less finished before then, so here it is.
As usual things that looked OK at one stage have managed to warp, shift, unglue and generally mess themselves around behind my back.
The guttering got twisted when I fixed the roof down, I'm glad to say that overnight it has sprung back into shape. I do like the Ratio product.
I really must straighten the fencing, which still isn't glued down and blend in the bridge. Under natural light the stonework has some nice subtle colouring but it disappears under any artificial light. It needs be a bit browner anyway. The Glue 'n' Glaze in the windows of the AEC seems to have gone a bit matt as well. The finials need another coat of paint. The stove chimney is taller than it appears here, but rechecking photos should still be a lot taller.
Retrofitting the Wills point rodding wasn't easy but I know how to do it better the next time. I must straighten that FPL cover. The combination of the square Wills rodding and the round MSE doesn't look right and I might still replace the MSE with Wills for consistency. The one Wills component that I found jarringly overscale visually are the curved cranks. It is pity some signal pulleys aren't included. I've struggled with the etched versions on the market and would love to know of some alternatives.
Still I'm generally happier with it than I was earlier this week. Guttering, finials, and the safety bar in front of the windows have all improved it, I think.
All the above are mobile phone pictures so they do distort quite a few things. In the flesh the arrangement of the weighbridge and the box works better, with the weighbridge providing a clear foreground and the box snapping into the background.
This shot has a more natural perspective. I'noticed when I took this that I'd forgotten to put the tree back in. I took it out allow so I could work on the signal box area. Having now put it back in again I've realized it is another of those individual elements that have a big impact on the composition of such a small scene.
I don't need to mention that none of the interior is visible, do I?
Layout Design Blodwell Buildings The Art of Compromise Photography Llanrhaiadr Mochnant Scenery Signal Box Baseboards Goods Yard Track 45XX Apa Box EM Lcut Creative Travel Backscene Concepts Railway Exhibitions TVR USA Upwold 14XX Anyrail Bridge Cuba Cycling Fencing Lorry Narrow Gauge Point rodding Points Templot Turnouts West Maryland Books C+L Fiddleyard GWR Hales OO9 Phil Parker Rolling Stock Signals State of the hobby Tillig Warley Weighbridge trams 2012 AC Railbus Albion Yard Allt-y-Graban Rd Apa Valley Balloch Pier Bas Bath Green Park Brickwork Bridgnorth Bryn-y-Felin CSX Charmouth Clarendon Class 25 Cliff Railway Coldrennick Road Corris Crich DCC Disused Railways Dukedog EMGS Edwin Smith Electrics Emett France Gloucestershire & Warwickshire HO Hobbies Hope under Dinmore Hospital Gates Iain Rice Iliffe Stokes Inspiration Ireland Kings Lynn La Baraque Lasercut Leamington & Warwick Locos MSTS Mainly Trains Military Modeling Mishaps N guage NEC OOn3 Percy Pier Railway Porth y Waen Preserved Railways RTR SMP Seend Sentinel Sketchup St Minions Stockholm TGV TRAX Tansey Bank Techniques Technology Tim Horn Trade Trees Ultrascale Veldhoveh 1935 Watertank Williamsport diorama manning wardle painting procrastination pug ships simulators