Saturday, 26 March 2016

1:1 Scale Low Relief

It took me awhile to spot it when photographing this building in Horncastle

Meanwhile closer to home I seem to have got the hang of 1:1 scale weathering

Monday, 7 March 2016


In my last post I mentioned how important viewpoints are to the success of a model of Cadeby. Whilst looking up something completely different on Chris Ford's brilliant blog I came across an excellent example of the type of viewpoint I had in mind. I've edited it slightly to bring it in line with the scenes I'm trying to capture.

 So imagine this with a shed on the right hand side and an overgrown fence running down the left, or the loco disappearing between a large tree on either side into a wooded area bounded on one side by a road and on the other a garden.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Cadeby: The Track Plan

Somewhere in the back of one of the sheds I hope there is still some ancient  Eggerbahn track from the OO9 layout I built with my brother and father in the seventies. If not I'm going to have a major think. I've considered Shinohara HOn2.5 but I believe that isn't compatible with some chassis. I have built OO9 track in the past but I want to avoid that if I possibly can given that I'm working on a corner of my desk and without access to most of my toolbox. Incidentally a kit for a 7 1/4" gauge point arrived this week, but that is a different story altogether.

In any case I'm still far from certain of how to make best use of the space, or even which axis to choose as the front. Here are a couple of options but I've been doodling others.

What makes this difficult, I've decided, is that what made Cadeby successful despite the small size of the site was that it presented you with a number of set viewpoints, from most of which the rest of the line wasn't visible. There was the view from the churchyard, framed by tombstones, the view looking the other way  from the other end of the shed, the view of the sidings, the track disappearing into the woods, and so on.

In theory these should lend themselves to a micro layout, but combining more than a couple of them is quite hard, and because they are well known scenes they need to be relatively recognisable. I'm obviously not going to be able to incorporate all of them.

So much pondering still to be done.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

A Smaller Box.

....containing this

As a comparison I ordered it in White Flexible Plastic , but clearly it is going to take a little more work to prepare it for painting

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

A Big Box

A big box arrived from Shapeways today. Although I've got several things on order it contained  just one small bag, inside of which was this: