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Kennel Lane, Broadway - Painting the roof

The grey slate roof has been painted. I have used a variety of different acrylic paints to get a mottled finish and then drybrushed and washed the roof before adding streaks and mould.In addition I have painted the grey stone steps to the side in a pale grey colour with other details such as the down pipes and hand rail painted white.The small manhole cover to the rear was modelled from some textured plastic card and painted dark grey with graphite pencil used to add a metallic sheen.I will be looking to sell this model - if any reader is interested in purchasing it, please contact me via the Blog.Tony

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Weigh Bridge, Marlow

These images were taken when Sue and I visited Marlow last month. They are of a non-working weigh bridge that was once used by the local brewery to check wagon and dray weights. The old brewery is situated just off the main high street and is now a housing complex.During WW1 the brewery was used to make ammunition casings.Tony

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Adding some wildlife

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right."A railway layout is never truly finished!"Quite early on in the building of this diorama, my wife suggested that adding some wildlife would be a good idea. We had already seen a number of layouts with dogs and cats included, in fact my earlier Ogam & Stone narrow gauge layout features some 1:43.5 or O gauge animals.I had already added a plastic crow to one of the walls and was on the look out for some suitable cat or dog figures. In the end an ebay s

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Kennel Lane, Broadway - The painting

At long last, I have started the painting.....The honey-yellow was mixed from a variety of different acrylic paints and applied in thin washes. As you can see I have picked out individual stones in either lighter or darker colours and will be drybrushing over the top later.I have no use for this particular model (as I have no 1:43.5 scale layout) and will be selling off this model once it is complete. If you are interested in purchasing it please contact me via the Blog.Tony

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Kerr Stuart Geared Steam Locomotive

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.Narrow Lines (the magazine of the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association issue 239 - October 2019) features this scratch-built model of the Kerr Stuart experimental geared steam locomotive No. 4412 as part of the 40th Anniversary Exhibition Modelling Competition feature (see page 20).The model, built to the scale of 11mm = 1 foot or 1:27.7 scale running on 16.5mm gauge track to represent an 18 inch gauge industrial locomotive. It was built from plastic card on a hi

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One Man, Two Guvnors - National Theatre Live

Last night, Sue and I visited The Vue cinema, Worcester to see the play One Man, Two Guvnors which was being shown as part of the National Theatre Live 10 year anniversary.The evening started with a hand made pizza and a glass of wine in Sugo's and then on to the cinema for a rather novel experience - a play performance on screen in a multi-plex cinema.The play is just fantastic, a real 'slap-stick' comedy with quick witted lines, superb 'one-liners' and pithy references as well as ad-libbing of the highest order and even audience participation. The result was a laugh-out-loud performance that had me laughing so hard, that I had tears rolling down my cheeks. A great night out.James Corden led the cast and was first class as Francis Hensall - the two-time employed butler/minder to two guvnors. The play is a re-writing of a much earlier play called The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni which has been masterfully re-done in a 1960's Brighton setting by Grant Olding with intermission and added 'Skiffle' ban

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - The canal side ladder

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.This particular post is a little out of sequence, showing as it does the small canal side ladder and how it was made. I thought that this little addition deserved a set of 'how-to' images pre and post painting.The main construction was plastic card and plastic rod.Glued together with Tamiya thin adhesive. This image shows the added detailing, nuts bolts and welded detail.Then the un-painted steps in situ at the side of the canal basin between the huge woo

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Away-Day Henley and Marlow

Sue and I have just returned from a weekend away. We had a long weekend visiting Henley-on-Thames and Marlow where these images were taken.I was luck enough to pick up a couple of books and magazines, most of which I read while sitting in the glorious sunshine on the banks of the river Thames. The Camouflage and Markings - RAF Fighter Command 1936 - 1945 book published by Ducimus was a superb find and at just £2.50 from a charity shop - a real bargain.Tony

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Down in the weeds

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.The diorama layout is nearing completion with most of the modelling work complete. I have added even more foliage and greenery which has been modelled from a number for different sources, static grass, static grass tufts, ground foam and even an artificial button hole display bought from Webbs Garden Centre which was cut up and used as weeds. The images in this update show how the products have been used.Most of the clutter has been used up but the figure

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Kennel Lane, Broadway - Detailing

Two updates in one post. Firstly, I have added the guttering and down pipes which were modelled from plastic tubing and plastic card. The handrail was constructed from radio-control servo rods (perfect for modelling as they can be bent into shape and take paint well).Then secondly, I have added even more detailing to the stair end - I think the upper structure is for a telephone line. Once again modelled from a radio-control servo rod and plastic card.I have begun to undercoat the model with Halfords universal grey undercoat which helps to seal all the different materials together ready for painting.For larger images just 'click' on the photos above.Tony

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Wargames Soldiers & Strategy issue 104

Wargames Soldiers & Strategy issue 104 has a two page article written by me called Building Fort Amiel. The building is based on the lookout post built in 1876 and was originally intended as one of the articles for the Pen & Sword book Wargames Terrain & Buildings - North Africa and The Middle East (which is due for release sometime in 2020). Due to space restraints and a focus on North Africa, the article/tutorial was cut from the book.For more information and details of how to order your own copy of the magazine - see this link.Guy (editor) has done a great job in reproducing this article on the pages of W S & S with loads of work-in-progress photographs and small information blocks highlighting different parts or techniques of the build and painting.I think this is one of the very best modelling article page layouts I have ever seen in W S & S and look forward to more of the same.The final images shows the finished Fort Amiel. For more information on this historical building see th

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An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - More detail

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.I am continuing to add small details and foliage to the layout, but the main reason for this update is the Aqua Magic canal basin. I have added yet another layer of Aqua Magic and I now think that the canal basin looks like real water with a liquid shine. These top down images show what I mean.In addition there are even more items of clutter added to the piles either side of the main building however, the workmen figures are unattached - as I am still pla

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