Sunday, 22 May 2011

Diversionary tactics!

Well after a loooong spell of nothing happening on the layout I thought I would spend this weekend doing some armchair modelling. On Saturday I popped into SMC to see what they had in store. I came out with more than I expected including an Airfix resin 'ruined workshop', some Bachmann trees and few other bits and bobs.

The workshop was a bit of an impulse buy, but thats not necessarily a bad thing - it will make a great addition to the layout on  the new section next to the engine shed. It was painted up on arrival at home although it will need more coats of paint to get some variation including highlighting. What I like about these Airfix resin kits is that the box suggests how you might like to paint it giving you the Humbrol paint numbers accordingly.

The three trees from the Bachmann range were very nice and at 3 for £7 I couldn't really say no! I am planning to use these around the ruined workshop (and even one inside!). The trees themselves are nicely finished and are semi flexible. The bases are removable for planting too.

The next project was the Airfix Bedford MK Refueller. Now, although this is some 20 years out of my era I couldn't resist it! The kit is a pretty good quality with some nice detailing. The interesting thing about the kit is that the cab body is one piece of glazing which you have to paint rather than two separate pieces. This gave the cab a good feel of depth. Again, this isn't yet finished, but the painting has already taken me 3 hours. The tyres have been painted a dark grey/brown colour rather than black because black does not scale down into 1:76/2! I am really pleased with the end result although I have got about 5 pieces of kit surplus to requirements - there is no information about where they should go on the vehicle. All I know is that one of them is a PTO driven hose reel. Still, it is a nicely designed kit - full marks to Airfix for that one.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Woodgreen Model Show 2011 - Just a short guide

Here are a couple of videos showing this years event. I help to run the event again this year and it was good to see such a vast array of models from model railways to model engineering exhibits to live steam outside. Unfortunately the visitor numbers were down on the last year, but I'll be taking the reigns for next year and organising some more model railway layouts to attend and try and advertise it a tad better.

If you want to know more information then please email me at jamiewarne 44@ (without the spaces). I will post information about next years event as and when.

Huge thanks goes to SMC's Declan for his help and hospitality during the event. If you're in the area please check out Salisbury Model Centre!

That's all for now, I'm afraid it is time I did some revision!