Posted tagged ‘Dioramas’

British motoring

May 18, 2013

They say that more cars are mad in Britain now than back in the “glory” days of the ’60s and ’70s. Nowadays a “British” car could be a Nissan, a Honda, or a Toyota. Even the good old Mini is now a BMW. Of course long established British factories of Ford and Vauxhall are actually outposts of American giants.

Does ownership matter? Probably not, but for those who model the by-gone era of British  motoring, or simply want appropriate cars to ‘furnish’ a model railway, fortunately the products of the long gone British owned manufacturers are rolling off the miniature production lines (in the far east, it has to be said) like never before.

Oh dear!

This is perhaps an unfortunate combination, (more…)


You bend ’em; we mend ’em

May 14, 2013

“You bend ’em; we mend ’em”, that was usually the attitude of the Engineers towards the Traffic Department at any bus company, probably still is in some places. Of course, it was usually said in jest, and generally Fitters and Drivers got on fine.

At Westonmouth Hillside there was a large, old bus depot, perched atop the railway retaining wall. It was cramped, outdated, and most importantly to the newly privatised Badgerline bus company situated on a valuable plot of land on one of the main roads into the city. Inevitably the site was sold and a new, modern, efficient depot was built to replace it.

Badgerline workshop


Sprinting to keep up

April 28, 2012

As I’ve suggested before, my model making interests range far and wide. OK, everything is transport related, and (so far) everything has been at 1:76 scale, but within those bounds I have numerous strands running. And another is trying to force it’s way onto the scene – a second generation DMU layout.

Sprinters, inspiration and layout ideas

Sprinters, inspiration and layout ideas...

It all comes about because I’ve spent most of this week travelling with Trenau Arriva Cymru/Arriva Trains Wales on an Explore Wales rover ticket. There is something very special about travelling by train (more…)

Rail replacement bus service

March 11, 2012

For most people one modelling project at a time is plenty. But of course any given project is made up on numerous elements, different buildings, other scenic items, such as road vehicles, then the all important locomotives and not to mention numerous items of rolling stock. Each a project in itself, from the humblest of goods wagons upwards.

So with Westonmouth Central undergoing some re-fettling, London Road Locomotive Sidings well on the way, and a table-top covered with locomotives gradually being weathered, and “chipped” I head off in another direction, off to north Wales in fact. I have long been attracted to the old Crosville bus garage at Corwen, my initial contact with it being through a Kingsway Models card kit.

I like the idea of a few small, simple dioramas on which I can display some of my model bus collection, and I have researched numerous ideas over the past year or more, but Corwen still keeps coming back to the fore. All sorts of other locations are attractive to me as a modeller, but one constant problem is how big these locations are. Ideally I want the diorama to be about a foot square, not very big in 1:76 scale bus terms! (more…)

Out the depot

July 8, 2010

When I worked in the Bus Industry I was a “Traffic man”. I was a Scheduler, running 165 buses, crewed by some 300 staff working from 10 locations. We were all “Traffic”, i.e. operating staff. A few miles away (1.43 miles, going out there and 1.37 miles coming back, to be precise) was the main depot, where the Engineers lived. We used to have a tame Engineer at the Bus Station, the “Breakdown man” who would keep an eye on things and do the running repairs to keep the buses rolling. Things like a replacement light bulb, tightening up a loose mirror or maybe a jump start. But in general the Engineering Department worked away from us, “out the Depot” as we used to say. (more…)

Down at t’yard

July 8, 2010

Some time a go I started a diorama of a builders yard, and rather like a builder’s promise the work has dragged on with nothing much happening. Just like a builder I have plenty of excuses for the delay, kayaking, hiking, lack of modeling enthusiasm, and so on.

But there has finally been some progress. As I have said before the idea of these dioramas is to experiment and try out new ideas, as well as allowing me the opportunity to model scenes, locations and eras beyond those which my “Westonmouth Series” model railways allow. And it’s nice to do something different!

One thing which I have tried out (more…)

Suburban housing crisis

February 16, 2010

I have a housing crisis. No, I’m not looking for somewhere to live, more looking for a diorama to accommodate the mini estate of houses I built last night. I wanted a few of the classic Airfix kits for other projects so visited the Dapol website to make my purchase as no one locally seems to stock the range. Whilst there the possibilities of the Airfix houses became apparent, so several were duly ordered.

I must admit that the Airfix range is only partly known to me, but these buildings are typical of the ilk. Yes they are a bit chunky, and some of the kits in the range are showing the age of the moulds with lots of flash, but they go together well and easily. Take kit C57 Semi Detached Houses for example.

Semi Detached Houses

Semi Detached Houses