Sunday, July 23, 2017

3D bus scan party!

Guy Arab being 3D scanned

Bus enthusiasts are weird.

I mean, why would you fly all the way from Canada to scan a Birmingham bus? And then why would you decide it's a sensible commercial decision to produce this in 1:76 scale with breathtaking levels of detail? 

Jason seems very taken by the Guy Arab bus he has decided to produce. No Routemasters for him, it has to be Brum!

Bus nuts are crazy

Maybe they didn't get a proper teddy bear as a child? Imagine what cuddling a WMPTE toy could do to a person?

Cuddly WMPTE

Actually, it was a good fun day. Jason and Gareth from Rapido are excellent entertainment. We got to see a bus lifted up in the air. Wythall Transport museum is full of fascinating stuff if you like old road vehicles. The cake is good too. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Saturday Film Club: Cosford Large Model aircraft

Today, I should be telling you about the joys of the Large Model Aircraft event at Cosford. Sadly though, as we headed along the motorway we discovered that when the Met Office tells you there will be "occasional light showers" that they mean is monsoon conditions. 

Combined with a closed M6 and big roadworks on the M5 being mentioned on the overhead signs, we turned around and steered the car back through the floods. The point of Cosford is watching flying and the chances of seeing much of this in the rain were slim. 

So, lets go back to Summer 2013 when the roads were open and the skies blue to enjoy some big models flying through the sky instead.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Brandbright coach in Garden Rail

In the last issue before I take over as Editor (gulp) I'm building a 16mm scale coach kit from Brandbright. Compared to the small scale models I normally build, it's a big model at a foot in length.

Clever design makes the panel painting really easy, even when you are rushing to hit a deadline!

A nicely detailed model inside, it would be worth lavishing lots of time on it. The finished model is very attractive and a rake running round the garden would look lovely in the summer.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stations, footbridges, water and hedges in BRM

August is the BRM Scenery Special issue, so you won't be surprised that I've been getting my hands dirty.

We start with buildings. New Andy has built a station kit from 4Ground models and has made a few beginners mistakes. This isn't a problem, half the challenge when model making is knowing how to hide things, or at least bodge your way out of them. I've gone over the model and made suggestions for avoiding the problems and covering the results up if you get it wrong. 

Sticking with buildings, I've upgraded a Metcalfe Models footbridge and despite the simplicity of the techniques used, the results are very pleasing. There's nothing wrong with the original kit, it's just that the customised version looks better than I'd hoped it would. 

 Given some Woodland Scenics water products to test, I went off and made a model boat club - well I would wouldn't I? The easy to use murky deep water is really nice. I can see me pouring more of it in the future. 

 I've been shooting layouts too. First, we have the diminutive and delightful Vale Quarry on 009. A self contained cameo style project, it's the sort of model I'd happily have a go at building in the scale and with the arrival of RTR locos in the scale, I can see plenty of others doing the same. 

At the other end of the scale, but about the same length, is Lea Siding in Gauge 3. With some lovely detailed track and cobbles, it proves that you can work in the really large scales without a huge area. OK, this isn't an operationally exciting model but this doesn't matter, the fun is in the building. 

Talking of building, on the DVD I'm making hedges using a variety of products. It's very much "green fingers" time for me!