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Picking up where I left off last time, a few more dark pictures.


hiding-shunterI’m sure we have all had the frustration of glancing something interesting out of a train window but it being hidden away so that a proper look is impossible?  That was the idea behind this image.

I’ve been building more wagons too. 16-tonner More of the same! Another Airfix 16 ton mineral wagon and another 12 ton LMS diagram 1832A van from the Cambrian kit. (C101)standard-vanI’ve done a Cambrian single plank wagon before too (diagram 1987, kit number C93) but the last one was a fitted example. The Standard 12 ton van, diagram 1/208 is a Parkside kit and is an upgrade for one of their older models (PC07A)french-mineral-wagonA few more Parkside kits. The ‘french’ mineral wagon is one of their older kits (PC22) but I liked its quirky look, the prototypes for these were built just after the war . The 7 plank wagon is a 1923 example with fixed ends (PC73)GWR-vanAnother Cambrian diagram 1667 5 plank open (C57) along with a Ratio GWR van of some description (v23 I think) this wagon is a bit of a freebie. I brought some cheap ‘random’ ratio bits and included in them was the sides and ends for 2 of these, the roof for 1 and no underframes.  I had a box of underframes that I picked up from somewhere else so this wagon was born! coke-hopperFinally for wagons an ancient Three Aitch Mouldings kit for a LMS 20 ton coke hopper. Built with Bill Bedford W irons.   I know Hornby are going to do one of these but building a kit is much more fun!

gwr-railcar-at-brettell-roadA slight diversion as a GWR railcar trundles past!

warehouse-WIPMy warehouse is starting to look a bit more like a building now. The canopy is another old Arifix kit adapted to suit. I’ve mentioned before wanting to depict some life inside this and the following pictures hopefully do that.warehouse-lower-floor-3 warehouse-lower-floor-1 model-mooMost of the figures are Dart castings ones with a Bachmann gent thrown in. The last picture is the reason for the title of this entry as the cat is modelled on my own cat Moo!  Anyway remembering that Brettell Road is set in the rain, Moo has obviously snuck in to somewhere nice and dry!


6 Responses

  1. Nick Bradshaw

    I know the frustration of a loco or interesting wagon being just out of sight too well, having experienced it many times. Your second picture captures that very well.

    I love the work on the warehouse interior, it’s one of those things that people will enjoy exploring, (hopefully just with their eyes and not hands,) at shows.

    14/07/2016 at 6:44 pm

  2. Natalie Jones

    Some good works here Jim. As someone who loves both cats and cows (don’t ask!) I must say that your choice of name for your own Cat- that of Moo- is excellent! Keep up your inspiring modelling.

    14/07/2016 at 7:42 pm

  3. Alan Haydock

    Fantastic work as always Jim. You are right about barely seen images from a train in the dark, tantalising! Might have known the cat would be accurate too!

    14/07/2016 at 9:32 pm

  4. Inspirational stuff. I love the restrained weathering on the eclectic mix of wagons and the warehouse interior is a delight. I know only too well that detailing interiors can sometimes get away from you, taking more time than the exterior, but you have struck the perfect balance here- and the cat is wonderful!

    15/07/2016 at 8:34 am

  5. ian lydford

    Hello Jim,
    Thanks for posting more inspirational photos if your superb models. I especially love that first pictuce where the lamp light picks up on the features of the rough ground. 4-wheel wagons are my fave stock and you recreate the essence of them so well.
    Best regards

    17/07/2016 at 5:55 am

  6. Chad Bevan

    Will you be parking some 1980’s stock on this just for fun? I’d love to see what it’d look like, even if it is set in an entirely different era.

    21/07/2016 at 8:36 am

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