Cheers! It's time to raise a glass to the August issue of British Railway Modelling!
My main contribution this month is a model beer festival - well this is the summertime magazine and what could be better than spending a few hours sampling different brews at a country beer festival?
Research involved many years of visits to the Harbury Beer Festival which takes place in Harbury at the village hall. Around the building is grass and a car park on to which drinkers spill out to enjoy the summer afternoons and evenings.
Since there was already a suitable building in my stash from a previous BRM project, as well as a couple of ready to plonk alternatives in both the Hornby and Bachmann ranges, I had thought this would be a quick and easy job.
To make matters more interesting, some animated drinkers have been included. The biggest challenge with these being the covering up for their traditional German drinking costumes.
As it turned out, the hardest job was making strings of scale-sized bunting. After a few trials, I came up with a slightly fiddly method that seems to work. I look forward to seeing loads of layouts bedecked in the stuff now.
Elsewhere, I'm wiring up a layout, stripping paint from plastic and trying out electric glue. You also have an extra feature alongside Howard's etched brass 7mm signals where I take a look at a rather cheaper plastic 4mm version - lack of space has led to this being over on the BRM Blog - so many good things to fit in!
All the above, and more, is in the standard magazine. However, if you take a trip to WH Smith, you can try out a special "Premium Edition" of the mag for £4.99. In addition to all this good stuff on the page, there is a BRM TV DVD with specially filmed content for you to enjoy on telly.
Some things are easier to explain on film than they are in print. Electrostatic grass is a good case in point. Every magazine has mentioned it in projects but if you are wary of getting your hands dirty, you can watch me create a patch of grass in front of your eyes.
Not only do I make the grass, I'm explaining how to go a step further and turn it in to scruffy undergrowth.
Being filmed is an interesting new experience for me. I have watched the results through my fingers (how do people manage to watch themselves on TV?) and it's not too bad. I fluff my lines a couple of times but that's because I didn't write a script before hand, preferring to work in the same way I do talks. It's not too bad and the camerawork is very impressive - you can really see what I'm doing. Do let me know what you think though.