Part of the upgrade has involved adding some 1970s signage. My first attempt was this:
A station sign with a blue background and white text. My inspiration was a photo of Market Harborough station which looks just like this.
When I sent the article over, the response was that it should be black text on a white background with a red logo. Now, this is the colour scheme I'd originally planned, but seeing the photo (I do do some research, honest!) had changed my mind.
Not a problem, the sign was quickly changed, but I'm not sure why it's wrong, or even if it is. A look in the reprinted BR design manual for the period shows that blue IS a legitimate colour, but I couldn't quickly spot what the rules were in the shop, and while £75 isn't unreasonable, I can't justify it right at the moment so I can have a proper read.
Can a reader of this blog help? I'm sure black and white was more common, but blue isn't unknown. Was this a local decision?
Elsewhere, we have some Ruston Quays work with a grounded coach body.
This is a model I'm really quite pleased with. If anyone can guess the origins without reading the piece, I'll be impressed. Suffice to say, there is a decent bit of modelling to get this far.
On the DVD, I'm painting little Phils.
Painting figures isn't that televisual, so I'm covering a little theory too with the help of a Thunderbirds puppet. A puppet I misidentify as Virgil, when he is of course, Scott. That's nearly as big a mistake as wearing a checkered shirt when you are being scanned and subsequently have to paint it on a tiny figure.
We filmed this piece at the Wonderful World of Trains and Planes in Birmingham. It was a fascinating place, which sadly closed down a couple of weeks after we had visited. Too late to alter the DVD, but perhaps the video is a fitting tribute to an interesting attraction now lost to the city.