Thursday, July 21, 2016

7mm halt, overhead wires and a Toad in BRM

There's more scenicing going on than normal from me in this month's BRM.

Tollhouse Halt

First up, we have a 7mm scale diorama based around one of the wooden railcar halts built on the Tetbury branch in a last ditch attempt to beat the competition from road traffic. As well as the halt, the scene also features a bus stop - waiting to steal the passenger traffic from the rails.

Some interesting scenic items from Polak have been used as well as a couple of Delux Materials products for the rather effective water draining from that culvert.

More product test, this time Dapol's catenery system.

APT under the wires

A "photo plank" fitted with overhead wires allowed me to get the measure of the product. It's also made use of some Hedgerow Scenics mat for fast grasslands. Neadless to say, my stock of locos that can make use of overhead wires is pretty much nill, especially if you don't count a broken HO scale French model. Not to worry, one of my Hornby APT-Ps can stand in.

A Wagon Kit in Every Scale reaches Gauge One this month.

Gauge One Wagon under construction

Finally, we are working in wood. This time it's a Tenmille kit for the classic GWR Toad. Obviously, on the page you see the finshed model, but I really rather like it in unpainted form. Am I the only one who finds models like this in their raw state appealing? 

On the DVD I'm showing off the finished retail park diorama and talking about the Faller Road system. It's considered by many to be a bit of a toy, but I think with some imagination and modelling effort, there is an awful lot more you can do with it. 

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