Friday, 17 November 2017

Twelfth Night at the RSC



Last night Sue and I visited the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon to see Twelfth Night. For details see this link.

I thought the performance was once again stunning with very special contributions from Adrian Edmondson, Michael Cochrane and John Hodgkinson. The stage design and production were very Edwardian or Gilbert and Sullivan and the use of music was inspiring.

For anyone who knows the play, the humour was 'spot-on'. A very entertaining evening, and another Shakespeare play crossed of the list.

Tony

Monday, 13 November 2017

Scale Model World 2017 - IPMS, Telford



Yesterday Sue and I visited Scale Model World, the IPMS model show at The International Centre, Telford. I came away with loads of reading matter, some paints, filler and tools, but as usual didn't spend that much.

Here are a few of the boat models that I photographed. The 'in action' lifeboat model (above) was very realistically modelled, exhibiting some of the best water effect modelling I have ever seen. It really did look like real water.



These small ship models (above) were all the more special as they were entirely scratch-built, see below. I would estimate them to be about 1:300th scale.






Another in action boat model - The sea and waves were made from Modge-Podge.



This galley (above) was featured in the competition area, so was this huge 1;35th scale Mulberry Harbour diorama. What was interesting about this display was that I overheard a veteran of WW2 discussing the actual harbour with the modeller.



Finally a 1:72nd scale Clyde Puffer.


Look out for more images over the next couple of days.

Tony

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Ivor the Engine




Another new board game - this time Ivor the Engine by Tony Boydell. This was the first time Sue and I had played this boxed game and I have to report mixed opinions.

Gary and Holly (who had played before) were very positive, Sue and I (first timers) were a little less so. I found that the first few turns were confusing, but things did get better towards the end when I was getting the hang of the turn sequence and picking up stray sheep. In the end a reserved welcome and possibly this is a game that you have to play a couple of times before you can fully pick it up.

I will add that production values were top notch and the value for money very good.

Further details can be found here.

Tony

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Wooden Clothes Pegs



Sue and I were visiting Bewdley, a small riverside town in Worcester last week when I saw a pack of 36 old fashioned wooden clothes pegs for sale for just 99p. I had been looking out for a pack for some time as my own supply had dwindled quite a bit over the years. What do you use those for? I hear you ask.....

Well they have many uses;

1 - The obvious is holding things together while glue sets - I can remember old Airfix Magazine articles stating the usefulness of these simple clamps as aids while scratch-building and even today their use in holding plastic kits together while the glue dries is as relevant as it has always been.

2 - Holding illustrations or sketches up while modelling. I like to have my inspirational images on display as I'm working on new projects. Usually the sketch is pegged to my overhead lamp.

3 - Lately I have used clothes pegs as grips while sculpting. If you need a bit more 'bite' just add a rubber band around the claws and you can hold your sculpted pieces with ease.

4 - Figure holders while painting or in my case while varnishing. I find that a simple wooden clothes peg either as it comes or with a large wooden lollipop stick glued on the top gives me a great figure holder (with the figure either glued in place with a tiny drop of glue from my hot-glue gun or just plain Blu tac).

The clip means that you can clip them to a spare piece of cardboard while waiting for the paint/varnish to dry.

Do you have a simple low-cost hint or tool that you could share?

Tony

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part nine



At long last, the Salt Pan base is fully clad. I have used brick slips from an e-bay supplier called Minaco-streamline101. The slips are intended for 1:24th scale dolls houses and so I had to trim each individual brick by about 2mm to get a correct 1:27.7 scale brick.


The black/dark grey bricks were standard red bricks painted with acrylic paints. The wooden clad area to the lower, front right was modelled from green foam and the filled arch to the right side was modelled with DAS modelling clay over PVA glue and painted with acrylics.


The roughly made wooden door and support were modelled from more green foam and detailed with both plastic card and plastic rod.

The brick slips were a real pain to apply one-at-a-time and in truth, I'm not that impressed with them. They still look a little 'toy like' to me.

Tony

Saturday, 4 November 2017

IPMS Scale Model World Telford - just one week to go




Just one week to go to the IPMS Scale Model World Show. For full details see this link.

My plan is to be there on the Sunday.

Tony

Friday, 3 November 2017

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - the layout part eight



Adding the brick slips is a slow and mind-numbing task, each one is first cut to size (removing about 2mm from the length) then glued in place over PVA glue and fine filler. The arched bricks have been painted black/grey as the original Lion Salt Pan (see earlier post).


The large wooden beam or support across the front was first cut from a strip of Green Foam, then textured with the blade of a razorsaw. I then added some more wood grain by carving with a scalpel and brushing with a wire brush before glueing extensions to the sides and painting black/grey. The beam was glued in place with superglue.


The smaller arch to the left was filled with more brick slips, the larger arch to the right was modelled from Green Foam carved into vertical wooden planks and painted dark brown/grey while the large arch to the side was filled with DAS modelling clay. Then back to adding the brick slips one-by-one.

Tony