Saturday, 14 April 2012

M is for Models

M is for Models

From an early age I watched my Dad build Tamiya model kits, I remember an old fashioned Fire Engine, A Formula 1 Race car and an army jeep. Then at an age I can't remember we started building a first train set on a 6' by 4' board on my bedroom floor. That first train set, after time became a much bigger "proper" Model Railway in the spare bedroom of my parents house. Like many youth model making gets forgotten as more popular pastimes take over during high school.

But for many who have been "infected" by the model making bug, at a later point in life a relapse happens. Sometimes having children of your own reignites a desire to build, some are more honest and just take back up a model making hobby for themselves with no excuse.

I came back to model railways 5 or 6 years ago and over that time have tried various different scales and gauges and locations. Last year I had 6 months at the beginning of the year with no interest in model making and the trains in the garden shed laid dormant. In October following the loss of my mother I took up model making again, but for a change I began making Radio Controlled boats. The reason.. my Dad makes boats and it seemed a good way to spend time together. He is also an A-Z blogger HERE

So here are some of my better models and photographs.

In the picture above the class 37 loco is out of a box, but is on a scratch built viaduct inspired by Glenfinnan. This picture was taken up on Saddleworth moor to get the background and lighting

(Above) Everyone has 15 minutes of fame and I think Mossley Terrace was mine, it caught a following on several forums and has been to a few exhibitions now. The Rolling stock is Bachmann again with heavily detailed Metcalfe card kits for the terrace housing.

(Below) Mossley was also used by Model Rail magazine when the 153 was released

Next an earlier model, in fact the first "in shed" layout Springhead Junction.
 This layout has just been featured as a paid 3 page spread in a national Model Rail magazine. (Below)

Next up a dock scene from a layout I hoped to exhibit but never did (Below)

The over ridding theme is the better the light the better the picture so I prefer taking pictures outside now !

Having said I like daylight the picture above is a night shot, I liked the water puddles (varnish) spilt from the water tower. I also like the glint of light you can get off the rail tops as below..

Last up my latest model. I bought the fibreglass hull and Action Man from Ebay but everything else is home made mainly from A4 sheets of plastic.


It has been said 
 "a model is a toy that is either to expensive, or took to long to make, to allow a child to play with"
that is probably true.

So now you know my indulgence, in time and money.. What is your indulgence.

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Anonymous said...

Those are absolutely are very talented.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi John .. I can imagine just quietly taking time out with your models to help you through the loss of your mother - it was a tough time. Now your Dad will definitely enjoy his time with you ..

The models look really good - I always wanted a train set!! We had one .. but it was my brothers .. and I'm no good at drawing and design - it's in the family .. but none of us are.

Still these are great - cheers Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Some of those trains don't even look like models! Very impressive.

Kela McClelland said...

I'm with Alex-some of those look so real! I was studying them to try and see something that proved they're models. Didn't find it. You're amazingly talented.

Arlee Bird said...

I used to enjoy building models when I was in junior high. Then I got in a destructive phase and started burning them instead. Now I wish I'd kept them. Maybe someday I'll give it another try. Your's look great.

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Duckie. said...

What about the Harley Davison I bought and never built and eventually you asked for and built, that was displayed in the local model shop window, and the disabled bungalow you scratch built with all the aids for a disabled person , that won a district competition and finished up in London, how old were you then?

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

I can't believe those are MODELS. I had to look twice, and thrice in some cases, to make sure they were!
Great job!

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