Sunday, 5 August 2012

Progress on Chipping Compton

Despite a lack of photographic evidence there has been some progress on Chipping Compton.  A recent post mentioned the re-ballasting of the goods yard area with air-drying clay.  This has almost been completed and the issue of painting it convincingly has been tackled.  Unfortunately I've not had the opportunity to photograph the layout as a combination of other things and dreadful natural lighting conditions have prevented me from making an attempt. 


Camrail 2012

The excellent "Camrail" exhibition in Bradford-on-Avon is a firm favourite and this year found my brother Richard and I once again doing a modelling demo.  The show is always enjoyable and even more so from the exhibitors perspective as it is a very friendly one and involves far more chatting than demonstrating!  Richard was once again showing how he builds his superb wagons from Plasticard and I was building a couple of wagons from 3mm Society kits.  Some excellent layouts in attendance with an impromptu appearance on the Saturday of Chris Nevard's Polbrock as a static exhibit.

A 57XX pannier enters Polbrock passing the public house "The Pedant and Armchair". 

The entire scenic section.

The station board from my Chipping Compton layout.  The buildings on the left are not in their final positions and were simply plonked there for display purposes.  In the siding is a part-completed Lowmac wagon, the result of my labours on the Saturday. 

Valencia Harbour was the most westerly railhead in Europe and was the terminus of a long branch in the southwest of Ireland.  Andy Cundick's splendid 4mm scale portrayal captures the windswept location perfectly.

John Greenwood's 2mm masterpiece portraying the goods station at Wenfordbridge in Cornwall has been on the exhibition circuit for a fair number of years but is still a firm favourite.  The consistently high standard of modelling throughout all aspects of the layout is truly remarkable.