My modelling recently has been somewhat lazy, I have expected results from lacklustre effort and been pissed off with the outcomes, much like my recent work life. It has been a rubbish year really for most people and by about November I had really had enough of 2016.
The only upside at the end of 2016 was the installation of a garden based workshop (ED – More a shed) it is only 6 x 8 feet, but more than enough for me. I just have to wait to get out and get it fitted out with insulation et al (read Chris has to come down and do it while I look busy).
My modelling had suffered being in the spare room. Tools were always away, stock was constantly damaged, it meant I could have a layout but it meant I was lazy as items like the airbrush took considerably more effort to get out and put back away than say a quick chassis wash. I knew that with the Peckett I wanted to model it like I would if I had my mojo in full supply and I was back to my best or at least approaching it.
I will give you an example of how much of a sheer pain in the arse ‘house modelling’ is:
You also have the added ‘fun’ of sheer terror as you happen to spill say green enamel down the front of your stainless steel dishwasher. Unfortunately it is not something like the sofa where you can flip a cushion over and bide time to get your cover story straight. (If the wife is reading this, I have never ever done that and the black spill on the underside of the cushion was caused by our youngest, the one who cannot talk.)
Chris messaged me from NYC when I sent him that photo and said ‘HOW THE HELL DO YOU MODEL STANDING UP?’ which I have never really thought of, but I do prefer modelling standing up, anyone else? What you also cannot see in the reflection is my wife approaching me with a sharpened knife muttering ‘I have only just cleaned the kitchen’.
So in short it will be really nice to have a permanent workbech in my workshop (ED – Again, its a Shed)
Back to the Peckett, you really get to know a model when you are carving great lumps out of it and it was truly great to be modelling on a loco that gave me a genuine level of excitement. I really have rushed jobs on this as I was so excited to get it to the next stage, which is a shame as I could of got it sweeter but that should not detract from the fact that I am still over the moon with what has come out and on the layout the bits that worry me are near enough invisible. Maybe though that is because it is currently the apple of my eye…
So in the simplest review ever, the Peckett is great. Get one. Get eight. All our international readers, get ONE. All our British readers, if you do not already have one why not?
Weathering on this was actually with an airbrush first and I promised never ever to try and bodge something without one, then it went through the normal OTCM take it back, add it back on fiasco until it came out below,
First photos are on the cleaned up kitchen bench, second lot in her natural habitat. There is some damage and a missing window but in my mind its as good as it is going to be…
Thanks everyone for the insane amount of constant viewership and support, it really spurs us on.
Happy New Year and happy modelling,