Last weekend we had a trip down to Pete’s in Havant to do a bit of modelling. Despite some cold temperatures a reasonable amount of modelling got done and a healthy lunch was consumed, washed down with a decent pint.
Mark was multi tasking (or trying to) weathering some of his own stock for Glenmutchkin while helping Pete out building a Judith Edge 06 shunter. Now we have said before that Mark and Pete are OTCM’s very own version of the Chuckle Brothers, and this was again in evidence as Mark continuously went forwards and backwards to help out! End results from the day for Pete looked like this:
And for Mark looked like this:
John in the meantime was quietly making very good progress on a couple of circuit boards being built from MERG kits for the Scalefour Society South London Area Group’s new layout, based in the area around Blackfriars. In fact he was making such good progress he had finished and packed up by the time I thought I should take some photos!
With Oly skiving, the only other output of the day was from me, I spent the day working on some Model Scenery Supplies tree armatures that I picked up following their review in December ‘s MRJ. These look good from the outset and are a great starting point saving some time starting from scratch, but I found their appearance could be improved greatly with a bit of extra twisting on the branches. A quick coat in a filler and PVA glue mix was done before we left, leaving me with these:
Primarily these are supposed to be Silver Birch and Beech, these seeming to pop up on old industrial sites and around railways quite a bit. And have been trimmed down since the photo was taken to provide a little variety in height.
Next up is a coat of paint and planting on the layout to hide the fiddle yard exit, but I’ll leave that for a layout update post.