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Terminus Diorama

Terminus Diorama

This static display cabinet has been produced to showcase 7mm scale collectors locomotives, and to this end, it is deliberately anonymous as far as any locality is concerned.
To the right of the interior, a small Edwardian built concourse is squeezed in, with passengers, porters and luggage lending some activity and purpose to the scene.

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Structural Modelling – Part 2

Structural Modelling – Part 2

All of the buildings have been constructed by the same process using a 4mm plywood base, then laminating on embossed building sheets, stonework from Wills Kits and South Eastern Finecast for the brickwork and other details. Finer detailing parts were from Slaters, Scalelink and S&D Models.

The signal box was built using the same method but with P4 sleeper strips being used to simulate the planking and the kit for the internal detail was from Springside Models.

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Thatching – a novel way of making thatch

Thatching – a novel way of making thatch

There are few areas in Britain that do not have any buildings with thatched roofs.  It is almost everyone’s dream to live in a thatched cottage, and yet as railway modellers we tend to shy away from making any buildings with roofs of thatch.  This is understandable when we consider how easy it is to create an effective slate or tiled roof, using either proprietary products or card and paper, compared to making a realistic looking thatch.

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Structural Modelling – Part One

Structural Modelling – Part One

Structural modelling on your railway will be governed by the area in the UK, and in the case of buildings and surrounding structures, the railway company. Each of the railway companies had there own design styles and colour schemes for their buildings. This is also true of the surrounding structures, some of them being there for many years. With a modern image layout there will be a mix of old and new styles. Buildings were constructed of different types of materials, railway buildings being of either stone or brick construction, whereas the surrounding structures may vary and in some instances constructed of a mix of both.

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