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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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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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Clews Cottages

Clews Cottages

One of the highlights of my year is the AGM and exhibition of the 7mm Narrow Gauge Society held at Burton on Trent. It’s an intimate show illustrating all that is best in, what is for me, a fairly new found hobby. It has all the ingredients of a good day out – a variety of relevant trade stands, layouts second to none, and a warm welcome from fellow members. What more can you ask for? Oh yes, memorable beer from The Cottage Brewery and bacon cobs to die for. Perfect!

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Building a Dutch Barn

Building a Dutch Barn

It’s often very satisfying to have a project that can be completed in a short time – this is just such a project.

Dutch barns, in this case all timber with a corrugate iron roof, are not as common today as the many modern barns built with a steel or concrete frame, but most have some form of corrugated iron or asbestos roofing.  The purpose of these barns is for storage, usually over the winter period for hay and straw for feed and bedding respectively.  Being open sided the hay or straw remains relatively dry as the air is allowed to pass the outside of the rick.

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