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Under The Bench – Part II

Under The Bench – Part II

PAINTING & COMPLETION

Progress constructing the Barrett kits for the Midland 2P and GW Grange had progressed well and it was time to consider painting the models.

Recently, with tears in his eyes, a friend of mine showed me the twisted remains of an ‘0’ Gauge Milk Wagon.  The plastic kit had been beautifully made, and the primer sprayed on.  The top coat had been applied and was not compatible with the primer coat resulting in a poor paint finish.  Undeterred he attempted to remove the offending coat with paint stripper.  It removed the paint but attacked the plastic with disastrous results.  It literally melted before his very eyes!

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THE WATER STREET DIORAMA

THE WATER STREET DIORAMA

It takes a lot to get me excited these days, but I am sitting in my workshop surrounded by my ‘O’ Gauge layouts and an assortment of model dioramas constructed by me.  However, it is not these that have caused this rare excitement!

Before me I have, what can only be described as, a masterpiece.  Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not perfect, but it’s as good as it gets.  It’s the diorama of Water Street in Manchester made back in the middle of the last century by Jack Nelson.  Would I describe him as a master modeller?  Probably not.  A genius at creating an awe inspiring perspective diorama?  Absolutely!

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