July 27, 2009

"Scenic Work"

As I type this, I am constantly looking over my shoulder towards the bare baseboard that will, hopefully, by the end of the day, be covered in an arrangement of scenic mats, gravel chippinps, coal dust, and of course, model locomotives.

It's been around a month since I took apart Copley Hill Mk1, and not much has gone on in that time frame. Most of it has been ordering bits and bobs from websites, again, mostly scenic scatters and brick shaped plasticard.

The set itself is a lot bigger in size than it has been previously. I am not going down the route of the small shed this time - the next one shall be a full five road engine shed, with some very ambitious plans for a "proper" floor under the roof of the shed.

...except I have been checking photographs of the real Copley Hill for the last month, and I cannot for the life of me, work out if 56C had a concrete floor - that is to say, rails flush to concrete, not unlike tramrails in that sense, but incoporating inspection pits and the similar.

My heart tells me that it should be - and I vaguely recall a photograph of the inside of the shed showing it - but I'm damned if I can find that very important piece of the puzzle now!

Of course, its never been entirely accurate throughout The British Railway Series - it gets better with every episode batch. I strive for more accuracy, better looking sets and generally a much more atmospheric look to the series.

So for the moment, I'll leave you with the above photograph of my new A4 pacific - in British Railways brunswick green, it is named and numbered 60006 Sir Ralph Wedgwood.

A poignant reminder, that no matter how much we try to change things, some things are constants and should be treated thus.

Until next time.

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