|In the foreground, plastic house, stables or garage, and a small|
factory. The last was bought at a model railway show; the others second
hand at a bring and buy.
|Hornby Railway Station - the smaller one! A little|
remedial work needed on the chimney and the awning.
|These buildings have been laid out simply to add interest|
to the pictures. The telegraph poles I got from a assortment of
model railway accessories going second hand.
|The town's CBD. Administration building, bank, and assorted|
shops around a paved square.
|This church was about to be deep-sixed, and the original steeple|
was certainly beyond repair. The crenellations that replaced it
were given a coat of sand.
|This church, even after 40 years, still has its steepl, though|
it is getting a bit worse for wear.
|This plastic station was another Bring-n-buy score. |
It did not come with a platform though, and looked wrong without it.
The platform is balsa overlaid with printed paving.
|The street entrance to the station with its loading ramp/walkway.|
|Over a thick sheet of balsa I laid a thinner sheet with a small overlap|
then glued the paving paper over all. The ramps are separate.
|The raised platform area sans station.|
|Small station with the ticket office and platform, Hornby|
water tower, and small goods loading and despatch office.
At the extreme right is a little coal office.
|These black and white timber and plaster houses were|
designed to be constructed as one unit. See text.
The above pictures show examples of the so-called 'Tudor' timber and plaster buildings that I rather like. Though the black and white was peculiar to Britain, I gather (the continent tending to dark browns and yellows), I tend not to worry about such niceties. The background unit I bought second hand as is and have left it that way. But the one I bought many decades ago, I wanted to be two separate buildings, and so I constructed them. That meant adding new walls where they would have joined. No problem there. I just shapes some white-enough card stock and drew on the timbering with marker pen. The brickwork around the base was coloured with marker pen, and then brickwork drawn over it with fine black ballpoint pen. The difference between that and the original is barely noticeable.
The smallest 'Tudor' house in the foreground grew from my discovery the other day that I had an extra wall. So I made another, very small, house. I'm not sure the paving pattern really 'works' as roofing slates. The windows and doors were drawn in. In the pic below, two of the houses 'rubbled'. The orinigal buildings fit over the top. I have done this with just one other of my buildings.
|Municipal Rathaus in peacetime...|
|...a pile of rubble in war.|
I don't know where the middle one came from, but I bought it new and assembled it. I had hoped to make in 3 separate sections, but that proved impractical. So it stayed rather neglected and in rather poor shape until a quick refurb a couple of weeks or so back. The colourful building on the right I got second hand in very sorry condition. I coloured the plaster a light orange, though I think light yellow would have been better, and touched up the worn bits with marker pen. The place still manages to look run down...
The larger, small-town or suburban railway station, signal box and some sort of power generator thingy by way of accessory.