Friday, 13 October 2017

Fishing Fleet......................

While waiting for the new Modern Cargo Ship being released from Scalescenes, I've been in the loft and finished the trio of T030a fishing boats. I've had two built for a while, and they take pride of place on my Grandson's bedroom shelf. In order to make sure my elbow was up for the job, I thought that I might as well complete the set. They come in three colours, Black, Blue and the one I've just finished, Red. While up in the loft, I rounded up the other vessels that I've made. Two of the T030 Cargo Ships. The first was built as the kit comes, but the second was kit bashed and made into a more modern bulk carrier. The other boat is the T030b Clyde Puffer. Altogether I'm building up quite a fleet. 
I can't wait for the new release to come out. I've got itchy fingers now, and touch wood, my elbow is holding out.

Until Next Time..............

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Hello there...............

 I know I’ve been away for a while, but I’m attempting to making a return. The reason I’ve been away is two fold, one I’ve had a really bad bout off tennis elbow which has halted all of my model making, and two, I’ve had to pack all of my model making stash away to accommodate our oldest daughter and grandson coming back home to live. Since having several steroid injections and various supports to help with the pain and sorting a space in the loft to work, I think I’m ready to attempt a model.

The model I’m going to attempt on my return will be the new, not yet released, Modern Cargo Ship from Scalescenes. I’ve been waiting for an age for this model and it should be released within the next couple of weeks. While I’ve been patiently waiting for it to be released, I’ve had some reliable inside information from the designer of the ship at Scalescenes, that it could be a choice of either a bulk carrier or it will take a cargo of containers. So, I set to and made a stock of 20’ and 40’ containers. These are the T031 kit available at Scalescenes. I’m reliably informed that the ship will be 920mm long, so it will accommodate 4 stacks of containers 3 wide and 3 high. So a full load will be 36. The containers are simple to build, being of a simple box construction, and there is a wide range of liveries in the kit.


So, now that I have a full cargo of containers, hopefully I’ll get the kit within the next couple of weeks, and I can make a start and get back to letting you see how my model making with Scalescenes comes along.

Until next time.................

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Clyde Puffer...................

As you may remember from my last post, I said I was about to commence the building of the T030a Clyde Puffer from Scalescenes. It was supposed to be made in the reclaimed space I retrieved in the loft, but this wasnt to be. Ive been at work between Christmas and New Year, and to say its been quite would be a huge understatement. So, I decided to take the model to work and build it there.
Unfortunately Ive not taken any pictures of the build, apart from one, when I ceremoniously laid the keel.

But Ive taken a few of the boat in all of its glory to show you now that its nearly finished.
The model comes with an editable name feature. So it had to be named after my Grandson Jack.

I found the rigging a bit of a fiddle, but that was because Ive got sausage fingers. I even improvised and platted a chain from some fine brown cotton for the steering chain. I think it worked.
Overall it was a pleasurable build, a one I would highly recommended.
Well, next week should be back to normal, and Ill have to do some work instead of modelling. Oh well!!!
To finish this post, I would like to wish all that have read my ramblings, over the last twelve month, heaven knows why, a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2017. May all your families be safe and healthy, and you make all the right choices to fulfil your aspirations.
Be safe and have a wonderful 2017.
Happy New Year.
John @ Scalescenes, keep up all of the good work, and heres looking forward to some fantastic new kits in the new year.
Until Next Time……………..

Thursday, 15 December 2016

New Work Space...............

What a couple of weeks we have had, here in the Heath household. Not to go into too much detail, we have welcomed our oldest Daughter and our Grandson back into our home. To say it's been a tight fit, would be an under statement. Two houses into one, requires a gentle shoe horn. But fit it we have, and it's now onwards and upwards towards Christmas. My craft space has been returned to the dining room, and the loft where Wynyard Lane was taking shape, has had to become storage and a craft room for my wife Jak, to accommodate her work commitments. The fact that I've had to stop making my Scalescenes models, has come with a double blow. I've been suffering with lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) to you and me. I don't know how, as I've never played tennis, but the doctor reckons that it could be a repetitive stress injury. The only thing that I can imagine that that could be, would be the cutting out of my models. I must be the only bloke to be disabled by a piece of damned cardboard. Anyway I've had an injection to relieve the pain. But I need to rest my arm for a while to let the injury heel its self. This could have been seen as a perfect opportunity, whilst all of my craft stuff was packed away to rest and take a break but, I've got itchy fingers. So, I've reclaimed and cleared a small corner of my layout table, so that I can gently potter away making a model over the Christmas period. 

I think I'm going to have a go at the T030b Clyde Puffer, the latest offering from Scalescenes. 
No doubt I will show you my progress as I go but, it may take a while, what with this elbow. 

Until Next Time.............

Monday, 5 December 2016

Day Two.....................

Day two of the T019 Row of Small Cottages from Scalescenes. I got a slow start to the day, as a guest that was due to be demonstrating, was running late and had to use the prep room to prepare for her show. I couldnt exactly ask her to leave, thats what the room is for, not for me. Anyway, once she had finished I got set to.

I had all of the walls and floors ready just to be glued together. Simply just butt the walls and floors together, matching the coloured walls to each other.
With the addition of a center wall to produce the drainpipe, continue until all the walls are up.
Once all of the wall are set square, its at this point the upper ceiling is fitted. This cleverly incorporates the guttering along the long edge.
Once the ceiling is in place, it not only makes the guttering, it also makes a soffit over the windows.
Time to tile the roof. The kit comes with either grey slate or an orange pan tile option. I opted for the grey slate.
The barge boards to finish off the gable end.
And thats where I managed to get to. Theres not much more to be done, to be honest, just the chimneys to put in place. If Id only got a start first thing, I would of managed to get it complete in the two days.
Until Next Time………….

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Row of Cottages........

I've returned to Peterborough again this weekend, to accompany my wife Jak while she works. It's given me some time on my hands again, so I rummaged through my Scalescenes kits for a quick and easy project to build while in the green room. I came up with the T019 Row of Cottages. It's a quick and simple build, perfect for a weekend project.

I managed to ensconce myself back in the prep room, adjacent to the green room. With copious amounts of coffee and biscuits, it's a perfect place to hide away and build.
It all starts by cutting out all of the windows. These will be stuck onto acetate once they are cut out.
Next the front and rear walls are cut out along with all of the door and window openings.
The cover layers come next. I've opted for the squared rubble option.
A small tip. Don't cut out the centre of the doors and windows just yet. You will find it a lot easier to squarely fit the cover layers over the base layers whilst they are still in one piece.
Once the cover layers are in place, cut out the centre of the doors and windows and wrap them around the openings.
Fit the window sills, windows and doors in the openings. And that's the exterior walls done.
Time to start on the interior walls next. These are cut out the same as the exterior walls and glued together. Once completed, I found it better to put the curtains in place at this stage.
The gable ends are next. The same as the main walls. Exterior and interior together.
The chimney breasts and fire places are next. Both downstairs and upstairs.
At this point, I was advised that Jak had been given an early finish. So all play was stopped. Hopefully tomorrow I can start to bring all of the walls together. I will try to get as far as I can, and let you see the progress.
Until Next Time..........

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Finished Fishing Boat.............

Ive been at work all weekend, so I took the opportunity to finish the T030a Fishing Boat from Scalescenes. As you know I tried to build the whole project in one weekend, whilst my wife Jak was working last weekend. Well it didnt quite happen as I had planned, but Ive had plenty of time sitting at work between wagons this weekend, to finish the final details. I must admit, this is one of my favourite kits Ive had the pleasure of putting together. It was one of the simplest kits, yet very highly detailed.

Because the boat needs masts, obviously you cant make them out of card or paper, I used a couple of bamboo skewers and coloured them with my brown marker. And the rigging is simply cotton, pinched from my wifes sewing basket.

Even the deck winch is all paper and card.
I'm very pleased with this one.
Until Next Time..........