Removing Roadblocks – March 2023

Modelling should be a pleasing and pleasant time. When my workspace doesn't work, the pleasure evaporates and I don't want to model. Recently, Dan Cecil shared his 'portable' modelling workspace on the HO Scale Shelf Modelers group on Facebook. The photo below shows it set out on his dining room table. I want to talk... Continue Reading →

Scenery techniques that might surpise you

Most of my scenery projects are focused on model railways/railroads. While I've seen a layout in pure grayscale before (here in Oz), I've never seen anyone work through making a diorama with that as a step. (Note: you could apply this technique to a micro layout too!) Diorama - The Calm Before The Storm -... Continue Reading →

GE 70 Tonner (HO Scale) Oil Weathering ongoing

The oil weathering that started last weekend is now at a stage I'm happy to call almost complete. There is a little cleanup to do, and then weathering powders to finish off. Work in progress I'm going to do some more of that cleanup tonight, having given the oils some time to go off. Otherwise,... Continue Reading →

70 Tonner weathering continues

Yesterday's oil weathering dried under the heater vent overnight. So a little more work today. Work in progress More oil filters on the loco today, along with some oil paint chipping using torn-off bits of makeup sponge, in a manner similar to dry brushing (dry sponging anyone?). Colours used for those interested are: Emerald Green,... Continue Reading →

2021-03-19 – Weathering on a W8 Class Tram

It's not often that those of us looking to weather items of scale rolling stock have access to a vehicle with a pantograph. Luckily, every now and then I do have that access. I've added a new gallery of Melbourne's iconic W8 trams, this time focusing on tram #928. Taken on March 16, 2021 #928... Continue Reading →

Feb 13, 2021 – A new modelling section: Finishing

The most difficult part of model making for me is the finishing of the model. That is the painting and varnishing steps. I’ve never enjoyed that part of the process. So in order to address what I believe are my shortcomings I’ve added this section to attempt to record my process and to show how... Continue Reading →

Modelling & Weathering under LED light

Have you ever tried something you've thought about for a while and come away happy with your result? Modelling in a new (LED) light The new work lights I got yesterday came in handy today. I began work on one of my two Bachmann DCC (but no sound) equipped GE 70 Tonners today. Even with... Continue Reading →

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