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Emma's pastoral scenes

Posted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:35 pm
by Emma Jane
As well as my tank modelling, I do enjoy creating bucolic scenes of rural life - memories (somewhat idealised perhaps) of a Cumbrian childhood.

I hadn't thought about making these into plastic model show exhibition pieces, but a (1/76) garden scene I displayed at Telford on the Keighley club table last time out got lots of positive attention so I thought it would be fun to make some more to take to shows. They certainly do stand out on the tables.

For models for the SIG table I have made sure some 144th components are included, but through necessity a lot is made from N gauge (148th scale) kits.

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This little house is a Metcalfe cardboard kit while the landrover is a 144th scale 3D print from Butlers Printed Models. Based on a local house belonging to a mountain rescue leader.

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This little coaster scene is made with a spare building from a Metcalfe farm building set and I couldn't resist the adorable sheep.

Re: Emma's pastoral scenes

Posted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:30 pm
by MikeV
Hi Emma

Good to see some landscape scenes - N gauge is close enough for our purposes methinks - I also note Domi has done a landrover.....hope we'll be able to get them (Just need a Bloodhound missile and a Rock Ape with an Alsation...............older members will understand)

I've been looking at railway buildings for a diorama I have in mind but I'll struggle to make them as nice as these ! lovely job!

Re: Emma's pastoral scenes

Posted: Sun Apr 25, 2021 5:42 pm
by DH106
One or two of the model building manufacturers, including Metcalfe, I think, make rather nice pairs of double bayed prewar semis. There are several pictures around of USAF aircraft being towed through the Liverpool suburbs past such houses. https://twitter.com/mikeroyden/status/1 ... 3681304577 will start you off, and I suspect the P-47s in the suburbs are being towed along Menlove Avenue, now the A562 and the site of John Lennon's childhood home, if I remember correctly.
These aircraft are wrapped in black tar paper, by the way, and there was a fleet of Leyland Hippos and American tractors, with special trailers and of small tractors whose type I don't remember.
I tried to make a diorama of P-51s emerging from the Mersey Tunnel, of which there are several photos, but despite a site visit, I just couldn't get the levels right.

Re: Emma's pastoral scenes

Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:26 pm
by DH106
Not Leyland Hippos. Thinking of a different project altogether!

Re: Emma's pastoral scenes

Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:30 pm
by Tim R-T-C
Wow I've never seen those shots before, some amazing vignette potential.

Emma has sworn off 144th scale aviation but perhaps there is scope for a combined venture 🤔

Re: Emma's pastoral scenes

Posted: Tue May 04, 2021 2:42 pm
by DH106
Lovely shots exist of trams and USAAF aircraft in transit. But beware - there are those among the tram modelers who will tell you, in some detail, if you have modelled the wrong sort of controller on your 1/144 Liverpool tram.

Goodies here: https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/no ... es-8495862

And three or four years ago I built a Viscount prototype. The aircraft in question came to grief at Khartoum and this picture might be an inspiration to you: https://www.agefotostock.com/age/en/det ... V-10949967

There is probably scope for a Camelid and aeroplane SIG. See https://www.pinterest.com/pin/416020084319298894/

Re: Emma's pastoral scenes

Posted: Tue May 04, 2021 5:31 pm
by teddybeer
DH106 wrote: Tue May 04, 2021 2:42 pm And three or four years ago I built a Viscount prototype. The aircraft in question came to grief at Khartoum and this picture might be an inspiration to you: https://www.agefotostock.com/age/en/det ... V-10949967
Superb picture and great idea for a diorama
But has the BEA gone as far as Khartoum ?
The borders of Europe were larger at that time ....? :shock: :o :D

Re: Emma's pastoral scenes

Posted: Tue May 04, 2021 6:46 pm
by Tim R-T-C
DH106 wrote: Tue May 04, 2021 2:42 pm
There is probably scope for a Camelid and aeroplane SIG. See https://www.pinterest.com/pin/416020084319298894/
I've heard of Elephants being used in Burma to tow planes. I think Langely Models make some circus animals. Perhaps a themed selection for the table at a future show?

Re: Emma's pastoral scenes

Posted: Fri May 07, 2021 9:04 am
by DH106
It was at Khartoum in the course of tropical trials when it suffered an undercarriage collapse on landing, and was written off.

Re: Emma's pastoral scenes

Posted: Fri May 07, 2021 9:10 am
by DH106
Searching images on "Elephants towing aircraft" is quite productive. Preiser does some elephants but they are 1:160. If the Preiser ones are African, you could file down the ears and they would be a good match for the smaller Indian/Sri Lankan variety.