First up was Chris, who took us through the technique he has developed for Bosaleck, written up in more detail on RMWeb, and indeed reported on from our March meeting. But you can never have too many photos so here's a sequence of what he showed us:
Starting with a "kit of parts" on 1mm card. The laser can cut holes with separation down to 0.3mm.
Spray with ultramarine/umber mix below and white acrylic above, and dust with Attwood Aggregates Scenic Dust:
Doors added, masked and sprayed green
Smart Models: a great time-saver:
Roof tiles printed on brown 80gsm Kraft selfadhesive paper
An example of the finished result:
Mick's building technique starts with hand-cut card parts and brickpaper covering (Builderplus or Howard Scenics), as instanced by these shots of a pigsty for his Callaton layout. The paper is left with overlaps: when joining two pieces at a corner, one is trimmed off first, the part is joined, the overlap form the second one brought round the corner and carefully trimmed, with the white edge removed using a touch of watercolour. A razor blade and a scalpel are indispensable.
That ended the "Buildings" theme, but it was interesting to see how four modellers use very different techniques to achieve such high quality results.
Simon showed us the baseboard legs he has made for Glenfinnan, using IKEA bed slats as raw material. These are nicely seasoned and can quite often be acquired for nothing from discarded furniture. A base plank of 3"x1" is rebated to take the IKEA bed slats. Two slats are used for each leg, with a slot routed in one to take a sliding peg and tightening bolt on the other, so height adjustment is possible. A triangular flap, hinged so it can fold flat for storage, provides stability
We spent some time discussing (yet again!) the possibilities for a new group layout once lockdown has eased. A shed scene may offer possibilities. Our homework is to come up with some concrete ideas.
The next meeting, still likely to be virtual since Scotland will still be in phase 2 of the lockdown relaxation, will be on 11 July.