'Twas a dark and stormy day, rail fell in its gallon, wind blew through, shaking the roof tiles. An Amber warning was in effect for storms. Or, as we with a Glasgow postcode call it, Saturday last, was the final 2023 get together of the Forth and Clyde Area Group.
An accident caused significant delay on the M8 for us heading East to Almondell, but it didn't put off the nine stalwarts of the Group, consisting of The Glorious Leader (Alisdair), Alistair, Alastair, James, Nigel, Andy, Graham, Simon, and I, your humble Scribe, Martin.
Despite the late arrivals of several of the Group, modelling was well underway from some of the Group, whilst others were partaking in the usual rounds of conversation and pontification that such a gathering of like minded modellers usually prompts.
This was all in preparation for the main event - at 14:00, a show and tell session was had, our first, and last, of the year. There were three shows and tells, from Alisdair, James/Nigel and Martin.
Alisdair showed a new bridge that he is constructing for Lawrie Adam's Yeovil layout. With Yeovil being about as far south as one can go from Glasgow before getting your feet wet, Alisdair had not been able to conduct a site visit for photographs/measurements/observations, but was instead working from a blown up section of scale map (from the National Library of Scotland's excellent archive), made to w2mm/ft scale, and some photographs from the layouts author.
Alisdair was using a new technique (for him), which I am absolutely certain we will see grace the pages of the Association Magazine (won't we...?) using a cheap pre-mixed filler to form both the structure and texture of the outer walls of each pier. He would apply a thin layer of the paste into a Plastikard former, then draw another formed piece of Plastikard over the top - this one with grooves, almost like a very short comb, which gave the horizontal indents to replicate stonework - with a piece of scrap etch held in a pin vice to make the upright indents.
Some of the piers were available for viewing - His Excellency had forgotten a box of parts, so only part of the bridge was available for display. Alisdair had constructed a Plastikard template to ensure the brdge fits in its final position down South.