Sunday, 1 March 2015

H0 scale pavements - Gare du Nord

Having made satisfactory pavements around the card buildings across from the Gare du Nord, I turned my mind to the length of pavement running along the front of the Gare du Nord facade.

At the moment it is just a length of green card.

Instead of card, which can curl up when painted, I used some very smooth thin plastic sheeting, gleaned from a table mat.

Used the existing green card pavement as a stencil.
But, as usual, I was thwarted when it came to choosing the colour of the new plastic pavement.

Initially, I tried a pale beige which I subsequently darkened - but still it wasn't right.

As is my habit, I pencilled in the paving slabs with pencil.

Looking at the colours in the ceramic facade of the station, there is quite a lot of  gun-metal, so I mixed up some water colour paints and smeared a dirty blue gray colour across the existing yellowish effort.

This looks much more promising.

Currently listening to:

A Blast from the Past

First released in 1966

Here's a link to youTube of Bobby Darin singing this song live in 1973.

And here's a link to him singing the song live with Stevie Wonder in 1969.

Bobby Darin and Stevie Wonder

Hardy Perennial

This Week's Addiction

Currently reading:

This book continues to inspire.

This book gets better and better

And the March edition of the magazine of the SNCF Society.

I particularly like the picture on the back cover which shows the 08.54 train from Lyons to Tours crossing the Tarare viaduct. Surprisingly, the photo was taken as recently October 2014. Surprisingly, because most trains in France these days are boring railcars with no locomotives.


A very enjoyable morning:

Went to see a French film at the GFT (cinema in Glasgow) which started at 11am. It was actually very good - based around the Electronic music scene in Paris during the 1990s.

Well Part 1 was about that period. Part 2 moved into the 21st Century and I took my leave at that point. Still, the first half was excellent.

Then met my big sister, niece and grand-niece for lunch at the Kelvingrove Art Galleries and took my grand-niece to view one of my favourite paintings therein by Albert Marquet.

The harbour at Algiers

Sunday, 22 February 2015

H0 scale scenery - pavements

Having laid the cobbled streets last week, this week the adjacent pavements were laid.

Unlike the cobbles which were manufactured in the form of a self-adhesive strip by Noch, the pavements were made from a piece of cardboard that I found in the house, painted white and added pencil lines to mark off the paving slabs.

Cutting the card to shape was a pain in the neck.

The green areas around the buildings on the left are to be paved.

The card painted white.

The card cut to shape and painted white.

Yep, it fits.

Drawing in the paving slabs.

The pavements and buildings in position.

Currently listening to:

A Blast from the Past.

Released in 1966

A Link to the song on youTube

Hardy perennial

The Big Huge - released in 1968

And its pal - Wee Tam

Sometimes packaged as a double album with The Big Huge

This weeks's obsession

Lena Willikens
Hear her on this link:

Currently reading:

This month's Africa magazine. Reporting the work of the St Patrick's Missions.

I read a passage every day.

Drumming update:

Last week, one of my Samba drumming tutors reminded the class that:

"Running is not simply fast walking."

In other words there are limitations to the learning regime that I have been adhering to which is that initially you practise a drumming pattern at a slow tempo and then steadily increase the tempo over the weeks.

It seems that the techniques of fast playing are not simply a quicker execution of slow playing.

This was a  revelation to me; although I'm not sure how to act upon it!


I've decided to drop my study of Logic - I'm simply not interested.

Instead I'm going to turn my attention  to the study of "Kinds".

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Laying Noch H0 scale cobbled street surface.

Before I get to the Noch cobbled streets, let's have a quick look at the set of H0 scale boules players manufactured by Preiser - I ordered two sets, but because of stock problems at the supplier, only one set arrived this week.

The boules area will be located under the trees next to the station. I decided to take the players out of the box that did arrive. Basically I wanted to find out how difficult it would be to stand the players on the gravelly surface. In fact, a little dab of blu tac under their feet was all that was required .

You can probably see the blu tac under their feet.

Under floodlights?

A few days later, I tackled the road surface that will run around the shops across from the station facade.

Just the one sheet - 30cm by 12cm.

Made up a stencil and drew around it.

Self-adhesive - just remove the backing.

And press into position.

A tricky shaped sloping section.

But the material is so flexible it sticks around any odd shaped surface.

With judicious cutting of sections from the single sheet, the entire road was surfaced in cobbles.

And with the trees back in position.

Next task, the pavements between buildings and cobbled streets.

Currently listening to:

A Blast from the Past.

Released in 1962,  Probably the tenth record I ever purchased.

And it still gives me goosebumps listening to it.

Here's a link for "Swiss Maid".

Hardy perennial.

Currently listening to.

Every day this week I've listened to Optimo's February podcast on Rinse FM 

Currently reading:

Reading the following books on a very enjoyable rota.

This book continues to powerfully resonate with me. For someone whose idea of the outdoor life is to find a car park with a nice view and sit in the car listening to music drinking tea from a vacuum flask whilst staring out the window, then clearly I am never going to run up a Fell. (If I feel really energetic, I might swivel my head around to look out the side window of the car.)

But these runners are my kindred spirits because they are 'romantics'.

The title of this book and its contents sum up my  Christian Faith.

This book actually gets better with each chapter. The early pages were a bit cliche ridden.

No cliches in this book.


Will really miss watching the French crime TV drama "Spiral". The latest series finished last night on BBC 4.

Basically, it's a soap opera in so far as I actually believe that I'm not watching actors but real people whose lives continue in those roles during the week in between episodes.