Saturday 7 September 2013

HO scale chimney stacks - a completely different approach.

Abandoned the use of wooden blocks for the chimney stacks.

Instead, tried a 2D approach which I felt was in accord with the overall aesthetic approach of the project; namely, that the layout should give an impression of being a busy, dirty French city of the late 1950s.

The medium used to make the chimney stacks should be judged on its ability to create that impression of chimney stacks lost in the skies above the aforementioned "busy, dirty French city of the late 1950s." So, unpromising as it might seem, I tried a sheet of A4 card.

I cut out these outlines of chimneys from the sheet of A4 card.They actually look better in the flesh than they do in these photographs. I'm still going to customise them, but overall, I'm very pleased. A damned sight better than the wooden blocks.

Currently listening to:

Last night's dinner:

Forgot to take photograph, but it was a hamburger roll and chips plus many pints of lager in the Counting House in Glasgow's city centre. The establishment was teeming with Belgian and Scottish football fans getting getting ready for the walk across town to the stadium for a World Cup qualifier.

Currently reading:

Recently, I've slowed down to just a few pages per day.


Not sure what to do with all these wooden blocks that I sawed up for the above mentioned chimney stacks.

Now, if I could go back in time to the 1950s these blocks would have been Manna from Heaven for me and my school friends. For although every other school in the area was allowed to play football in the playground with a ball, we were only allowed to use a wooden block - like a puck.

We did this every playtime and lunch time for 7 years. The blocks were in short supply, so the same one would be used for days on end (kept in some boy's pocket in between games). They would end up very thin and looking shiny and polished as, day after day, they skited about the concrete playground.

No wonder we had the worst school football team in the area.

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