Monday 20 January 2014

Model Railways - aesthetic considerations

To repeat the oft stated fundamental principle which underlies the creation of this model rail layout: it must look good (rather than be accurate).

Obviously, accuracy has its place: there must be something sitting on the baseboard which looks like a model railway rather than, say, a model trombone. But "looks" rule "accuracy".

So, lets consider whether or not one of the ceramic buildings should have chimney stacks or not.

At the moment there is a representation of chimney stacks in place.

The building in the centre is under discussion.
And here is the building with its chimneys removed.

I actually prefer the bottom picture because the church behind the building comes into a greater (and deserved) prominence when the chimneys are removed.

Also, I think the building itself looks better. It looks more modern, admittedly, but that's OK. I'm sure that there was apartment construction which took place in post-war Paris.

Another possibility would be to install lighter coloured chimney stacks: perhaps gray rather than the reddish-brown that they are at the moment.

I'll explore that possibility. In the mean time here are some other views of the church.

Currently listening to:

Continuing with my Samba rhythm indoctrination in order to facilitate my bongo playing ie to make it smoother and more natural sounding.

Will it work?

Last night's dinner:

Beef Burguignon plus rice and green veg.
Currently Reading:

Whenever I having nothing to read and am desperate to read something, I turn to Earthly Powers.


Cycled along the side of the Clyde to "People's Palace" and had a roll and sausage in their cafeteria.

Office workers having a lunch time work out.

The gents toilets at the "People's Palace" is a pleasure to behold.

And this nearby modern apartment building could be in Nice or Cannes or maybe Monaco.

On the way back, passed a bridge being re-painted. At the moment it is covered with protective polythene sheeting.

It reminded me of those artistic projects where famous and less famous landmarks are covered in plastic sheeting - usually by the husband and wife team, Christo and Jeanne-Claude (she died in 2009).

Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Here is the Pont-Neuf in Paris which received their attentions in 1975.

And, famously, the Reichstag in Berlin.

God knows where the money came from for all these projects; they were all supposedly self-financing.

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