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


  1. It was great you joined us but I don't know what your great niece thought of your favourite painting she didn't comment.

  2. Probably didn't want to offend me.