Friday, 6 January 2017

Barn Blanks

I've picked up my scalpel for the first time in 2017.

My first project this year will be to fill in one of the very glaring gaps on Bron Hebog, the old barn which sits in the middle of the S bend as the line climbs out of Beddgelert.

Usually with the buildings on the layouts it is cutting out the windows from the blank pieces which is the most bothersome task.

This model doesn't have so many of those to worry about, and even though I will have to scribe all the dry stone effect into the styrene what's really going to be tricky is depicting the roof.

You can't really see it from the angle in this photo but the smaller half of the building at the front was in a very dilapidated state at the nominal date we set the layout, even though some renovation work has taken place since.

There were many slipped slates and large areas where the rafters are exposed - it's going to be quite a challenge to get right.


  1. Hi, I've been following your blog for sometime as a fellow styren modeller I am very impressed. For buildings I usually use Wills or Slaters sheet, can you tell me how you engrave plain sheet to such good effect and which tools you use?

    1. Sure, I'll do a post about it when I start scribing these pieces. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Scribing stonework onto styrene sheet sounds like very hard work. Iain Robinson's blog, showing some quite remarkable modelling, describes how he uses a material called Foamex in 3 mm thickness. This is a softer material, although still hard work. Possibly something worth considering?
    Chris Thomas