Detail details

16 Feb

The devil is in the detail is something we often find at work and usually it’s a lack of detail prompting the conversation.
With railway modelling, the opposite is often the case. Many excellent models have detail that gets overlooked, missed or ignored, equally other similar standard layouts don’t bother and no one notices.


Details such as Point rodding, signal wires and posts etc fall into this category. On Kirkmellington, as part of my aim to learn new things and raise my standards, I have been adding these details piece by piece. The point rodding was added first using the Wills plastic kits. In the run up to Stafford, I added signal wire posts along the back. Measuring in at 1mm* 1mm * 10mm and being brown, they blend in very quickly. These are MSE white metal castings. I need to look at wires (again by MSE) and pulleys before we show at Ally Pally in March.

I have been keen to include scenic items / debris in the colliery that are correct to the 1970s and to NCB colliery settings. New items recently have been a small forward tipping dumper built from a Ten Commandments white metal kit which was a straightforward build. I have also added a Bachmann Scenecraft Holmans compressor (exclusive to Kernow Models) with a lightly weathered finish. Whilst this twin pack is not cheap, it fits with my detail aims and fills a gap.

Finally we have people. I have used the miners pack from Bachmann for people in the colliery and very good they are too. I recently picked up some traincrew / ground staff type figures from Modelu to place in the exchange sidings. Once painted by MrB senior, these really are great figures and have added a different dimension to the layout.

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