Over the last few weeks I have been making odd details for the layout, painting figures, making wagon loads, boxes, sacks, etc. Nothing too extraordinary. Many of the figures - mainly the cheaper seated Chinese ones - have now been added to some passenger coaches. And, as an excuse to try out a new camera, here is a photo of some of the remaining un-fixed items.
Figures are various makes, all have been re-painted: A Chalk Garden Railway Guard, Preiser Elderly Lady, little girl with teddy (unknown make) found cheap at an exhibition, two Deans Marine figures (terrible brittle plastic and out-of-proportion limbs and heads) and three Chinese seated figures. Various cartons (given to me by a friend), barrels, Sidelines sacks and large Wool sacks made from Das clay.
I was surprised, as some of the Chinese figures came out quite well, though I am still trying to master techniques.
It seems I now have at least five exhibitions to attend next year with the (I hope) complete "Longstone" layout:-
Memorial Hall, DEREHAM - February 24th
Blyburgate Hall, BECCLES - Norfolk & Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers Open Day Exh. - March 3rd
Barton Le Clay Village Hall, BARTON LE CLAY, Beds & Bucks Narrow Gauge Modellers Open Day - May 13th
Bressingham Steam Museum, BRESSINGHAM, "Narrow Gauge East" - June 2nd
Colchester County High School for Girls, COLCHESTER, Colchester Model Railway Club - 28th October
Best Wishes to you all for Christmas and the New Year