I almost convinced myself that the redevelopment of Wood Bros was just about complete, and took a photo to show how it looks now.
My normal view of the layout is straight on, as it's stuck in a corner, and I squeezed around to take the photo from another angle. Oh dear! I thought the uprights on the railings on the stairs were reasonable - They Won't Do! The photo also illustrates Corser's Ninth Law of Modelling: you don't notice that something isn't straight until just after the glue fixing it in position has set!
This photo was taken with a flash, and the colour values of the new building and the photo backdrop are quite a reasonable match. Unfortunately, the flash has illuminated the area on the extreme left under the building and exposed the shortcomings there - normally it's very dark and gloomy, and gives a hint that it might go back further than it really does.
Sometimes I still hanker for the old layout, with it's feeling of openness - it seems much smaller now. It's like going back to a place that you knew years ago and finding it's all been built up and the fields have gone! Also, there was an simplicity (to borrow a phrase) about the original set-up, with the buildings just flats with printed-out brick or corrugated covering. On the other hand, there is a lot more interest on the left hand side now, and I can make the layout into a roundy-roundy if I want to. And to think I started this phase back in November just intending to plant some grass
Anyway, there is still detailing to do, and I must sort out the recipient for the tipping operation - that Unimog truck that someone mentioned might be a candidate for some butchery. I also must get some more figures in the scene - never a dull moment!