The following photos show the construction of a simple two road engine shed diorama featuring the assembled kits & figures of Mike Rayner's Smallbrook Studios GN15 Nellie range. This diorama was entered into the Dave Brewer Memorial Trophy held at EXPO NG today.
base material 2' x 8.5"
progress on the engine shed, No 4 "Fidget" used to ensure that the doors are high enough for the chimney
Plasticard retaining wall in primer
Close up of the engine shed - hinges are 1:12 dolls house type, the doors work and the MG & FT LR sign adds detail (Much Gnattering & Far Twaddle Light Railway). The letters are from the Slaters plasticard range for SM32
This view shows the stone wall effect, subsequently replaced, to my regret, with a different paint scheme. Steve, I agree with going with the first try as we discussed at Expo NG. Notice the extended hinge detail. The paint scheme is base coat, subject to further weathering.
Weathered engine shed. I use games workshop paints and their new washes are superb to highlight detail.
Ground cover using DAS air drying modelling clay. Lamps are G scale and are battery powered, the water crane is a Duncan Models 7MM GWR ground mounted. The canvas hose at the end of the water crane is made from 10mm heatshrink (used by electricians to keep wires tidy).
This picture shows some ground cover. I used Vallejo "Black Lava" acrylic medium (the coarsest grade) as the overall ground cover. The grass is a flock product for G scale. The Elbow Grease tank wagon of the "Buffers End Polish Co.Ltd" and the barrells of axle grease and squeak retarder keep everything spick, span and running smoothly on the MG&FTLR. Please take note of the sign - no teasing of engines !
Final view - I hope you enjoy viewing the diorama as much as I enjoyed building it.
A big thank you to Greenwich and District Narrow Gauge Society for organising the exhibition and not forgetting the many traders, creative geniuses and others who make the hobby and exhibition such an outstanding success.
With kind regards & best wishes