The great thing about being part of model train club or forum is that you get to try out new idea and techniques.
The postings of members models and layouts seems to... (well to me anyway) have a strong British influence in their architecture compared to most of the models I see around here.
For example building are always make of corrugated iron that is rusting away. This is understandable as most of the building that I would see for an hour in every direction from my house (I live in rural Queensland, Australia) are made this way, also the colour of trees and grass always have that burnt, dry look as does our countryside.
So seeing other members models is always refreshing. Having said that I thought that I'd give some new techniques and building styles a try. Below is my result.
Details of the gate.
While wooden gates are not unheard off here the wire or mesh gate a way more common.
I also decided to use some brass tubing and flat brass off cuts which were scarp to make some working hinges.
The bolts are HO/OO scale Peco track pins.
also the gate latch made from brass bits. Sadly it is not a working latch, this one is just for show.
Then finally the building facade at the back. I wanted to try some different ideas for brickwork. The last time I went in to town I stopped at the only art supplies place we have for just a look around. I ended picking up a bag of "Matte Board" off-cuts. These boards, depending on their colour were between 1.5 and 2 mm thick They were very easy to cut up and left a nice clear edged finish. I cut up about 20, 3mm wide stripes with my balsa stripper then chopped them into 9mm long "bricks" and glued them onto a backing board. To replicate the damaged bricks I cut some egg carton into the same size as by bricks as attached them the same way. I'm yet to give the wall a coat of paint or weathering to tie them all together but so far I feel that it was well worth the effort to just try some new ideas.
Yes I know the bricks on the fence post are out of scale and that colour is way off. I think that I'll redo the fence's brick post using the same type of bricks as used on the building