A visit to Snailbeach in the mid 1970s left a deep impression, with the derelict remains of the lead mine and tips. For anyone unfamiliar with Snailbeach, see http://www.shropshiremines.org.uk/snailbeach/
. The site has now been cleaned up, the buildings have been conserved and it is possible to take a trip underground in to the mine workings.
My first attempt at making a building in a very long time was inspired by the Snailbeach loco shed. I re-visited the site a few weeks ago and realised that my building has more windows than the one that inspired it and the corners are square. I do not think that any two walls are parallel on the full size Snailbeach loco shed.
I have previously made stone buildings from plaster of Paris, but this can be heavy and is also quite brittle. This model is built from two layers of foam core, separated by 3/8 inch square balsa.
It is light and very strong. The walls were covered in a layer of Das air drying clay, ready for the stonework to be scribed in.
The stonework is not difficult to carve, but does create a lot of dust. This has made a fine layer all over the lounge, computer, TV etc, and my previously black camera is now several shades lighter after taking the photos. My wife is not amused
The worst of the lumps and bumps were sanded level after the Das had dried, then the fun began. I started by scribing some parallel lines to keep everything level.
Then I filled in between the lines.
I incorporated some of the remaining bumps in to the stonework to give a bit of variety.
I found that after a couple of hours working on the model I 'ran out of stones' so gave up carving and found something else to do. After what feels like forever I have finally finished carving the walls, so can someone take the carving tools off me before I start on something like the Snailbeach compressor house!
The roof will be the next thing to be tackled, followed by the windows and doors, all hopefully without making as much dust.