Most of the photos of the diorama are taken at the London show so you will see some lights, price tickets and sales literature but look through those and enjoy the layout of the station and the trains themselves.
|the quite before the storm!|
This job involved far more forward planning than I am used to. I had to make sure the trains fitted next to platforms, the buildings fitted into their area properly and really that everything worked.
The first thing I had to do was track down some railway line that was the right gauge and get a sample of the train so I knew how much space I needed to give the track. Once I had that then I could work everything else out. I used G gauge track and was lucky enough to find some 'starter' set that was just right for what I needed and didn't cost alot of money.
I am not a model railway model maker so had no idea what German railway buildings look like so I trawled the Internet and borrowed books from friends until I came up with interesting buildings- buildings that would catch the eye. The water tower, station buildings and the control building are all based on actual buildings. Everything else I made up.
|The station and control building behind the Figarti loco|
|All that brick work!|
The result was good for this job- it is big and industrial but it wouldn't work with everything so you need to pick and choose when to use it.
One of the other eye catching pieces I made was the crane. I think I got a bit carried away with it in the end but it was worth it.
|the crane was big!|
The whole thing was built from plasticard and strip of various shapes and sizes and then painted grey. I added a large white stripe to give contrast and lift it a bit. The rust and water marks also help to make it one of the talking points of the diorama.
|The gantry was all plasticard as well.|
That is it for talk... here are the rest of the photos.....
|view from the bridge|
|good view of the gantry.|
|the metal doors at the back open and close|
|posters from the Internet|
|a feel of a busy station- except for the price ticket on the vehicle!|
|the ballast on the track was cork chippings|
|a view of where I work- my attic|
|a birds eye view|
|this was the only tank I had when I was photographing at home|
|again, ignore it isn't German- it gives you an idea how big the building is|
|the wholes thing|
|a good view of the steps down to the platform|
|the sliding doors now open|
|the crane in action|
|the big clock face!|
Finally, finally... this job taught me a good lesson. I work in the attic so everything has to leave via my attic hatch. I have extended it but I must remember that at least one dimension of the finished job has to be less than 2 feet otherwise I can't get it out! This is never a problem with smaller scale of work but 1/30th work is a different matter. In this case the boards were both 3ft x 3ft so the buildings couldn't be taller than 2 feet. The water tower had to be taller and the clock tower ended up being over as well. Fortunately I remembered and designed them to come off the boards. One day I will forget!