Well, it's been a few weeks since my last update, and things have been progressing fairly well. I have now finished the plastering over the tunnel using plaster cloth and clingfilm to keep the track clean, so it is now ready for painting a muddy colour. At least it now looks like a snowy hill:
I've also been beavering away for some weeks, indeed months on a Wills Craftsman goodshed kit after deciding that the ready-to-plonk buildings didn't quite do it for me. It was quite tough, making no bones about it. It's a shame I didn't do a photo-diary, which I will try and do on my next project, but it's not a simple process. Unlike the ratio kits, which just glue together ready for painting, the Wills kits come as sheets of quite thick plastic mouldings, which you then have to cut to shape. I made the mistake of hurrying in the early stages, and the old adage of 'measure twice cut once' came back to haunt me, meaning my first experience with some very sticky modellers putty to fill the gaps. It looks ok, though having now painted it, I wonder whether the colour scheme looks too dark compared to the other RTP buildings I've recently purchased. See for yourself here, along with a loading ramp from Ten Commandments, and a weighbridge and hut from ratio:
Close-ups can be very cruel... but as a first effort I'm fairly pleased. I've now just started the Wills Craftsman station building, where the instructions are more than a little spartan I have to say. Don't expect that to be completed before Christmas!
Finally, I've given in to an ebay purchase which I've been after for some time. See if you can guess what it is:
I spent rather too much money on it, but it gives me pleasure, I'm lucky enough to be able to afford it, and electrics still haunt me!