Thursday, 21 November 2013

So much to do, so little time....

The reason I can't always keep up with the blog is that I don't just do model buildings to please myself.
Rather, I do master patterns for kits and the occasional one-off for a collector, etc.  Not many of those recently, but patterns for model slot cars, aircraft and some model railway stuff have come thick and fast.

Currently this is nearly finished.
Invicta S-Type Low Chassis.  A 1/32nd scale pattern for first, a white metal static model and then, with some simplification, a slot racer in resin.  The Gauge 1 model railway people would, no doubt like the static model.

Then there's this:-
1/32nd scale, also.  A De Havilland DH 89a Dragon Rapide.  Pattern for a very high end model kit for a new French company.  So high end that this tiny photo-etch fret of 3 thou. thickness had to be done from my artwork to put not in the kit, but on the master.  Even finer p/e bits will be in the kit, including the flying "wires", bracketry, cockpit detailing, etc.  The artwork for this, by the way, was done by pen and photo-copy, NOT computer. Fortunately, my client was able to use it. He has his own photo-etching machine and process.  BUT, no British firm will now accept pen a/w for etching any more, even PPD, so I don't know how to get any, as I cannot make head nor tail of computerised artwork!

                     And this:-
Pilatus PC12 master in 1/72nd scale for a British kit manufacturer of rare and interesting civil aircraft.

Along with a cordite van in O9 from Waltham Abbey Gunpowder factory and a 2mm scale Kitson 0-6-0.
The latter is in nickel silver and brass to fit the excellent N-Drive 9mm gauge chassis.  Here are similar masters I made earlier. A Quarry Hunslet in OO9.

and Effie, a Hayward miniature loco in O9
Both in nickel silver and brass to fit the N-Drive chassis and now cast in white metal.

So, progress on the model buildings might be a bit slow, but then again?....

1 comment:

  1. Oh, my...those master patterns are exquisite, especially the little Hunslet. What beautiful work.