It all started some years ago when I met Graham Hutchins at a Pontin’s Model Makers and craft week.

He had made a model of Adlestrop Station in Gloucestershire. (It was closed in 1966 ), complete with engine and carriages all made from cardboard.

One year he ran a class for children/adults to make models from cardboard. I was hooked, and have made models using card ever since.

A few years ago I started showing my models at exhibitions. A few people suggested I put the models on the internet. So here is my website, which I hope may encourage others to take this up.

BUILDING A MODEL

SITE VISIT

The first stage in the project is to visit the building if possible, to check feasibility of making a model.

Then take a lot of photographs, and if possible, take some measurements of the building. Sometimes it is possible to get drawings or plans.

PLANNING

After site visit you need to decide what scale you are going to build the model and do some drawings, or plans.

BUILDING MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES

WALLS

See Alfriston Clergy House – The Walls are made from Grey Board (available from  Craft/Hobby shops).  Glue layers together to get the thickness you require. I use PVA glue.

BRICKS/TILES/PAVING

See  Smallhythe Place – A sheet of card is painted with water based paint in the appropriate colour. An uneven effect is desirable to create the look of the natural variation between bricks or tiles. This can be achieved by using water on top of the sheet.

Cut the sheet into strips then individual tiles/bricks. For tiles paint along the edge of the strips so that the bare edge won’t show when laid on the roof.

FLINTS

See Lodge House and Dairy

STONES

See Long Compton Lych Gate

COBBLES

See Wymondham Market Cross

Flint and stone wall effects are created with artists oil paint. A mixture of different colours are used, but not blended together. In order to give the natural variation in colour required, the paint is applied to the wall one flint or stone at a time, thickly enough to give the correct definition of a rough finish. Oil paint takes a long time to dry, ( 2 weeks before you can touch it, longer to set hard ) so care must be taken to avoid smudging. To make cobbles, when oil is nearly dry, press each cobble gently to get flat top effect.

THATCH

This is made using Plumber’s Hemp. It is cut into lengths and sandwiched between 2 strips of card, then cut the card strip in half, and trim hemp to size. The pieces are then applied to roof, starting at the bottom, by glueing the card strips  in layers on top of each other up the roof.

Dried Flax stems from the garden have been used to make the cross pattern on top of the roof and the line around the edge.

SHINGLE or GRAVEL

See Long Compton Lych Gate – Oyster shell for birds has been crushed to make it a better size for the scale of the building.

PLANTS

See Alfriston Clergy House – Grass is scenic material bought from Model Shops. Plants are made from various dried seed heads/stems from the garden or growing wild. Oil paint is used for flower heads, water paint for stems/leaves

WINDOWS

See Wymondham Market Cross – Windows are made from plastic sheet from model shops or packaging. The lead effect is made by scoring/etching lines into plastic , painting sheet  with black paint, then wiping paint off, which leaves paint in the etched grooves.  Bars for window frames are made from card.

DRAIN PIPES AND GUTTERS

See Clouds Hill – Drain pipes and gutters are made from brass rods from model shops.

WATER

See Bourne Mill – Water is made using compounds sold at model shops and exhibitions.

EXHIBITIONS 2018

MIDHURST MODEL SHOW

The Grange Leisure Centre,
7 Bepton Road,
Midhurst,
West Sussex
GU29 9HD

11th FEBRUARY 2018 – 10 am to 4 pm

 

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