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.
Please click on a picture to see more photographs and details of the building.
My next model will be St Huberts Church, Idsworth, Finchdean near Rowlands Castle.
BUILDING A MODEL
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
See Bourne Mill – Water is made using compounds sold at model shops and exhibitions.
MIDHURST MODEL SHOW
The Grange Leisure Centre,
7 Bepton Road,
11th FEBRUARY 2018 – 10 am to 4 pm