With the threat of an impending public showing of Patea in its bare bones state, I got my skates on and spent a few hours during the week calculating the building dimensions from the pictures I had taken from a past visit.
Monday evening was set aside for a go at mocking up the buildings with whatever materials we could lay our hands on in the shortest period of time. First up, tonights surprise guest: An etched MMW OM wagon, complete with a piece of aluminium representing the tank:
So, without further ado, Cabbage and I leapt in with scalpels slashing and after a seemingly never ending supply of different materials, we had this:
I was slightly surprised how unimposing the buildings were and how they lacked some height when seen from this viewing angle. However, the join between the backdrop and the baseboard is hidden behind all of the buildings (even the low one at the right) and we should be able to hide the rest with scenery. Of course, this will look infinitely different once the backdrop is done and the final building added.
Here are the "buildings" in close up showing how we cut, hacked and ripped anything we could lay our hands on to get the general shape of each of the buildings in the complex.
And of course, this is how its supposed to look, as viewed from the cab of a passing DXB (apologies for the wiper blade...Doh!)
Finally, here are another couple of pics of the OM. Cabbage has said its a low priority job to complete as there arent enough crazies to make it viable, so I might have to wait a while to do train 547 for the layout (I only really need 8).
"Hang on, let me just straighten it...." (graunch) "Thats better..."