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What colour?

I’m not one of those artistic types, who seem to instinctively daub the right pigment around for realistic effect. Red/green colour blindness doesn’t help, but mainly I just don’t seem to have any empathy in this regard. So how to work around these modelling inadequacies…? Basically what I’m looking for is a method to define…

Layout update

It’s been a long time between layout updates.  Mostly this has been due to absolutely no direct progress, but this is deliberate.  My plan is to have all the stock and structures completed before getting too much into the layout.  The reason being that layouts fall into decline after completion, so I want to avoid…

What’s on my workbench…

…and overflowing onto the kitchen table. W locomotives. There are a number of Ws on the go at present. Just building the kit and doing something generic doesn’t seem to cut the mustard at chez NZFinescale so the opportunity has been taken to add a few additional castings for some details that were short lived…

Fell deeds

The blog’s been neglected of late so when Peter Ross sent me photos of his completed Fell van based on the New Zealand Finescale kit it seemed like a good excuse to refresh it. The Greymouth Fell vans are, in my humble opinion, very attractive vehicles to model, being packed with character in a small…

The F emerges

Whew! Major milestones hit on the F kit today.  Etchings proved, castings proved – so just production to go! With the latest etching versions built, the chassis and long frame body etches are sweet.  The short frame body will need one more revision, but this is very minor. Having built the etches, the next task…

F class locomotive update

The arrival of a package of etchings from new artwork is always a mix of anticipation and nervous optimism.  The nerves arise from the cost and delay from any draughting or logical errors, the anticipation should be self-evident. The latest etchings for the F were revision B, so the nerves were not acute but the…

A new modelling paradigm?

I’ve been ruminating, as one does, on weighty matters such as the meaning of life and the state of the hobby. The hobby is comprised, at its leading edge, a group of luminaries who scratchbuild what they want, kit-building and bashing where possible. There are even loftier modellers of myth who scratchbuild pretty much everything,…