Wednesday, 13 September 2017





                    O Yah! This is what I am aiming for. The Shadows Comes In Free.

                                                 THANKS FOR LOOKING BB

Saturday, 9 September 2017



Adding more detail to give added interest.

In this case,a small gothic door like the one seen above. First of all the shape was scraped into place and then work began to chisel and scrap and scribe out the raised entrance way for the door. After that the defining of the stone work surrounding the entrance and the actual wall was scribe out.

The medical plaster stuck onto the scribing tool where the file was upon the stem. It saved my hand from sore chaffing. Better there in the first place upon metal then placing it upon a rather sore hand.
A good tip when using hand scribing tools.

The little gothic door slipped deeply into place giving it the normality look of it being planted there for many a long year. The last of the wall was then finished off in the repetitive style of deep shadow line scribing.

Yes I am most pleased with the look. Wooden steps would have led up to the entrance in days long gone by. And so it is that the work ongoing is gradually falling up into place.

Thank you for viewing a little bit extra.  BB

Friday, 8 September 2017

Tiny Wars Played Indoors: My Spanish Army

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

OUR DOG KEATS a true story by BB

 This Update includes a Picture

I have felt very sad and tears flow now and again. Three days ago our little one eyed dog Keats,passed away. After 9 years as part of the family it does break your heart.I believe a little life lost deserves a few sad tears for they are only ever here once,as indeed are we all.
On a happy note,
Mrs B,and I saved her as a pup,as she was going to be put down because she was the runt of the litter and half blind. We bought her,and paid Vet bills to have her infected eye removed. So in that it comforts me knowing that our little happy home was also hers for her lifetime.

Of course she was Mrs B`s dog much more than mine, and Keats, would never let me pick her up or even pet her,but oddly her affection was shown in another way and I know that I will always miss her following me around the house all the time as if my shadow. I will also miss seeing her one good eye shining in the darkness under my PC desk, as  I type my work in the dark. Always I`d look down and there she would be content to be there,but it is dark now as this falls upon the whiteness of the screen but sadly she my shadow is no more..... Love is such a powerful strange thing.

It is rather quiet here now in our Fiddlewood home,as Keats, had sure made barking into a very fine art at odd times of the day. She was self appointed as the welcome dog as Mrs B,returned home and it was always noisy as she declared to Bella, our other dog and me,that the hunter gatherer had returned safely home. It is a Wolf Pack thing that`s for sure.
I had included little Keats our one eyed dog in one of my story`s " THE HOUSE", a few months ago in April.

                           Being 18 inches in height she sure was beautiful in her odd ways,
                           and well worth a little mention here.                                                                       

Thursday, 24 August 2017


Here below on this topic is a lot extra I found myself hacking into.

With some good sound castings now stacked up I decided to scribe out deeper around each stone block this will increase visual effect when looking across and along my railway layout.

It is all about creating a recess for natural shadow to hide out between the stone makeup of each and every wall. I have long found the simple hand held scribe perfect for such work,and therefore no need to use my Dremel  power tool. Well the case being my Mrs B,put it somewhere and then forgot where. It will turn up later when not needed.

And so it was upon an overcast wet stormy day that I began the touch scribing out work doing so in my own slow sweet time. The contrast between the one now enhanced  and that untouched one above is clearly seen, and therefore to my eye of reason is well worth the easy effort involved in adding my own characteristic style to it.

 These will be dipped in colour-wash and then installed into place. As I am not a good painter I rely upon the quick soak  and gravity flow method to ease such a frustrating labour from me.

A converted half sized wall is next to scribe out in the same easy style of extra additional change.

So as the thunderous rainstorm washed my gutters to overflowing point outside, i made a special pointed start on the buttress underscoring the stone, and found it a most worthwhile relaxing activity to do. 

Certainly creating deep scribing out areas ,without getting hum drum board with it all,will achieve the required look,i saw in my minds eye. Which will when complete become another unconventional reality as I model stuff by my own rules of play and not those pertaining to certain patterns of scale that quite frankly no one can see across a 10 foot railway anyway.

The two sides were soon nearly finished with my table and myself being well done and dusted,but it was all part of such a hands on job that needed doing.

                             The contrast between the two is I feel self evident.

The desired result means that shadow hides out like the outlaws of old story book tales.

Here`s a something extra to give a wall another feature other than stone. I cast up a couple of small doors, so I`ll use one just for fun. Now to make the place chosen look like where a door aught to be the wall casting needed a little bit more graft applied to it. The shape being marked out, the scribing  began  to dig out the spoil. Yes dig out in order to settle the door comfy in.

Scribing tools can make your hand blister because of chaffing ,and it is because these have a file along the metal stem. It is good to have a multipurpose tool, but my tip is put the plaster upon the tool where the rubbing points are going to make your hand saw. Much better than having a plaster on  quite a sore hand. So stick the metal up not your skin.

Trying the door out for size and depth. The left  hand scribing was yet to be done and dusted.  However the facing stonework around the entrench has been an easily  thing to do.

So the little door is settled into the wall,and it looks quite snug and comfy-like. Now in days of old doorways like this raised up one,had wooden steps leading up from ground level. In times of trouble and strife the wooden structure could be removed or set ablaze after pushing it aside.

Hopefully there will be another update soon.
So thanks for viewing the video guys, and looking at a little bit extra along with me. BB

Friday, 18 August 2017


A little correction is needed here,as the small parts made were buttresses, and not stone columns as described in my video. Comments on my You Tube Chanel and here on BB`s blog will always be answered.

                                                           A FEW PICTURES


The eye catching problem seen above where the two walls meet.

Forming the buttresses in the mould by installing styrene sheet pinned into place,then cast up.


After slight trimming....

Image is tried out for the first time.

It slips into place.....

... and that creates an unbroken line. So ones eye now accepts, and proves that this continuous uniformity simply works well. 

Four shortened buttress walls were cast to both start and finish the build. In total 14 walls 9 inches long and 4 walls 6 inches long were made.  

Thanks for taking time out to look. BB

Monday, 14 August 2017


Lots of shops on E Bay sell 1/72,1/32 and 1/35 scale bricks.
I decided to make my own which will come as no surprise for those familiar with my hobby style of work,and so it was that Sunday afternoon saw me cutting sections from a candy floss stick. "Just the job", I thought to my self as yet another idea of how to save money floated past my smiling little grey cells. Soon two sizes of brick like shapes were stuck onto an off cut of paper card.

                  Once more PVA Glue came into play sticking each wooden shape where I put it.

 The first silicone mould was soon produced and the first 69 bricks are shown above. I did not add colour to my mix,because I prefer to colour wash castings after they have dried out to a perfect white. However colours can be added to the mixing up process, but tends to slow down the curing time. Now it must be said I care very little for tiny bricks nobody can see upon my railway layout,so my simple bricks are seen above alongside one of my rulers. They will certainly fill my ever expanding needs.

Once more I got to play with those wonderful versatile Lego Bricks!
The reusable Board Pattern, just like on a factory production line, was used again to make a second silicon mould and then set up to make a third as seen below. Meanwhile the second casting up had filled again the first mould produced,and can be seen above.

Now ready made brick moulds can be bought on E Bay,and they cost £5.89 or there abouts with nearly another £5.00 for shipping costs. So one spends nearly £11.00 obtaining a silicone mould. That`s OK,for those that have a need for them in the hobby of arts and crafts. Of course ready made bricks can be bought  on line too,and a small bag of 2000 bricks cost £17.45 Free Post. Who are they kidding? Or one can buy 500 priced £7.49 Free Post.

The third and last mould was levelled off with one of my old favourite tools. My old Butter Knife! One will never find one in a modern tool kit that`s for sure. Before that levelling began I`d fingered and thumbed the silicone into the tiny mould. Yes I had used my best ever tools a body can ever have use of,my hands.
These three cheap rubber things cost  less than £3.00 to produce. Less than a Pound each,and will yield 207 bricks from  4 teaspoons full of Plaster of Paris. 500 bricks daily for a couple of weeks will fall into my stash. They will most certainly soon stack up.

What will I use my bricks for?
Everything from odd buildings ,double sided brick walls,to pavements and road ways,both on the waterways and Canal, and in `Honey Well', my little spiralling township of rambling buildings with its railway Station that oddly seems very busy at times.

I will most certainly use the bricks set into stacked up patterns to make,yes larger moulds.

Having been very busy casting up castellation walls,and there being always a little mix over I spread it into my brick moulds,a few shown above but over 8000 bricks have been added to my pile. Much better than assigning it to the waste bin and landfill somewhere in the UK. 

Have fun.  BB

Thursday, 27 July 2017


During this scratch build it often reminded me of DOOGAL from The Magic Roundabout.

                   Plumbers Hemp was a great material to use. It cost £7.00 UK Stirling to make,
                   and I still have some over for another build in the near future.

There is a certain satisfaction  that comes from making ones own buildings from scratch. They might not look that good, but in the world of arts and craft it is the use of imagination and ones hands that often really count.

                            A simple Haystack  is quicker to build.Here is my paper card scratch built
                            hay wagon of yesteryear with old HAT, wheels fixed onto home made axles.

                               Smaller building are planned for a later date  BB

Sunday, 23 July 2017


                        One more course to lay to create the sloop at each end.

                                    Both raised ends are tapered down toward the middle.

Once the last course is layed, the entire top can be put into place and finished off.

                                                                      Awaiting glue to dry.

The classic cartoon pictures certainly inspire the average scratch-building.  Me!
A wooden roofed building is certainly possible. BB

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Making Egyptian Walls The Easy Way. presented by BB

Toys often enable scratch builders certain ways to create something special and here the Playmobil toy is a terrific help for creating ornate walls between columns already made.                              

Here the Lego Bricks  form the oblong box needed to create the mould and so the plan involves pressing silicone rubber into each box thus making two patterns.   The centre feature of Tut,is not needed,as columns have already been made that will be placed in between the two wall reliefs.

Once the rubber is cured about 20 minutes the patterns can be removed washed in soapy hot water and dried. Each will be placed with the impression side facing up,so yes they lay upon their flat back. Lego Bricks then come into play again forming the raised sides up a brick size above the patterns. Than Plaster of Paris will be poured into this box mould thus creating the figures on the wall relief for my project. I will need 10 of each,and these when dried to a perfect white can then be quickly dipped into my own colourwash which seals each casting in color. So can be handled without getting chalky marks everywhere.                                                                                         


Rubber Filled By Hand

Above the rubber Patterns have been removed and they were trimmed by large scissors.
                                                  Total cost £2.75 UK Stirling!

All set into the Lego Box again, and the edges brought up by one extra brick level.

                                                          Filled with Plaster of Paris.

Here are the first two Ancient Egyptian Wall Relief.  18 more 10 Pence pieces to cast up.

                   To realise the full extent is a something somewhere yet to come.

                        This is The End of this quick and easy to do topic.  BB