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.

                                           THE DIPPING IN COLOUR-WASH
                                             EMULSION PAINT & WATER

All the castings are now sealed and are ready for dry brushing extra colour on,but for now this is.....
                                                                 THE END

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