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For the past forty-odd years I have pursued an interest in the Railways of Germany however as the end of the line beckons, I have returned to the railway that has always run past my home - the Southern.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Washtub Cottage - a new learning curve

A couple of years ago, I 'discovered' the pleasure of laser-cut card buildings with really well designed kits from Stangel and Josswood but these were German outline, now I am modelling the Southern Region in the West of England.

Petite Properties have a good reputation for really nice laser-cut kits in MDF, they are very accurately cut and robust, I bought a couple.

This is Washtub Cottage, rather typical of a small rural dwelling in West Dorset, it still unfinished.

The outer finish is Stangel Acrylmasse, two coats were needed, the window sills are painted in white artist's acrylic and the natural wood colour is Rowney diluted Sepia Dye. 

The roof of the main building and porch is Redutex 076PC121 weathered tiles, the woodstore took quite some time to complete.

he only question is what adhesive to use to secure the acetate windows because once the roof is in place, the final catastrophe would be a detached window.  

Please note, the cottage will not have rainwater drainage, this was not widespread in the 50s, as seen in the image below.

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