About the blog

This rambling blog is about building a simple layout in HO, the available space is rather small but the prototype was not built on the grand scale, most rural stations were merely a curved loop and a siding, which is easy to replicate.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Farm workshop for Grafenwalde

A couple or more months ago, I built a Busch farm workshop but it seemed out of place for Oberfranken. Brick and timber-framed buildings are uncommon especially for farm buildings but a layer of render and beaver tail tiled roof would help.

The kit was given a layer of instant Polyfilla stained with dilute Raw Sienna acrylic and a new roof of Auhagen tiles.

 and the barn has received the same treatment

as has the pig-sty, just 30 x 20mm

Finally, a new Ursus C-45 tractor

All typical of  1950s Oberfranken

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Antioch- a farm for Grafenwalde

The next major build is underway - Antioch farm for Grafenwalde

This time from Müllers Bruchboden and other manufacturers.

The company is based in Nürnberg and reasonably close to the supposed location of Pottendorf, therefore their subjects should be appropriate for use. The farmhouse and barn are similar to many in Franken and will fit nicely with the other buildings. 

The farm buildings are almost completed and the next step is to create a farmyard

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Goods shed for Grafenwalde

Yet another goods shed - this time an ancient Kibri Eschbronn kit. 

It will not be built as Kibri intended, instead a low brick base and all-over brown, to match the other buildings on the layout.

First impressions count and this kit goes together perfectly.


Perfectly square and true