March 18, 2011

Australian Vernacular

The next house for Hope St is a detailed LJ Models card kit of a quite typical early Australian suburban house. Once again, the producers' comment that some detailing lifts these kits is born out with simple detailing - real corrugated roof, cast chimneys, wooden steps and posts, cast window frames, etched cast iron work and wooden roof supports. I think it shapes up pretty well opposite the scratchbuilt pair of cottages, and is a very good result for a rather inexpensive kit.

March 10, 2011

Power to the People

Funny things telegraph poles, they are such a common feature of suburban streets as to be virtually invisible, however leave them out of a model and something is clearly missing, or put in some generic item, and there is something quite amiss! Hence these three poles have built in the style of the day and location and emplaced in Hope St, along with rudimentary wiring - just enough to garner the impression of what they're doing there. The means of carrying power under the overbridge is per prototype.