30 July 2013

Can of Peas


Well the original building I based the station building  on, West Worthing,  in the fifties had a double canopy at the front, and as of present day, it only retains the single canopy over the main entrance at the top of the steps -  the gabled canopy over the steps having long gone:
Image courtesy of google maps
So I decided to model it as it is now, being as the model is based loosely at the end of steam and the beginning of Diesel, those terrible denizens of railway bureacracy having decided to strip out the more ornate aspects of Victorian ironmongery.

Having looked at the prototype, it looks like there's only a single canopy bracket in the centre of the wall, so I began by scratch building the framework from Evergreen Microstrip having made a printed template and laying each part over said template, trimming to fit.

In this not great photo, you can see the canopy bracket and the  supporting framework made from 1mm square styrene strip. I sprayed these with primer before gluing to the structure.

The framework was next, and at this stage the canopy was starting to take shape. Further sections of 1mm square styrene were added at intervals for the supporting structure, glued at either end of slotted into place

I then painted the framework cream in preparation to add glazing

Glazing was then added in a single piece, and sections of 10thou x1mm strips were glued on to represent glazing bars.

At this point I realised that I was going to run out of microstrip for the glazing bars, so in tis photo, although you can't really see it, there are two bars missing.

Next stage is to make a valance and weather it all - its all looking a bit too clean -so watch this space....

In addition to canopy work, I've also added a few downpipes to the front. Additional downpipes are waiting until I finish the canopy...


  1. The canopy really looks the part as do the downspouts. I love the way you've painted and weathered the steps, by the way.

  2. I should have added that the building is looking wonderfully real in the close ups.

  3. Problems in posting from mobile but I should have added that the building is looking wonderfully real in the close up photos. Great work.

    1. Thanks Chas, I was willy nilly approving the comments before seeing them ;) I have problems posting from Mobile too.. Thank you for the kind words, It's slow progress, but I'm getting there!

  4. Superb work, this is definitely your magnum opus! (so far...I am sure there are many more masterpieces to come!)

    1. Cheers, Iain. It's been a labour of love so far...