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Moving on

British Rail Coach
BR Mk2B Second Open
British Rail Brake Coach
BR Mk2C Brake Second Open
British Rail Coach
BR Mk1 Second Corridor, depicted as running c.1981.
British Rail Brake Coach
BR Mk1 Brake Second Corridor, depicted as running c.1981.


I find myself in an unusual position. For the past several months, I have been working away from my computer, away from my “normal” job of graphic design. I have been following a path that I wanted to follow some years ago. Being much younger then, and not really having the contacts or the skills, frankly, I didn’t follow it up.

As you know, as regular readers, I am also a keen modeller. I love to make things, recreating the real world in miniature, but mainly concerning transport. For most of my life I have done this as purely a hobby, but a couple of years ago a chance discussion with a fellow modeller gave me the opportunity to build models for someone other than myself, and be paid for it.

Since that first discussion, I have built a total of seven 1/43rd scale model coaches for my friend (I can’t really call him a client, even though he offers money for my services), with the option of a further coach to come. I realise my friend is really using my services as a shortcut to acquire completed models much more quickly than he can do on his own—and he is no mean modeller in his own right, I have to say. However, the construction of the kits, with extra details and features as required, has been an enjoyable journey, filling in much knowledge of both the real thing and a period I don’t personally model. It also led to offering building services to the maker of the kits, which in turn has led to my first proper commission.

I am going to build three 1/43rd scale model coaches for a total stranger and be paid for it.

I find I am on the path to becoming a proper professional model maker. I find this prospect somewhat exciting, and not a little daunting. I realise this may never turn into a major source of income, so I shall have to continue to seek “proper” paid work, but it’s an interesting turn of events. I am currently working out a portfolio of model work I have done, and plan to design a web site to showcase my work. I didn’t expect to be heading off in this direction last year, I have to say.

The models above were all built by me, from kits supplied by my friend. They represent a selection of the seven coaches I have built so far. I painted the models to the required livery for the period (early 1980s), and my friend completes them by applying the transfers and a little weathering to his own tastes.

Breakfast 366 project – October 2012

Normally around this time of the month I am linking through to my Flickr account. Usually, it’s a link to a slideshow of images from the preceding month in my 366 photography project. Normally, I’d click a bookmarklet to share the slideshow automagically.

Only this time I am using WordPress and not Posterous. WordPress seems to want me to individually add each image before I can think about adding them to a post.


Sorry. Life’s just too short to spend half an hour futzing around with the upload and text editing interface. You’ll have to make do with just a plain old clickable URL instead. Enjoy.


Holy cow! Even pasting a straight URL doesn’t work! Try clicking here instead!

It’s everywhere! | Flickr – Photo Sharing!


It’s everywhere! | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

I spent the day being driven around south London by a client as we worked on getting photos of their operation for their new web site. Almost everywhere we looked, there was the Shard, looming over everything. It looked just like a spaceship had just landed right there in amongst all the other buildings. Even in the rain, it was an impressive sight.

September Dawn – a set on Flickr

One of my infamous Dawn Raids occurred this morning. It so happened the weather was forecast to be clear, and there was a high tide coinciding with sunrise, give or take a few minutes. I headed out to Hoo St Werburgh, which has rapidly become my local sunrise location of choice.

Swapping lenses on a DSLR always increases the possibility of dust and grot getting into the camera body. Only when I got home and downloaded the images did I spot a small hair in the bottom right corner of many images, caused by my holding an uncapped lens in the crook of my arm while swapping them about. At wider apertures the fibre was all but invisible, but stopping down meant it became clearer and clearer. I’ve had to do a bit of selective cropping and cloning to tidy things up. I was lucky, really, it only encroached in a corner. It has now been removed from the camera body.

For those without Flash, here’s the direct link to the set on Flickr.