Little Railways Need Little People

I spent yesterday painting figurines for the three coaches on my workbench. The models are meant to represent the condition they were in in the middle 1950s, and the client helped choose some suitable figures. There are about a dozen characters altogether. Here’s a selection.

James Dean


Bear in mind this James Dean lookalike is about 40mm in height.


Yes, the paint is a bit rough in places, but the camera is a cruel taskmaster. Even working under a powerful magnifier, I couldn’t actually see some of these flaws. My other excuse—not that I need one—is the figures will be fitted inside a model railway coach, which doesn’t have any internal illumination. I think they’ll pass muster, even if my internal perfectionist complains.

I build models for people to make a living. Check out my web site where you can see more of the work I am doing, as well as past projects.