New reading…

This landed on my doorstep early this week. Having spent a chunk of my formative years in and around Staffordshire (playing cricket for Betley and representing the Audley Brass Band) the book leapt our at me. Ok, it doesn’t really talk about the Audley area but it’s still interesting, and as for that photo on the first page. Rickety track, rickety wagons. Perfect.


Naming your Toad…


The new episode of iZombie.

My modelling station.

An unfinished Oxford Toad.

Custom decals from Precision Decals.

Twenty minutes.

It’s now varnished and drying in the station at Little Lawley. Just a bit of weathering to go and it’s all done.



Today I’ve done a bit of work on the landscape at Little Lawley. I’ve decided to experiment and have used floral foam. It’s lightweight, easy to shape and easy to cut. The next step is to paper mache over the top and paint it before applying static grass and other green scenic items.

Brown Toad…


Today, in an effort to do some actual modelling, has seen me paint my Toad. Formerly an Acton, GWR grey, it is now bauxite, in keeping with the TSR’s version.

I’ve used Humbrol acrylic (no 70) and brush painted. It’s taken well and the few areas where the coverage isn’t perfect don’t overly matter as some weathering will take care of them.

I do want to add the Wellington R. U. letters and any other relevant signs as well – they’ll have to be a custom job I think.


Finally, here’s a quick shot just to check how things look overall on Little Lawley. Quite happy if I’m honest, but as Mr Portillo will have quite a climb to get on any carriage currently, I’m thinking the platform should be my next job.



There’s not been huge progress on Little Lawley recently. That said, I do have a few reasons why (your honour). Firstly there’s work and secondly there’s university work. There’s also band-related things that need doing, as well as house work. Oh, and I want to make time for Amy too.

There’s also been Train Sim. I downloaded a copy of it some time ago for a ridiculously cheap £2.99 a while back and quickly added the Corris system download. I’ve also recently added the Somerset and Dorset line as well as A1 Tornado.

It’s great fun and really quite addictive. Space dictates I can’t have an enormous model railway, but I don’t really need one when I can head down to Shepton Mallet on a Black 5 one day or ride behind Corris no. 7 the next. Great fun.

All I need now is to find a route for the Telford Steam Railway!