Apr 182013

The cottage at Greatford crossing is quite a dominant feature and clearly needs to be treated as accurately as possible. Whilst Noel Ingram’s photos reveal a lot of detail there are areas visible to the spectator of the layout that his work does not show or at least only gives a tantalising glimpse of. One major asset is that a similar building still exists at Hurn road crossing just a few miles south of Tallington. The design is to the Italian Villa pattern used by the GNR at the start of the last century and seems to have some strange characteristics. For instance, as a semi it only has one door to each side and that is at the front. The Hurn road house is now converted to one property and a rear door has been added. this puzzled me to begin with but on one of Noel’s images there is clearly just a window at the rear with a short fence between the two halves of the house. The other ‘just visible’ feature is the shed at the back. I am given to understand that this shared building housed an outside privy and a coal place but it is arranged as separated halves with a path between them each covered by a sloping slated roof. Something of a similar pattern is to be seen in photos at Tuxford beyond Grantham further north.

Construction of the model began with a shell made from laminated card about the same thickness as art mounting board. I developed a technique of interlocking sides and roof using the chimney stack as a locking key. This enables me to take off the whole roof section so that interior lighting and detail can be added or removed. The walls are covered in embossed plasticard and hand painted to yield variations in individual brick tones whilst all windows are hand cut from thin plain plasticard and glazed from behind. At present there are gutters to add and water butts with downpipes to complete the scene.

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