Aylesbury Junction Dec 19, 2010 14:27:37 GMT
Post by metroland on Dec 19, 2010 14:27:37 GMT
Thanks for the comments. I wondered how long it would be before someone picked up on the station building!
One of the layouts that inspired me was one by a German called Abermymach (that's the layout not the German). It was in RM in the 1980's a couple of times (I said I'd been armchair modelling for a long time).
Anyway he'd been to Wales a few times and been smitten by the GWR (well who wouldn't be?) At the time, there was no internet, and very few British kits in Germany so he resorted to bashing Kibri, Vollmer, Faller etc, and made a good stab at a welsh GWR scene using German kits, modified.
It got me to thinking that in the Victorian era a lot of buildings in UK and Germany and USA were quite similar if you're careful what you pick.
Obviously some designs are very Teutonic, and some north American stuff just doesn't suit. However it did broaden my horizons to keep thinking about these possibilites.
A lot of station buildings in London and SE during the railway mania years were what I call 'Italianate Town House style' - no idea if that's the correct architectural term but that's what I call it.
I was looking for something of this ilk when I stumbled across a Kibri admin building - which is what this is. I feel this represents a fairly important station building of an appropriate era, or how the directors would have wanted their line to be perceived - grandeur on a budget!
I need to do some more anglicisiation but that's for the future. The roof has tiles laid in diamond fashion rather than traditional UK style. I was going to change the roof tiles, and probably will eventually. However, in the interim I realised the GWR had roof tiles like that, and Slough still does. Not sure if the Met or LNWR ever did. I haven't found such a reference yet - if I do I'll have a chance to be lazy and leave it!
Yes I take your point about resin buildings from Hornby/Bachmann. Great things to start with - either no mods needed, or very little.