Grahame's N/2mm bashes

Discussion in '2mm Lounge' started by Grahame Hedges, 16 August 2019.

  1. Grahame Hedges

    Grahame Hedges Western Thunderer

    As suggested in my 'new member' intro thread, here's a few of my 'recentish' modelling projects. All are N/2mm (9mm gauge):


    Two NGS kit built Turbot YCV wagons (above).


    Unfinished scratch-built row of low-relief buildings (from Tooley Street, SE1) (above)


    A GEM white metal kit of BR/SR 0-8-0 Z class (on a Farish chassis) (above).

    And the model in my avatar pic is a Radley cast resin Bulleid/Raworth electric booster loco (class 70) kit. It's yet another unfinished model.

  2. Scale7JB

    Scale7JB Western Thunderer

    Great stuff!

    Buildings are very nice indeed.

  3. Grahame Hedges

    Grahame Hedges Western Thunderer

    Thanks. I've been making quite a few buildings and structures over the last year or so. All are scratch-built in card and plastic sheet in N/2mm and based on real buildings, although much compressed and simplified.

    When I get to grips with this web hosting photos malarkey I'll post up some more pics of them if people are interested.

  4. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer

    Ooh, nice start!

    Photos are easily hosted directly on the site, but bear in mind there’s a limit of 15 per post.
  5. Grahame Hedges

    Grahame Hedges Western Thunderer

    None of the following buildings are finished - I never seem to get projects completed before getting seduced in to starting a new one. Most are compressed by leaving out columns of windows and simplified:


    Above: This triangular shaped brick building was located at the bottom of London Bridge Road that leads down from the station forecourt to Borough High Street in front of the New London Bridge House skyscraper. It was the original London Bridge Underground station entrance but fell out of use. Both it, and New London Bridge House, have been demolished to make way for the Baby Shard/News Building complex. The roof tiling (I tend to use Redutex) and ridge tiles were missing when this photo was taken.


    Above: The original St Thomas’ church was part of the hospital built in 1212 but this building was constructed by the hospital governors in 1703 to a design by Thomas Cartwright, a 17th century English architect. It ceased to be a church in 1899 when the parish was merged with St Saviours which later became part of the Southwark cathedral diocese. The building now houses the oldest operating theatre in the UK, as a museum along with a herb garret, which are both open to the public. This model is a fairly accurate replica although not yet completed. The staggered quoins and window surrounds were cut from plasticard and applied over the brick embossed carcass facings while the pitched roof is card covered with Redutex tile sheet. Ridge ties, doors and the circular window frames/glazing need to be added.


    Above: Aston Webb House in Tooley Street was designed by Sir Aston Webb, an English architect, who also designed notable buildings such as Buckingham Palace and the V and A, and was the founding chairman of the London Society. It was originally the offices for a brewery/distillers but more recently the building was converted in to apartments. Being grade II listed it was one of the few buildings in the area that escaped demolition as part of the ‘More’ phase II development. The model utilizes PVCu waste plumbing pipe for the towers and the conical roofs are made from miniature plastic funnels (with the spouts and rims cut off) that are sold for decanting aroma oils.


    Above: The white building is Bank Chambers which is located just on the south side of London Bridge at 6 - 10 Borough High Street. It’s a fairly substantial building, built in the 19th century and now grade II listed. It became the first ever NatWest bank in 1970 when National Provincial Bank and Westminster Bank merged, although now it is a Fullers pub called the ‘Barrowboy and Banker’. On the right is Bridge House.

  6. Grahame Hedges

    Grahame Hedges Western Thunderer

    I've worked out how to load the pics on the forum so here's a few more:

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    Above: Colechurch House is considered to be a very fine example of Brutalist style architecture. The model is significantly compressed in length and width although the correct number of floors have been modelled. The pedestrian walkway under the main structure leads on the left to London Bridge and to the right in to London Bridge Station over Duke Street Hill. The model is almost entirely made from carboard.

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    The Shipwrights Arms, here viewed from behind as it will be seen on the layout behind the railway viaduct, is the only traditional pub left in the London Bridge area of Tooley Street. It is a grade II listed building which afforded it some protection.

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    This handsome Georgian style building is part of a terrace along St Thomas Street with a little fenced cobbled courtyard in front. It was once part of the hospital complex and later became railway company offices although is now privately owned. There's a semi basement level, which added to the complexity of modelling, and the two doors are at different levels - one on the ground level and one up a few steps (yet to be modelled). Both have complex broken pediments. To help compress the overall length I left out a column of windows from the righthand end. And one detail that I haven’t yet got around to, and may even permanently leave off, are the dormer windows.

  7. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    This was the old City and South London (now Northern Line) tube station Photographs

    Nice buildings - are we going to see a 2mm scale model of London Bridge station (Central and Eastern sections) ??
  8. Grahame Hedges

    Grahame Hedges Western Thunderer

    Hopefully yes, but it's a long term project and involves moving house first. And it's not a good time for selling and buying. Hence why I've embarked on some of the building and structure models. The few railway ones so far include a start on the 1970s dark footbridge with the SER offices (London's flat iron building) behind:


    The power box (of course again much compressed and not finished):


    And the corner of the station that was bombed in the war with the ramp up to the high number platforms. Unfortunately the ramps are rather steep as a result of horizontal compression but no compression on height (otherwise bridge clearances wouldn't allow vehicles like buses to pass underneath and doors would look silly at less than people height). The trainshed wall (upper blind three arch sections) and lower viaduct three arch sections they sit on are home made resin castings.


  9. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    I remember that footbridge - wasn't it some horrible brown colour?

    Will the long gone Alan Brett and Cannon model shop feature as part of the station approach buildings?
  10. Grahame Hedges

    Grahame Hedges Western Thunderer

    Yep, the panels (GRP?) were brown, the tiles on the lower stairway sides were dark brown and the metal siding was grey - quite an oppressive colour scheme and there was no natural light in the bridge box structure.

    I've partially modelled station approach, which is where the ABC model shop was I believe, but it's far from complete:


    This how it looked in the 1980s which is how I'm hoping to model it:


    The road was renamed Guildable Manor Street in 2012 and since then has massively changed. The shops are gone and the new Thameslink viaduct runs over along the street:


    The old tube station entrance was on the right but that too has now gone:

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  11. Tim Watson

    Tim Watson Western Thunderer

    Wonderful stuff Graham. ABC were still trading in the late 70’s, but maybe gone by your period.

  12. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    ABC were at 32 Railway Approach, London Bridge Station. Known at the time for their ABC colour light signals.

    If the logical sequence of premises numbering is followed on the OS map Explore georeferenced maps - Map images - National Library of Scotland then number 28 is the red brick building at the top near the rear of the bus in the background. Therefore 29 is the white building then 32 would be the green building next to William Hill's. Incidentally the old UndergrounD station building was number 1.
  13. Tim Watson

    Tim Watson Western Thunderer

    The larger doorway was the entrance way for students between Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, before the latter shipped up river to Lambeth. Are you modelling the Post Office building Graham, as that was one wing of the old St Thomas’ Hospital with the other demolished to make way for the railway.

  14. Grahame Hedges

    Grahame Hedges Western Thunderer

    Thinking about it that real life colour photo I posted earlier might not be the 1980s. The green shop became a Lithuanian food shop called Lituanica for a while which apparently opened in 2004. The pic looks like it has the remnants of the shop sign after it closed. Here's an earlier back and white photo of the road from the 1980s:


    With a 'B' reg car that means it was taken no earlier than 1984 although it looks quite dated and run down with the litter in the gutters. The later 'green' shop appears split in two with one being a bicycle shop - is/was the other ABC?

    The tiny 'add-on' shop at the top of the row was a 'ticket' shop, at least for a while in the 2000s and is how I've modelled it. The train on the viaduct/bridge look like a NSE Networker. Apologies for the poor quality of the pic - it's a zoom-in crop of a photo I took some while ago:


  15. Grahame Hedges

    Grahame Hedges Western Thunderer

    The single storey post office that stretched across the end of the hospital building was demolished and replaced with a smaller entrance (presumably leading to the ground floor of the old hospital wing where the PO retreated to). I have made a model of the hospital wing, the later PO entrance and the buildings either side (in Borough High Street) although all unfinished, compressed and simlified :


    The St Thomas Hospital ward block was built in 1824 and is grade II listed. I have modelled the whole length of it but only the upper floors and roof have been detailed as it will mostly be hidden behind other buildings:


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  16. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    Could well have been - I don't remember ABC being a double fronted shop.
  17. Tim Watson

    Tim Watson Western Thunderer

    I presume that St Thomas St will be the end of your world? Keyhoes have been on the corner with Borough High St for yonks.

  18. Grahame Hedges

    Grahame Hedges Western Thunderer

    Yes, the front edge will be St Thomas Street (so no Guys Hospital) and the backscene will be the low relief buildings on the north side of Tooley Street.

    (Hmmm, the autocorrect/speller changed Tooley Street to Toilet Street - luckily I noticed).

    Kehoes has been on that corner for years under various guises and are currently promoting themselves as a vaping shop. (and Kehoes was changed to Keyword - hence the edit)


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  19. Grahame Hedges

    Grahame Hedges Western Thunderer

    For the north side of St Thomas Street I've also made the lacklustre modernish building between cobblers corner and St Thomas church (which can be seen in the photo above). Being a fairly uninteresting and nondescript building I've significantly scaled back it's length (but then compression is required for the layout) and brightened it up a little:

    I've also made a start on the rest of the Georgian terrace further along the road. These were once part of the hospital, later used as railway offices and more recently by the NHS although currently they appear privately occupied. The terrace runs at an angle to the road and forms a little enclosed cobbled courtyard in front:


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  20. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer

    Splendid stuff. I always admire people that can make convincing buildings and structures like these.
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