Chronicling the development of my Cambrian and Narrow Gauge 4mm scale model railway

One man’s tat…

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I’ve been investigating building rock faces for the mountain Railway section. (Apologies for the capital R every time I write Railway – my phone automatically does it and I can’t ever be bothered to go back and change it). 

I watched a few YouTube videos (The Terrain Tutor is well worth a watch) but nothing really stuck. Then I remembered Rob of Brown Hebog said that in their opinion real couldn’t beat fake. 

With that in mind I picked up this rather terrible “ornament” from a bric a brac sale. Actually it was one woman’s tat and she seemed very concerned that I would like it. 

Truly awful but it was a quick way to get my hands on some gen-u-ine Welsh slate that wasn’t the usual pink stuff that inhabits garden centres. I will need more than this so next time someone from round here goes to N Wales I’ll commission them to bring back a lump of the stuff. The problem with most lumps by the roadside is they’re slate waste which by their very nature means they don’t easily split which is what I want this lump to do which is why I spent hard earned money on this piece – it shows sufficient seams to suggest I might get a few faces out if it. Let’s hope so.  

Author: Chris H

Having now officially reached middle age, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad to two rascally mini-mes, and trying to fit in railway modelling, assisting the GWR 1014 County of Glamorgan project, and visits to the top left hand corner of Wales and Beamish. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

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