Association of


Railway Modellers

Demonstration of  Creating brickwork and rock walls with Tim Lewis and Nick Coppin on 3rd November 2021.


              We held our Nov meeting yesterday evening (3 Nov) at Bayston Hill Memorial Hall nr Shrewsbury.  18 members attended.  Nick Coppin got the ball rolling with the usual round up of housekeeping and general matters that members might be interested in which included news of the Ellesmere Model Railway Show at Cockshutt Village Hall on 6th Nov coming.

                Tim Lewis then gave us a very informative talk on modelling brickwork.  Although he claims not to be an expert he gave quite a comprehensive round up of his experience in such matters that have arisen from his rendition of 1950s Coldstream in 4mm.  The cottages look fantastic even as a work in progress.  We also had a quick look at his next project which will be the goods shed for Coldstream. There was much discussion about the various merits and drawbacks of different mediums for brick, particularly in plasticard.  Tim very much recommended the South Eastern Finecast products and there was also some discussion on the painting and weathering of it all based on his experience.

                Following on from this Nick Coppin then gave a talk on his experience of modelling stonework using Das Modelling Clay and a scriber.  This was not at all like I expected it, with each stone in the 7mm scale scribed with much guile to prevent too much uniformity in the irregular stonework.  Nick then went onto demonstrate how he made a mould for pressing stonework into Das Clay for much quicker results over large surfaces.  This was most ingenious and seemed pretty easy to do…  The beauty of these methods was that they produced randomness and natural looking stonework.  Of course if you wanted dressed stone in either of these methods, this was also pretty easy to do.


If anyone would like to know more about the details please get in touch and either Nick or Tim would be happy to fill you in it .