Richard Foster, Editor
Did you enjoy Peter Dillen’s beautiful diorama on pages 6/7? It really is a stunning piece of work and is made all the more remarkable by the fact that, as you can see by the accompanying photograph, it’s only very small. It works on so many levels. It’s beautifully presented, drawing your eye into the scene. And what a scene it is! Captivating and mesmerising, it’s also beautifully simple. The buildings are only made from card (some are given a coat of scribed plaster) but it’s the way that they’re painted that creates the impression of depth, coupled with a perfect execution of forced perspective. ‘Ijsselstein’ proves that our European colleagues are streets ahead (no pun intended) when it comes to innovative thinking, layout presentation and attention to detail. Why? Is it because they place more emphasis on the model-making and less on the railway? Some British modellers think like Peter Dillen. Chris Nevard, Paul Marshall-potter and Gordon and Maggie Gravett are the first names that spring to mind. ‘Catcott Burtle’, ‘Albion Yard’ and ‘Pempoul’ are just as captivating. Even a railway-centric layout such as Pete Waterman’s ‘Leamington Spa’ can teach us how to create a believable scene. View the railway at 100% and then model outwards, gradually reducing the scale to create a sense of distance and perspective. This is what Pete and his team have done, and to good effect. Keeping your mind open to new ideas and concepts can pay dividends.
Modelling hours: 15 Note to self: Try to finish one layout before embarking on another!
Peter Dillen’s ‘Ijsselstein’ at the Warley show on November 25/26 2017.