Work to add detail to the yard of the engineering works is continuing and I’ve created an oxy-acetylene welding trolley and an bicycle. Both of these are S&D Models kits.
The welding trolley was a lot of fun to assemble. There were several small pieces and the only way to do it was to join a couple of pieces, wait for the glue to dry and repeat the process with the next piece. Seeing the model come together in small steps over a few days was very satisfying.
There’s an old saying that mustard manufacturers didn’t make their profits from the mustard you eat, their profits came from the mustard left on your plate at the end of the meal. Mixing small amounts of epoxy glue always reminds me of this joke. When gluing small objects together, I find it impossible to dispense tiny amounts of Araldite from the tubes. I always take more than I need and throw the majority of the glue away. I’m sure Araldite make their profits from the glue I throw away 🙂
Building and painting the bike gave me a lot of pleasure. Once I owned a 1930’s Hopper: black frame, 28 inch wheels, rod brakes, Sturmey Archer 3 speed at the back. It had a long wheel-base, a soft frame and a lovely sprung leather saddle. It was like riding along in a soft, comfy armchair. Making this model brought back a lot of memories. I gave the Hopper away when I moved abroad. What a pity. To console me, I have a 1:43 scale version instead 🙂