|Last year's horde of sticks|
Sunday, 8 May 2011
Country Cottages, Fireworks and Fur
After boxing up some of the recently finished parts of the ruined castle and the ghost town to give me more working space, I uncovered a box of partially completed models.
This included two of the country cottages, I have four completed, pictured here – but I found another two packed away for whatever reason in a just started state. I’ve dug these out and now intend to finish them off.
Regular readers will have recently seen a tribute piece I wrote for my parents. Once again I must credit mum with two great ideas which feature dominantly on these cottage models, in fact I’m sure it was these ideas that fuelled my drive to use as much recycled materials in my models as I could.
These models start life like most of the other buildings with a foam board skeleton, and cardboard roof. I was buying a lot of balsa wood sticks to build the models, and then following one Guy Fawkes Night mum retrieved a rocket stick from our garden. Instead of throwing it away she brought the stick in, it was a bit harder than the balsa wood but certainly very similar that it could easily be used in the model construction somewhere.
Now, for the last few years I take a stroll around the streets of Dagenham on the morning following the Guy Fawkes celebrations and gather up as many sticks as I can find. This annual horde provides quite a collection of different sizes and thickness of wood all very suitable for model construction with just an occasional clean up required for a few burnt ends and paper bits glued on.
(Need I emphasise here the firework code, about not returning to lit fireworks? These sticks have all fallen from the sky once the fireworks have gone bang and all that remains is the wooden stick.)