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  • Birthday 10/16/1953

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    Derbyshire, England
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    David James Watson
  1. Hooper & Co Diorama

    Not at all a stupid question, Pat..... In architecture and city planning, a terrace or terrace house (UK) or townhouse (US)[1] is a form of medium-density housing that originated in Europe in the 16th century, whereby a row of attached dwellings share side walls. They are also known in some areas as row houses (especially in Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.) Terrace Housing. ... Terraced houses are structurally built the same and both sides of each house shares walls with neighbours. Main advantage of a terraced house: It is generally cheaper than detached and semi-detached properties. The first and last of these houses is called an end terrace, and is often a different layout from the houses in the middle, sometimes called mid-terrace. My 1:43 scale model, or O-gauge if you like, is a pair of end terrace houses, so they are in effect both ' semi-detached ' houses. David
  2. Hooper & Co Diorama

    The latest addition to the 1:43 scale model car collection arrived today, and here are a few photos of this car alongside the Victorian terraced houses. This is an Oxford Diecast Austin Princess hearse, which does not contain a coffin or a driver. The black & white images seem to work better than the colour shots, I think. David
  3. What diecast did you get today?

    This 1:43 diecast should be arriving later today...... it's an Oxford Diecast Austin Princess Hearse in black. The real hearse was produced from 1947 but this one has a registration number plate that indicates it is 1968. David
  4. Hooper & Co Diorama

    Completed the assembly of the 1:43 scale Victorian Terraced Houses backs kit this weekend, and I am ready to start assembling the terraced houses fronts kit from Monday..... I have really enjoyed working with card and PVA glue, and I am very impressed with these kits. Need to prepare a baseboard for this third diorama, which will be 75 cm x 75 cm square to cover the surface of a 65 cm x 65 cm folding table. Photo shoots will be outdoors at a carefully selected location, and the real background has to be perfect for forced perspective photography, using natural daylight this time. David
  5. Hooper & Co Diorama

    Many thanks, Eric...... and your compliments are much appreciated! Here are a couple of official photographs that appear at the top of the very first page of the RREC Annual Show report, and taken by a professional photographer. There are hundreds of photos in the review of the show, but somehow I managed to get onto the cover page with my dioramas display stand. David
  6. That's another interesting figure you have there, Pat...... perhaps you could reduce the size of an image of a newspaper to 1:24 scale, print it out on standard paper and glue it to whatever he is holding? Failing that, you can get doll's house newspapers in 1:24 scale, very cheaply I believe. David
  7. Lola T-70 Mk III

    Hi Mark..... I thought you might find this gallery of 33 photos interesting, some of which relate to your previous build, along with some surprising images. Here is the link for you : https://newatlas.com/caterham-crawley-tour/46419/#gallery David
  8. Hooper & Co Diorama

    That is a print of an original painting by the famous war artist and photographer, Eric Ravilious...... mounted on foam board and displayed on a mini easel. David
  9. Hooper & Co Diorama

    Thanks, Pat and Gary...... the card building kit is assembled using PVA glue, and I have then used Crystal Clear glue from Zero Paints for the clear acetate window glazing. When I saw the serious warp in the main wall, as seen from above, I was getting ready to use super glue for the correction but suddenly realised that hot glue would work better. The bend and the resulting gap was my fault due to poor alignment, but the hot glue has held it together nicely. Hoping that over time the PVA glue will not weaken because the instruction sheets do specify PVA. David
  10. Hooper & Co Diorama

    Some further progress made on the terraced houses over the weekend..... the side walls and chimney stacks are in place, and when I noticed a bend in the main wall of the building, in the centre, I was able to use the hot glue gun to strengthen the assembly. Working on the living rooms downstairs now, with the upstairs bedrooms following shortly afterwards. Surprisingly, there is still quite a lot of work to do on these terraced house backs, and then the terraced house fronts will be assembled as a second kit, before mating the two structures together. David
  11. Hooper & Co Diorama

    Hi Matt..... yes these building kits are in 1:43 scale and sold as O-gauge, so maybe they could be enlarged to 1:24 scale ? One of my model builder friends suggested it would be great if they printed these kits on styrene sheet, as well as on card. As well as the Victorian red brick terraced houses, Purple Bob's Hobbies do a factory facade, a public house, a shop, a bus shelter, railway station, tudor building, roads and pavements, a bridge and even a public toilet! Website is here https://purplebob.co.uk/ David
  12. Hooper & Co Diorama

    Yes, Pat.... the website is https://purplebob.co.uk/ and the Purple Bob's Hobbies company is based in Cornwall, England. David
  13. Hooper & Co Diorama

    Here are a few photos to show the current progress with the building of the Victorian red brick terraced houses. This is an advanced kit and not recommended for the novice to card model construction. Some parts of this assembly are quite difficult and great care is required to cut out, score and assemble each individual component part. The overall strength of the buildings is improving as I add each module, and there are still rooms to add as open fronted boxes, also roof sections, side walls, yard walls, kitchen extensions and outdoor lavatories. The quality of these kits is excellent, and the complex instruction sheets are well written, running to eight A4 pages. Once this terraced house backs kit is completed, I will have to construct the terraced house fronts kit in order to create the entire building, which represents two houses in 1:43 scale. David
  14. Post the oldest kit in your collection

    This is the first model car that I built only two years ago, after returning to the hobby 50 years after building car models as a teenager. It is the 1:24 scale Minicraft Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud with many modifications, and finished in airbrushed Sage Green over Velvet Green with BMF chrome. David
  15. What do you drive?

    1994 Mitsubishi Pajero grey import 2.8TD SWB Auto with Overdrive and Super Select 4WD...... workhorse with hundreds of thousands of miles on the clock !