Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Woody Bay model by Bachmann.

As mentioned in the previous post I purchased the new Woody Bay Station model by Bachmann. This model arrived in good condition and well packaged . As you can see here below, it's well packaged , having need to be as it's perhaps come  all the way from a factory in China.


The model is made in resin and really captures the detail of the station very well. The paint finish is well executed and looking at photographs of Woody Bay the attention here has been well executed . The roof tiling is well worth a mention as this is not an easy colour to reproduce. 

The model is open beneath to enable lighting to be added. This is a nice feature compared with some of the earlier Bachmann and Hornby models which did not allow for access inside. 
The window frames and chimney pots are not prototypical . The window frames  lack the cross beading and the chimney pots are just not right. The frames could be rectified easily . 

My concern, call it that , is the model looks small. On inspection and comparing dimensions with the Bible "Measured and Drawn" the model is indeed a little bit of a compromise . The platform frontage is short by 10 scale feet ( 40 mm) . This is just one measurement that stands out. The other notable scale difference is that chimney to chimney we are short by 5 scale feet ( 20 mm) . It makes me realise why the model is simply labelled as a " Narrow Gauge Station " and does not specifically refer to it being Woody Bay. However dimensions aside it's a very nice model for the Narrow Gauge enthusiast but if you are looking for a scale model you might have to resort to some scale modelling . 

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