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My blog nick-name is SIR HUGH. I'm not from the aristocracy - my middle name is Hugh which relates to the list of 282 hills in Scotland compiled by Sir Hugh Munro in 1891. I climbed my last one (Sgurr Mor) on 28th June 2009


Friday 10 March 2023

Wall Anxiety conquered

Friday 10th March 2023

See previous post.

The drystone wall was separated from its base with the sellotape still attached underneath and I was able to lift it bodily onto my model.

The scene is purely fictional, and I know, before the informed jump on me, that any self respecting drystone waller would not be using a cement mixer. In any case the Tempo was of German origin and also used in in Russia and Ukraine I think, and on what kind of terrain I know not. This diorama has been a learning curve to get me into this aspect of modelling and has no pretence at an authentic scene.

I have struggled getting this video onto this post - I hope it performs.


  1. That wall looks better than many round here - and, of course, the cement mixer was used to mend the road (early autobahns were concrete - the better able to resist tank tracks, I imagine). If I may say so, a jolly good effort - or rather - Sehr gut, mine Herr

  2. When I read "wall anxiety" I thought you must have been visiting Kendal Climbing Wall again.
    Well done on that venture, the video works, but you could do with an infinity sheet behind it. The hand of God does give it some perspective though.

  3. gimmer - thanks for a bit of encouragement. I don't think you would be too happy to see parts of our priceless heritage Yorkshire Dales tracks repaired with slabs of concrete here and there.
    BC - Chance would be a fine thing. I have taken some still photos using a backdrop. It is not easy and I inevitably end up with sections of table, curtain or chairs, but there is a secret weapon on Photoshop called Clone Stamp Tool. You can select a portion of, say grass, and then stamp it over the offending area. I may show the odd example on my next post

  4. Excellent stuff! Once I got the video to play (it was my error, not a problem with the video itself), I was just wondering on total size when your hand helpfully appeared. The lack of perspective would be the downside of a solid backdrop.

  5. Gayle - making the video was more about learning how to do it than producing something for the Oscars. I think I had the camera on the wrong setting by using macro when not needed. I intend to have another try taking that and some of tjhse comments on board.

  6. AlanR. All I can say Conrad is "Brilliant".