Two weeks ago, I decided to take a break from work-related projects, and dedicate some time to Coastguard Creek.
Rather than work on a mock-up (as the studio is still in disarray), what actually ended up happening was I spent a few days producing this information panel showing off inspirational locations across the New Forest coast! In all honesty, I'm not quite sure why I've drawn this, but if nothing else it's both a nice reminder of what I want to get out of the project, as well as being something that would look nice hung up on a wall or next to the layout at a show.
Whilst there are other very interesting locations along the 40 mile New Forest Coastline, I'm going to end with the quintessentially British pier railway over in Hythe, on Southampton Water. Dating back to 1909 and replaced with an electrified railway on the opposite side of the pier in 1922, it is officially the oldest continuously operating public pier railway in the world, whilst the pier itself is itself the 7th longest in the British Isles!
All in all, this drawing exercise has also helped me focus on the general atmosphere that I wish to portray. Equally, it has also opened my eyes to interesting local features; like the D-day remains at Stone Point (Lepe). It would certainly be nice to have a nod to that if I can find the room without overcrowding the layout. The New Forest coast has held a pivotal role in the country's history, not least in WWII; Marchwood Military Port, RAF Calshot, Lepe and many other sites were an integral part of events like D-day. I think it's important to remember and celebrate that; so I'll be looking to incorporate something to that effect, even if it's just producing a nice panel for display during exhibitions.
I have started to draw a similar version of this information panel for non-New Forest inspirational locations, but so far there are only two sketches. If I find the time to complete it, I will of course do a similar blog entry.
Until then, stay safe, and happy modelling!
Sadly, since this drawing was made, you may be aware that part of Hurst Castle (the section on the left side if you look at the sketch of it) collapsed into the sea. I rarely talk politics or apportion blame, but this really upset me because it's clear that there was a complete lack of common sense by the organisation that was meant to look after it. Warnings were given, yet no action taken. Hopefully the rest of these historic sites will not find themselves in a similar situation...