Last night I put the last of the roofs on what model railroaders call building mockups. I think architects would call these white foam core boxes “massing models.” As with an architect, they enable me to study the shapes from various angles. I may colour them with soft pastels at some point, but right now I’m enjoying their modern simplicity.
As with everything else on Pembroke, these massing models took a little longer than expected. The few buildings where I have decent information, were quite quick. However, critical ones like the Gordon Block (the large cube toward the backdrop) and the carriage factory (the long peaked building opposite the depot) took some serious reflection.
At times I felt like a builder, and at others I felt like a painter. Despite all the time looking at photographs, I’m fairly sure the Gordon Block is too big and the carriage factory is too small.
Compared to fine modelling, massing models are cheap and fast, but I find myself wishing I had something more like clay to work with. This would have enabled me to experiment with the shapes even more until they matched the photos.
I’m going to let the mockups sit for a while before I tentatively finalize their sizes and shapes. So these are done at least until my sister comes. Even with white buildings and blue ground, the town is starting to take shape and tell its own story; interestingly, it is a story that I am enjoying as much as anyone.