For years, foamcore mockup buildings have helped tell the story of Pembroke; even though they’re plain white, lay visitors can immediately understand that this is a model of a town, and begin to appreciate what I’m aiming for. I’ve used them to understand and modify massing and composition, which should help to avoid waste down the road when I start building the models. These are the well-known uses of mockups. I’ve just discovered another: identifying foreground models that will get broken.
The real bridge across the Muskrat at Mary Street (Alfred Street to the east), was supposed to be a temporary detour during the construction of the new Pembroke Street bridge: it was light and wooden, and the model will be fragile. Fortunately the current model is happily robust because while I was working on the two turnouts behind, the giant Elbow of God came down and smote the whole structure far downstream.
Being close to the front of the layout, smoting will be a regular occurence. We can expect the Elbow of God to come forth again during track cleaning, and even re-railing a car could lead to an appearance of the equally dangerous Wrist of God. Then there is the corner of the bridge closest to the edge, which has already encountered the devastating Shoulder of God.
Essentially, if it is to survive, the final model will have to be removable, and able to cushion a careless knock without damage. I’m glad I found this before investing time into the model. Those scraps of foamcore have paid for themselves.
In related news, here, mostly for Rob, is a short video of 622 on her trials.