“Making of the Grand Hotel
Actually the model is only part of the building! It sits back from the seafront so ‘only’ the lower buildings and half of one of the V-shaped top parts could fit on the layout. It looks a bit different to the modern building as our tram layout is from about 1910. It’s a very detailed building with each floor level having different features. Two types of coloured brick and stone are used in various ways to create a visual feast, though a modelling challenge. The model has a wooden support with all the detail in the façade. Entirely scratch built, of course.
Windows were made in several layers. The curtain layer was printed to take into account the different shapes and sizes of window for each level. Then laminated to make ‘glass’. I wanted to make the sash windows look realistic so added other card, paper and laminated layers to build up the structures. Brick embossed card was used as the top layer. The fancy red bricks round the top building windows were achieved using threads made on my overlocker. I also used threads elsewhere for curved and textural details, for example to make the twisted effect drainpipes. The fancy railings on the balconies were made by sewing water-soluble fabric on my sewing machine. Not a technique most railway modelers would be familiar with! For some of the decorative detail running under the windows, again different on each level, I used various sequins to get the raised effect. The model was painted with acrylic paints and protected with matt acrylic varnish. It took many months to make, mostly during lockdown, not full time by any means, just working on a bit at a time. And no, I’m not going to make the rest of it!”
She has not mentioned that there is a battery in the model that provides lighting in the rooms. So it’s just as spectacular in the dark as it is in the light. Come in and see it while we have the full model up.