Over the course of the last 5 years I’ve amassed a number of part finished models, some of which are not quite ready for their own page on here just yet. Some have proved to be difficult and tedious, others need more source material to complete.
Here’s a few I’m still working on that may be finished eventually..
Walnut Tree Hotel etc
This started as a model of the Walnut Tree Hotel, High Street, which was originally drawn by eye from photographs, I then added the former Capitol Cinema building/ David Evans store which was next door, separated from the hotel by Walnut Tree Lane.
The model of the Capitol is reasonably accurate, taken from a mixture of old floor plans, maps and photographs. Since drawing this I’ve sourced more material for the Walnut Tree Hotel, which I’m in the process of re-drawing to its correct scale.
This double drawing has the makings of a beginning of an entire model of High Street. I currently have The Globe, Capitol, Walnut and Avon Vale in progress, but it will be quite a feat to model the rest of the shops and pubs in between.
This building is one I’ve wanted to model for a long time, one of the most iconic and missed buildings of old Aberavon. Frustratingly my search for floor layouts hasn’t turned up anything yet, possibly lost among many building moves and reorganisations of Local Government since.
This model has been started by eye, using a few dimensions from a newspaper article, some maps and many many photographs of the building. There are lots of angles and stone detailing at play and plenty of trial and error in getting the scale correct. Once a few more initial hurdles are out of the way this one should move along.
I currently have a partially estimated floor layout too based on a handful of known, photographed rooms, council chamber, courtroom, mayor’s parlour, hallways/staircases. Locations of windows/doors in photographs and estimated room dimensions have given me some good clues.
Avon Vale Hotel
This lovely building sat on the corner of High Street and Cwmavon Road and was built in 1913
This building has proven to be a tricky one to model, curves and unusually detailed windows on the ground floor have delayed progress. There is more work to be done on the ground floor windows, doors, curved stone detailing to the corner and roofline.
I have interior layouts for this building so it will be a nice complete model once its finished.