Following the sad news of the death of Missenden organiser and weathering tutor Mick Bonwick we will be reviewing the format and content that we will be offering in the future. Weathering is an enormously popular subject amongst railway modellers and will continue to be a subject that will be included in our course offerings.
We will publish more information as soon as we have news to share on this subject. In the meantime numerous examples of Mick’s work in the field have been collected together, please click on this link to view the them.
Mick has been modelling railways for many years, starting from an armchair and graduating to group participation with several other like-minded souls. When retirement from a career in telecommunications loomed (forced redundancy), the opportunity to put in place all the skills learned during this latter stage was grasped with both hands, resulting in the construction of several layouts – all for other people. This activity was combined with a growing interest in the modelling produced by the artists at Pendon Museum and volunteer work followed, culminating in the co-ordinating of modelling workshops run by the museum.
A desire to produce something for himself brought about the realisation that there were still some gaps in the skills necessary to build a finescale model, and a place on a Missenden Abbey Railway Modellers’ Weekend was booked in order to add electronics to the skillset. While attending this event the chance to view other disciplines was taken and a notion to try weathering was formed. Since that point the interest in weathering and the skills accumulated from Missenden tuition have grown to the extent that Mick can now show others how it can be done.
Mick presented a live weathering demonstration as part of our virtual weekend events during the Covid 19 Pandemic. Recordings of these sessions are available on the website.