Barry Allen’s encased diorama of a Merseyside street scene from many years ago shows just what can be achieved in O scale within a very small space indeed, with figures so realistic you could almost jump inside, step over the omnipresent horse manure on the cobbled streets and share a conversation with them. Pete Kelly reports.
If you’ve been a railway modeller for some time, you will almost certainly have built up a cache of discarded items and left-over materials – and a great way of using them up is to construct a small, but highly detailed, diorama.
In an idle moment Barry Allen, who’s been modelling in O scale for as long as he can remember, and has written several books and innumerable absorbing features about his lifelong interest in railways and their re-creation in miniature – always laced liberally with Scouse humour – decided to see what he could do with nothing more than a pile of leftovers and a vivid imagination.
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