Talyllyn Railway Modelling -
latest GARDEN RAIL Magazine Feature.
The latest in a series of articles by Simon on his ongoing 1:15 scale Talyllyn Railway project.
Issue No 342
@ the National Film & Sci Fi Museum
Several items from Mat Irvine's Blake's 7 collection have been put on long term display at the museum in Milton Keynes including Simon's recently restored original LONDON spacecraft. The display also includes the original (beware of imitations!) LIBERATOR spacecraft miniature.Click HERE
Talyllyn Railway Modelling -
GARDEN RAIL Magazine Features.
A continuing series of articles by Simon on his ongoing 1:15 scale Talyllyn Railway project.
Issues 336 (August 2022) 329 ( January 2022) 303 (November 2019) 288 (August 2018)
Cygnus Alpha 2019
Blake's 7 Convention
Held at the Museum of Music, Kew Bridge, London - Cygnus Alpha is an event celebrating 42 years of the BBC series Blake's 7. Simon was invited to attend to discuss his work on the series including the building of the spacecraft LONDON in 1977.
Simon was involved in a Q&A and shared the stage with SFX guru Mat Irvine and director Jonathan Wright-Miller who had directed two of the show's episodes.
Following the discussion, Simon formally handed over the restored LONDON model to Mat Irvine to rejoin the Blake's 7 model collection, of which Mat is the Custodian.
The second half of the day was dedicated to interviews with several of the well known actors from the series.
Q&A session hosted by Cygnus Alpha event organiser Ian Kubiak - on stage (left to right) Jonathan Wright-Miller (director of two Blake's 7 episodes) Simon Atkinson and BBC SFX guru Mat Irvine.
Jonathan generously donated the two working scripts he used while directing the show, along with an ultra rare set plan featuring the Liberator interiors. Over £600 was raised for a Parkinson's Disease charity.
Photographs by Andy Spencer
The London is handed over to Mat Irvine following an extensive restoration.More details HERE
Photograph by Robin Prichard
Autograph signing and conversation - The Liberator model in the background. Photograph courtesy of Anthony Fletcher-Goldspink
Signing a copy of Roger Murray-Leach's original concept drawing of the Liberator. Thanks to Anthony Fletcher-Goldspink on the right of picture.
Photograph by Andy Spencer
SPACE & STEAM
For the first time, Simon exhibited a collection of his work , both 2 and 3D featuring numerous pieces selected from his 43 year career as a modelmaker and illustrator.
The City of Glasgow College's Ralph Cowan Gallery hosted the exhibition over a 6 day period during February 2019. Thank you to all of those who visited.
The iconic LONDON spacecraft model built by Simon for the BBC TV series Blake's 7 formed part of the display in the latter stage of restoration.
Video by, and courtesy of , CAT
Simon @ SMALLSPACE 2018 !
Simon was delighted to be invited as a guest to Mat Irvine's
SmallSpace event during July of 2018. Other guests were author Piers
Bizony, BBC Production Designer Roger Murray-Leach, Blakes 7 actor
Michael Keating and BBC SFX guru Mike Tucker.
Simon is reunited with his model built for the BBC series BLAKE'S 7 after 40 years!
The model was in serious need of restoration - more news on this soon!
Photograph by Piers Bizony
Simon with fellow guest Roger Murray-Leach, production Designer on Blake's 7 and designer of the Liberator spacecraft which Simon worked on.
The model was originally built at Space Models by Gary Dickens, David Seymour, John Philips and Simon.
The Liberator is in poor condition following its demise by explosion!
Left to right: Roger Murray-Leach, Simon Atkinson, Piers Bizony, Paul Fitzmaurice (Event organiser) Mat Irvine, Mike Tucker, Michael Keating (photograph courtesy of Mat Irvine)
Simon with his 2001: A Space Odyssey Spacecraft Fine Art Print Collection
These limited edition prints can be purchased through this website.
Simon with the original spacesuit worn by Keir Dullea in 2010. The helmet is a replica