ONE of Cooma's well known artists Andrew Dawes has turned his artistic skills from painting and drawing to model making.
Mr Dawes spent hours meticulously reconstructing a two metre long scale model 32 class steam locomotive of the NSW government railways.
With a drawing from a book, and dozens of photos Mr Dawes began the model in September 2011.
"I've always loved steam engines and I thought I'd give it a go," Mr Dawes said.
Almost 18 months later, and countless hours of time and effort, Mr Dawes completed the model last Monday.
He estimates he spent between 40 to 50 hours a week on the model, working on the project at home and at the Cooma Men's Shed of which he is a member.
"Rare were the days I didn't work on it," he said.
The first model Mr Dawes had made, he said he was very happy with the end product.
"I'm very proud of it and pleased with it. It was a real pleasure making it.
"It's been a very interesting journey to make it."
Mr Dawes has no immediate plans to build another model just yet after spending more than a year working on the project.