Scottish War Blinded Member Morton Payton is a Model Success

Posted: 17/02/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded member Morton Payton is currently working on a large scale model of HMS Repulse at the Linburn Centre which will be presented to the charity Scottish Veterans Residences later this year.

The model will feature in the reception space of the charity’s recently completed Bellrock Close facility in Glasgow which provides accommodation, education and recreational facilities to Armed Forces veterans.

Scottish War Blinded member Morton PaytonMorton, aged 85, resides in Selkirk and has been a Scottish War Blinded member for three years. He makes a weekly trip to the Linburn Centre where he discovered a passion for art and modelling in particular.

Morton took a break from his modelling at the Linburn Centre to answer some questions about his latest project:

Can you describe the inspiration behind the project?

“Since coming to the Linburn Centre I have enjoyed producing a number of scale models including a Lancaster Bomber and World War One tank. So, I was looking for another project and David (Linburn Centre Art Instructor) suggested we move on to a navy ship.”

What materials and techniques have you used to produce the model?

“We’ve always used roughly the same materials such as cardboard, kitchen roll holders and plywood. This model presented new challenges for particular details so we sourced keyrings for the scuttles and electronic junction boxes for the gun turrets. An important technique used on all the models is Modroc which involves using plaster of Paris as a seal on fabric which forms the hull of the model.”

How do you feel about your work featuring at Bellrock Close?

"I’m delighted to have the opportunity and hope everyone enjoys the model in terms of scale and detail. It certainly is a nice feeling knowing that it will be placed in another wonderful place for veterans.”

Having discovered a passion for art at the Linburn Centre what advice would you provide to a visually impaired veteran considering membership?

“I would say that they shouldn’t hesitate about joining Scottish War Blinded. The Linburn Centre is a wonderful place and the staff can’t do enough for you. I also enjoy attending the regular lunch clubs down in the borders as part of the Outreach Service so I would encourage anyone who is eligible to see what Scottish War Blinded can do for you.”