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 Posted: Tue Feb 28th, 2017 02:51 am
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That is shaping up quite well!



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If you remember, my wife suggested that I put a windmill in the problem corner at the top left of the plan.  The area was prepared by installing a platform of greyboard.  The windmill will sit on this together with associated buildings.  When I work out where the buildings will be exactly situated, the ground will be prepared.  Here it is at present:


 


 



 


 


The base of the station platform was constructed from card on the second baseboard.  If you remember, the station had to be relocated from its original position on the curve.  Scalescenes platform faces were used with a surface made from mountboard, to be painted with acrylic paint to match the surface of the road previously shown:


 



 


 



 


It was at this point that I realised that the rear of the station platform would be above the height of the passing road.  How would the passengers access the station building?  Answer: raise the road as it passes the station.  It might look a bit contrived but I thought that I could get away with it.  As before, 2mm greyboard was used to make the road, being raised on strips of the same material:


 



 


Newspaper and pva adhesive were used to form the landform to disguise the sharp rise in the road:


 



 


The landform at the rear of this baseboard was built up to match that on the first baseboard:


 



 



 



 


In the photo above, the baseboard join runs across the boards where the new landform and road meet the old.


 


Joins in the card road are filled with air-drying clay and sanded before painting.  The road will curve away to the right and out of sight to the backscene:


 



 


That's the current situation, folks.  More as the layout develops.


 


Best wishes to one and all.


 


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Looking good Terry  :thumbs



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Just shows what you can do without buying commercial products.Well done Terry,proper modelling. :thumbs



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Coming on nicely Terry :thumbs

Plenty of stations where the road slopes at the station entrance, North Weald is a good example.

http://www.abandonedstations.org.uk/Ongar_Branch.html

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Thank you all for your kind comments.  I hope to make some progress with the layout over the coming month.


 


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Coming along nicely Terry. I like the sunken road and station approach. The change in elevations looks more realistic to me than a flat board.
Looking forward to the next progress update.

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I've always enjoyed your layout threads, Terry.

You've got "the touch."    :thumbs



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Hi Terry.  I can only agree with all the other compliments, Great, Smashing, Super. Seriously though Terrific. My first attempts with auto-uncoupling were the basis of an earlier thread of mine, but it must have been down to me being unlucky? As after using superglue to fix the staples it worked perfectly , but, latterly the hooks fell off, which lead me to emailing the various well known manufacturers, and then abandoning the idea, now I am still faffing about with the Kadee system. But I will persist.  All the best. Kevin



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Thank you all, very kind of you. 


 


Kevin:  You could try soldering the staples. (Anyone who's wondering what we are talking about, please refer back to the 23rd post in this thread.  It describes what method I will use to automatically uncouple the rolling stock).


 


Once the landform was dry, I painted the road with grey acrylic with some brown brushed in to give some streaks to represent tyre marks, oil, etc. (as on the first baseboard).  The surrounding landform was painted with brown matt emulsion as before.


 


Time to add the grass..."Houston, we have a problem!"  Massive problem for the astronauts of Apollo 13, having some kind of blow-out and losing a great deal of their oxygen...but...not as big as MY problem! 


 


In adding the grass to the first board, I had used all of the static grass in the bag.  No name on the bag and couldn't remember from where I had bought it light years ago. I checked all of the other various bags of static grass in my possession and nothing came near the colour of the original.  Oh well, how difficult can it be to find something to match?  Let me tell you.  The odds of the Apollo 13 crew arriving safely back on Earth were vastly better than mine of finding a bag of static grass to match my original bag.  To sum it up... they did and I didn't!


 


A trip to one of my local model shops (Invicta Models of Sidcup), and the nearest colour that the very helpful lady shopkeeper and myself could find was a bag of 'Summer' static grass from Peco.  It didn't have as much red in the mix as my original but 'beggars can't be choosers', as they say. 


 


I liberally painted pva over the landform and applied the static grass last night.  I was immediately struck how vivid the green was compared to my more dull green on the first baseboard.  To my eye there was too much of a Veridian Green about it.  Horrible colour, like nothing in nature.  Nevertheless, manufacturers of watercolour paintboxes persist in sticking this colour into their products.  Notice to watercolour paintbox manufacturers:  Please put Sap Green in instead.  Much more useful!


 


Anyway, on returning to the shed this morning my fears were confirmed.  The green was too bright.  I mulled it over whilst vacuuming up the excess static grass into an old sock pulled over the end of the vacuum cleaner pipe, to retrieve the loose stuff for future use.


 


Idea!  Where is that jar that I tucked away some time ago?  I tipped some of the contents into the lid to photograph it and here it is...


 



 


Tea from dried tea bags, sieved to save the finer stuff.


 


I sprinkled the tea over the grass and gave it some squirts of cheap hair spray.  (Tip: cover any other areas e.g. roads or platforms, with newspaper before spraying or you may end up with shiny areas or drips on these surfaces).


 


Result!  The tea had the effect of 'taking down'; the colour making it more closely resemble the grass on the first baseboard.  Here is a picture of the baseboard join.  The original grass is on the left.  The new grass is on the right.  The tea was sprinkled across the join to blend it in.  This join will have some fauna added to disguise it.


 


 


 


More shortly...


 


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As you can see from this photo, the dried tea makes excellent fallen leaves, especially at the edges of roads...


 



 


 


Before and after photos of the edge of the raised road beside the station...


 



 



 


 



 


All of the grassed areas will be covered with weed growth.  I am finding the products marketed by Woodland Scenics to be excellent for this purpose.  I have little experience in creating scenery but the results with these products are very pleasing.  No connection to this manufacturer...other than as a satisfied customer and the fact that my brother owns the company!


 


A general view of how the new baseboard is progressing...


 



 


The gap in the grass at the top right of the photo is the location of the entrance gate to the goods yard.


 


Apologies for the lines running horizontally across all of the photos.  This appears to be due to the effect on the camera of neon lights.


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Glad you had something on hand to color-correct the new grass



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Hi Terry.    As it so happens I didn't give soldering a thought. But, even if I had? the tension lock hooks falling off of all the "Bachmann " "Dapol" and even the "Oxford" wagons was the problem. And in either my emails or phone conversations didn't solve the problem, or with the "kindly sent" replacement couplings.Meantime I am faffing around with Kadee , and trying to find a reasonable way to avoid the droop. With UK profile stock, I don't know the best way to go and that is the only reason that I was considering the "American Dream"
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I discovered this brilliant Woodland Scenics product by mistake.  I bought it under the impression it was a bag of loose ground foam...


 



 


It appears to be fibre with leaves (ground foam) already attached.  It's great for forming weeds by simply teasing it out thinly, placing in position and lightly spraying with hairspray, thus:


 



 


Here is the baseboard join disguised with some growth...


 



 


And finally, a look down the second baseboard...


 



 


More soon...


 


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Bit of a result with the tea Terry, nice one :thumbs


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Wonderful stuff those foliage mats. I've used them on a lot of my trees and bushes. Welcome to the world of vegetating, sounds like you're enjoying it as much as I do.
It's looking very good so far and the tea leaf work is inspired.

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Thank you Marty.  And I get to enjoy drinking the tea!


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Hi Terry,
Been using it for years, glad you've found it, but also try it on buildings and lamposts etc, it makes great ivy.

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