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 Posted: Wed Feb 20th, 2019 08:22 pm
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Yes, sorry about that, Brian.  I take the photos on my phone and there is no rhyme or reason to the orientation when I upload them.  Even if I rotate them, they come out the same way!

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Had a bit of an experiment today.  I wanted to make a formal hedge for the end of the garden, and don't like the shop bought option or the use of that green scourer stuff.  Readers of this thread will know I have been using moulds for buildings, so I had a go with using the same idea for some scenery.  Delighted with the results.....




If anyone is interested, I'll explain how I made it...

And the chimneys are finished Marty!

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 Posted: Wed Feb 20th, 2019 08:37 pm
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I also started on the vegetable garden..... Sorry Brian - same problem with the orientation!







This one is better....




These are my attempts with Fimo clay.  Need to think of a way of making leafy vegetables, like potatoes and onions....

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The Hotel is looking really good.

I found some information on making plants and vegetables on the link below as I am also now in the process of making the back gardens for my latest cottages.

http://www.009.cd2.com/members/how_to/plants.htm



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Like the hedge Michael those scorers have done the trick.
Your collywobbles look good a lot better than the seed ones i planted for my wife they ended up looking more like flowers than a proper collwobble.

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Thanks Brian.  The hedges aren't scourers, they are a mix of hanging basket liner, herb leaves and glues, , pressed into a mould with fine foliage over the top.  


It is just details on the hotel now, so I can get back to finishing track laying at the Creek and that end will be done, but for the scenery.  Then I can start on the middle section of sidings and onto to the town.  Looking forward to a bit of track laying again.


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Granddaughter has chicken pox and has been with us the last couple of days, so not much work done on the layout. (She is 2, not yet amazed by modelling a cauliflower!)  A few additions to the hotel: the second hedge, gate to the vegetable garden, water fountain, greenhouses and additional planting.  These photos from the Faversham Archive will be the last of the hotel for a while, while I crack on with some other scenic work and the track. Probably no more updates until that is all completed.

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Proper job Michael.
The chimneys make all the difference.

What did you use as the mould for the hedge. I have kilometres of hedging to do on NE.



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Hi Michael. Don’t get me wrong,but, isn’t the scenery a bit “ over the top “ and detracting from the main event?I admit that I have never been a scenery man, more a trainman, up until now that is . And  after playing/ operating since I returned to the hobby, even I am having a go.   Best wishes Kevin 



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That's the great thing about this hobby, Kevin, different people have different interests and things they like to focus on.  I will say this quietly, but I'm not much of a train man!  I don't know a Collet from a Ford Capri - but I do enjoy making a miniature world in which trains live.

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Thanks Marty, very pleased with it.  Worth all the time taken.  I think I mentioned earlier what I used as the mix, for the mould I used a piece of old cable trunking I had lying around.  Turned out to be a very good size!

The chopped up liner.....





the herbs added - these helped to bind it together, I think.  Or they may not be necessary!





This is the trunking I used.  I did give it a coat of releasing wax, but again, I don't think it was necessary because I released the "hedge" before it had dried, and let it dry in the open air.  It certainly dried quicker that way.




The mix in the mould.  I used a very cheap PVA mix - from a £1 shop.  A better PVA might have been better, but it did the job and I've been wanting to use it up!






On went the top of the trunking and I left it to dry. I used the pliers to get it to snap shut. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately in this case, I am impatient waiting for things to dry.  After about an hour I opened it up to check it and the hedge was drying, but looked like it might take forever to fully cure so I released it by sliding a long wooden coffee stirrer underneath...…








Unfortunately it broke when I took it out.   But when it dried it was easy to glue them back together with some cheap (pound shop) super glue


And with the fine leaf foliage added after I had given it a haircut..  I did drip some more superglue through the whole hedge before I added this, which made the whole thing very hard and robust.  May not be necessary, but it worked for me.



Overall length of this first attempt was about 25cm, but I could have made it longer.  It has a nice square shape and different sizes of trunking would give a nice range of hedge sizes.  This one is about 1.8 cm high.

For the second hedge, I tried just cutting a strip of rubberised basket liner and covering that with fine leaf foliage.  Obviously much quicker, but it isn't as uniform and was harder to get it to stay together at this size.  Also not as square and neat.  I will have a gardener trimming it so that it looks like one has been freshly cut and the other is being done.  But I prefer my moulding method.  Just need to find a little person with sheers!

Hope this is all clear Marty

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Campaman wrote: The Hotel is looking really good.

I found some information on making plants and vegetables on the link below as I am also now in the process of making the back gardens for my latest cottages.

http://www.009.cd2.com/members/how_to/plants.htm


Sorry for the late reply Andy and thanks for the link.  What a great layout.  I love the attention to detail, but don't think I will be going as far as modelling specific plants and flowers that are in season for the time of year I am modelling!  The ideas for creating the vegetable garden were useful - I hadn't thought of using paper for leaves of cabbages.  Might have been easier and better than my clay modelling!

There is also a useful page on modelling wild hedges.

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Nice hedges Michael, clever idea :thumbs :thumbs :thumbs


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Briperran wrote: Well done Michael you have made a marvelous job of it, withought a doubt  certainly will be a focus point on the layout.

You should be admitted to the Master craftsmen of Linka moulds guild now.

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Sorry Brian - I missed this post, so apologies for my tardy reply.  I am certainly enjoying making it, but I am not so sure I will be making all of my buildings out of Linka.  It is definitely very time consuming.  I have made a Wills plastic goods shed and I have an engine shed to construct, so that may take over as my preferred medium.  However, seeing some of the brilliant card modelling people do here, I may give that another go. I have made some scalescenes models in the past so I may go back to those to get my eye in.  It might prove to be a good medium for the town scene at the other end of the layout.  My problem is that I am very poor at waiting for everything to dry properly - I must be more disciplined!

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Thanks Ed, one of the few of my experiments that actually worked!

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Headmaster wrote: That's the great thing about this hobby, Kevin, different people have different interests and things they like to focus on.  I will say this quietly, but I'm not much of a train man!  I don't know a Collet from a Ford Capri - but I do enjoy making a miniature world in which trains live.

Each to their own, Kevin

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The same goes for me Michael and I really try to re-create the Devonshire countryside where I now live.


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Ken wrote: Headmaster wrote: That's the great thing about this hobby, Kevin, different people have different interests and things they like to focus on.  I will say this quietly, but I'm not much of a train man!  I don't know a Collet from a Ford Capri - but I do enjoy making a miniature world in which trains live.

Each to their own, Kevin

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The same goes for me Michael and I really try to re-create the Devonshire countryside where I now live.

Ken.

Hi All.  I don’t have the luxury of wide open spaces in my modern home. If I did, then the “ World would be my Lobster “. Best wishes Kevin 



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Kevin, my first three "layouts" were 4x2 planks and they were still 4/5ths buildings and scenery!



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Thankfully there are a few of us around, especially on this Forum, Ken. I love Coombe Hinton - your card buildings are amazing and lovely countryside.  I really don't know how you N gaugers do it!

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Nice hedge how to Michael

I use rubberised horsehair to make my bushes which is great for irregular bushes as you can cut it and pull it apart and trim bits but as you say for a uniform hedge like you have made not the best medium to use for that.

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Many people have different interests in Model railways one of the best known realistic looking layout makers in the Uk actually hates having to run trains Whereas others cant be bothered with scenery and are only interested in operations. Its a case of each to their own.

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