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 Posted: Sat Feb 23rd, 2019 12:33 pm
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Hi Brian. Thank you for your reply. But, before we go on another marathon, I thought that was how the Inglenook came about “ Shunting Manouvers “ , being more entertaining? rather than running around in ever decreasing circles ? all day, and disappearing :mutley:mutley:mutley into a tunnel. Best wishes Kevin 



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“Hope this is all clear Marty
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Perfectly described and illustrated. Thank you.


Noted that this method produces more of a formal garden hedge, once suitably trimmed, and those I mostly require on NE are of the wild and spiky type required to keep stock in the fields that they are originally put in! There will be one or two trimmed hedges along the road near the village however and I will experiment with your method.


Where does one get the release wax from?


I too have found judicious use of CA in the correct place can stiffen up a structure or tree remarkably well.


Once again, thank you for the “how I dun it”, most educational.



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Ah! Yes Marty, it was how to make a more formal hedge which was puzzling me.  I got the release wax online, because I need it when casting Linka in resin.  To be honest, unless you leave the hedge to set rock solid in the mould, I don't think it is needed.

I am no scenery expert, but for more countryside styles of hedge I have tried a variety of techniques with mixed success.  Although they looked ok, they never quite looked right.  I then read a helpful article about creating different heights and gaps in hedges.  It also said that most hedges that mark a border - perhaps of a farmer's field - would be made mostly of the same type of plant or tree, cultivated into hedge form, so this basic structure would not vary too much in colour.  The variation would come from the additional wildlife growing around and through it.  So this is my first attempt at that, which will be going behind the hotel and in front of the track.  I will add some ground cover once it is in place, which will be of a darker green.  I'm always tempted to throw in some flowers, but to be honest, hedgerows don't have many flowers in them around here - hawthorn blossom and cow parsley seem to be the extent, so I will resist on this occasion!





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 Posted: Sun Feb 24th, 2019 10:47 am
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I started off by cutting a length of this wire, to create a sort of fence/frame for the hedge.  It was just something I had lying around - you might have an alternative.  The advantage of the wire frame is that it can be bent and curved to fit the terrain quite easily.




I then used a spray adhesive to add bits of a plant liner, teased apart, which I painted green once dry, and gave it a bit of a trim of the more obvious straggly bits.  I was going to power up the airbrush, but in the end just did it with a brush, leaving the brown of the matting showing through in places.  In the past I have put these fibres on too thickly so that by the time I have added other greenery it has turned into a monster of a hedge  - so I kept it much sparser this time and I think it already looks quite good.  I think I could have added some foliage and a bit of ground cover and it would work as a boundary hedge.  





Instead, I started to add some seafoam pieces of varying heights and sizes.  I continued to use the spray adhesive as it was all going to be covered up by foliage. But actually, the spray dried clear (often spray glue doesn't, especially the cheap stuff). 





And here it is finished, with the darker ground cover added, which is just clump foliage.  There is an old tree I made for one of my planks in the middle, which is too heavy for the small foam board base the hedge is sitting in, so that will either be planted separately when I fix the hedge in place, of it will go completely.  I will see how it looks.  It's the one that has fallen over in the photo




I do think the old "less is more" is good advice for hedging.

If anyone has any other tips, please add them.




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OK, I know I said no more hotel updates, but I couldn't resist one more photo, so humour me!

I will be starting on making flowers and finishing off some detailing and I am waiting for a couple of deliveries, so definitely no more updates for a while, I promise!





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Very nice indeed Michael

When will you be taking bookings?

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Thank you Brian, a freebie stay for you!  Bring St Piran's flag and I'll fly it from the tower....

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Great work on the hotel Michael, not to mention the hedgetastic how-to.

I'm looking forward to the next update!

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Yes, I might end up making use of that hedge idea myself.



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Imposing and looks the part. Brideshead revisited, maybe not quite Chatswood yet.



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Thanks Bill.  I do worry that I might be boring people because it has been slow progress, but I'm pleased with the outcome

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Hi Zelda.  I suppose one could use any rectangular shape and cover it with fine foliage.  In fact, for the small box hedges, I'm experimenting with covered foam - it will bend to  shape very easily. But I do like the way some bare patches of the liner show through so I think I will use it again somewhere in the town scene.  Let me know if you make any modifications or improvements

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Thank you Marty - fit for the Abbot of Faversham was all I was going for!  I don't think I will be taking on a similar challenge again....

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The hotel is finished apart from a few more detailing bits, so here are a couple of pictures of it in situ.





And busy in the garden....




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Wow, how absolutely splendid Michael and the toffs now have a croquet lawn to play with. How posh!

The whole scene is quite delightful and a credit to your skill.

The sunflowers, which are a regular summer crop here, are a fine touch, which sets the season rather nicely.

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Superb Michael it looks really smart and the gardener figures really bring the scene to life.

Have you made all the flowers and Veg as i remember you made cauliflowers.

I know you are well known for your interior pictures are we going to see some X rated scenes in hotel bedrooms :mutley


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Excellent work! Why, you could mistake that first photo for one of a real building!



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Thank you Chaps!  Much appreciated!   In truth, I am very much learning as I go with this modelling lark, and the final hotel is the result of two previous failed attempts.  I think I would have given up before, but the inspiration of so many other modellers here, and the encouragement have kept me going - so thank you all for my small contribution to the forum.

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Thanks Bill - A froggy Good Work is genuinely appreciated and valued. Well spotted on the croquet lawn, it was the only pastime I could think of which would  fit the scene.  I pondered having people playing, but think I will go with the scene as it is, it might not look too contrived.

I am no gardener, and have no idea if the flowers are properly in season, but it is supposed to be a summer scene, so I am pleased the sunflowers indicate that.

Thank you again for the stamp - I am really chuffed!

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Thanks Brian, while our layouts are very different in size and location, I feel we are both facing similar challenges, so it is great to see your progress and learn from you in the process.

I'm not aware of any reputation for my photo interiors, but I did ponder something of an assignation in a hotel room but decided 1: Probably not a good idea to search for such an image (!) and 2: This is an English country hotel - very unlikely such antics would be going on..... Now if I were modelling the continent, it would be a no brainer!!

The whole scene, when completely finished will get a good spray of matt varnish to take off some of the shine on the figures, but I am pleased with how they have come out.  My painting of them definitely improved, so it is a case of practice helps.

The veg garden is mostly hand made, with a few Busch kits.  The flowers are also a mix, but mostly busch kits.  Very fiddly and frustrating - bits pinged off never to be found when I was cutting/gluing them!  The grass is standard static grass, the stripes are just two different shades of grass.  The figures are from Dart castings - white metal - and nicely detailed - very impressed with them and will certainly order more.

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