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 Posted: Thu Sep 27th, 2018 10:31 am
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Have you tried the scale ballast from Green Scenes? I used their light brown - see pic below.



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Thank you Ian, definitely worth checking out.  You have a lovely layout - I was going to point out some individual bits, but ended up listing it all!  Great work!

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Thanks Michael - yours is coming along nicely as well. Looking forward to seeing more of the layout as you progress.
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The Abbey ruins scene is coming along - here are the remains.....  They are made from Linka stone castings, painted and then a little white weathering powder to give that decaying appearance



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I am working on a backscene of some more Abbey ruins to set this off..... It's coming along but slow work.  I think I have sourced an image, but I am no artist when it comes to manipulating photos

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Time to make some flowers for the ruins..... here are some ox-eye daisies..... Very fiddly to make from a kit, but I like the look.




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And here are some others made from grass tufts and homemade flock



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And here they are planted and growing!  Putting the scene on a board makes it much easier to work on. It means I can work at my bench, build up the scene and check it without breaking my back leaning over everything.  This is especially true for this part of the layout which is quite hard to reach in situ.  Once it is put in place there will only need to be minimal work to get it to blend in with the other scenes.  



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I like the daisies in place..... they don't look as "plasticky" as I thought they might, once the base is covered with a bit of grass.



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I have a lot of solenoid point motors from previous dioramas and practice modules which, now that I have gone digital, I no longer need.  I asked in another thread for any ideas of how I could use them for animations, and one bright suggestion was to have a rabbit appearing out of its burrow.  I managed to source a rabbit or two and tried it out on the ruins corner.  It sort of worked, in as much as the rabbit appeared and disappeared.  However, the speed of the motor and the noise created resulted in a rabbit appearing to have been shot in the bottom and projected out of its home!!  If I could animate its eyes widening it might work (!) So I shall put that one down to experience.  Nothing wrong with the idea and I'm glad I gave it a go.  Maybe if I add a spring to the unit so it doesn't click all the way across with such a clunk/gunshot effect that will help   So long as the rabbit actually moves.  I might give it a go! In the mean time, if anyone has any bright ideas for things to do with a solenoid motor other than sell it, let me know!



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A quick update.  The back scenes for the end of the layout are now complete and just drying.  I have also completed the small scenic banking that sits between the backscene and the track at that far end. There might still be little bits of detailing to do - it's knowing when to stop!
The track has all been tested and weathered, so now for the ballasting and blending the track into the rear scenic boards.  Photographs will follow when everything is dry and I've had a tidy up and vacuumed everything.

Making my own backscenes from photographs which I edited and blended together proved to be an interesting road of trial and error.  Combinations of different types of paper and glue brought about very different results. Plain paper and wet glue was fine until it dried.  Then the inkjet colours had changed, probably because the glue seeped through the paper a little.  Matt photo paper resolved this, but the coating on this paper made it harder to disguise the joins.  I tried going down the edges with a matching colour, but that just led to  seeing slightly coloured joins rather than very thin white lines.  Better, but not perfect.  Spray adhesive worked with all papers, and with a tiny overlap tended to disguise lines the best - but there isn't much chance of correcting things once the paper hits the back board!  But this is the way I will probably go in the future.  The final backscene of ruins on a bank, printed on plain paper with inkjet printing and fixed with spray glue is as good as I think it needs to be.  I keep telling myself that there will be lots of buildings and things in front of all of this, so it really will just fade into the distance, but at the moment it is all I can see so I tend to notice every little thing.

As I said, photos will follow and you can make your own judgements.

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I owe a great debt to Gormo in creating the backscenes.  He does an excellent tutorial in his thread somewhere - or maybe it was on his YouTube channel - and it certainly gave me the confidence to have a go.  Otherwise I would have been a buy it off the shelf modeller.

I am no photographer and even worse with all of the software for editing.  I am sure if I put the time in I could make the scenes better, using layers and combining different elements together, but that isn't where my interest is at the moment.   One tool I have used constantly is the clone tool, which allows you cover things you don't want in the picture or add things which are missing.  Very useful for adding some trees on the skyline for a sense of depth.

The piece of software for turning it into the actual back scene which Gormo recommended is called PosteRazor, which is free.  I have also used a similar piece of free software called Posteriza which is incredibly easy to use.  You just load your image and it sets how many A4 pages it needs to reproduce it.  You can play around with those if you need to.  I tend to edit my images so that they fit one A4 piece of paper in height (landscape) and then use the posteriza to set the number of pages in length.  This has seemed to work quite well for me.

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So, looking down the layout to the right hand end. this is the corner scene with the new back scene fitted





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And the opposite corner, with other new back scene finished!



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On days when I haven't been able to get in the loft, I've been practising with Linka moulds.  I had a set of these when I was a boy in the 70s, but never really got to grips with it.  However I have purchased a few brick and stone moulds and thought I would give it another go.  Casting with plaster was exactly as I remember - not very successful.  But I have been experimenting with using resin recently, and have been much happier with the results.  However, there are still problems, just different problems!  The biggest challenge is still to make sure that the castings are square and even, followed by hiding the joint between the castings.  I still have not perfected it, but I am making some progress.  The ruins posted above are from early attempts at making buildings, which I then broke up to form said ruins. So nothing lost!

I plan to have The Abbot's Hotel somewhere.  We don't know what the Abbot's house looked like in Faversham (or where it was) so I have some licence.  I made a plan from some online photos of possible buildings and set about trying to create it with Linka. Here is my first attempt so far....










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The end of the layout is starting to take shape now.  I have started to ballast and added a little more greenery to pull everything together.  A bit more work to do with that, but the right hand side is pretty much how I want it.  A few tweaks needed on the left hand side.  Annoying things like gaps where backscenes joined are now resolved. Just waiting for it all to dry!





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Your backscenes look extremely good Michael a credit to you there i note they have blended well with the angled roof something i will have to tackle myself at some time.

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Thank you Brian, I'm pleased I have finally got them sorted.  I was quite lucky with the final image I  chose as it looks as though it recedes into the background, even though it actually protrudes forward and over the track.  I tried a number of images but they didn't look right - I think it was a scale thing.  The main length of the layout has upright back scenes so they will be much easier.  But then I will have to contend with the other end!

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Well done Michael. ;-)



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Your whole scenery is looking very convincing, Michael.  :thumbs



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