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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2018 11:02 pm
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Thank  you Reg, Thank you Max.

It has been quite a learning curve and, ironically, much of it won't really be noticed when the quayside buildings and tracks are in place.  Hopefully it will be something people spot after they have seen the action!  But at least I will know it is there.  I cannot wait to get this bit finished off because then I can get on with the final track laying at this end.  And maybe run some trains again!

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The ballasting begins.   First some PVA with the ballast poured on top to give a good solid base....





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Then plenty of diluted PVA (about 3 water to 1 PVA).  A good spray of water and washing up liquid first to help it spread properly.  And a light dowsing afterwards to help it get into all of the gaps







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This is what it looks like shortly afterwards - still very wet, but the glue has almost disappeared



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Then it just a case of a bit of weathering and I've added a  few weeds - not sure they will stay though.....



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And looking down the line you can see the difference quite clearly...…






I do have to pick off the rogue bits of ballast from the rails and track and touch up the rails in places, but pretty easy, if a little time consuming.  Once it is all finished I will add some weathering powders to pull everything together



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The wonders of a simple bit of editing gives some nice evocative black and white photographs of the scenery so far....
















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I also started on the last "scenic board" for this end of the layout.  My usual method described previously.  I do the static grass in small areas trying to link the colours to the backscene.  Here the top of the bank has been done and I think it ties in quite nicely.  I will let this dry properly before I do the face of the bank.  I don't think it is too obvious where the two things join, which is the main thing.....




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Thinking ahead, I've been wondering what sort of surface to give to the quayside scene.  Old photographs of the area show a mixture of different things, including lots of stone - a bit like cobbles only slightly larger.  I thought originally about using plastic sheets, but I really don't like the joins which will inevitably show up.  So I have been experimenting with modelling clay and a little tool I made.  This is a sample.  What do people think, is it convincing?




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Looks good from here Michael  :thumbs





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Those monochrome cameos are excellent Michael:thumbs
The cobblestone sample looks good to me......you will need lots of patience to hand stamp them all.....how big is the quay area?

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Thanks Ed

I thought they looked ok.... but it's always good to have a second opinion before I waste time planning how I might actually do it!  Thanks for the reply
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Thank you John - high praise from you!  And thanks for the comment on the cobbles.  It is quite a large area, but I don't think it will all be the stones, the prototype had a real mixture of surfaces - stones, bricks, cement..... so I might replicate that.  I actually find it quite therapeutic stamping the stones.....  I might not be saying that at the end!!

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This was my final scenic board for the end of the layout.  When I finished the static grass it didn't look right.  The bank was too steep and uniform and looked like I had just plonked some lump of green on the edge of the layout.  So I thought I ought to remake it...… But then I had an idea.....





Using precision engineering techniques I decided to try a bit of terra forming:  I hit it with a hammer.  A lot.  The second photo is the result!  Much better.  I may have invented a new technique!!









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The ballasting and scenic at the end of the layout are almost finished.... And final wiring and soldering is done













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I will be able to put in the lift out section and crack on with a bit more track laying, and start to plan the quayside buildings.

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A good bit of impact engineering gave the exact desired result Michael


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Impact engineering!  I like it Brian!!

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Not much done today except an experiment in making a rickety fence which I think will go at the rear of some warehouses that will feature at the quay.   These were made from chopped up coffee stirrers and lolly sticks, soaked in wood dye.





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I think those coffee stirrers/lolly sticks get used more than what they were designed for.... a nice fence Michael.



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