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 Posted: Sun Feb 2nd, 2020 07:33 pm
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Hi Terry,

Old school landscaping, can't beat it. Darn sight cheaper than plaster cloth or HD closed density foam. Eco friendly as well..Good job!

I can still snag large brown paper bags at the local food emporiums for nothing, having taken evening classes in basket weaving I do the same using brown paper strips. Bit more robust than newspapers.

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I use a similar idea but use "J Cloths" soaked in plaster which is, in effect, "mod rock".  The plaster is cheap as are the "J cloths" - can't remember what the rest of the world calls a "J cloth" …………………. :sad:

The main advantage is that it dries much faster than "papier maché".



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Even strips of paper towel laid over the card strips & painted with watery PVA sets hard as well.



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Thank you all. Some interesting suggestions there.

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Work last night involved filling in screw holes on the baseboard surface with ready mixed plaster.  I continued the landscaping along the front of the layout in order to put some colour at the front of the layout and to frame the scene.  Of course, there will be grass/weeds/bushes on this low embankment...

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Whilst sheltering from the recent winter storm here and not wishing to get soaked to the skin on venturing down to the shed, I decided to stay indoors and get on with one of the buildings. The goods yard will have a coal merchant's office, so why look further than the Scalescenes' model?  I paid for the model some time back but it is now offered as a free download, so no excuse for you not to give it a go.

Here is the completed building in cruel close-up.  Added features: plastic downpipes, cast metal chimney and a track pin door knob. Two pieces of metal rod have been glued to the rear of the roof sign, which pass through corresponding holes in the roof, thus giving a more secure fixing than simply gluing the sign to the roof as advised in the instructions. 


Since the last post, the embankment at the front of the layout has been completed.  Next job is to give all of the landform a coat of paint.

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Looks good, Terry. Well done

Did you make the brackets for the downpipes.

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Hello Evan.  Thank you for your kind comments.
The kit has the brackets printed thereon, but I positioned the plastic downpipe over the join between the side and end walls.  This resulted in one side of the downpipe having no printed bracket showing.  Therefore, I touched it in with a black pen, so you are actually looking at half a printed bracket and half inked in. 
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The landform was painted today.  A couple of pictures to show the progress...



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I'm waiting to see the local lads race their bikes down the gradient from the bridge.... and come a cropper !



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Never mind the local lads, you wait until you see the signalman descend the bank when he's late for work!



In reality the railway company would not have built the bridge over the line. Being a terminus they would simply build a road, on the level, beyond the buffer stops.

But this layout is entitled 'the art of compromise' and one needs a visual break for the fiddle yard.
 



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