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 Posted: Sat Dec 28th, 2019 03:58 am
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Heathfield River and Village Pond


I'd been planning something on this topic and after reading "Headmaster's" recent posts on water it seemed an appropriate time.

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Making ripples; it depends on the 'water" material you're using but I've managed something I was happy with using both clear silicone sealant and the (IMO poorly named) Woodland Scenics E-Z water.

With the silicone I just laid it flat over the entire area then overlaid thin polythene film which I knew I could peel off later. Quickly, while still mobile I pressed in the required ripple contours using a suitable template. When set after a day I peeled the PE film off. You can see the result in photo 1 below. It looks better to the eye and I'm often getting favourable feedback on it.

I also used it to represent a rapid running creek bed and there used a disposable fork to draw in the textures. Silicone is good for this as acrylic paint doesn't wet it so separates into tiny drops when roughly brushed on, ideal for a tumbling stream alongside the track.

With the E-Z water, I wanted to model a stream running steeply down hill. Again the fork trick worked very well to build in textures but this is not a material I found very friendly at all. It yellows quickly at the high melting temperature, is hazardous when hot so I took great care using heavy leather gloves and it sets super fast. 



















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 Posted: Sat Dec 28th, 2019 05:41 am
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Very well done Colin....



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Christmas Visitors + More Scenics - Winter

Christmas saw Westown-Heathfield getting a very good operational workout with the new Short Protection doing a fine job when the Operations called for by the Operator (grandchild) were beyond the abilities of YT to keep up with the action. Usual scenario was a forgotten point change until too late! "Grandpa - keep alert!". Another benefit was I didn't feel the need to be down in the railway room at all times that locos were rolling. 

With the dust settling after most of our visitors have left and with the heat outside at scorching levels I've returned to finish my winter Scenics Project

One annoyance is that my back-scene remains resplendent in the bright colours of Spring while the mood elsewhere has turned decidedly chilly. We even have snow on the peaks over Heathfield. But the way I've made the back-scene I never envisioned a replacement and for simplicity I'm trying to build a suitable overlay to retain the existing structural elements. 

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Now with about 1.5m to paint it should keep me occupied for a while.



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Winter Back-scene

With young help on hand progress has been rapid, the village end of the back-scene is nearing completion, a simple overlay between embankment and sky that works quite well when you compare with "Spring" in the previous post. 





Edit: my original posted image had its colour balance adrift, the adjusted image as shown has neutral colour weighting.


All the fine detailing of the many trees along the sky line were completed by young C during her extended stay here







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The detail on the tree trunk and branches is quite impressive.

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Teamwork


My young helpers C&S spent an enjoyable 10 days with us; we're now recovering!

In this shot, C is continuing work on the back scene from the earlier post which has come together very well thanks to her deft touches working on the finer details.

Feeling a little left out, S was looking for her own project and she's shown here and in the inset finishing off a pair of winter hedgerows for me. First applying the PVA to the base, then some green flock, then some dark brown wood shavings. The overall result was as good as I could have done myself. It probably was the longest time she sat still the entire stay!







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Lucky you Colin - if you hire them out and they'd like a trip to France this winter, I could do with some hedges for Maxmill .............. :roll: :lol:

It would avoid us thinking "child slave labour" if you'd post a photo of their contract of employment and payslip .................... :mutley



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Petermac wrote: Lucky you Colin - if you hire them out and they'd like a trip to France this winter, I could do with some hedges for Maxmill .............. :roll: :lol:

It would avoid us thinking "child slave labour" if you'd post a photo of their contract of employment and payslip .................... :mutley

#1 neat idea but they don't come cheap and are decidedly high maintenance for such youngsters, e.g. a babycino every morning when I make my coffee (but I do draw the line at including a marshmallow)! Movies, a visit to "France Soir" for dinner etc. Are you up for it???

#2 interesting point as we'd been reading a kiddies illustrated "Oliver Twist" just the previous night and there were no rumblings about them slaving away in a Workhouse :cool:



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Winter Hedgerows

Another visit from C&S yesterday and both were keen as mustard to get into some more modelling. While C continued detailing our back scene, young S wanted to make another hedgerow but this time by herself. A smaller section was chosen and it seemed a good time for me to capture the various steps we use.

Photo 1 shows the raw materials deployed:


Previously harvested lower branches from our 'Golden Diosma' (Coleonema Aureum) which has masses of near perfect ultra fine branches once it's dried off. My stock, mostly dry is shown in the tub. In addition just some simple Polypropylene Mesh and a tinted acrylic sealant.

S had great fun unaided snipping up all the branches to length, once the size had been agreed. She cut the mesh to shape to fit the recess in the embankment together with a brief lesson on "measure twice - cut once" (probably forgotten now, we shall see!) Then we used a suitable heavy slab of flat glass; squeezed out a generous blob of sealant, overlaid the mesh and inserted the cut branches.



The branches can aligned after 30-60min when the sealant partly cures, then scraped cleanly off the glass the following day once fully cured. All that remains for the girls' next visit is the final detailing.

The final shot shows the earlier Hawthorn hedgerow work (L) and latest sample (Ctr) both in place. King James I pulls some Collett 58' Bow Ended Corridor stock up the mainline.



In this photo we can see the near complete winter back scene overlay, hedgerows and in the far rear a first glimpse of the elusive Westown. The plan was that Town and Country, constrained by my 2.4m long modelling space would be physically adjacent but mostly seen separately when viewed from the front. Here's a test, the outskirts of Westown just get a look in behind the mostly rural view.

Separate note to self; the "stone" bridge was a very early crude effort before I discovered the marvels of DAS. A rebuild is on the list of current year jobs.



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