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 Posted: Sat Mar 31st, 2012 05:50 pm
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Hi all,

Here's a photo gallery link...

http://yourmodelrailway.net/gallery_view.php#gallery_top

I've begun on the diorama for the Scalescenes garage. It's situated on a corner of the mid-vale township of Brunnel. It's my first attempt at fiber optic external lamps; well, the one over the fuel pump works well enough...

It's also the first official 'planting' of one of my trees - although it's not 'on' the layout yet - it's the first tree that has a definite location on the layout :-)



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 Posted: Sat Mar 31st, 2012 07:04 pm
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You have to insert your photos here Matt - that link only takes us to our own gallery.

It's not difficult - simply click on the "insert existing photo from gallery" tab above this box then select the photos you want to post.

If you're posting more than one, please remember to hit "return" on your keyboard between each one to leave a line between them. :thumbs



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Ok - try again with the garage diorama thing...

First, select what kind of base your having - in this case - concrete slab. Rough position of where the road should go are marked...



Now, the existing structure has had a light tube put in it (with some associates fibre optics) so I need to make sure the hole in the base lines up



After 'getting the hole right', I then did some initial weathering of the surface with some pastel chalk dust and the like. I also cut out where the garden bed will be, gluing an old scrap underneath it...



See...? I also cut out a bit of paving from the station platform kit to use as a path down the back of the garage to the mens room...



Path and 'garden' in place...



Now I've got to start thinking about cars I guess? Given it is a garage...I've never built any of these white metal cars - wish me luck!




Now I have done a 'rough cut' of the diorama base for (eventual!) layout insertion. I've allowed for a 'crossover' on the left (the extra 'tag' of concrete)



As it looks with a few oil stains... Note also the fibre optic light over the bowser (works! - unlike the one over the main doors...)




The layout's first tree! Not that it's on the layout as such - but the diorama will be! I love the "Men's 'roon back" with the ivy growing - this will become a 'junky' area...



I've started on the truck as well - not quite finished, but looking good!




and a sunlight shot to finish off (for now!) Still have two cars to make and then 'plant' the garage with all the 'leaning-against-the-wall' stuff that place like these accumulate...

Ciao for now!

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Looks great Matt :thumbs

There's some interesting potential for fibre optics in modelling I think - are they difficult to work with ?



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Thanks!

I find the fibre optics a little tricky...Bending them can be a bit tricky... I 'warm' them with a lighter until they 'dip' - and then sort of 'encourage' the curve with a bit of warming etc... I'm going to try warming a bit of brass tube and wrapping instead...

I melt the end of the fibre by slooooowwwwly bringing the lighter flame closer to the tip until it finally melts and then immediately remove the heat source. I find this usually happens at about 5 cm away from the fibre itself - and it forms a nice 'globe' shape at the end! Bonus!



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