I've done a lot more, but not a lot worth taking pictures of. A lot more plaster work, including a little dirt road that will lead to rundown a desert bungalow. I switched to plaster of paris, which is cheaper but takes an age to dry and is much heavier. Looks okay though and is easy to work. My cheese cloth/plaster of paris hardshell experimentation was a bit of a disaster, so I'll have to shell out for the proper plaster cloth for the rest of it. :wail:
Posed some trains just now. It will be good to get some colour on the landscape, but that is a few weeks away.
I took the plunge and began the scenery today. I'm really just experimenting at this stage and this is far from complete, but it gives an idea where I'm headed. It needs a lot more foliage, and the track needs ballasting. Sorry about the rubbish pic.
You could easily make this early 40s with a troop train. Not really Russia, but you could perhaps show the Germans invading, or the Japanese.... In all seriousness, this is starting to rock mate, and I'm not making a joke about the excellent outcrops either. They really look the part.
Nice work Grant, currently in the planning stages of building an NZ120 layout of the Southern Hawkes Bay line. Going for a drive to Ormondville to photograph and measure up the station and yards next weekend - geeky huh lol?
I've always wanted to build an N scale US desert layout too after travelling through Arizona and New Mexico about 10 years ago. Colorado also appeals as a location. Don't know anything about American railroad companies and what parts of the States they run in. A lot of nicely detailed N scale US locos coming out on the market now. How about a rocket fuel plant for your industry? A few of those in the desert and they look quite cool with all the tanks and piping. Another option could be a small oil refinery.
Got a lot done on the layout this long weekend. The track on this section is ballasted and weathered. I'm going to add some static grass for low shrubs and grass. A house is going on the cleared spot and I'll put a crossing and power lines in. Fairly pleased with my first attempt at desert scenery.
In natural light it's probably more desert yellow than green, but that was the intention. The surface was looking a bit uniform so I used the airbrush to shade the lowest areas. I also airbrushed the track with thinned buff to give it a dusty look. It came out nice and subtle. Eventually I'll take some better pictures.
Now with static grass added. This is getting pretty close for this scene and is starting to look a bit like the Glorieta Pass area. Sort of. It still needs a building and various railroad details which I have panned for next week.
Still chugging along. One of the cool things about layout building is that you start with really rough details and slowly add in more detail. I've dry brushed the rocks, and I have a building and trees coming. I also started on another section of the hills. I've already learned a lot about building this style of scenery (especially in terms of the order in which things need to be done), so hopefully I'll get improved results as I progress.
coaster wrote: Looking great Grant.How did you do ground cover on hill?Stuck on wet paint?Sprayed on glue then flock spread over it?
Yeah, just painted with interior house paint and then fine ballast scattered over it to give it a rough surface suitable for gluing flock etc. Under the big outcropping I'll probably brush on a layer of thinned hydrocal and then stain it with an acrylic wash. One of the hardest things is getting a good neutral dirt surface, but I think this plaster method works quite well.
I just applied a bunch of pine trees, but they looked totally wrong so I took them off again. I'll save them for the big mountain.
bikingmike wrote: Jolly good show! Looking better all the time, have you run any trains on it yet?!
Yup, I run a train around the loop every so often. I don't have too much rolling stock at the moment, but now that the expensive part of the layout is mostly over I can buy some. I just bought a couple of Kato P42 Genesis locos so I can replicate this:
I'm also considering showing the layout at the train show in October, so that gives me a date to complete by. At the moment I'm waiting for the switches I need to arrive so I can complete the track. I did buy a 25kg bag of plaster though.