Just because I'm not doing enough already I bought a bunch of scenic materials for this today, including more trees and a girder bridge for the front lower scene where I plan to rearrange the track into a single track meandering among desert rocks and over a small canyon.
I've been meaning to get back into this for a while so I pulled finger and made a start early this morning. I'm trying to finish the front scene. I decided to add a bridge over a canyon on the front because bridges are cool and it fits with the name of the layout. It required a bit of surgery to the track layout. I used the trusty chicken wire method and plaster cloth. I've also carved some new rocks. This scene will be through a sandy desert with a saguaro cactus stand. The bridge kit is a cheap Atlas kit which I have painted with a mix of Tamiya dark sea grey and flat aluminium, and weathered with a dark brown wash. I may do some chipping and dry brushing and use some rust pigment on it too. Hopefully I get most of this scene done this long weekend.
YES!!! I've been missing this Grant...this is awesome mate...inspires me to kick the womans car outta the garage and do something like this too...BUT!!!!! nooooooooo
Looking forward to your next installments
Update In Stash:
Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.
Cheers Tony. It nicely busies up that side I reckon.. I relaid the track this morning, having it gently curving through the scene. This would probably annoy the purists/nerds but I like the look of trains winding through a landscape. Next up is gluing this section of track down and then working on the surrounding terrain.
Thanks. I'm suddenly motivated to get this finished. There is a train show in October that I wouldn't mind showing it at. Once I finish this side I'll crack on to the other side. I'm going to remove some of the track on that side so I can fit in more buildings and scenic stuff.
Track on the front ballasted and weathered with the airbrush/sleeper grime/dust and some weathering powders. I also weathered the rocks and dirt with various pigments. This is ready for static grass, bushes and a few trees which I picked up yesterday.
Yeah, model railroaders have these cool contraptions that fire statically charged 'grass' onto a surface that you've covered with glue - the static charge makes the 'grass' fibres 'stand on end' and when the glue dries you have realistic looking 'grass' all pointing to the sky.
I don't think the machine is supposed to give you a shock - I guess Grant has his set up that way because he likes it
Awesome work Grant. Is the set up nearly finished or do you plan to expand into another room of the house? - put some holes through some walls?
Thanks all. My grass applicator is a homemade affair. It's lasted three layouts, but I should probably get a commercial one soon.
Powder wrote: Awesome work Grant. Is the set up nearly finished or do you plan to expand into another room of the house? - put some holes through some walls?
This is a portable layout. Once it's finished (as much as these things are ever finished) I'm going to sell it and start a new one. This was only ever intended as a fun layout to watch the trains go around. The next layout I'm going to take a bit more seriously, i.e. realistic landforms and track layout, prototypical buildings and details etc. It will also have its own dedicated lighting system and will be build for presentation and portability so I can take it to shows. Basically a large diorama on which I can use all my meager modelling talents. I'm not sure what scale or location/time yet, but I'm tempted by On30, which is 1/48 on HO gauge track. The engines and rolling stock are impressive (and expensive) and the scale is large enough to do some really detailed modelling. This is the inspiration:
I wasn't happy with the road surface (too smooth, wrong colour) so I worked on that last night. I used Woodland Scenic fine gravel and weathering powder, and then set the whole thing with scenic cement and an eye dropper. I'll add a bit more weathering, but I'm happier with the way this looks. I also completed the static grass, added 7 more trees, and various bushes. All that this front bit needs is a lot more bush gluing and some detail bits (looking for some deer and maybe a bear to hide in the forest ).