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5 years 1 day ago - 5 years 1 day ago #121 by Grant
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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.

BTW, here are some better quality pictures of the recent progress: imgur.com/a/hKHRH
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5 years 1 day ago #122 by PJNZ
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BOOMER! Love the rock work...

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5 years 1 day ago #123 by Xtr3meNZer
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This looks MASSIVE

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5 years 5 hours ago #124 by Bishop
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Grant its such an impressive layout. Just keeps getting better and better.

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5 years 4 hours ago #125 by Grant
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Bishop wrote: Grant its such an impressive layout. Just keeps getting better and better.


Thanks. It's finally getting to that stage where you get to do some actually modelling rather than just construction.

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4 years 2 months ago - 4 years 2 months ago #126 by Grant
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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. B) 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.
















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4 years 2 months ago #127 by PJNZ
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Great stuff, I'm interested to see this come together. I agree bridges in railway layouts are cool
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4 years 2 months ago #129 by Kiwimav
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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

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4 years 2 months ago #130 by Bishop
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Oh mate, sooo good!!!.. Lovely work on the weathering of the bridge and such a cool idea to put it right at the front of the layout rather than at the back. What a centre piece.

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4 years 2 months ago #131 by Grant
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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.

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4 years 2 months ago #132 by Grant
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Finished he surface and coloured the rocks. This will have foliage, cactus etc.










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4 years 2 months ago #133 by Grant
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Short video:

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4 years 2 months ago #134 by grover
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Bloody awesome Grant!

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4 years 2 months ago #135 by Grant
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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.

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4 years 2 months ago #136 by grover
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Go for it man. I'm not really a train person but I think this is awesome. Love the detail you're putting into it, and the freedom you have when creating it.

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4 years 2 months ago #137 by Powder
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Grant wrote: Short video:


That is so cool - I've watched it half a dozen times already. :)

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4 years 2 months ago #138 by Xtr3meNZer
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Mate that is looking fantastic! The rocks and ground work looks really good. The bridge also looks awesome, and once you see the train moving through it all, really brings it to life.

Great work

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4 years 2 months ago #139 by Flying_Kiwi
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mate to say you are prolific is a thing of understatement hats off mate your builds what ever media are amazing!!

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4 years 1 month ago #140 by Bishop
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Oh that's looking so good. I love the colours you're using to do the rock work. I'd love to see this in person.

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4 years 3 weeks ago #141 by Grant
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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.






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4 years 3 weeks ago - 4 years 3 weeks ago #142 by Bishop
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I like the fact that you put this at the front as a feature rather than at the back where they always are. Such good work B)

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4 years 3 weeks ago #143 by Grant
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Cheers Tony. It helps a bit with occlusion too (i.e. running the train behind things adds more visual interest as the eye is drawn away from the train).

I spent a bit of the afternoon with he static grass applicator (which still delivers a shock that makes you jump when it happens. :whistle: ).



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4 years 3 weeks ago #144 by grover
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An electric shock?

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4 years 3 weeks ago - 4 years 3 weeks ago #145 by Powder
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grover wrote: An electric shock?


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 :P

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? :)
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4 years 3 weeks ago #146 by Bishop
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Heehee, I'll bet he doesn't have it set up that way!!! Hmmm, perhaps Grant it's time for a new Flocker as the one you have seems to be Flocked.

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4 years 3 weeks ago #147 by Tiger
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That's looking awesome Grant
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4 years 3 weeks ago - 4 years 3 weeks ago #148 by Grant
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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. :whistle: 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:

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4 years 3 weeks ago #149 by PJNZ
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Great stuff Grant. Love model railways

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4 years 3 weeks ago #150 by Grant
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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 :lol: ).







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