Bluegrass or not your 'Canyon Diablo' layout is a SYMPHONY in model train and diorama building ...
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My preference - WW2 RNZAF & Pacific Theatre, Allied & Axis, ETO, Mediterranean, AFV & figures
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So I've been going hard at this. There is a huge amount of work to do. This is the side that needs finishing. The plaster is new and is for the industries in this area. This is going to be a desert scene, so I have lots of cacti to make. I also spent several hours making sure the train run smoothly (and modifying a couple of sections of track).
I also visited Acorn today and got pretty much everything I need. Foliage, grass, plaster cloth, rolling stock, vehicles, a couple of buildings, fences...
I also picked up a new sound locomotive. It's s very nicely detailed and sounds great, but really needs weathering (as does most of the rolling stock).
Some further progress. Getting the basic painting of the plaster done. I paid a bit of attention when I was plastering the road to get the flow through the scene correct. I'm reasonably happy with how it is coming together.
Really really enjoying watching you put this together Grant, awesome mate!
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. I was meant to be showing the layout this weekend, but I've decided to pull the plug on that. I'm just too exhausted from the million activities I've been doing lately. I think I need a bit of a rest.
Sorry to hear that as you've made so much progress. I ran out of time completing the scenery on a small exhibition layout once and just made up an 'under construction' sign and plonked it down in the centre of the bare foam and plaster etc. Surprisingly it generated lots of interest as the public could see the stages of construction and the sort of materials we use.
dcrfan wrote: Sorry to hear that as you've made so much progress. I ran out of time completing the scenery on a small exhibition layout once and just made up an 'under construction' sign and plonked it down in the centre of the bare foam and plaster etc. Surprisingly it generated lots of interest as the public could see the stages of construction and the sort of materials we use.
That's a great idea. I may get the chance to show it next year. I'm current living with one (borrowed) kidney and the last couple of weeks have been really fatiguing. But I also find it impossible to step back from things and relax.
Good decision Grant.
The layout is too good to rush things and this hobby should be (mostly) relaxing so when things start becoming taxing it's definitely time for a break.
When was the last time you made a jigsaw puzzle?
I've finished the ballasting and moved onto some of the structures and details. Here's a Walthers' kit of a storage shed that will sit on one of the sidings. First time trying the hairspray technique. The layout is set in the early eighties so I looked for a colour that might have been used in the sixties or early seventies and had a suitable amount of weathering. This is yet to have washes etc. The roof will be patchy and rusted.
Yeeeah. I'm not allowed too much, but the odd glass doesn't hurt.
I ended up checking out the train show down here. It would have been fun to show the layout, but I probably would have needed a long stick to stop the kids grabbing at the trains given some of the behaviour I saw. The actual quality of the modelling at the show was pretty average. A couple of very good layouts but a large amount of "toy trains." I also think I got informal agreement from my girlfriend to build a proper display layout if I sell the current one.