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New Japanese Layout 4 months 1 week ago #31

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Wow that looks great Grant, ill enjoy seeing this come together, I have never managed to finish a layout. The one I have has sadly become a storage table.
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Nice hills. This progresses very nicely
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Cheers Bishop, I really think I've learned my lessons on the previous layouts and putting them into practice here.

More progress: Scenic shell finished. The glad wrap in the tunnel portal is to stop the sculptamold sticking so I can get a nice flush location for the portals. Next up is surfacing the road and platform and carving the rocks on the hills and sea front. It's a bit hard to photograph at this stage because of all the white.



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Finally doing what feels like actual modelling. These are the tunnel portals I bought in Osaka Yodabashi. Airbrushed with several brown/orange shades of acrylic in patches and then given a wash with Tamiya enamel X-57 buff.



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They came out real nice.
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Rough plastering done. Still needs work and refinement, but you get the idea.




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Looking good. I used that Sculptamold stuff once. I really didn't like it and just used old plaster or paris. - I have very little experience with plasters.

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Admoto wrote: Looking good. I used that Sculptamold stuff once. I really didn't like it and just used old plaster or paris. - I have very little experience with plasters.


Sculptamold and plaster both have their uses. Sculptamold is good for when you want an easy to apply shell or to build up the terrain. It doesn't take detail though (because of the fibres) so you really need plaster for carving or setting rocks and other details.

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Great Grant! Love seeing the progress...

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PJNZ wrote: Great Grant! Love seeing the progress...

Me too B)

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Cheers guys. Okay, getting near the end of the plaster phase. I probably just need to clean just a few things up (including the stairs) and then I'll surface the non rock areas with my patented technique. And then paint. :woohoo:






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Plaster rocks added.




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Masking off, but it turns out the platform is out of scale, so some destruction and rebuilding is in order.







I'm travelling to the American West next week, where I will be investigating future builds, both trainy and aircrafty. :)

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Cute with the little stairs, nice touch that. Sure this will be a real centrepiece!

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I'm back with some progress. I'm probably not the only person to use this technique to surface the landscape, but it is my solution to blending in rocks and roads etc to give the layout a uniform look. First I glue down a layer of sand and then this is left to dry and a thinned wash of plaster is painted all over. This can give the impression of dirt and rock surfaces, it is easy to paint, and it is far more durable than actual dirt, which I see some other people using. It is quite hard to give a good impression of what is going on at this stage because it is all white, but adding some colour is getting very close, and things should make more sense then. 



Note also the rebuilt platform at am ore realistic height. This still needs some shaping, smoothing and detailing









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First coat of paint.










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Oh my goodness this is going to look good. What a transformation with the paint beginning to appear.

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Like the rock work a lot.

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Thanks guys. A little more progress. The benchwork got a coat of low sheen acrylic black. Plus I went and stocked up on static grass and foliage. Acorn models now stock the Heki line of scenic materials which I've been keen to try out for a while.



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Putting in some hours on this. Here's a mock up of what it will eventually look like.







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I've added some trees and more static grass and Heki bushes to add depth to the greenery. This is getting to the point that the basic background canvass is done and I can concentrate on the fine modelling for buildings and scenes. 












In the pictures I find the Tomix Toyota is a pretty amazing model. It is so tiny. 

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Oh my goodness that looks amazing. It suddenly looks like a scene from Japan. I love the way everything seems to blend naturally into the background in some of those shots.
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A bit more progress. Lots more static grass in different colours and lengths to give it more variation and depth. Getting close to the detailed modelling of buildings etc.










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All great, but I can’t believe just how good that painted background is working with all the “real” components. A work of art. Everything is looking very Japanese.

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Here is a short video of the layout. We rode this exact rail car when we were in Kyoto over New Years. It runs from the city up into the mountains to a shrine in the snow. I bought the model at Aeon Mall next to Kyoto station the day after we rode the real thing. :)

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Working on the frame and presentation. I had to destroy a bit to move forward. This was more work than it looks. :pinch:




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Cool looking 'shadowbox' presentation.

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Agreed. Great idea

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Grant wrote: I'm back with some progress. I'm probably not the only person to use this technique to surface the landscape, but it is my solution to blending in rocks and roads etc to give the layout a uniform look. First I glue down a layer of sand and then this is left to dry and a thinned wash of plaster is painted all over. This can give the impression of dirt and rock surfaces, it is easy to paint, and it is far more durable than actual dirt, which I see some other people using. It is quite hard to give a good impression of what is going on at this stage because it is all white, but adding some colour is getting very close, and things should make more sense then. 


This entire layout just keeps getting better with every post. Thanks for posting the technique described above Grant. Paydirt! :lol:

In the following post after the sand and plaster stage you started painting. Any particular paints used? I'm curious also about the colour and also if you thinned the paint to get the base white to bleed through giving the colour variation to rocks etc. Very natural looking.

Reading and watching with interest as always.

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