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 Posted: 30 Nov 2016 05:39
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I forgot to add that I do have a goat. It is still wrapped in plastic. Poor little fella... :oops: My goat was to be sited on the platform (tied up ofcourse), after all, I have seen those classic British Pathe videos on the 1960s BR parcel and goods traffic. The BR handled everything ! :thumbup:

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Gary wrote: I can't believe  that it has been well over a month since I posted anything about the plank...:oops:
Anyway, I finally got into a little kit bashing this weekend, combining Scalescenes TO24a Industrial A Warehouse and TO27 Low Relief Factory together, with a few other bits n pieces from teh Scalescenes/Model Railway Scenery spares drawer.

The reason for the build is to disguise the fiddle yard and to provide a destination for the siding that skirts across the front left of the plank. The area marked Industry is the area to be built upon.



So, off I go, printing out some selected pages from the my files and cutting up some 3mm foam core. I enjoy building with this as it forms a simple but sturdy sub structure.



Apologies for the awkward pic of the materials...:whatever:

Anyway, after many hours of cutting, gluing, more printing, more cutting and more gluing, this is the result...



Combining the two kits gives a good representation of the original factory and the extended  multi story factory, which is melded between the sandstone and brick, as seen below.



This is how it looks on the plank and how it fills the front of the plank, hiding the fiddle yard nicely ! :thumbs:

I wanted to dedicate some time to finishing the road bridge this weekend, but during the build of the factory, SWMBO decided to purchase some inferior inks for the printer, not the 'proper' Canon inks...:x:
Everything I attempted to print came out with a pinky-purple hue. Not good if you want to print off some bitumen (tarmac) for the bridge road surface...:faint:This slowed me right up as I was making headwaves on the plank over the last couple of days. Anyway, tomorrow is Monday and I'll purchase some original Canon inks and make a move on ! ;)

Cheers, Gary.
Hi Gary,

I was considering the retaining wall and the street behind it.

Did you construct that out of card via a scalescenes kit for the retaining wall and what have you used as supports for the road behind it (holding up the block of flats).

I am looking at it as a potential solution for my layout.

Cameron



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The retaining walls can be knocked up in card, but for the one above, I used 3mm foam core. and covered in Scalescenes TX44 Dark Randon Ashlar.

Here is a diagram of how I have put other retaining walls together...



Cheers, Gary.



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Do you get your foam core from a sign writer, Gary?

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Hi Reidy

Not a lot of help for yourself, but in the UK Hobbycraft and the Range, stock foam board, I would imagine most artist suppliers will do as well but will probably be dearer.

Paul

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Paul,

You are right on the cost side of things regarding foam core

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Reidy, I was fortunate that my employer was throwing out big sheets of foam core, measuring approximately 3'x 4' ! I just wish they had more to dispose of !!

Here is an excellent link : https://www.foamboards.com.au/Buy-Now/Foam-Board-A-Sizes
This lot comes in 3mm and 5mm thick. 3mm is ideal for OO/HO modelling. Just over $15.60 a sheet, that is an excellent price for a sheet 840mm x 1189mm

and off-cuts : https://www.foamboards.com.au/Buy-Now/Offcuts/Colour-Mat-Board-Offcuts

Cheers, Gary.



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Thanks guys

Reidy

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Hi Gary

Just few questions re: ballast and paint.

You mentioned you used acrylic poster paint for the first coat of the baseboard and sleepers. You applied a second wash of gray and tan.

What do you mean by wash? Is it a thick or thin coat or a watered down mixture?

What type of paints did you use for the track?

Finally the ballast: how did you apply the road base (matts ballast)? was that a layer under a different type of ballast. I am planning on using matts ballast.

Thanks

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cmcan wrote: Hi Gary

Just few questions re: ballast and paint.

You mentioned you used acrylic poster paint for the first coat of the baseboard and sleepers. You applied a second wash of gray and tan.

What do you mean by wash? Is it a thick or thin coat or a watered down mixture?

What type of paints did you use for the track?

Finally the ballast: how did you apply the road base (matts ballast)? was that a layer under a different type of ballast. I am planning on using matts ballast.

Thanks

Cameron

Wash : diluted paint. Mixed down to about 60% water, 40% paint. Applied with a soft brush. This will leave just enough paint on top of the painted sleepers.

Rail Painting : I have used a few methods, but the easiest is to use is acrylics, a mix of brown and burnt sienna, applied with a brush. The alternative is to use an airbrush with thinned down acrylics (Humbrol or similar). Isopropyl alcohol is good for thinning down acylics for use in an airbrush and it also speeds up drying time.

Good rail colour :

Humbrol No. 70 Brick Red Matt
      "        "   29 Dark Earth Matt
      "        "   160 German Camouflage Red Brown Matt

Sleeper colour :

Humbrol No. 29 Dark Earth Matt
      "        "   224 Dark Slate Grey Matt
      "        "    RC412 BR Coach Roof Grey Matt

Here is a link to Humbrol's Acylic paint chart : https://www.humbrol.com/uk-en/shop/paints/acrylic-paints.html?

You could use enamels (matt), but they do take longer to dry...

Road Base : First up, paint your baseboards a dark grey colour where the road base will be.

Now there are two methods for applying the road base fines.

The first is to paint a thin layer of PVA and allow to settle for about 5 minutes. Letting the PVA 'rest' will ensure there are less brush strokes in the PVA, which can/will show up once complete and dry. Sprinkle the material (road base fines) over the PVA. Once dry, vacuum the excess up. Place some stocking type of fabric over the vacuum hose to catch any loose material for re-use, or, use a clean hand held mini vac. Take a look to see where any material has become loose or needs tidying up. To add more material, use the second option outlined below.

The second option is to apply the road base like you would for ballast. Sprinkle a thin layer down over the surface then apply a PVA/water/detergent mix from over head using an atomiser. Be careful not to blow the material off the surface and beware of largish drips from the bottle (atomiser). Allow to dry for at least 24 hours before checking to see if any more material needs adding. If so, just repeat the same steps outlined here.

Here are some pics of railway tracks, showing the difference in rail and sleeper colour from all over NSW...













Hope this helps. :thumbs:

Cheers, Gary.



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Thanks Gary



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