Discussion in 'Planks' started by Graham K, Dec 4, 2020.
A cracking little layout Graham . Congratulations on potw!! Well done.
WOW! Thanks all, I feel really very honoured that my efforts are deemed worthy of POTW
With a degree of trepidation, I took the craft knife to the station building ... and quickly found that I'd managed to build it to be almost indestructible. Surprised that carboard, brick-paper and glue turned-out to be quite so strong! Anyway, I've reduced the roof angle to 10degrees and as suggested, it really does make it look much much better.
Next I think I'll tackle the grass embankment that'll lead from the FY bridge down to platform level. I'm thinking papier-mache covered with various shades of a bumper bargain lot of scatter materials I bagged a while back from ebay. This could get very messy.
All the best
Well done on your picture of the week.
Good progress on your plank.
Thanks Andy. I just wish I could get myself to spend less time thinking, more doing!
Oh boy do I can I relate to that, I've just spent several minutes contemplating a reply
I'm thinking about replying, but will maybe do so later
I just have a habbit of changing my mind....sometimes!
Thats what I like about this forum, we can take procrastination to Olympic standards. Well, maybe tomorrow.....
My old boss often used to say "5 minutes thought saves half an hour of tearing about!" and he was right!
My old Maths teacher used to say for every problem draw it out in a diagtam. Only problem is with lockdown I ran out of pencils 9 months ago, so now I'm just left with daydreaming.
PS and he also used to say maths problems are just like constipation, you can work it out with a pencil - for some reason no one ever borrowed Teach's pencil
A little bit of progress recently.
The embankment is a combo of card, paper-mache, acrylic paint mixed with PVA, flock and (very old, very squashed) lichen. It's on its own little base as it was easier to work on it on my desk than in situ on the layout.
The fence, which is still to be painted, is from 2mm strips of cereal packet card, carefully laid-out on graph paper and glued with Loctite, which is probably way OTT, but being in a precision applicator was far less messy that my first attempt using PVA.
Next on the to-do list is a factory of some sort, maybe a dairy.
The fencing, if you haven't painted it yet, will be much stronger if you soak it with cheap super glue, it's a tip I learned and used with great success from Gormo, it makes the card almost hard plastic like, and less likely to get damaged if knocked.
That's a very handy tip, thanks Pete @jakesdad13
I've yet to find the optimum glue to card ratio, it's either too much or too little most of the time ... with a lot of sticky fingers involved too!
First up, congratulations on PotW, well done. The lowered roof on your station halt looks much better.
Secondly, when applying glue, if you are using PVA on the card structures, use a small paint brush to apply, especially when building something like your fence from thin strips of card.
By the way, the fence looks pretty good, nice work !
Now that you've said it, I'm struggling to see how I didn't use a brush in the first place, especially as there's a bunch of them sitting right there in front of me!