Discussion in 'Members Personal Layouts' started by Gary, Oct 20, 2017.
Well done on picture of the week Gary. Yet another work of art.
Impressive Gary. Congratulations
Phil from Australia
Congratulations Gary on being Pic of the Week I'm really liking that turf and grass clumping. well done mate
Thanks for PotW, much appreciated.
No work was done on the layout during the past weekend as I had been out and about. Looking forward to getting more done on the layout this week.
Completed some scenery around the grain elevator this weekend...
That's it for this weekend. Hopefully get onto the next stage which is the corner and the fuel siding.
Lookin` good Gary....
It`s been nice weather for indoor hobbies today....
Since I have been out of work and looking for a job, I have had some time to do a little modelling. The latest addition to the layout is the PRR flag stop station building that I scratch built a fortnight or so ago.
I had recently picked up a Walthers Interstate Fuel & Oil Depot kit to which I kit bashed to a two horizontal tank depot rather than the 3 x horizontal tank and 2 x vertical tank kit. I do have plans for the other few tanks...
Anyway, here are a few picks of the work...
The kit in question..
The start of the kit bash. Many parts were painted during and before assembly...
Some of the fuel lines had to be cut and others joined in to obtain the shapes I needed...
The pump house in approximate position and one pair of feed lines placed into positioned.
The loading platform and pipes from pump house to tank and tank to loading platform. Weathering of the tanks was done before securing to their stands. This way I could weather the whole tanks, not just the visible sides.
Out in the sunshine after some weathering and addition of gravel to base plate...
Another out door pic of the opposite side...
A little touch up of paint here and there will transform the kit a little more as well as the addition of weeds and grasses.
I have also started on the back corner opposite the location of the oil/fuel depot. Trees had been foliaged up and positioned. In this corner I have added a layer of forest floor scatter. More vegetation will be added soon.
Here is a video I presented on our facebook page earlier this week of a mixed freight running through some completed scenery.
Ron made a mention on FB that I have some wagons that require weathering... I'll get to them soon, I promise !
Lovely work as usual Gary...
Those tanks have come up a treat.
Very nice kit Gary, looks the biz, beautifully painted.
Thank you Gormo and Kim for the kind words.
This weekend should see the depot building and tanks in place, maybe some more scenicing around the layout too.
Yesterday I got stuck into placing the depot building for the fuel/oil siding and the tanks I knocked up last week. I have also added the atmospheric vents on top of the tanks, something I missed but thanks to Pete (jakesdad13) they are now in place.
I have started on the scenery on the back part of the cutting diagonally opposite the fuel depot. I decided to do the grass in layers, as well as a good scattering of leaf litter. The leaf litter is a little hard to see, but I know it's there !
This is how the scene looked with leaf litter and a few trees thrown in for good measure.
The first layer of grass is yellow in colour followed by a mix of the yellow grass and burnt grass.
I followed this up with lighter green grasses closer to the railway cutting as it is much more exposed to the sun.
As usual, whilst the PVA was still wet, I went around and placed bushes and taller clumps of grass to lift the scenery, followed by planting a few trees back in.
I wasn't totally happy with the trees in this corner as it looked a tad sparse. On the other end of the layout I have conifers popping up here and there. These actually give the scene more variety.
Earlier this morning, I knocked up approximately 20 conifer tress in two distinct colours, after all, variety is the spice of life !
I gave these a few hours to cure then went back in and reconstructed the forest. It does look a lot better now !
Who would think that in that back corner which measures 35cm x 50cm with a sharp concave face has 22 trees on it ! Will it get more ?? Who knows...
Now, I better get back to making more conifers, I need to forest the mound besides the fuel depot...
Forty four tree armatures bent and given a wash of acrylic colour so I can ad foliage in the morning. I'm sure I'll use most of these..., and then some !
The base plates will come off prior to adding foliage. They are there to hold them upright and allow the wash of paint to drain down, leaving paint in the trunk texture.
Looking good Gary. Amazing you don't have RSI after all that bending
Today I only managed to add foliage to 24 of the 44 armatures I bent up and painted last night. Here is a pic of the production line...
I stopped making these so I could help my youngest son on his school assignment. This wasn't a bad thing as it allowed for the foliage & glue to cure on the armatures, which allowed me to do some planting tonight.
Prior to planting these pines, I spoke with an American modeller who gave me a tip about the under story of a pine forest. No tall grasses and weeds tend to grow in these parts as the pine needles make the soil acid ! He had told me that brambles grow under pines...
I decided to cover the area where they are to be planted with chopped dry foliage from the garden, to form a mulch/debris layer. This was done by applying PVA, sprinkling with mulch and then using a ballast mix of glue to secure it down. Using some 2nd hand green poly fibre, I created some mounds and added some fine foliage to them, making these mounds of poly fibre more akin to brambles. After this, holes were punch strategically on this piece of real estate and trees were planted.
The area is approximately 25cm x 10cm and I used all 24 x pines I made... I will need to make up the rest tomorrow as I require more !
This is what the scene looks like now, creating a nice scenic break where the track curves around to the grain silos.
I just can't believe that this little area chewed up 24 trees !
I just hope I don't run out of armatures or foliage for that matter...