Program track/diorama

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  1. Andrew Laing

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    Trying to sell our house at the moment so I decided to build a diorama just to get some practice. I picked up a piece of steel flexi track for a £1. As it is only going to be a display and program track steel rail isn't a problem.
    Anyway I found a piece of scrap furniture board and attach a bit of 40mm square softwood for the trackbed. I have laminated some polystyrene with PVA. When it's dry I intend to shape the styrene to leave the track elevated with an embankment down to a field.
     
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    Andrew this sounds like an interesting project, look forward to seeing more.:thumbup:
     
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    Excellent start there Andrew to what looks like a very nice little project... I'm following your diorama build with interest.
     
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    That's some piece of timber to drill the holes for the wires.

    I used the same approach for Another Bridge, and used plaster bandage from hobbycraft (£1 a roll) to cover the foam with.

    Paul
     
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    :thumbup::thumbup:

    Ian vt
     
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    They look like astro mount counterweights !!
     
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    Already drilled. :thumbs:
     
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    I knew you would recognise them!
     
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    So today I cut the styrene to my desired shape (The bit I hate doing).

    Then decided to get plastered......

    As it is an experiment I have several ideas to try out on it...
     
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    Looking good Andrew, when I did my Elton Crossing layout I used this method to contour in the cuttings... it did work well but put a lot of weight onto the board. The next diorama I did which was a bridge just employed a 4mm to 5mm layer of Multifinish plaster spread over cut polystyrene block, this worked standing up well to movement with out cracking but for added reinforcement a layer of either old net curtains or ladies tights into the plaster film would do just as well.
     
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    Yesterday it got attacked by fungus green paint!
     
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    And it's looking good. Great progress. :thumbs:
     
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    Track down and ballasted yesterday.
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    Base flock added.
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    Nice progress Andy, I like the contours of the land and the ballasting and grass work looks really nice.:thumbs:
     

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