Saturday, June 28, 2008
Top job and only 50p each including making the mould and P+P. It's all good.
Monday, June 23, 2008
an overview of the Ffridd Isaf board. Talus has been added under the rockfaces, further detailing with small bushes, weeds etc is to come.
a better image showing the rock colours.
the (Beddgelert end) side of the station has had carpet felt added and the roadway is visible in the foreground too.
Friday, June 20, 2008
The final rocks were added around the layout and after the base of the 3 streams were painted, woodland scenics realistic water was added - it won't stay blue once its dry! I'm also experimenting now with WS 'water effects' to get the running water effect on the main stream.
The rough track has been finished as a base, with just the effect of some grassy bits etc to add.
Hairy carpet underlay is gradually being applied all over the layout - note the stream here too, with temporary block to avoid the guu spilling off the end. The clipper (for the hairy underlay once dry), hairspray and puffer grass bottle are also visible. In the foreground a slate path has been gradually built up. I'm worried about this as it is too dark, but maybe it just needs time to dry??
The first attempt at colouring grass and adding some static puffer grass is on the triangle piece - stinks of thinners!
Mixing paints - one baby food bottle has LNER Doncaster green with 1:24 parts thinners and the other has the same but with 3 parts Donnie green, 1 part matt trainer yellow. This was suggested by Barry Norman. It doesn't make a lot of difference, but does at least add some subtle tonal effects too.
My spray painting table is ready - with lazy Susan from IKEA. Dad and I both bought a dust free drying pod from the garden centre - a seedling propagator with variable venting. I have however managed to cover mine in talcum powder - another casualty of the mistake with the roadway.
and talking of roadways, it's now much better thanks to emulsion herringbone colour from crown.
a close up of the stream area - the 'bridge' in the background needs more work, but is gradually coming together. The next piece is to add the 3 piece culvert at the base once the stream is dry.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
- Adding the final few rocks and boulders around the layout
- Adding larger debris to the stream (these are real stones liberated from the Glaslyn!)
- Colouring the main rockfaces using a variety of pigments leopard-spotted on
- Mixing railmatch LNER Doncaster green with 24 parts thinners and colouring the carpet underlay
- Adding more underlay to parts of the Ffridd Isaf board
- Smashing up pieces of slate into a million bits and then affixing to the Fridd Isaf board to create the slate waste path
- Creating the Ffridd Isaf access track from ballast attached with scenic cement and a mix of stone grey/concrete colours
but less good:
In attempting to finish the main roadway alongside the Pitt's Head straight, I painted enamel grey onto the road and then added talcum powder on top to lighten the colour and give a slight texture. Sounds good.
Well after getting most of the garage covered in talcum powder I brushed it off to reveal.....streaks! The paint had dried so quickly on the plaster bed that the talcum powder just hit dry paint - it did work in a few spots and hence the streaks. damn. Going to try it with emulsion (a cheap tester pot from B and Q) tomorrow as that shouldn't dry so quickly. Oh well.
Great fun this scenics thing though!
(oh and I found that the IKEA latte frother I had bought for 99p isn't quite up to the paint stirring I was trying to make it do - firstly the head only just fits in the can and then the end fell off into a bottle of white spirit! RIP the IKEA frother!)
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
The stream bed has been built up and banks improved to not look as 'clean and finished' as it had after its initial construction. Also the banks around the stream bridge have been built up ready for the inclusion of the wall and bridge itself (coming when Slater's deliver my plasticard order!).
On the other side, the hillside has seen considerable progress - we have rocks!
On the adjoining board, a large cast rock has been added to the side of the line and this now awaits joining with Fridd Isaf to check the heights etc and joins.