End2end wrote:Fratton71D wrote:Just to set the scene of that I’m looking to recreate, here is a photo I took of Q class 30543 in Fratton shed yard 20 July 1963.
My future birthday
Coming on in leaps and bounds Fratton.
Can I ask, where/who makes those retaining walls? And do they come coloured as you ahve them or did you paint them before positioning on your layout?
The retaining walls are Bachmann 44-225 bonded with UHU glue to 12mm x 4mm strip wood in 1 meter lengths from B&Q, cut as required. The wall along the length of the layout is in three parts, from left to right five sections of wall, four sections of wall (up to the baseboard break) and four and a half sections. Once the strips of wall have set firm I bonded two strips of the same size wood along the backs of the wall and finally bonded 2mm thick Plastikard sheet on the back to enable a 4mm gap to later add the greenery.
The walls were placed into position and ‘L’ shaped plastic strip glued in front of the walls so I can add ballast up to these and allow removal of the walls should I need to move the layout in the future. The wall in front of the fiddle yard id mounted on 25mm x mm strip wood and screwed to the baseboard.
The 44-225 walls do need some fettling in order to fit together and in some areas I’ve used Pollyfiller to fill any gaps or mismatches and then painted this to match the wall colours.
Regarding painting, the walls come painted, however I placed them in position prior the spraying the track with RailMatch 1406 sleeper grime thus some spray mist weathered the lower half of the walls. The wall alongside the loco depot has had an application of Humbrol Black wash enamel gradually reducing in height as the wall nears the exit of the loco depot.
Fiddle yard wall