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Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:56 pm
eaw458 wrote:They're plaster bandage over a frame made out of 6mm MDF with cardboard cross-strips. I then gave this a basic coat of black emulsion and completed them by dry-brushing with increasingly paler coats of browny-grey until almost white.
Can you give more details if possible on how you made your tunnel / rocks. I am very impressed, and trying to do something similar myself but can't reach this standard.
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:08 am
I started with several frames or tunnel x-sections cut out of thin MDF. These were spaced about 15 cm apart and joined up with cardboard strips glued to the MDF frames. You need to cut the cardboard a bit longer than the gap to be covered so that you can push it up/down to create terrain variation.
This was covered with modroc / plaster of paris bandage, taking care to have plenty of overlap. Also smooth the plaster when wet so that it creams up and covers all the holes in the bandage.
A base coat of dirty green was then applied. Rocks were undercoated in black.
The green bits were coated in diluted PVA and covered in a mix of half a dozen scatters. I did not pre-mix these, but simply sprinkled on various sorts until it looked right. I've predominantly used three types: (a) Woodland Scenics Fine Turf Earth Blend, (b) Woodland Scenics Small Foliage Green and Olive (c) Small quantities of mixed green, purple and a tiny bit of grey old-fashioned woody scatter. I guess the thing is to make sure it does not look too green - natural landscape never does.
The rocks were drybrushed in increasingly paler shades of grey, until almost white. You probably know the technique - load the brush, wipe it all off again and paint with an almost dry brush. As you go paler, you focus more on the sticky-out bits and make sure not to recoat the whole lot again.
Didn't do much scenery of late - but did take the paintbrushes to my new secondhand gronk last night:
Supid question about 08 class shunters - which end do you call the 'front'??
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 10:27 am
Cheers for that, I am in the middle of doing something similar although using polystyrene, although my cross sections are all connected, I will try spacing them out and using the cardboard as you have suggested to give extra length although it may not be strong enough the MDF sounds better.
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 12:41 pm
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:36 pm
Great pics there, really enjoyed looking at those is detail and what detail!!! Magic!
Thanks and keep up the good work,
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:51 pm
Smashing pics, layout looks great.
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 3:03 pm
Some very nice touches and details. Good stuff fella.
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 3:10 pm
Hi eaw458 ..........theres some nice detailing there,good pics too.
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 5:46 pm
Lovely pictures. its the little details that make all the difference.
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 7:20 pm
great pic's thanks for inside the tunnel shot!
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 7:47 pm
I think the front of the 08 is where the cab is, like for class 20's too.
Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 6:43 pm
A while ago I said I didn't quite know what to do yet with the big open space in the middle. Well - it's turning out to want to become a canal:
Loads to do yet... And need a boat!
Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 10:39 pm
That looks great sofar.
Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:34 am
westbrom wrote:That looks great sofar.
I thought his name was Walter
Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:38 pm
He means so far lol