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Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:56 pm
by Andrew Morrow
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.

Thanks
Andrew

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:08 am
by eaw458
Hi Andrew,

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:

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Supid question about 08 class shunters - which end do you call the 'front'??

Walter

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 10:27 am
by Andrew Morrow
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.

Thanks again.
Andrew

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 12:41 pm
by eaw458
Here are a few more detailed shots of various parts of the layout:

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Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:36 pm
by Spavo
Great pics there, really enjoyed looking at those is detail and what detail!!! Magic!

Thanks and keep up the good work,

Gav.

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:51 pm
by westbrom
Smashing pics, layout looks great.


Neil

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 3:03 pm
by Infrontcat
Some very nice touches and details. Good stuff fella.

Cheers

Tim

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 3:10 pm
by TerryB
Hi eaw458 ..........theres some nice detailing there,good pics too.
T.

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 5:46 pm
by Ijdagger
Lovely pictures. its the little details that make all the difference.

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 7:20 pm
by Andrew Morrow
great pic's thanks for inside the tunnel shot!

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 7:47 pm
by mortyfootball
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
by eaw458
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:

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Loads to do yet... And need a boat!

Walter

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 10:39 pm
by westbrom
That looks great sofar.


Neil

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:34 am
by Lofty
westbrom wrote:That looks great sofar.

I thought his name was Walter :?

Lofty

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:38 pm
by British Rail
He means so far lol :lol: