Erikslund: An Ikea Picture Frame Shunting Layout

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Re: 2018 Forum Competition: A Picture Frame Shunting Layout

Postby roganty » Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:42 pm

Here's the results of my latest experiment using rubberised (synthetic replacement) horsehair

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SSL10111 by Anthony, on Flickr

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SSL10112 by Anthony, on Flickr

The first one I initially used some carpet adhesive spray I got for fixing the vinyl flooring down in our bathroom. It worked, but it did make the hedge a bit too dense. So I teased it out a bit and used hairspray instead (Got for a £1 in B&M, but would have been 75p in Morrisons)

I will place these either side of the stream in the lower part of the layout.


I wanted something a lot more wispy, so I pulled off a little bit from the rubberised (not) horsehair roll and pulled it out really thinly. Here is the results
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SSL10113 by Anthony, on Flickr

I'm going to wait for them to dry, and then see if I can stretch it even thinner, but I think they will be perfik along the railway embankment.


And finally, the trees I was waiting for have arrived
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SSL10114 by Anthony, on Flickr

I have 31 different height Christmas trees! I think that these will make a lovely pine forest along the top part of the layout.
I'm just not too sure on how I'm going to fix them down yet. (Hot glue!?)


I have an idea for one of the bottom fields. And I still have the wiring to do :|

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Re: 2018 Forum Competition: A Picture Frame Shunting Layout

Postby TimberSurf » Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:10 pm

The bushes look really good, reminds me instantly of brambles :D
Tree's are usually fixed by drilling a hole in the layout/scenery and just slotting them in.
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Re: 2018 Forum Competition: A Picture Frame Shunting Layout

Postby Mountain » Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:17 pm

Some great looking trees there. Nice and green. :mrgreen:

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Re: 2018 Forum Competition: A Picture Frame Shunting Layout

Postby roganty » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:10 am

Mountain wrote:Some great looking trees there. Nice and green. :mrgreen:

They are aren't they :)
I thought I'd use a few scattered around, but when I got them I thought I'd try something, so I just leaned them up in a corner.
Even before I had finished filling it I thought "Wow! I know what I'm doing with these."

I am now considering changing my power connection.


TimberSurf wrote:The bushes look really good, reminds me instantly of brambles :D

They are good aren't they :) (Déjà vu anyone!?)
The two thinner ones are supposed to be more brambly, but are almost as tall as my bushes. Hopefully it'll be fine by the time they've been spread out and stuck down.

TimberSurf wrote:Tree's are usually fixed by drilling a hole in the layout/scenery and just slotting them in.

That was my initial thought, but there isn't that much 'trunk' to them, which is why I though hot glue might be a better option.
They are going to be bunched up in a corner, so their bases will not be seen.

I am open to ideas. There is still a week to go....
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Re: 2018 Forum Competition: A Picture Frame Shunting Layout

Postby TimberSurf » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:59 am

roganty wrote:
TimberSurf wrote:Tree's are usually fixed by drilling a hole in the layout/scenery and just slotting them in.

That was my initial thought, but there isn't that much 'trunk' to them, which is why I though hot glue might be a better option

I am open to ideas. There is still a week to go....

How about gluing to the head of a nail then dropping the nail into hole?

Or if the trunk is short but thick, drill a hole into it and glue in thick copper wire (similar to this principle)

P.S. why am I helping a competitor :lol: ?
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Re: 2018 Forum Competition: A Picture Frame Shunting Layout

Postby roganty » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:59 pm

TimberSurf wrote:How about gluing to the head of a nail then dropping the nail into hole?

Or if the trunk is short but thick, drill a hole into it and glue in thick copper wire (similar to this principle)

All good ideas, but I'm pushed for time, and I don't have much time over the next few days, so it may just end up being something quick and dirty :shock:

TimberSurf wrote:P.S. why am I helping a competitor :lol: ?

8) I don't know! :lol:
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Re: 2018 Forum Competition: A Picture Frame Shunting Layout

Postby roganty » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:24 am

Anyone what to have a guess as to what this is?

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Re: 2018 Forum Competition: A Picture Frame Shunting Layout

Postby TimberSurf » Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:50 pm

Ploughed field
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Re: 2018 Forum Competition: A Picture Frame Shunting Layout

Postby Mountain » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:11 pm

Looks a bit like wood veneer? Is it going to be used for a tin shed?

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Re: 2018 Forum Competition: A Picture Frame Shunting Layout

Postby roganty » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:51 pm

Mountain wrote:Looks a bit like wood veneer? Is it going to be used for a tin shed?

Sorry, TimberSurf got there first!

TimberSurf wrote:Ploughed field

Damn right!

It's an offcut from the wallpaper in our hallway.
I tried to get a bit of variation in the colour by painting with acrylic paint in two different shades of brown.

I'm going to finish it off by drawing lines using a cocktail stick and glue, and sprinkling a light dusting of green scatter.

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I know that the lines are *way* too straight.
I tried creating folds in paper, but I couldn't get anything I was happy with.
Plus I couldn't get the folds/grooves fine enough to be suitable to use for N scale.

Unless I find something else, I am happy enough with my first attempt.

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Re: 2018 Forum Competition: A Picture Frame Shunting Layout

Postby Pete » Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:10 am

Hi

A good technique is to use acrylic gesso, paint it on as thick as you need, ensuring your brush strokes are in the direction of the furrows, and then to achieve a deeper furrowed texture by lightly dragging either a coarse bristle paint brush or a comb.Then allow the gesso to dry (about an hour depending how thick it is). You can keep repeating until you have the exact texture you want and then paint using whatever technique you favour.

The above will look fine though once in the context of the rest of your layout, it just looks stark in isolation.

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Re: 2018 Forum Competition: A Picture Frame Shunting Layout

Postby roganty » Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:00 pm

Pete wrote:A good technique is to use acrylic gesso, paint it on as thick as you need, ensuring your brush strokes are in the direction of the furrows, and then to achieve a deeper furrowed texture by lightly dragging either a coarse bristle paint brush or a comb.Then allow the gesso to dry (about an hour depending how thick it is). You can keep repeating until you have the exact texture you want and then paint using whatever technique you favour.

That is a good idea, and admittedly something I hadn't thought of.

Pete wrote:The above will look fine though once in the context of the rest of your layout, it just looks stark in isolation.

Very true, here is the ploughed field stuck down, but not dressed:

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SSL10124 by Anthony, on Flickr



Power connection to the board has been bothering me for a while now, and I have been through several ideas and thoughts.

The winner is some metal that will stuck up at the edge, and then I will then attach crocodile clips for the power.
The bits of metal came from an old brake pedal switch from an old car.
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SSL10118 by Anthony, on Flickr



And finally, here is my forest
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SSL10125 by Anthony, on Flickr

Sorry @TimberSurf, but I used hot glue (I had it out and was using it to attach the power connection)

I thought that I would have enough trees to fill the corner, but it is only half filled and I could have done with twice as many trees.
(Annoyingly the seller had a second pack of trees up for sell, but I only bid on the one!)

I have some Woodland Scenics course turf burnt grass that I will use to finish off the area, and help disguise the blobs of glue :roll:


Next on my hit list for this week is attaching the hedges.

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Re: 2018 Forum Competition: A Picture Frame Shunting Layout

Postby TimberSurf » Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:49 pm

roganty wrote:Sorry @TimberSurf, but I used hot glue (I had it out and was using it to attach the power connection)
Anthony

:lol: It was only a suggestion!
But you now have to glue some grass on the blobs as disguise!
Try some very dry, brittle leaves, crumbed into almost a powder as leaf litter at the base.
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Re: 2018 Forum Competition: A Picture Frame Shunting Layout

Postby Longvallon » Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:31 am

Well done. It gives me a lot of ideas.
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Re: 2018 Forum Competition: A Picture Frame Shunting Layout

Postby BuffyMcBuffer » Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:12 am

At first I wasn’t sure on this but now you’ve got some little details going on it’s actually turning out to be quite nice all together


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