2-2-Toot Scenic Adventure

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Re: 2-2-Toot Scenic Adventure

Postby VerdevaleRailway » Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:28 am

Today, covered all with a papier mache mix. Used plain old brown paper lunch bags, the pva was a 1 to 2 mix with water. And used paper towel tp soak up the puddles. Doing the vertical surfaces was achievable, but was a tad more time consuming that I would have thought. Nevertheless, progress :)

Is it Bufferstop I have to credit for using brown paper??

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Re: 2-2-Toot Scenic Adventure

Postby Bufferstop » Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:09 pm

My brown paper comes from 3ply postage sacks. My wife and her associates use them to send bundles of exam scripts and project work between themselves and the exam boards. When the contents are to be returned to the board for archiving, they get a clean sack and I get the one covered in addresses. cut into 1" wide strips each sack provides enough brown paper for around a 2foot square of scenery. Soaked with PVA and allowed to dry it forms a hard brown shell, supported on rough formers of expanded poly sheet, stood on edge so that it is in approximately 6" square cells it forms a strong base for static grass and flocks. It passes the "cat's inspection test" Providing the original contours look right the decision to plant a building of some sort, or widen a cutting results in landforms that look like the real thing.

Here's a photo from the scenery building competition, where I cut into the slope of a field to plant a square "ruined tower"
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I went on to cut the polystyrene to provide a level support for the base which was made from that square of greyboard top left.
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Re: 2-2-Toot Scenic Adventure

Postby carnehan » Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:12 am

The bridge section is nearing completion now with the girder section weathered, brickwork painted and weathered and capping stones applied - these need a drop of paint added and weathered. I need to complete this area prior to fixing down the strip of ply for the trackbed otherwise it'll prove very difficult to do scenics beneath the bridge. I gave the canal bed a lick of olive green acrylic paint to represent the water and began layering up with gloss varnish. However, with each application the colour darkened further to a point I'm not happy with its tone so will have to start this again. Perhaps a drop of white in the mix will soften it enough.

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Another section of the bridge still needing done are the cappings to the brick sections above the trackbed. I designed the bridge with very tight measurements meaning that these capping pieces will have to be added after the final installation is done.

On the note of fitting the girder section, when I designed it I knew there would be a complication in working the plasticard brick round the plate girders. To resolve this I planned in advance a nifty little solution. The plasticard on the abutments had a little extra section extending beyond the card former.

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On the bridge itself I ensured the plate girders had a gap at each end just wide enough to let this slip of plasticard slide in to place.

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This solution has two positive outcomes, the first allows for a tidier looking abutment beneath and secondly, the abutments can be glued in to place with the plasticard slips acting as guides for the correct positioning of the bridge every time. I can now remove the bridge as often as I wish with the knowledge it will sit back in the exact position it's intended to. It's difficult to see in the following photo but hopefully demonstrates enough what I was trying to achieve.

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Re: 2-2-Toot Scenic Adventure

Postby VerdevaleRailway » Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:27 am

That was a clever and simple way to line that up Paul. I'm filing that away in the my cramped vault :)

I've had a go at the mozzie zapper. And I was fairly dissapointed in it's effectiveness. It's supposed to run on 3 volts, so I hooked it up to a workshop transformer with varying voltages. It's ok with with 4 volts, but 6 volts killed it! :twisted: Who would have thunk it??? So I'll start again with a higher voltage negative ion generator.
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Re: 2-2-Toot Scenic Adventure

Postby Dave » Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:13 am

Cracking bridge Paul 8)
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Re: 2-2-Toot Scenic Adventure

Postby Bufferstop » Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:21 am

VerdevaleRailway wrote:I've had a go at the mozzie zapper. And I was fairly dissapointed in it's effectiveness. It's supposed to run on 3 volts, so I hooked it up to a workshop transformer with varying voltages. It's ok with with 4 volts, but 6 volts killed it! :twisted.

My zapper/tea-strainer works ok off the two AA cells of the original swatter. It performs better if the underlying surface is wet, so if using a strong adhesive mix spray the surface first and keep the grounding pin/clip close to the area being worked on. It's not as fast as the ones sold by Green Scenes and the like, but then it only cost £2 as I bought the bits in Poundland.
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Re: 2-2-Toot Scenic Adventure

Postby carnehan » Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:24 pm

Dave wrote:Cracking bridge Paul 8)


Thanks Dave.

The canal watery bits are now complete. As stated previously, I wasn't happy with the colour tones or the varnishing effects so a new layer of card was positioned on the bed and applied, this time, with an acrylic mix of olive green, crimson brown and white. Instead of applying brushed layers of varnish I opted for the more radical approach of pouring it on instead. Prior to doing this, I affixed the brick plasticard to the sides and added a touch of blended turf to represent algae on the walls.

Ensuring the ends were sealed up and the board perfectly level I poured a thin layer direct from the pot on to the surface. I needed a safe warm place away from small hands to leave the diorama to dry out thoroughly so it ended up being done on top of the kitchen cupboards! Sheets of paper were draped over the top to ensure dust didn't settle on the paint during the drying process. I initially thought I would apply a couple of layers in a similar fashion but have decided against that. Im pleased with the effect achieved from the first application so don't want to muck it up by doing more!

Three days drying and here is get state of play.

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Next up is the towpath and undergrowth beneath the bridge so I can fit all in place and start work on the landscaping and trackwork.

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Re: 2-2-Toot Scenic Adventure

Postby TimberSurf » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:18 pm

I like the "Salts" bleeding from the brick, its almost as good as mine! :D viewtopic.php?f=22&t=44849&start=45#p626154
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Re: 2-2-Toot Scenic Adventure

Postby carnehan » Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:47 am

TimberSurf wrote:I like the "Salts" bleeding from the brick, its almost as good as mine! :D viewtopic.php?f=22&t=44849&start=45#p626154


Almost! :D

I've been working on the detailing beneath the bridge in order that it can be fixed permanently in place. The path has been produced using coarse grit sandpaper painted and weathered and various flocks, blended turf and static grass applied for the undergrowth.

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Now time to move on to the embankments and rolling fields.

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Re: 2-2-Toot Scenic Adventure

Postby nickbrad » Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:58 pm

For better or worse, I've just done my first pouring for the river, hopefully I have sealed it enough to prevent leakage, but i'll report back in a day or 2 on how it went.

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Re: 2-2-Toot Scenic Adventure

Postby Kerluk » Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:07 pm

I'll be here to check it ! :D

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Re: 2-2-Toot Scenic Adventure

Postby nickbrad » Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:36 pm

I can already report, it was a bit of a failure. Suffered major leakage, luckily there was a tarp placed underneath especially. Time to google ideas before trying again.

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Re: 2-2-Toot Scenic Adventure

Postby carnehan » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:28 pm

Nickbrad, if at first you don't succeed...

Landscaping is now underway on the diorama. First, a honeycomb construction of card.

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Followed by an infill of newspaper.

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Then, plaster bandage applied liberally.

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And finally, a slap of brown paint. The track bed has also had a layer of card placed to hopefully produce a shoulder for the ballast and painted. I've also applied a coat of black to the outer frame - a second coat will be needed.

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Re: 2-2-Toot Scenic Adventure

Postby Dave » Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:58 am

Hi Paul,

There is no right or wrong way to build a model railway...

I really like the honeycomb card for building up the contours, another method rather than filling the void with newspaper is to put a cardboard lattice over the comb (cereal box is ideal) and then your plaster bandage. Although I prefer paper towels, others above have used brown paper bags... you could even use the newspaper that you would have put in the voids.

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Re: 2-2-Toot Scenic Adventure

Postby carnehan » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:27 am

Now that looks like an elegant approach. As said at the beginning of this adventure, the diorama is an experiment on skills and techniques that can be transferred to the new Galgorm Hall build. There will be significant use of embankments and cuttings on it and this technique looks like a nice way to produce those contours.

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