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Author Topic: 1st Layout - Landscaping  (Read 3160 times)

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Offline Darren

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1st Layout - Landscaping
« on: September 16, 2012, 03:44:52 pm »
Hi,

I have started work on my first ever layout!
The baseboard is 9mm MDF 700mm x 300mm. I have added a raised area for the track.

Just waiting for some plaster of paris and bandages to arrive so I can start landscaping.



« Last Edit: September 19, 2012, 06:00:50 pm by Darren »

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Re: 1st Layout - Baseboard Construction
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2012, 04:06:31 pm »
You are off to a good start, I hope you keep taking pictures as you progress  :camera:  :thumbsup:

cheers John.

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Re: 1st Layout - Baseboard Construction
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2012, 04:29:58 pm »
Hello Darren,
Am a fan of small layouts. What will be your theme?
Succes with the construction, and indeed do not forget the pictures.
Greetings,
Mark-Jan

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Re: 1st Layout - Baseboard Construction
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2012, 04:54:43 pm »
Plenty more pictures to come.
Im a little all over the place with a theme at the moment.

Originally I was planning 1940's coal mine.
Now I am leaning towards either a stone processing and loading plant or a freight loading terminal - both of the same era.

I will be be going for a diesel loco though so maybe even a re-fuelling depot.

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Re: 1st Layout - Baseboard Construction
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2012, 05:40:01 pm »
Hi Darren,

Looks like a good solid start  :thumbsup: look forward to more pictures  ;)

All the best Darren NSE DAZ
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Re: 1st Layout - Baseboard Construction
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2012, 02:51:14 pm »
Hi All,

My plaster and bandages arrived on my  day off, perfect timing! Now I just need to make a DIY wrist plaster cast to get the rest of the week off  :hmmm:

So to start with I added slopes from the upper MDF sheet and a small 'hill' using rolled up newspaper.





Then smoothed it out with some more plaster.







Next I will sand it down to really smooth it out, seeing as the weather is nice I might just go and do that now.

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Re: 1st Layout - Baseboard Construction
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2012, 03:04:48 pm »
Hi Darren,

don't know if you've tried it, but I find that smoothing the plaster with a wet soft paintbrush gives a pretty good surface, saves the mess of sanding.

looking good

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Re: 1st Layout - Baseboard Construction
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2012, 09:34:46 pm »
Interesting to see the track raised above the main scenery. This should be an interesting project and something a bit different to the norm.

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Re: 1st Layout - Baseboard Construction
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2012, 09:54:20 pm »
Love you methods and layout ideas Darren and the layouts coming along great, looking forward to future pictures  :thumbsup:
Keep on Smiling
Dave.

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Re: 1st Layout - Baseboard Construction
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2012, 06:00:34 pm »
Hi,

Thanks for all the comments.
To keep the momentum going I have done some more work today.

Started off by smoothing out the existing plaster by adding a few more coats/layers. Thanks for the tip Alan, that came in very handy. I still had to do a bit of sanding to the area the track will sit but it definitely reduced it.

After that I started work on the rear of the board, I wanted to add a rocky hill so built up the back sides with MDF cut to the rough shape of the landscape.
Then I used plaster, bandages and newspaper to begin forming the shape.



I'm sure there are better methods for this but I like using the newspaper as it lets me see/plan the shape first and is very easy to change whilst im working on it.



Once finished I smoothed out with plaster, waiting for it to dry before adding a final coat.





Im very happy with the result - pressure is on to get the painting and texturing right now!



Also couldn't resist having a look with the track in place ;)


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Re: 1st Layout - Landscaping
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2012, 01:46:34 pm »
Very neat. Small layouts are a great way to hone your layout building skills without getting bored with something that is too big to finish.

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Re: 1st Layout - Landscaping
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2012, 01:58:58 pm »
Hi

Your moulding using the paper looks great!!

I find that painting steep sections of plaster either as vegetation or rock cliffs never looks realistic so I have tried sticking real rocks into the wet plaster as cliffs and this looks much better. You can put ballast at the bottom of a cliff to form a scree or boulders. Your paper and plaster method is the best for sticking rocks in. I get my rocks from a small closed quarry.

Cheers

Mac


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Re: 1st Layout - Landscaping
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2012, 02:40:15 pm »
Very neat and tidy work....especially as it is your first layout...... :thumbsup:
Will be looking forward to seeing how it develops..... :thumbsup:

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Re: 1st Layout - Landscaping
« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2012, 08:10:10 pm »
Nice work, Darren :thumbsup:

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Re: 1st Layout - Landscaping
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2012, 07:56:36 pm »
Hi all, thanks for the comments.

No major changes at to report, I have just added a few more layers of plaster and made very small changes to the landscaping that I wasn't happy with.

Do prepare yourselves for some 'newbie' questions though as I am about to start looking at the wiring!!!!

 

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