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Offline NeMo

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A Quantocks Cutting
« on: October 31, 2015, 07:15:12 pm »
Having not managed to "nail" the Somerset look-and-feel previously, I wanted to have another try, this time focusing on my landscaping skills and in particular handcrafting roads and tunnels. Initially thought about using a box file, but WHSmiths were selling A4 cork notice boards for 2.50, and for a simple diorama they looked just the thing! I also wanted to use up paint, track and scenic materials I already had, and in fact the only new things used was a small piece of balsa wood and a Javis self-adhesive grass sheet.

Start with the final thing:




Step-by-step:

I wanted to create a cutting using a slightly different technique to the cardboard I'd used before. So balsa wood was cut to size, and newspaper soaked in plaster used as filler. Mod-Roc used to build the surface layer.


A key thing for me was the bridge front. I'd used the Peco plastic ones before, but wanted something more evocative of the Quantocks area. Red sandstone is widely used there, so I built a frame from balsa and card, then covered the frame with Hob-e-tac and stuck on small blobs of air-drying clay. This took a while, but I think was worth the effort even if the rocks are a bit out of scale. The whole thing was painted using a mix of emulsion paint taster pots I had lying around, then different mixes used to pick out individual rocks, producing a realistic variety of rocks in the bridge and along the road.


The Javis sheet was new to me. I was impressed with how unlike a sheet it looks once stuck in place. Gaps were left into which tiny bits of dust and rock could be added. Again, a mix of paint was used to colour the tiny rock pieces so they blend in better.


Loose rock and ballast was glued in place using PVA after being sprayed with IPA, and then sprayed with IPA again, which I find gets the particles to bed down much better, without the glue forming blobs.


Tiny bits of plastic strip were used to build a fence, and more glue used to pin down the obligatory lineside livestock!


The inside of the bridge was painted black, and the track there ballasted, before the bridge was fully assembled, making these jobs a lot easier!


Would definitely encourage anyone whose bored with their main layout to have a think about doing a diorama. No wiring to worry about, no fussing with points or signalling! Just the fun of trying new things with scenery. I thought doing something this small would be pointless, but it actually turned out to be a very rewarding "quick fix" that mostly used up bits and bobs I had lying around.

Cheers, NeMo

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Re: A Quantocks Cutting
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2015, 07:22:18 pm »
I'm very impressed with that, Nemo, and the bridge is a work of art :thumbsup:
Especially interesting as much of what you've used is new to me.

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Re: A Quantocks Cutting
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2015, 07:31:37 pm »
Lovely work there Nemo and very impressive.
It does have that Somerset feel I think which is what you set out to achieve.
Thanks for "talking" us through the process.
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Re: A Quantocks Cutting
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2015, 07:49:01 pm »
That's a fine piece of work and a interesting how to.  :thumbsup:
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Re: A Quantocks Cutting
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2015, 07:55:18 pm »
Thank you for posting your pictures and a great guide on how to create a diorama  :thumbsup:

Cheers John.

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Re: A Quantocks Cutting
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2015, 08:15:01 pm »
Very nice Nemo - well done!

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Re: A Quantocks Cutting
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2015, 08:30:32 pm »
Impressive!  What colour grass sheet is that?

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Re: A Quantocks Cutting
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2015, 08:39:55 pm »
Thanks guys for the kind words!

Impressive!  What colour grass sheet is that?

The grass sheet I used was called "Javis Scenics JHILL2 Rough Terrain Mat - Summer Green".

I'm very impressed with that, Nemo, and the bridge is a work of art :thumbsup:
Especially interesting as much of what you've used is new to me.

Credit where credit's due, the idea of using DAS clay on a card skeleton comes from "Making Rural Buildings for Model Railways" by David Wright. It was dead easy to make this bridge, and even though it's not really accurate to scale, I think it looks the part.

Cheers, NeMo

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Re: A Quantocks Cutting
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2015, 08:54:27 pm »
Nice modelling, very realistic! :thumbsup:

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Re: A Quantocks Cutting
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2015, 09:32:39 pm »
Yep, it has got an S&D feel to it, definitely.  :thumbsup:
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Re: A Quantocks Cutting
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2015, 10:28:01 pm »
The Javis sheet was new to me. I was impressed with how unlike a sheet it looks once stuck in place.
Nice diorama, well done I like it.

How did you get on with its pre-glued sticky backing,
any tips ?
Did it just wet and sit in place nice&neat, or did it attack you :) ?

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Re: A Quantocks Cutting
« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2015, 08:52:57 am »
How did you get on with its pre-glued sticky backing,
any tips ?
Did it just wet and sit in place nice&neat, or did it attack you :) ?
Took a while to get the hang of it to be honest! So yes, some bits didn't stick to me but did curl over and stick to themselves. Once that happened they weren't coming apart.  :thumbs down:

So I had to resist the temptation to use a large piece, and instead sort of stuck down smaller pieces like a mosaic. Any gaps could be covered with another small piece, or else turned into a little outcrop of rock or soil and decorated accordingly.

Cheers, NeMo

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Re: A Quantocks Cutting
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2015, 10:10:52 am »
Morning NeMo,

Some very interesting scenic ideas, and I have got to say the Javis grass mat is surprisingly effective. I may well think about using some on areas of "Blair Atholl".  I admit I have always been sceptical about grass mats etc, but these look really good (maybe helped by your modelling skills!). I might also borrow the idea of using modelling clay for a road-over-bridge on my layout.
Its very useful to get some ideas for scenic modelling before I start on the scenic side. Unfortunately I still have quite a bit of trackwork/electrics etc to do first.

Thanks
Paul
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Re: A Quantocks Cutting
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2015, 11:26:15 am »
How did you get on with its pre-glued sticky backing,
any tips ?
Did it just wet and sit in place nice&neat, or did it attack you :) ?
Took a while to get the hang of it to be honest! So yes, some bits didn't stick to me but did curl over and stick to themselves. Once that happened they weren't coming apart.  :thumbs down:

So I had to resist the temptation to use a large piece, and instead sort of stuck down smaller pieces like a mosaic. Any gaps could be covered with another small piece, or else turned into a little outcrop of rock or soil and decorated accordingly.

Cheers, NeMo
I've never come across that grass mat product before, so thanks for the heads up!

Thank you also for the tips for sticking it down.  Makes sense to cut into smaller bits when covering irregular surfaces, and then disguising the joins.

Cool!  :thumbsup:
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Re: A Quantocks Cutting
« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2015, 12:11:22 pm »
and instead sort of stuck down smaller pieces like a mosaic. Any gaps could be covered with another small piece, or else turned into a little outcrop of rock or soil and decorated accordingly.
Many thanks for the tips,
some of that is going on my next order for to have a play   practice with. It is of course your skill and patchwork technique, but I'll be pleased if I can achieve 1/2 that !

I also like the , err how shall I say ,, the 'jaunty', age-worn look of your fence posts, even one of the sheep is eyeing it up thinking " Yep, give it another year of Somersetshire wind and rain and we'll be through that "  ;D

The more I look the more pleasure to the eye, pic #6 for example, the exposed rock/earth in the cutting under the grass, nicely done :)

 

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