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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #30 on: May 08, 2018, 08:05:37 pm »
This is looking very good.
Itís great to have a picture of what itíll eventually look like in your mind. I love the idea of a vineyard.
Someone at our model club has created an N Gauge vineyard which looks really effective.
Please keep the updates coming.
It's you railway so build it as you want and run whatever you like. The only rule is - ENJOY :
My Layouts -
Port Perran:- Trepol Bay:-

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #31 on: May 14, 2018, 03:18:45 pm »
Quick update just to show that the inclines are now glued in place and taped over the top ready to get the track back on and fixed in final position.



Cheers  :beers:

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #32 on: June 02, 2018, 10:11:44 pm »
The first full circuit of L'esprit de Lavaux model railway.

https://youtu.be/KrIRKSSXa4g

You might have noticed one or two 'glitches' in running the circuit. Particularly the "runaway train" effect near the end! Sorry about that; seems the 'coupling' wasn't quite so good.

Cheers  :beers:

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #33 on: June 02, 2018, 10:45:09 pm »
And it's only taken you since April 2005 to post it :P ;)

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #34 on: June 14, 2018, 09:54:54 pm »
Ok, so I'm going to claim this as my first 'scenery' post!  :P

Here is the prep on one of the lower tunnels for the main lines:


And this is the 'Craft Rock' I'm using ... which came in a pack of ten for not much more Brexit Pounds from the Amie Zones!


I started by cutting thin-ish strips like so:


Putting these in place and then using a water spray to get it to hold:


At first, I was very sparing with the water spray which resulted in this rather patchy effect!


Then I moved to the other end of the layout, and the lower tunnel (that will be under Grandvaux):


By now I was getting my confidence up and beginning to understand how to work the plaster ribbon:


By being a bit more liberal with the water spray, and then working the plaster with my fingers,  I could get a smoother finish:


I was even getting better at cutting around the curved track! Although still with holes showing, but this is only the first layer!


I have a nice 'snow field' effect in the two tunnels - will have another go this weekend!


Must remember to clean the scissors before returning them to the kitchen drawer!!

Cheers  :beers:

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #35 on: June 15, 2018, 10:03:13 am »
Please ensure you give the rail tops a good cleaning after the masking tape is removed :worried:
(I know you will but wanted to plant the notion in your mind :D)

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #36 on: June 16, 2018, 07:16:52 am »
Terraforming with plaster bandage has got to be one of best bits of modelling  :D
Looking nice n messy.

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #37 on: June 16, 2018, 09:14:18 am »
A really interesting post.  Thank you very much.

I look forward to seeing progress.

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #38 on: June 16, 2018, 10:12:52 am »
Please ensure you give the rail tops a good cleaning after the masking tape is removed :worried:
(I know you will but wanted to plant the notion in your mind :D)

He's right. The sticky stuff stays on the rails.
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #39 on: June 16, 2018, 10:49:41 am »
Please ensure you give the rail tops a good cleaning after the masking tape is removed :worried:
(I know you will but wanted to plant the notion in your mind :D)

He's right. The sticky stuff stays on the rails.
Ah....so is that a new excuse that Network Rail can use.
Sorry-wrong type of masking tape.  :D
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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #40 on: June 16, 2018, 11:39:00 am »
 :laughabovepost:

Better not let the boss see this!  ;D
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #41 on: June 20, 2018, 03:19:16 pm »
Before heading out this morning to the 'ophthalmologist' (that's EYE doctor!) ... I thought I'd have a first go at 'Ballasting'!  The near-side tunnel had been given a wash of greyish acrylic left to dry and then brushed clean:



Although the tunnel walls are still looking a bit ... erm, porous!  :-[



I'd got myself a 'Ballast Magic Kit' to try out ...


 ... which comes with it's own little mixing cup, mixer, and water spray bottle.

According to the video, you can mix 1 part of the powder with "5 to 10 parts" of the ballast ... I'm using 2mm light grey in the hope of matching the Kato track.



So I went with 7 parts ballast to 1 part (tea-spoon) of the magic powder!



And gave it a good mixing with the handily supplied 'mixer'!



I spent some time spooning in the ballast mix between the two tracks and then tidying up as I didn't want to get any ballast on the tracks ...



... and particularly around the point in the tunnel!



I then gave the whole lot a liberal spraying with water ...



Then I headed off to see the eye doctor ... who had great fun telling me off for having dry eyes and putting stuff in my eyes for 'Dilation of the Pupils'!

Having staggered my 'light-blinded' way back home, and after having lunch with my lovely wife who's working from home today, I then went to see how my handy-work was doing ... it should be dry by now!

The result .... well I'm going to call it a FAIL! The majority of the ballast simply hasn't stuck, and I could brush it away.



I'm not sure but I think the 'mix' was too ambitious at 7:1 shall maybe try a 5:1 ratio next time ... once I've got my vision back enough to tidy up the first attempt! Ho Hum!

Cheers  :beers:

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #42 on: June 20, 2018, 04:09:06 pm »
I'm sorry to see this.  I have not used 'Ballast Magic' and cannot offer any suggestions apart from using a slightly stronger mix, as you intend.

If that doesn't work for you, I find the old-fashioned 'dilute PVA with a drop of detergent' method is very effective.

I was sorry to hear that you were at the eye doctor and hope you are a bit better now.  Having been there, you might just have an old eye-dropper thing which is good for applying the dilute PVA. 

Thank you for the interesting photographs and all best wishes.

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #43 on: June 20, 2018, 04:15:03 pm »
Before heading out this morning to the 'ophthalmologist' (that's EYE doctor!) ... I thought I'd have a first go at 'Ballasting'!  The near-side tunnel had been given a wash of greyish acrylic left to dry and then brushed clean:



Although the tunnel walls are still looking a bit ... erm, porous!  :-[



I'd got myself a 'Ballast Magic Kit' to try out ...


 ... which comes with it's own little mixing cup, mixer, and water spray bottle.

According to the video, you can mix 1 part of the powder with "5 to 10 parts" of the ballast ... I'm using 2mm light grey in the hope of matching the Kato track.



So I went with 7 parts ballast to 1 part (tea-spoon) of the magic powder!



And gave it a good mixing with the handily supplied 'mixer'!



I spent some time spooning in the ballast mix between the two tracks and then tidying up as I didn't want to get any ballast on the tracks ...



... and particularly around the point in the tunnel!



I then gave the whole lot a liberal spraying with water ...



Then I headed off to see the eye doctor ... who had great fun telling me off for having dry eyes and putting stuff in my eyes for 'Dilation of the Pupils'!

Having staggered my 'light-blinded' way back home, and after having lunch with my lovely wife who's working from home today, I then went to see how my handy-work was doing ... it should be dry by now!

The result .... well I'm going to call it a FAIL! The majority of the ballast simply hasn't stuck, and I could brush it away.



I'm not sure but I think the 'mix' was too ambitious at 7:1 shall maybe try a 5:1 ratio next time ... once I've got my vision back enough to tidy up the first attempt! Ho Hum!

Cheers  :beers:


4:1 or better where the ballast is in open space and don't just spray, completely wet it and add a little detergent into the spray to break the surface tension.

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #44 on: June 20, 2018, 04:27:22 pm »
have an old eye-dropper thing which is good for applying the dilute PVA. 
 

Oddly enough, I bought one from our local pharmacy last week for a wallet busting 50 pence :D

 

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