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Author Topic: L'esprit de Lavaux  (Read 3796 times)

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #75 on: September 05, 2018, 06:06:44 pm »
Back to the back scene on the Northside. I finished taping all the packing material:


Then spent a great and messy time plastering it all with the craft rock!


Plastered all the way along ... and a second layer to get a more 'smooth' surface (but forgot to photo that!)


Then on with a first coating of acrylic paints ... which shows up the 'holes' wonderfully!  :'(


Still, I think it's looking not so bad ... with the 'rich brown farming soil' on top!?


And the packing material has lent some interesting features that could be explored and developed ... later, much much later!


Right enough from me for now ... we're off visiting Brov'n Law in Alsace this weekend. But first I have a dentist appointment tomorrow morning  :worried:

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #76 on: September 05, 2018, 06:12:16 pm »
Have you tried weathering what you have? Given track doesnít get uniformly dirty you donít need a consistent baseline necessarily. Thereís nothing inherently realistic about the Kato ballast - so maybe try weathering the whole lot, rather than trying to homogenise it all to match the moulded Kato stuff?

Nice idea ... but as a beginner I have no idea how to do that? Would have to look that up on tin'ter net. I hear a lot of peeps talking about "dry brushing" ... but dun'no what that means? 
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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #77 on: September 05, 2018, 06:25:20 pm »
Do you have an airbrush? If you do then Iíd try some coats of brown and black to tone it all down. If not Iíd be tempted to some dilute washes to everything to achieve the same.

Look at pictures of your chosen prototype for inspiration.

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #78 on: September 07, 2018, 07:49:09 am »
I like the way your rock faces are developing.  :thumbsup:

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #79 on: September 07, 2018, 08:01:09 am »
I do like the Craft Rock.  Mine arrived yesterday, so I hope I'll be able to show some pictures soon (when I've finished all the engineering works!).
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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #80 on: September 11, 2018, 08:21:26 pm »
Using the same technique with expanded polystyrene packing material, I've put in a road beside the rail that goes from behind the yard (off the main line) up to the "magic tunnel" to Lavaux.

Northside Road Papered:


Northside Road Plastered:


Will leave that to dry overnight ... but I'm a little stuck now as I've run out of Grey Acrylic!  ???

You might notice that (following some good advice) I've put a 'dark wash' over the rock face, and over the brownfields. Still not happy with some areas of the rocks looking like netting - but ho hum! Will probably have to cover much of this up with foliage!  :hmmm:

Right hair cut tomorrow - end of summer shearing!

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #81 on: September 11, 2018, 08:26:13 pm »
Thatís all taking shape rather nicely.
Why not add a very thin covering of cheap grout over the hillsides. That would get rid of the netting effect.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #82 on: September 11, 2018, 08:42:04 pm »
Thatís all taking shape rather nicely.
Why not add a very thin covering of cheap grout over the hillsides. That would get rid of the netting effect.

Thanks for that PP. I think over here tiling grout is called "Coulis de carrelage" ... will try looking for similar in the local stores.

Cheers  :beers:

PS: just realised that I'll have to avoid any 'water resistant' stuff!  :confused1:
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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #83 on: September 12, 2018, 07:36:21 am »
If getting non water resistant tiling grout proves difficult, you could use ready mixed plaster filler (of the cheap variety).

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #84 on: September 12, 2018, 10:37:49 am »
Ok, so I've found this stuff in our local Hornbach store ... Pl‚tre pour le modťlisme MODULAN 105 1,5 kg
Translated says:
Plaster for model making MODULAN 105 1,5 kg
Mix the MODULAN modeling plaster in the desired consistency. Sprinkle slowly approx. 1 kg of powdered plaster in approx. 600 ml of clean water. For smaller amounts, sprinkle the powder in water until dry islands form. More powder = higher filling power (eg modeling work), less powder = easier to pour (eg pouring into molds). After approx. 2 minutes of impregnation, mix by hand or motor stirrer to obtain a lump-free preparation.

Will get some of that this week and try it!
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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #85 on: September 13, 2018, 11:53:33 am »
Painted the road to show the distiction between the rail and road areas:


The road drops lower than the rail and will come to a T-Junction at this end to head to the Station.


This is the Rail tunnel that the Road goes over; as this is one of the highest rolling stock I'll be running, I have to agree with NPN that the tunnel entrance seems too tall. So I'll try and 'sink it' into the ballast a bit.


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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #86 on: September 13, 2018, 03:10:29 pm »
Having got the 'MODULAN' plaster; I was keen to try out the suggestions from Port Perran and keithbythesea (  :thankyousign: )

So here goes, this is the 'test area' which has some of that netting effect from the plaster bandage:


And this is the Modulan plaster powder, thatI spooned (4) into a dish:



Mixed with a very little amount of water to make a paste, then added the black acrylic paint (it seemd to go a bit grainy):



I applied it with the back of the spoon, which was as good a tool as any to get a rough texture:



Right I will leave that to set more and wait to get some more Grey paints!

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #87 on: September 13, 2018, 05:37:00 pm »
Thatís looking god.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #88 on: September 13, 2018, 07:24:53 pm »
Ok, I'm going to claim this as my first (ever) Metcalfe building completed, The Brewery (which many will know is part of a larger set)!





The build was quite easy, given the scale that we're working in. The trickiest part was the 'glazed windows' alignment! Although very detailed I still think they are too pristine for a railway / industrial building. Wished that Metcalfe did 'weathered' exteriors.

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Re: L'esprit de Lavaux
« Reply #89 on: September 13, 2018, 07:52:49 pm »
That looks pretty good.
A couple of points. The first, which comes up a lot with Metcalfe models, the white seams are better coloured in. I use watercolour pencils but others use fine paintbrushes or felt tips.
Secondly, they can be carefully weathered by dry brushing with powdered paints. Iíd practise on some scrap card first though.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


 

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