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Author Topic: Takahachikawa (Japan)  (Read 4281 times)

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #150 on: December 05, 2018, 05:49:12 PM »
Really excellent scenic work. I particularly like the foliage at the bottom of the last photo. Can you share the details, please, Ian.

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« Reply #151 on: December 06, 2018, 12:10:55 AM »
Really excellent scenic work. I particularly like the foliage at the bottom of the last photo. Can you share the details, please, Ian.

The bushes were purchased ready to plonk from this small Japanese manufacturer of scenic items: https://wakiyaku.jp/SHOP/38699/67519/list.html and the "grass" is an ad-hoc mixture of normal green and light green Kato scatter, which works quite well as generic ground cover.
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« Reply #152 on: December 06, 2018, 02:22:22 AM »
We now turn our attention to the lower loop, which appears to be missing a tunnel portal, though a new stone embankment is sellotaped in place waiting for the glue to dry.



It's possible the landscapers will be called in to shift the green embankment on the left a few mm further away from the trains.

And it's off to the landscape workshop for a bit of cut-and-shut:


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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #153 on: December 06, 2018, 02:24:51 AM »
(splitting posts because the forum software doesn't like too many Flickr links in one post)

That looks much better:



Though I'll have to wait for the glue to dry before putting it back in place:

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #154 on: December 06, 2018, 04:19:54 AM »
Also I didn't like the way the stone embankment comes close to the track at this end:



so surgically modified:

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #155 on: December 06, 2018, 04:44:28 AM »
If you hadn't done that, I can't see how that loco would have cleared it, Ian.
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #156 on: December 06, 2018, 05:24:00 AM »
If you hadn't done that, I can't see how that loco would have cleared it, Ian.

Oh, clearance wasn't an issue, the embankment slopes away from the track and there was certainly enough space at body level, even with my trust Shinkansen wide-bodied clearance checker carriage, but it looked plain odd. Not that it's visible from normal viewing angles anyway, but you never know who might be out and about on the layout with a compact camera.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #157 on: December 06, 2018, 03:12:02 PM »
Clearance problems almost solved (though I should relocate that small tree a little to the right); that's not snow on the ground, but styrene sheet which will be decorated in a more linesidey kind of way.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #158 on: December 09, 2018, 03:03:03 PM »
Tunnel now fixed in place and side ballast has appeared:



though due to the shuffling of various interconnected elements I've ended up with a wider gap on the right than I thought, so will have to redo that bit.

Olde-style catenary mast by Tomytec.

FWIW, in this shot we see products from:

 - Tomytec (catenary mast, train, tunnel portals, buildings, brown fencing)
 - Tomix (track)
 - Greenmax (both styles of embankment facing)
 - Kato (grey fence on the right in the foreground; scatter; some hillside shrubbery)
 - Heki (rest of the hillside shrubbery)
 - Tamiya (the white 3mm foamboard used on the linesides)
 - Wakiyaku (the bright green small tree)
 - Morin (ballast)
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #159 on: December 14, 2018, 08:02:34 PM »
 :hellosign:. Steady progress & looking good Ian, nice work
        regards Derek.

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« Reply #160 on: Yesterday at 01:09:22 AM »
Some minor progress, mainly repositioning the concrete hillside "cladding"

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #161 on: Today at 11:56:28 AM »
Now to work on this "problem" area, where 6 separate scenic blocks meet.



A section of disposable chopstick is handily shaped to fill one gap, while an outsized wooden javelin appears to have impaled itself in the cutting side.



I have a cunning plan to hide the tunnel portal visible on the upper left behind some trees so it doesn't intrude on shots from this angle.

Observant observers will also note the visibility of a lighter strip inside the lower tunnel portal at the top; that is actually the side of piece of plywood which carries the line which goes through the upper portal through its tunnel. I will need to paint that a darker colour.
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