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Author Topic: Takahachikawa (Japan)  (Read 4445 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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« 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.
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« 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
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« Reply #160 on: December 15, 2018, 01:09:22 AM »
Some minor progress, mainly repositioning the concrete hillside "cladding"

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #161 on: December 16, 2018, 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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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #162 on: December 16, 2018, 10:20:30 PM »
Great stuff!

Very clever; very clever indeed.

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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #163 on: Yesterday at 02:24:12 PM »
Now to work on this "problem" area, where 6 separate scenic blocks meet.




Some of the gap filled:



The ocularly-blessed may just be able to spot the relocated toothpick.
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Re: Takahachikawa (Japan)
« Reply #164 on: Yesterday at 02:31:26 PM »
Meanwhile, by happenstance some bits of greenery have fallen into the small gap between the ballast side strips and the track itself, looking not atypical for such a line while making the gap less obvious, which I shall exploit in future work.



One day I might be able to fix some track sections permanently in place, and ballast it all up "properly", but for now it's much more convenient to be able to remove bits of scenery to work on.
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