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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #45 on: January 21, 2018, 03:02:19 PM »
Thank you. That looks great. What method did you use for the river?
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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #46 on: January 21, 2018, 03:11:18 PM »
Sorry, just realised that itís a little out of focus.
The river is simply some tile grout spread VERY thinly straight onto my board. In some places there is no grout. Itís just to give the final surface a slightly rippled surface.
When dry, smooth it off just a bit then paint (I use acryllics) your base river colour. Then add about 5 layers of yacht varnish (one at a time). I then apply a liitle more paint, maybe a very slightly different colour (but only in patches). This will give a sense of depth.
Then add 3 or 4 more coats of yacht varnish.
Thatís only my method, others will have differing approaches Iím sure.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #47 on: January 23, 2018, 09:32:49 PM »
Hi All,

I got some colour onto the layout tonight and Iím very pleased with how itís looking. Itís come to life now that the beige foam colour has disappeared.





And the view into the tunnel;



Iíd always planned to put a tunnel portal here but Iím thinking that I might just leave it as it is. Iíd be interested to hear your thoughts.


Edit;

Added a couple of pics with the track layer on.





« Last Edit: January 23, 2018, 09:38:35 PM by Pjlons83 »
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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #48 on: January 23, 2018, 09:47:09 PM »
My layout will have lots of tunnels into rock faces so I've been researching a bit. Pretty much all tunnels will have a portal. I've been through some tough cut road tunnels but cant find any rail equivalent.

Road https://goo.gl/images/ukeWHj
Rail with minimal portal https://goo.gl/images/8rzDFv
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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #49 on: January 24, 2018, 09:26:00 AM »
I always believe there is a reason for the existence of tunnel portals so would never do without. Road and rail are quite different in that, generally speaking, a road vehicle can be halted far quicker than a train should there be rocks on the route. The portal is not just there for looks :no:

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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #50 on: January 24, 2018, 10:38:01 AM »
It's certainly rare to find such a rail tunnel, but there are a few examples. In Austria on the Semmering railway, the west portal of the Weinzettelwandtunnel is one:
https://www.eisenbahntunnel.at/inhalt/tunnelportale/10501-weinzettlwand.html

Another was the FŲrthaer Tunnel in Thuringia, Germany (although this has been rebuilt in recent years):
http://www.dup-bs.de/foerthaer.htm
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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #51 on: January 25, 2018, 07:42:57 PM »
The construction firmsí surveyors and project management team arrived on site today. Their role is to oversee the regeneration which includes landscaping, bridge building and track laying.



Local press has been getting excited about the project which has led to some interest from the locals who have set up camp to watch from the other side of the river.



Some hefty timbre and logs arrived before the end of play and the first job is to set up site for the tradespeople. Itís going to be a busy couple of months!




Exciting times at the foot of Clouds Hill.
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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #52 on: January 25, 2018, 08:20:49 PM »
Exciting times indeed.
The person sitting on the seat seems to have very short legs  :D
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #53 on: January 25, 2018, 08:52:23 PM »
The person sitting on the seat seems to have very short legs  :D

Thatís what you get when you buy your inhabitants for £3 per 100 from eBay!  :help:
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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #54 on: January 26, 2018, 07:31:52 AM »
Just discovered this thread Paul. Looking good, I like the rocks and I recognise those figures!

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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #55 on: January 29, 2018, 10:08:20 PM »
First track sections have been glued tonight and finally the rain came and filled the river. Lots of work to do to bring the river to life but Iím very happy with the base colour. Iíll be going to the Syston show in February and I have a shopping list that includes gravel and rocks to dress the river edges. Iím still undecided on how to finish the river (woodland scenics, clear silicon, yacht varnish etc....) so hopefully thereís a few at the show to look at and ask questions.



The bridge will be the next big job that Iím looking forward to scratch building. Again, nothing set in stone and Iíve got a couple of ideas to play with before deciding. Wood or metal? Arched or trestle? Centre post or full span? Literally anything could happen! :ngauge:

HSE are due onsite tomorrow after the survey team reported a near miss with the hoover!  :uneasy: oops!
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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #56 on: January 30, 2018, 05:53:57 AM »
Hi Lawrence,

I used 'Polyfilla' directly onto the insulation foam and then covered with scrunched up kitchen foil before it had set. Something Iíd seen on YouTube.

That's similar to how I made the rockfaces on Cant Cove except I used no-sand tile grout instead of 'Polyfilla'. However, I have used 'Polyfilla' in the past and like it. After painting the rock surface the base colour you need to add the contrasting colours for shading, a bit like dry brushing (which I've yet to do).

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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #57 on: January 30, 2018, 05:58:01 AM »
First track sections have been glued tonight and finally the rain came and filled the river. Lots of work to do to bring the river to life but Iím very happy with the base colour. Iíll be going to the Syston show in February and I have a shopping list that includes gravel and rocks to dress the river edges. Iím still undecided on how to finish the river (woodland scenics, clear silicon, yacht varnish etc....) so hopefully thereís a few at the show to look at and ask questions.



The bridge will be the next big job that Iím looking forward to scratch building. Again, nothing set in stone and Iíve got a couple of ideas to play with before deciding. Wood or metal? Arched or trestle? Centre post or full span? Literally anything could happen! :ngauge:

HSE are due onsite tomorrow after the survey team reported a near miss with the hoover!  :uneasy: oops!


I also have yet to decide how to finish the water areas on Cant Cove (clear silicon is the most favoured option for me as it is easy to buy, then a German model railway scenery brand, then Woodland Scenics). However, Martin has had excellent results with layers of yacht varnish with layers of paint.

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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #58 on: January 30, 2018, 09:17:37 AM »
Excellent progress so far.
Itís looking really good.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Clouds Hill - My first layout
« Reply #59 on: February 07, 2018, 09:31:06 PM »
The landscaping team have been busy onsite this evening;



Not had much time in the man cave recently so progress has slowed but Iím still very much enjoying how the layout is coming along. The grass has broken up the flat look nicely.
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