“I can’t believe how much time my layout takes – I love experimenting with different techniques – keep them coming please!.
The Old B12 rusty loco was just an old bodyshell minus the front door – I glue gunned 3 wheels onto the body and applied rust effects (The Vallejo Rust and Chipping effects is a great set – comes with instructions and actually quick to apply with a brush and sponge)
Apologies for the Jurassic park going on in the background – my son does like to put some life into my layout!!!!
Vandals!!!!! A burnt out BR mail van – really easy – just attacked it with Dremell, stuck all the bits in the bottom with poly cement, liberally added some matt black paint and a few rust spots. The couplings were removed for realism (I actually used these to repair an old loco!). Took a couple of hours.
The rail carrier is the chassis of an old Lima coach with lengths of the old steel Hornby track – nicely rusted after leaving them in the garden for a couple of days – and held on with jewellery chain – rusted with the afore mentioned paint set.
I’m still analogue!!! but have isolation rails to allow several loco’s to ‘park’ in sidings.
If anyone spots the slightly strange road way, it’s actually an old Minic Roadways set from my late father. Scale OO. I have a rail crossing so we can set two trains going and race, trying to beat the trains to the crossing.
Home made pallets from thin veneer, sliced and glued – I measured a real pallet and divided by 76. Not sure if it’s worth the effort as they’re very fiddly to make!!!
“Hi Al. To add interest to a still water pond you can add small lines of plaster to the pond bottom, then paint the bottom green and finish off with clear resin or Woodland Scenics water. I added the BN red engine to better highlight the reflection. Now if I can just get control of those pesky HO scale mosquitos…… 😉 Mark”
A big thanks to Mark and Sam.
Sam proves you should really never throw anything away – and I love how he’s given his layout so much character.
Mark’s pic is stunning – as always. And a superb tip too.
Thanks to everyone who mailed me about my last missive on this too. Seems I was not alone.
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