“A few more pictures of “Terrapin Yard” at the current level of progress…
The hill is a partial view block to hide the “rabbit hole” where the train ducks out of the main scene into the “fiddle yard”/ It is a foam core board base that was covered first in blue painter’s tape and then “brown shopping bag” pieces soaked in 40% (more or less) PVA. That was then covered in sifted decomposed sand stone..
As to the “no excuses” theme… I can only work on this project for about 30 minutes per day.. Occasionally I get a full hour. Unfortunately the annoying process of attempting to earn a living so I can pay my bills cuts drastically into the time I have available for modeling.
I hope you enjoy my little updates…
Today I worked on the fiddle yard area and made mock-up structures for that area.
The board fence begins finishing the back of the yard area. It is one of several items I have been building with
coffee stirring sticks. They work out to about 2×12 boards in 1/4″ scale and a box runs about $3.00 here in the US.
If you would like to know more about my removable hills/mountains (such as where I got the idea (Model Trains Magazine, US, early 1950’s), why I use them on most of my layouts, or how I build them, please feel free to drop a line.
One reason that I love these small layouts (I seem to be building about one per year) is that they provide me with an opportunity to try new ideas and refine old ones. So far this project has two new things I am playing with: the first is that it is in On30, the second is that this is the first time I have used photographs to embellish the backscene.
I hope you enjoy these updates.
A fantastic series from John. I’m already looking forward to the next one.
Please do keep ’em coming – just like the comments on the ebay cheat sheet – latest one is here
And if today is the day you make your big start, the Beginner’s Guide is here.