I’ve got a double bill for you today: the two Johns.
The first John hasn’t appeared on the site before.
But the second John? I suspect you’ll remember him from previous posts.
And it’s very fitting that he’s popped back up today, as you’ll read.
But let’s start with John#1, who has sent in this cracking ‘how to’.
I’ve been working on scenery on my HO Scale layout lately and experimenting with some homemade mats for a woodsline. I like the way they turned out and thought I would share with you.
I’ve been creating a wooded hill to use as a scenic divider as well as to hide the entrance to staging on my layout. Between the open areas on either side of the trees on the hilltop, I wanted to create a brambled, overgrown area on the hillside. I used a Coconut Coir basket liner and part of an old air filter to create the effect.
First, I separated a section of the basket liner into two halves. I did the same with the air filter material. The side that was on the outside of either material is pressed flat with some sort of adhesive. But working with the inside, one can tease the material up and create vertical depth.
Next, simply paint the materials thoroughly with some flat brown and darker green tones. Once dry, I applied spray adhesive and several varieties of leaf and flock material, followed by hairspray. An optional mist of some florist green tone spray paint was perfect for some highlights.
I ended up using some thinner pieces along a nearby embankment, and combined with some Super Trees, the larger chunks made for what I think is a convincing woodsedge,
I documented the process in the video above, and ran some trains through the completed scene at the end.
A huge thanks to John – what a ‘how-to’!
Now on to John#2.
He’s back and he’s as bonkers as ever.
What’s more, he’s very kindly put together a video of the latest print out scenery.
You really have no idea how happy I am to write this, because a year ago today I decided to hang up my boots after one financial wobble too many.
But do you know what? You lovely lot rallied round, and here I still am, one year later, posting your videos, pics and tips.
So one year on, I thought what could I do to return the love?
Well, there’s always been one particular building that people have requested when it comes to the print out buildings: a roundhouse.
So to celebrate still being here (one year on!) it’s fitting to have a very silly sale that includes the new roundhouse at a give-away price.
First, let’s have a look at it. Here it is:
It’s up to you how many stalls your roundhouse has, 2, 4, 6, 8… just print out what you need. Below are two stuck together.
And here’s the infamous John showing us how it’s done:
I’ve bundled the roundhouse with the Beginner’s Guide, the signal boxes and 4 other buildings, for just $19. A crazy price.
It’s a cracking deal – a big thank you, from me: a $74 saving with all the print out scenery.
I really do think the roundhouse looks good – I can’t wait to see it on a layout.
I know many of you already have the Beginner’s Guide and will grab this just for the Roundhouse – and that’s absolutley fine. Do a quick google and you’ll see just how expensive some of the roundhouse kits are.
And of course, every sale helps support the site and keep this show on the road.
As with all the print out scenery, it’s HO scale. If you want N scale, just reduce the print size by 54%.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the posts over the last year. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to express my appreciation enough.
Hope you find the roundhouse a fitting ‘thank you’, and if you do, please do grab it now as this sale won’t last for long.
That’s all for today folks. As always, please do keep ’em coming.
PS And don’t forget it still comes with my no quibble, 60 day money back guarantee. If you’re not chuffed to bits with the roundhouse, the other prints, and the Beginner’s Guide, just let me know.
PPS Please don’t hang about to grab this deal. It’ll be business as normal shortly.
PPPS I’m also throwing in these two signal boxes: