I have had some requests for more information and pictures. So here they are.
The sedum I use is autumn joy. After it blooms the stems turn woody. They have to be cut back each year in the late fall.
After I cut them I spray them flat clear enamal.
Then I dip in a mix of white glue and water and then toss them in woodland scenics course turf. I use dark and medium green.
I keep a large container mixed up and I just add an entire container of one of the shades when it starts to get low. This causes the collor of the conapy to vary for each tree.
I place the trees on the layout when they are wet this allows some of the foliage to fall around the base and create undergrowth.
After they have dried for a couple of hours I spray them with a heavy coating of the cheapest hairspray I can find. The dollar store has plenty!
I also keep an eye out all summer for sedum.
If you stop by someones house and ask them they typicaly will let you cut for them and hull it away.
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I have used many of the tips in your newsletters.
Just thought I would give something back.
I have a top tip for you to create hedging on the 00 railway layout. It’s my idea and not copied from anywhere else.
I did a lot of experimenting and came up with this:
If you take some polystyrene packing about ¾ inch thick and cut it into ¼ inch or less strips, this will form the basis of the hedge.
Using the finest artists brush and some Humbrol paint thinners, or Cellulose thinners, or as a last resort nail varnish remover
Carefully, with not too much thinners, just touch both sides of the upper edges of the styrene at ¼ inch intervals along its length, you will see the top dissolve irregularly.
When it is dry, cover one side of the strip with PVA and sprinkle it with brown grass, do the same on the other side and leave to dry.
Cover the irregular top with PVA, pushing it into the holes with the brush tip and sprinkle two shades of green grass at intervals along its length.
You will now have a hedge at little cost and much more realistic than the bought stuff.
I suppose if you substitute ballast for grass you can achieve a stone wall effect also, using this method.
I use wood working glue to fix it down and on curves I hold it in place with dressmaking pins, until set overnight.
You can disguise the joints in situ using the same method.
And if you’ve ever wondered what Dangerous Dave’s fantastic layout looks like at dusk, well, now you can see:
Still getting comments on the ‘ebay cheat sheet. Big thanks for those – glad it’s working for you.
That’s it for today folks.
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