A quick look back a few years, here’s ‘Collier Street’ an N gauge layout commissioned by Peco. The layout was a Paul Lunn design from the N gauge Set Track plan book and I built it adapting the design slightly here and there, using off the shelf products. It subsequently has been used by them for advertising photography, appeared at Warley on their stand, and in the Railway Modeller as a project layout. It was I suppose a micro/cameo layout too, with fully enclosed fascia and a wrap round back scene though at the time I didn’t consider it in cameo terms. An exercise in using set track too, never a favourite of mine. However, set track serves a purpose judging by its popularity, and it doesn’t hurt to step outside your comfort zone once in a while. The design was based on a midland region station now truncated and running parcels and DMU’s as the primary service. Operationally it worked quite well, and was a useful exercise in blending both card and plastic buildings for the scenery. The view blocking was really challenging, I remember that much!
Here’s some of today’s work. Whilst I’ve still got the exit end to work out in terms of view blocks and structures, the head shunt end is pretty much finalised.
These are Woodland Scenics tree armatures, with micro mark dark brown Poly Fiber. (EDIT : I initially wrote that this material was a Woodland Scenics product, Peter has been in touch and advised it’s actually from Micro-Mark https://www.micromark.com/Black-Poly-Fiber-12-oz_2 so apologies if any of you have been searching for this in the WS range.)
A clump of this material was given to me to try by Peter Marriott at Warley, the normal colour being a light to medium green if using Woodland Scenics. This Micro-Mark colour works really well, the tree foliage is a mix of only three colours, textures come from one being ground foam, and the other two differing sizes of scatter material.
As the trees stand there’s some shadow fall onto the back scene. However the lighting rig is yet to be designed and fitted, now I have a good idea of the volume and height of the rearmost trees. The woodland will extend the full length of the layout, so I have roughly six feet of trees to build. This technique allows forestry to be made quickly, this section taking a hour or so, so a day ‘in the office’ will see the core of the trees built. Foreground trees will be built differently with a bit more finesse and detail.
Having done this test with greens, (what I had to hand), I guess this ones going to be summertime, autumn and winter will have to wait, obvs….
Here’s some aviation content, the new releases from Airfix for 2018 seen at the London Toyfair.
The Hunter is one of the releases that interests me, it’s a classic 50’s and 60’s jet and reminds me of kicking the tyres on a batch of them (mainly T7’s) at RAF Cosford on behalf of a client prior to their sale. Our client in the end didn’t bid, the only single sweater in the batch wasn’t of sufficient interest. This EP to me catches the look of the Hunter nothing immediately standing out.
All three of the kits from the EP’s shown, look like they’re continuing the rich seam that Airfix are mining, with pretty accurate kits at competitive pricing.