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Breitefurt (my first layout)

Started by Chris, May 17, 2009, 12:19:04 am

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Chris

Dear Friends,

I have taken four more photos of the two quadrants. One shows modifications to the down end quadrant (my view) and three give an idea of what the public will see. As turning the layout round is an absolute pain, fraught with danger and needing hard hats and steel toecaps, they are taken on my desk. I have tried to match teh actual colours as best I can with my very simple graphics program (PhotoEd). Usual address.

All the best,
Chris.
Chris
N & Z Home Page -- Bahnhof Breitenfurt - Ost

Marklin Z scale Bavarian S3/6___________________

Chris

Sorry. Forgot to upload the updates. They are aon line now.

Chris.
Chris
N & Z Home Page -- Bahnhof Breitenfurt - Ost

Marklin Z scale Bavarian S3/6___________________

Chris

Well, I've started on the background landscape. Woodland Scenics Earth and Green undercoats have been added and the rock faces have been panted with stone grey. It all looks a bit dark but it's only the start. The family are away next week so I will get the layout downstairs and put it on the kitchen table so that I can work on it a bit more easily. So, hopefully, I will have the surrounding landscape and the backdrop ready by the time they get back. I won't be able to plant all the trees as I only ordered (150 of them) yesterday. There's a couple of photos on my site if yoe interested.

Best wishes to all,
Chris.
Chris
N & Z Home Page -- Bahnhof Breitenfurt - Ost

Marklin Z scale Bavarian S3/6___________________

David K Smith

Chris, I think the coloration is good. You may want to think about applying a base texture coat on the foam first, before painting it. Some possibilities include spackling compound, thick texture paint, a layer of paper-mâché, or even plain plaster of Paris. This will create a more natural-looking surface for the scenic coloring.

Chris

Hi David.

While I accept your point, I made a decision with this layout, it being my first attempt, to keep the scenery very simple. Hence my dense forestry in my earlier work. I will be adding over 100 trees to those two parts of the scenery, along with grass and a fairly dense coverage of bushes and undergrowth. Also, an artist friend is going to highlight the rock faces to look more '3-Dish'. I am still not quite sure what to do about the road bridge and steep hill. I doubt if the hill would have been cobbled so, once it has been smoothed, I will probably apply a tarmac finish before adding a few vehicles. The rest of the roads will be cobbled and the goods yard will have a cinder finish.

All the best,
Chris.
Chris
N & Z Home Page -- Bahnhof Breitenfurt - Ost

Marklin Z scale Bavarian S3/6___________________

Jeff

Chris,

For the road surface, try an application of acrylic paint with the addition of the sand that is used for sand-blasting metal. This is usually available at industrial supply stores. It's not REALLY sand, of course, but carefully prepared silicon crystals. They're small and all the same size, to avoid clogging or sticking in sand blasting setups. When you're done, you have a surface that looks a lot like asphalt, if you've used a matt or satin-finish black.
Later,                                                AnyRail Fanatic
Jeff                      and Unofficial Guy Who Knows Almost Everything About It

Andrew

I've seen 240 wet/dry sand paper used on a HO layout so 600 might be good for your Z.
Yours,

Andrew

Chris

Thank you Jeff.

I had looked at a couple of commercially available items but they just didn't look right. I'll have to get the 'sand' on the web as no-one round here is likely to have any. As for the cobbles, I am we on the way there.

All the best,
Chris.
Chris
N & Z Home Page -- Bahnhof Breitenfurt - Ost

Marklin Z scale Bavarian S3/6___________________

Chris

Thanks Andrew. Sounds a bit like emery paper. It might look good for the freight facility.

Best wishes,
Chris.
Chris
N & Z Home Page -- Bahnhof Breitenfurt - Ost

Marklin Z scale Bavarian S3/6___________________

Andrew

You're welcome, never really know how the wet/dry sanding paper is called else where and emery paper is usually the the normal sand coloured sheets.
Yours,
Andrew
Yours,

Andrew

Chris

Hi Everybody.

I feel that a giant step forwards has been achieved today with the completion of the backdrop. This was painted by a friend of mine who is, to my mind at least, a pretty good artist. So I wish to thank her (she wishes to remain un-named) for all her hard work. In addition, I would like to thank Ian Chard (Broadford Gallery) for all his help preparing the 'canvas'.Do have a look and let me know what you think. (Bear in mind that adding grass, undergrowth and trees have yet to be done.

With my best wishes to all,
Chris.
Chris
N & Z Home Page -- Bahnhof Breitenfurt - Ost

Marklin Z scale Bavarian S3/6___________________

Andrew

Hi Chris,
It looks great, your friend did a great job. Reminds me of the hills surrounding where we live in Germany.
Andrew
Yours,

Andrew

Chris

Thanks for teh comemnt Andrew. I will pass on your message to my friend when I see her later today (Thursday). I am sure that she will be delighted.

With best wishes,
Chris.
Chris
N & Z Home Page -- Bahnhof Breitenfurt - Ost

Marklin Z scale Bavarian S3/6___________________

Andrew

Hi Chris,
Here's a photo for you to look at.
Yours,
Andrew
Yours,

Andrew

Chris

Heh! Looks just like home (except for the two wee posts at the side of the road). Thanks Andrew. Where is it?

Best wishes,
Chris.
Chris
N & Z Home Page -- Bahnhof Breitenfurt - Ost

Marklin Z scale Bavarian S3/6___________________