Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The tide is coming in.

After 7 layers of Mod Podge (left strip) it's looking quite realistic. The PVA didn't turn out like I hoped it would. I'm going to try to add at least another 3 layers to get a pretty rought wind swept effect.
The Mod Podge hadn't dried fully when I took the photos, hence the white patches, but I'm hoping the photo shows the texture of it. I think it looks very realistic.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

See the sea? No, me neither.

Today I found a good video on YouTube on how to make a realistic sea effect. I will post a link soon.
Start off by painting the baseboard with acrylic paints to suit. I used black, blue, green and a little white at the edge. Once dry, I simply dabbed it with Mod Podge. The more layers of Mod Podge, the rougher your sea gets (in theory).
So I gave it ago with a scrap piece of ply and a small pot of Mod Podge (I happen to have some!)
These are some photos on how it went. The top photo shows the things I used, second shows the acrylic painted on and still wet.
In the last photo the left patch is Mod Podge, but the right is simple PVA, just as an experiment.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

More parts

The 14BA nuts and bolts have arrived today for the Fairlie bogies' crankpins. The frames should arrive tomorrow, the wheel centres and crossheads should arrive either saturday or the beggining of next week. I'm looking foreward to assemble them for the first time now.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


The parts for the prototype Fairlie bogie I've designed has started to arrive. Within a week all of the parts should be here and I can start assembling.
Fingers crossed!!

Monday, April 1, 2013


i haven't been happy with the workshops that are on the layout. So after frying my brain trying to find a short in the track circuit (post discribing it to follow tomorrow), I went to draw up a new workshop building.
I've decided to alter the track layout a bit as shown in one of the photos below. The other photo is the scale drawing of the 'spectator side' of the new workshop building, with Prince posed next to it for an idea of size.
I've ordered some foam board ready to start building it soon. It is loosely based on the side of the blacksmiths shop at Boston Lodge.
It will be fully detailed inside with the two smaller windows on the right being a drawing office and mess room.