Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Thats better and a balloon.

I've finally had time to sort out the new sky on my Arnold Lane Wharf layout which I messed up in a previous episode.

I tried to remove the awful bubbled and spoiled sky paper with all the usual wallpaper removal techniques but it went from bad to worse, especially on the left hand side (as you look at it). I decided that to get rid of the bit of MDF was going to be the easiest solution and as I'd acquired several sheets for free recently I didn't feel too bad and the spoiled bit will do for some scenery former or something in the future. Carefully removing the MDF I copied the size and shape and using Spray Mount carefully attached a sheet of the new Gaugemaster sky paper which went on beautifully without a bubble or crease in sight. Hurrah! With this section re-attached to the baseboard I was heartened and started getting the second section ready.

Halfway there

I had used up the remains of my Spray Mount sticking flock to cheap trees so had to make a quick trip into Bangor to get fresh supplies but armed with a new can I cut the sky to almost the correct shape for the second bit and carefully glued it on... in nearly the right place. However, I wasn't to be deterred and so with the careful application of more trees and foliage I covered up the worst of the misalignment to the point where I knew if I kept on fiddling it would just go down hill and I'd end up starting all over again.

Big sky

It just needs one more light fitting to make the lighting even all over now but that will have to wait till after pay day as the car has just got back from a very expensive trip to the garage and I'm completely broke.

Oh yes. The balloon? I managed to make a black mark right in the middle of the sky and however hard I tried to ignore it it just drew the eye. Then, in a stroke of genius I thought why not cover it up with a plane? Planes are boring and not very Isle of Stoner but a nice colourful hot air balloon looks just right. I googled 'hot air balloon' and millions of images came up which I rummaged through till I found one I liked which I printed out in various sizes until it looked right, cut out very carefully and then stuck it over the mark. Job done.

I'm hoping to get some time to complete Beddgelert and the new 0-8-0 Hunslet which are both now sprayed the base colours and look like bright shiny toy engines. Some details and some paint and matt varnish should complete the job when I get a minute.

Friday, 12 July 2013


I should give myself a good slapping. I know I'm doing it but still do it. What is the matter with me?

Why the crossness? I glued the skypaper on and overlaid the trees which I printed onto A3 paper having joined a couple of pictures together... It all went wrinkly and lumpy. I hoped it would flatten out when it dried, but no. Hence, bugger.

It will have to be stripped off and replaced; I've ordered some Gaugemaster sky paper which I haven't used before. I used wallpaper glue this time but it was worse than the spray mount I have used previously. I might try Uhu or bostik; I'll do a trial section first.

On a positive note, the enhanced size of the backing is good and the enhanced scenery is good so once I get the backscene right it should look good.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Brown sky thinking

I've had a couple of days off and the weather was horrid so I had a bit of time to do some modelling. I started off by fiddling with some detailed scenery bits on Arnold Lane Wharf. Some of the greenery was looking a bit tired and had been knocked off completely on the top edge. I bought some nice Green Scene and Woodland Scenics stuff at Warley last year so I tried some of that out with happy results, I've also recently got some new larger tufts made by Noch so I've added some of hose here and there along with a few other bits and bobs. I'm pleased with the results.

The other scenic thing I've done is fill in between the sleepers of the points which I had chickened out of before in order not to stop them working. I've used a new product, well new to me, which is a faller scenic product and is a glue/sand/paint thing. The translation isn't clear. Anyway, it comes in a small plastic pot and is ideal NG ballast colour texture and blends in very well with the plaster/chinchilla gravel of the rest of the layout. It would be expensive to use on a whole layout but is ideal for this use.

Once I'd done these things I thought 'what else looks sub standard?'. The sky was rather wrinkled and the angle poise lamp balanced on the end of the layout didn't look all that good, so I did this...

It includes a full proscenium arch with GU10 type LED lights which I am pretty happy with, I may add one more fitting. The back scene now needs to have some lovely blue Isle of Stoner sky adding.