Sunday, January 15, 2017

More trees for Splitters

For a while now I've had a few trees half finished above the workbench. In the spirit of the New Year I thought it worth finishing them up. I also had a modelling night to attend a week ago, and the trees are something I can work on without much fuss whilst talking to the rest of the people that attended.

The trunk and branches are finished in the same way as previous trees, so I won't go over it again. I spent a bit of time painting the trunk and branches with a few darker brown colours, and then highlighted some deeper bark markings with a diluted black wash. It didn't take too long to do. I am finding that I tend to take too long procrastinating about a finish. This time I attempted to not go overboard on the finer details that no one can see anyway. I'm quite happy with the result, let me know what you think.
 Here I've finished the painting and I've applied a layer of flock to the branches with some matt fixative spray. The fibre I use for foliage is sprayed and the flock applied to it. Then I sprayed the tree and applied the foliage to it. A fair bit of trimming with scissors occurred then a final spray to seal it all together.
The finished tree is here. I have been looking at the photographs of willows that I've taken, and I'm not all together happy with the final colour. I've purchased some green acrylic to air brush on. I'll post some photos when I've completed the spray.
You can see the difference in colour when you compare the model to the actual tree colour, below.

As always I welcome your thoughts,
have a great week,

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Coal stage revisited

The start of the New Year had me addressing a few things on the modelling front. I spent a little time working out what conventions/shows etc I was going to attend this year (in a post on 'the Eugowra Branch', my other blog) and realised that I'd not posted an update on Splitters for a while.

Previously I'd shown you the top of the coal stage. Next was to build the mount for it. I want to be able to complete this project at the workbench so a base will be necessary also. The data sheet makes this job very easy. I used some dowel, and basswood and set about staining it before building, hopefully to make the job a little easier.

The stand is fairly straightforward, a simple jig to build each of the uprights
 Once all the uprights were built I installed them as you can see here.
 Then once it was all dry I drilled the posts and added the bolt detail. There are a lot more bolts present in the actual stage, but for the sake of my sanity, and what you can see I've only added them where they are plainly seen. 
 Out with the sculptamold to cover up about a third of my work. I wanted it to seem like it was part of scene not sitting on top of it. It also gives you a better idea of how it will fit into the scene. Anyone who has read some of my previous posts will see that the 'scene' of buildings for behind the stage are not there. I did enjoy working on them, but it just seemed too busy for a small layout like mine. I have a few other ideas for this area instead, stay tuned!
 The early coal stage was designed around the common D wagon, rather than an S. It has a smaller opening and needs to be set at a height compatible with this wagon. A trial fit in this location is seen here. The stark colour of the sculptamold will be covered up soon.
 A base colour is on the, well, base, now. I will build up the base  a bit with scatter and weeds, so that I don't need to get in there after it is placed.
That'll do for today. 
Have a great week!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A coal stage for Splitters

Hi Everyone,
A little bit of progress on the facilities for Splitters. I've wanted to start this for a while. As I've said many times I enjoy working with timber and this project was a simple one to do on the workbench.
The Data Sheet available from Greg Edwards has two different types of stage and the 1900 one is the perfect one for my layout. There are a few different timber sizes, but basically the structure is the same for each design. 

I began with prestaining all the timber so that I didn't have to worry about trying to stain after gluing it up. I also prefer doing it first so that when it is built there are different colours to the timber that doing it after construction would be difficult to achieve.

I cut up all the decking timber first and had a pile to use. By laying all the decking down first I built this part from the deck down. So the bearers were glued on top of the decking timber and set aside to dry.

 Next up were the sides of the coal stage, one whole side and the other with a gap wide enough for a D wagon. This is one of the main differences between the two designs on the sheet was that the later design had a gap fitting much longer wagons, whereas the early ones were specifically for the shorter four wheeled D wagon.

I then simply glued the sides on and allowed it to dry. Then cut up the timber for the ends and installed them.
To help with holding the sides in place the universal jig, bluetac was put in place.
Once this had all dried out I did some light weathering on top of the deck to show some change in colour of the timber.
This photo shows up the variation in the deck before the addition of coal.
I've pre drilled holes in the timber uprights to hold the bolt detail, and they are being weathered as I write this.
Next up the base of the stage and there is a bit of cutting and sanding involved. So I'll leave it there for this post.
Have a great week!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Constructing a new scene on Splitters, part 3

Hi Everyone,
I know, I know, three posts in less than three days! Let's just say I've a little ground to catch up on. Facebook and the few modelling groups I'm involved with do make it a bit easier to post quickly, but mostly it is about seeing what others have been doing for inspiration. So now a refocus on Splitters is more than passed time to happen.
Here's a photo of progress on installing the corro' iron on the roof of the shed. I tried to make it look like it had been added onto at a later stage, by laying the sheets differently and with different weathering pattern. The Woodstock is all basswood, I love this stuff! It stains so well. I've found a light sand between coatings enables a different result. It certainly removes any fuzz. There is another benefit in a light sand that being a big reduction in the shine that can be left when the stain dries. I also do it between paint colours to show some variation in patterns on peeling paint.
A shot from the rear before the paint goes on. I've used 'simply glues' wood glue as it dries quickly, even holding the metal iron in place.
I've posted this photo before but I've just realised its the only one I have at this aspect. Hopefully you can see the effect I was trying to achieve with the different weathering of the roof sheets.
I still want to have another go at the level of rust, with a dry brush of the grey of the sheets across the top of the rust, as the least rusted sheets rust in the low parts first. Does that make sense? Ok that's it for this project for a bit. Time to share how the other items are coming along.
Have a great week,

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Constructing a new scene for Splitters, part 2

Hello All,
Continuing on from my last post. The office building is a simple build, however as I'm always up for trying something new I had a go using some different weathering ideas on this one. I started with a basic off white colour then added some washes that I'd purchased along with a quick drying purple mask made by Humbrol, that I wanted to try.
Here you can see the end of the building that has had a layer of the humbrol applied over some base colours. The idea now being to apply some more paint over the top, to then peel off the purple mask to reveal some weathered 'wood' or peeling paint beneath.
The same building with the top layer of paint applied, ready to peel away the purple.
Now here it is with the extra coating. The best part is that the purple coat comes off easily and I'm 

sure will work well over timber which is how I plan to use it next. The roofing I've had a go at, but honestly I think the rusting of the roofing material has gone too far. So down the line it will be replaced. 
This next photo shows the office a little further on with a simple awning over the door and a storage rack on the back of the building also. The area this goes in will be clearer in the next photo, with a couple of other simple structures that go with the office.

If you're wondering about the plastic bag it's acting as a separator between wet sculptamould (the white you can see) and the track behind it. Because I've used a separate ply board to mount this all on I had to be able to work on the scenery behind the buildings. As when it is located there will be no way to reach in there.
This shot shows the progress of the other buildings, and the re roof of the office also. The ground has had its first coat of colour to begin that part of the scenery.

The taller of the three buildings is a mishmash of styles, due to it being added onto and altered over time. I'm using the humbrol mask on the wood as I was really happy with how it worked on the styrene.
Here is the first wall with the extra paint applied. I'm really happy with how it's come together. Now for the other sides.
A bit more progress on this building. The other walls are simple enough, and I'm also putting a loading dock on there as well. The simple shed beside will eventually house some storage for odds and ends and vehicle or two. That's probably enough for this photo update.
Have a great week!