After a long, long summer and a warm autumn (so far), with too much heat in the attic and too many things to be done outdoors, now the work on my track will continue.
This is the progress so far:
The next step to be done is to build the landscape on the left side of the track. As you know, I try to do the scenery works in „sections“. So I had to make paper templates to cut the base plates out of thin plywood:
A service flap is needed, it is fixed with piano hinges:
The next thing was to cut out the left and right tunnel portals and the walls for the courtyard in the „Pinkerton´s area“. I took a piece of chipboard for this:
Basic paint is in red-brown again:
The gate and the fence for the Courtyard walls are made of wooden stirrers. Weathering is done very easy with the „swamp“ of the brush cleaning glass. There will be more „life“ in the courtyard by barrels and crates, that have to be added later.
Next thing is to continue with the landscape. As shown before, I take styrofoam for the rocks, painted in two tones of color.
The tunnel is ready:
All parts in their final position:
The border between „grass“ and „street“ is made of deco granulate, that I have painted in the same color as the street.
One more part of the landscape is ready and decorated….
David, the harbour area has to wait a little bit because of the accessability. First I have to complete the "farm"-area with the farmhouse, hedges, gates, machinery and animals, then I have to build the garage-building that will complete the harbour buildings and the last thing before starting my works on the right side of the track will be to make the harbour basin.
Matt, I try to do my best to create this atmosphere...:-).
Do you mean that with "Rip snorter":
There are a few "Mattel" survivors from my youth time, this one fits good, I think. I´m thinking about repainting it, but I tend to leave it original as it is, even, if this looks a bit more toylike... From one of the other bikes, I have another driver like this, may be, I will repaint it and change it with the original one. What do you mean?