The work on the track has been quiet for a while, but the upcoming "Vintage 32 Day" is again mobilizing my creative power, because I always want to show the race participants something new. And coincidences also always play a role. But one after anonther: The harbor basin was so far the only remaining undeveloped "landscape part" to be made. So I have measured, sawed and timbered the substructure.
To cover the quay wall, I have again printed out the structures of the Scalescenes assortment I had already used in the other parts of the harbor decoration. I then dyed the surface of the water with acrylics and tinted it in different shades (brown, green, black) so that it looks like "harbor broth". Now the bollards are installed and the ships and boats, that Ihave made so far are placed on a trial basis. It still lacks the big cargo ship. When this is built and has found its place in the harbor, I will make the water surface with clear silicone.
Further details to be built are: ladders leading from the quay into the harbor, sitting / floating seagulls and various labels. But I think, even now it looks quite closed.
Chance came to my aid then in the last part of the landscape to be built. I have seen a lighthouse to scare the local garden gnomes. And then I remembered that there is the famous lighthouse "La Corbière" on Jersey:
There has been nothing new on my track for almost a year. Now, in the course of the Corona crisis, there is something new in construction activities again, as there is temporarily more free time available.
To get back into practice, I started with something simple: I converted a defective salt mill into an advertising column. All it took was some primer, paint for the cap (which looks a bit big ...) and a few reduced prints from my digital fund of advertising posters.
Again a slightly longer post. The text is translated with google translator... Since my vacation is still going on, I finally had time to build the farmhouse. It is the central point of the farm, everything else is grouped around it, so I finally had to build this first so that this part of the scenery could by and by become more attractive. Most of the Scalescenes kits I've used so far have been half-relief constructions, so I still have a proper respect for complete buildings. In particular, the question of whether everything fits together as intended by me, and does not result in a crooked structure, always worries me a little. In addition, of course, the effort to manufacture such a complete building is considerably higher than with a half-relief. Well, I finally wanted to go on, since the design of the further farm area depends on the size of the house. So without the farm house I can't get any further.
The finished house should look like this:
The Scalescenes buildings, although intended for the 1:87 scale, usually always include complete interior fittings. However, I forego this in order to reach my goal in a reasonably acceptable time. I have already described the procedure for scaling up the file sheets, which should be printed in their original format on A4 paper, elsewhere in this construction report. Enlarged to about 1:35 format, there is the problem that these "sheets" are much too large for my A3 printer, so that the first, very time-consuming step is always the disassembly of the individual .jpg into its components and the re-arrangement to the A3 format.
Here are the printed and partly cut parts:
The roof parts cut out….
... glued to rough cardboard and the edges blackened with felt pen...
... and assembly with hot glue and with a stop bracket:
So far so good. Now the wall parts. For reasons of stability and to obtain the necessary three-dimensional effect on the window reveals, they are glued onto 5mm architectural cardboard. The window structure consists of several parts. The window frame is glued on the inside against the window cut-outs, behind it the “lead glazing” printed on transparent film. Then there is a thin wooden mixing handle on the upper edge of the window frame, so that the curtains and curtains then glued to it have a certain depth effect.
I started assembling the front, here yet without the "curtains". My initial fears that the styrofoam liner of the architectural cardboard would melt under the hot glue had not been confirmed in the previously built houses, so that I now only join the house parts with hot glue. Cures quickly, perfect for me. You just have to be careful not to burn your fingers if you touch the glue prematurely!
Side parts and rear wall, as well as the two outer chimneys. The latter have a complete styrofoam core so that they have enough stability. As a typical English stovepipe, I used black drinking straws, which are painted on the outside, the inside is already perfectly black. You can see that even better in later photos.
In order to "beautify" the later most visible side of the house, I stuck together an advertising board from stirring sticks and, as already described often, aged with a diluted brush sump, my all-purpose patina.
Here is the not quite finished house at a first “landscape test”:
Assessment of the distance between the house and the "rocks":
Decision: The space in between should be closed by an attached shed (again: stir sticks and some corrugated cardboard), here in the picture on the right side:
Too bad, you will hardly get to see the relatively nice front view later. Here is the finished house. I also use stir sticks for the window sills. Ridge tiles and seals of the chimneys are attached, the chimney pipes can be seen better in this picture. I do not use gutters and downspouts.
The house has a length of 40 cm (17 inch), the chimneys are 25 cm (10 inch) high. This is not a very small format, but the house on the track looks rather small (especially due to the perspective distortion in the photo):
Landscaping has already started here. The lawn carpet is cut out, the interspace is generously loaded with wood glue and the gravel is strewn. After drying, I will paint it gray. And the further design of the rocks with polystyrene begins. I'm looking forward to continuing to tinker with it over Easter. Unfortunately, due to the summer temperatures, it is almost too warm on the roof again. I need some rain to cool down the temperature!
I made good progress with the farm over the Easter days. At first there were landscape works to be done, the transition from the track to the landscape should be more harmonious. Therefore I cut / broke styrofoam strips in the usual way:
What I don't like at all are these styrofoam crumbs:
Then I painted the rock strips:
and also started painting the stone walls:
Here everything is essentially in its place and further detailing with "green", the production of the pasture gates and a few hedges, as well as the whole "small stuff" can begin:
The hedges are made of black foam, the bushes (still white in the picture here) are made of pond filter cotton, which are plucked apart in the required bush size and then blackened with a matt black lacquer from the spray can.
The bushes will later look like the ones to the right and left of the bench:
I proceed as follows: First, I shred the so-called "foliage cluster" from Woodland Scenics in an electric coffee grinder, sprinkle the crushed flakes between two spacer boards and smooth them. Then (use protective gloves!) I spray the foam strips / pond filter wadding with spray adhesive and press them into the flakes so that they stick to the spray adhesive. Especially with the hedges, i.e. the foam strips, you often have to help after turning the stripes, because the adhesion of the flakes to the spray adhesive is not so good. Then at the latest you know why you are wearing the protective gloves. I can tell you: besides the styrofoam crumbs when building rocks, there is something else that I do not like very much…. For the hedges I proceed in three steps, first flocking the two sides individually, then flocking the top separately. Allow the glue to dry each time in between. At least my own attempts to flock the hedges from all sides at the same time failed, so I recommend the "three-stage" approach.
Here is the "hedge-building workplace":
Finally, to prevent the flocking material from disappearing, the hedges and bushes are given a final coat of wood glue, which is heavily diluted with water, applied with an old airbrush syringe. After the glue has dried, the hedges and bushes can be put in place.
The effort is relatively manageable with this method, but with the amount required (the hedges have a total length of over one meter) this is still a lot of work.
This is how the finished bushes and hedges look:
Here are the hedges and bushes in their place, reindeer moss ensures better transitions. A "zoom-in" on the area of the racing reporters:
And another look at the farm:
Now the pasture gates have to be built and a fence for the planned "chicken yard". Then the animals move back to the yard..
Taffy Your "Jersey Circuit" is one of the most inspiring record of a track build and scenery I have seen in a long time. You have created a work of art here and I commend you on your choice of venue - the mixture of harbour, farmlands and all the wonderful detail, the bikes etc etc.
I am glad you have put this up on the f132 Forum (as well) as it certainly compliments the individual car builds and the whole make up of our hobby. I will be visiting this post a lot in the next few weeks as I have been looking for inspiration for buildings like you have and what you have chosen is perfect. Thank you for the descriptions of the building assemblies and also the interesting account of making hedges!
Not only have you spent an enormous time thinking, planning and building this magnificent track of your you have also spared your time and efforts to share this with us, much appreciated!
Many thanks for this excellent posting, truly wonderful to visit and admire your work.