Thursday 4 July 2019

An Industrial Narrow Gauge Adventure - Ground cover

Regular followers of this Blog will know that I have been working on an industrial narrow gauge railway layout built to 1:27.7 scale or 11mm = 1 foot. The choice of such an unusual scale has meant that much if not all items needed for the layout have had to be heavily modified and/or converted from existing models, completely 'scratch built' or sculpted by me.

In these latest posts I will update the Blog with 'work-in-progress' images and text showing how the initial project is developing. For more information look out for the Narrow Gauge Labels to the right.

The main ground cover areas have now been painted and textured. After building up the surface with DAS modelling clay and then sanding it smooth, I added some light texture from fine sand which was glued in place with a mixture of PVA glue and Matt Medium. Later I painted the ground cover with various acrylic paints applied in light washes with some opaque areas 'splodged' in.

The concrete wall section to the left (see this post for more details) has been glued in place.

The final detailing, the lightly laid ballast around the 18 inch narrow gauge track was modelled from some small clay bricks (part of a build-it-yourself house kit) which I ground up in a mortar and pestle before sprinkling it along the route of the track and sealing in place with PVA glue and Matt Medium.

It was good to see the baseboard covered after so long.