Wallerawang - Construction, September 2009
This month has seen a flurry of activity as the Group prepares the layout for it's debut at the AMRA NSW exhibition at Liverpool, being held on the first weekend of October. Scenery work on the modules has gone full steam ahead, with the four modules receiving a coat of paper towels soaked in runny plaster applied over a shaped base of polystyrene foam. Cardboard strips were cut to shape and glued into position to form a level base for some of the roads. Kerbs and footpaths, strips of styrene pre-painted in Humbrol grey to represent concrete, were next to be installed along the road edges where required. The road surfaces were then applied, using the grey colour of the Simply Glues product 'Roadbase'.
A wide variety of scenic scatter materials were then tested in patches to choose the most appropriate colours and textures. Basic ground cover was then applied in order to obtain a uniform scenic base for the whole layout. Woodland Scenics products were mainly used: fine ground foam in burnt grass, earth and soil blends. Dirt roads were made from dried plaster pre-coloured in an earth tone.
Once the layout had basic scenic coverage, the backdrops were given two coats of specially mixed sky-blue paint. The station platforms also received a final airbrushed coat of Floquil grimy black paint, before having the station building, as well as the rest of the pre-built structures, glued into position.
More detailing was then applied to each module, including:
- Gravel shoulders to the roads, using off-white N scale ballast
- Dirt tracks, made from coloured plaster and earth-coloured ground cover
- Bushes, weeds and trees
- Miscellaneous items such as road markings, railings to the road bridge, signs, people, and cars
Native trees were pre-made using twisted wire coated in Selleys 'No More Gaps' (a silicone sealant), which were then painted shades of brown or grey, depending on the species being modelled. The leaves were added by teasing out and gluing on green flocking material, which was then soaked with hairspray and dipped in a container of coloured ground foam. Pine trees, Woodland Scenics packs in medium and large sizes, were also installed.
In the meantime the rest of the wiring for track power to all the roads in the storage yards was completed and tested, before moving on to hooking up the diode matrix and point motor driver boards to their respective control panels and point motors. The front fascias of all modules, and the top of the storage yard modules, were then given two coats of Brunswick Green paint. A length of material in the same green shade will be used as skirting to hide the legs and the underside of the layout.
This completes the current work on the layout, which is now ready for it's first public viewing. More work is of course required, and will be continued in the next few months, so check in again for more monthly updates.