Wallerawang - Construction, August 2011
Following on from last month's update, the mesh screen on the static grass applicator was now glued in and the applicator was ready to be tested. A scrap piece of plywood was used for the initial testing, mainly to show that the applicator works successfully. A couple of areas on one of the front modules were chosen and the grass applied. We found that the grass helps add a third dimension to the scenery already applied, and with more experimentation on grass heights and colours, this applicator will definitely get more use in the future.
Whilst we were working on the scenery on the front module, a dirt access road was added to the front of the layout. Located adjacent to the Down Loop, the previous scenery was scraped off and leveled, and the road was made from coloured plaster. Plastic castings of rubbish piles were painted and weathered, and glued next to the new road, as well as next to the fettlers shed located just west of the road bridge. Long grass and weeds were then scattered around the road area to integrate the road and rubbish with the rest of the scenery.
At the layout's last exhibition showing, we picked up a few packets of tufted grass of varying colours and heights. These grass tufts have slowly been appearing all over the layout.