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Posted by Tony Simms , in Scenic 26 May 2012 · 857 views

Having gone as far as I might with the trackwork from a running aspect, I turn further attention to scenery. Actually I'll be getting some third party input on the trackwork from somebody substantially more qualified than me; more of that when it's happened.

Now then; I have been slapping paint around to try and build up those layers of believability that might just lie beneath the surface. What? Well one of the things that impressed me about Framsden (apart from the overall scenic quality) was that a bit of white fencing had a dash of crimson red paint on it. Not realistic from a photorealism perspective perhaps, but very painterly and somewhat audacious. Anyway, it worked for me. Indeed the approach is reminiscent of Cuneo (tie-in to last post) where apparently incongruous colours are used, yet work in the context of the overall piece.

[Puts thesaurus away.]

I've been getting very much into using tube acrylics for scenic work of late, applied in a very broadbrush manner using a proper acrylic chisel brush. The fencing which is being planted around the layout is benefiting from much of this slapdashery. I've also repainted the post and wire fencing to make it more subtle (I hope!)

To top it off, I've been fiddling around with the camera to try and get some better pictures. Here is one which shows some of the aforementioned fencing and telegraph poles which have been daubed.

Full picture:

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The fencing to the far left is unpainted.


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Click on the photos, they're a good deal bigger than the thumbnails.
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Really lovely work Tony! Works for me also :)

That's a great shot... hard to believe it's 2mm. Looking forward to seeing it (again!) in the flesh at the Expo!

You're a bit quiet on the motive power front recently, but it's hard to believe something's not brewing there....?

My experience is based on GPO poles. As well as the wonderful weather shades you could also get some where the tar/pitch had oozed out and would run down sometimes onto the pavement. Also where the route was curved their would often be a stay or a brace to counteract the effect of the wires exerting a sideways pull. In you photo the wire either side of the further pole would not be at 180deg there would be a sideways pull on the acute side. Sometimes of PO runs the stay could be extended across the road to another pole with a stay wire from that down to the ground. Sorry if it sounds critical but its one of those things a lineman would notice. You don't see many open wire routes these days but on aerial cable routes you can still see stay wires. You will also see them on overhead power lines.
I do very much admire your efforts.
Tony Simms
May 27 2012 05:02

...Sorry if it sounds critical but its one of those things a lineman would notice...

Don. Thanks for the comment, which just is the sort of thing I need; constructive criticism. It's only a train set, but it's good when that train set can look realistic. Information such as yours helps me go in the right direction. Hopefully! :D
May 27 2012 06:24
What did you use for the wire and post fences? All looking really good.
Tony Simms
May 28 2012 12:42

What did you use for the wire and post fences? All looking really good.

The posts are microrod and the wire is EZ Line; wind line round posts under reasonable tension/stretch and dab with superglue. I made the posts extra long, then snipped them to height once they were fully wired.

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