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rip it up and start again...

Posted by bcnPete , 16 November 2011 · 674 views

Good evening,

The good news is...it's not the track...as this has been somewhat fashionable in 2mmFS circles of recent... :o

I am referring to the quayside which has seen some work the last few days.

First up, after repainting the water with a touch of black (thanks Will) I started the PVA layers. The first coat was applied thinly and after leaving to dry overnight, the second was applied. No problems with misting...but it didn't really start to take on the water effect. I guess it will take a number of passes at it.

However...the thing that was bugging me, was even though I had redone the water and cut around the verticals of the quayside, there was still a slight gap between the wall and the water :angry: ...and it bugged me... :angry: :angry: more so, each time I looked at it... :angry: :angry: :angry:

I knew that once the water was redone, when I got the camera in for a few close up shots...the gap would appear and I would regret it...so it had to be addressed.

Cue quayside...which I was never really happy with. So, rather than try and fill in the gap with filler, repaint etc and reapply PVA I decided to strip off the verticals and reattach a new vertical face which will be worked with dry brushed paints and gunge...before tyres and new ladders are added.

Whilst doing this, I did happen to cut into the PVA layers so I had to remove these...but this was straightforward and dare I say it...akin to the same pleasure of removing a long slither of sunburnt skin in one move :blink:

So, new retaining wall in place, water retouched and then the base painting and PVA layers can start.

A few pics to put the above in context...

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First coating of PVA...slightly scary...will it go cloudy or dry clear?...

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New wall in place from plasticard...

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And from the other side...need to tidy that near corner junction....
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I thought from reading this that the layout was in bits - glad to see it isn't! Dealing with those thing that you know will irritate you seems to pay off in the long run although it can be tough to make the cut at first!
Was so pleased when I read this in full that my initial fears weren't confirmed!
Sometimes it's the 'little' bits that bug us so much about our layouts. Usually the painful option of starting again is the best, and actually saves more time in the long run.

I may well send you a pm with some questions about 2fs if that's ok? But in the meantime must stop prevaricating and return to Cornwall!

I thought from reading this that the layout was in bits - glad to see it isn't! Dealing with those thing that you know will irritate you seems to pay off in the long run although it can be tough to make the cut at first!



Thanks Will - agreed...nothing worse than knowing where a problem is...even if others don't notice it.

Was so pleased when I read this in full that my initial fears weren't confirmed!Sometimes it's the 'little' bits that bug us so much about our layouts. Usually the painful option of starting again is the best, and actually saves more time in the long run. I may well send you a pm with some questions about 2fs if that's ok? But in the meantime must stop prevaricating and return to Cornwall!


Thanks also Tom...Sure thing...send that PM...tempting this 2mmFS stuff isn't it? ;)
This was one of the 2 layouts that persuaded me to give 2mm FS a go, so good to see it developing. Please keep posting about your progress with the water; I'm going to need to create quite a large area for my railway, and haven't thought it through yet.
Well done Pete. As Will suggested, the title was a little worrying; so I was glad to see that it wasn't too devistating (apologies for spelling... I'm tired). Hopefully you'll be pleased with the result and it'll be well worth the effort.

"akin to the same pleasure of removing a long slither of sunburnt skin in one move :blink:" ...... Ooh lovely... you Barcelonians' know how to derive life's small pleasures


Jon
Good to see you're still progressing... even though RMWeb still doesn't want to tell me so <grrr>.

This was one of the 2 layouts that persuaded me to give 2mm FS a go, so good to see it developing. Please keep posting about your progress with the water; I'm going to need to create quite a large area for my railway, and haven't thought it through yet.


Ian, hi - Many thanks for your kind comments - The water will momentarily take a back seat whilst I redo the quay but I shall certainly share its success or failure on here!

Jon, hi - any excuse to write my blog around an eighties song title...apologies if it caused minor worry. Oh yes...burnt a few times here...still not used to so much sun :O

Andy, hi - Thanks - Not sure what has changed with your settings...although a few things seem to be unsettled at the moment...I can feel a new software upgrade coming on... :)

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