Progress has been made on various projects I thought I'd share.
First up, on the small river bridge, I re-drew the 3d model for the girders and added the walk-way and handrail supports. These were threaded with brass wire and bent to shape. The result makes for a fairly unique bridge, certainly one in the 'you couldn't make this up' category.
While I've been waiting for paint to dry I decided to start preparing some trees. I'd bought some tree armatures sold under the brand name 'Footpath' by Model Scenery Supplies. These seemed good value to me at £9.85 for 5 armatures about 140mm tall.
As supplied they are a little squashed together in the packet, the wire is well twisted, but on the recommendation of MSS I applied a little solder to the major joints just to stop them unwrapping.
The wire is quite robust but nowhere near as painful on the fingers as picture wire or brake cable. I found that a little extra winding is worthwhile at the ends of the branches, this probably took about 5-10 minutes per armature.
I've added some bark (sorry I don't know the source, it was just a plastic bag in my scenics box labelled 'bark'!. I mixed whatever this was with some PVA and painted it on in a number of layers.
Finally I thought I'd show a bit more progress on the Crownline J20. The tender is now fitted with a revised sprung chassis and a motor fitted to the gearbox. The loco has moved 'on jump leads' along a test track and seems to do so smoothly and without binding. I've now got to a point where the 'hot work' has been done on the boiler so stuck on a couple of the parts which I had 3D printed.
I wasn't happy with the rather prominent washout plugs just being represented by a half-etched circle so I drilled these out a stuck a more detailed fitting behind the boiler cladding. I also printed the sandboxes, complete with the flange around the base, rather than use the fold up etch from the kit. I retained the etch cover on the front though.
Now what else can I do to procrastinate over static grass?