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A simple embankment diorama - part 1 the beginning

nickwood

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The next diorama I'm preparing is a small section of an embankment.

 

The base is again a piece of insulation foam approx 150mm square, shaped with a hot wire cutter and painted a brownish colour. The first photo shows the work done so far which includes a short length of Peco code 100 streamline glued into place and sprayed with Halfords grey primer. The code 100 track has been used simply because I happen to have lots of offcuts in a box and need to use them for something. The track was glued down with, yes you've guessed it, neat pva.

 

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Painting the track and sleepers in a suitable dirty track colour will follow in a few days time as I have to take a trip up to Lincolnshire tomorrow.

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Interesting to note the use of the grey primer. Is that because you just happened to have some, or is it for a specific reason?

 

Nice foam! :D

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Yes it is because I didn't have any red oxide left. It's only there to ensure the finish coat sticks so doesn't really matter what colour it is :P

 

The foam is particularly nice, I seem to recall I got it from Bonwick's extruded foam emporium some time ago for this very purpose.

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Hi Nick, just caught up with your recent series of diorama posts. Very useful and inspiring, and nice to see you posting here in the blogs.  Are the dioramas intended for any particular project, or as they exercise pieces? 

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Hi Mikkel

 

Thanks, I'm starting to get used to posting in the blogs although I'm not sure it draws such a large audience.

 

I have been invited to demonstrate scenic techniques at the Great British Model Railway Show at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon on the 9th & 10th November 2019 so these dioramas will be used as examples to talk about and discuss the materials and techniques used.

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Hi Nick I usually use a grey primer before the proper paint is applied. I’m looking forward to seeing your embankment diorama progress.

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On 10/08/2019 at 18:46, nickwood said:

Thanks, I'm starting to get used to posting in the blogs although I'm not sure it draws such a large audience.

 

Just to follow up on this Nick: Don't use your total blog view counter to monitor views, it's useless. Your total blog view count at the time of writing is 152 views. Yet this post alone has had 195 views. Add to that the views of the other 9 posts you have made so far, and you can see the issue.

 

Having made a few experiments, it doesn't seem to be a question of hits vs visitors. Ínstead my suspicions center on the dedicated "feature photo" that can be added as a header to each individual blog post. Blog posts that use such a photo (including all of yours) seem to be ignored in the total view count, perhaps because the addition of a feature photo changes the nature of the post. If I'm right, the total blog view count only shows (i) visits to the main blog landing page, plus (ii) visits to blog posts that don't have a feature/header photo (if any).

 

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