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I see the sea...


Paul Robertson

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A family game that was played on the holiday car journey was who could spot the sea first from a glimpse down a valley. Whether heading to the ferry or just a coastal trip the first sight of the azure greeny blue sea on the horizon would illicit a chorus of "I see the sea, I see the sea." from the back seat of the car! And so it was my turn to try and create the alluring sea which I used to sea on my family holiday. 

 

I had watched a video by Kathy Millett on an easy way to create water with PVA which seemed easier and cheaper than alot of resin based systems. 

 

To start with I needed to paint on the base colour for the sea. I started with a 50 50 mix of green and blue and then added a bit of brown to give a bit of water shadow where walls and piles meet the sea. Having let it dry for a while it looked a bit too blue compared to prototype images so I went over it again this time with a 70 30 green blue mix. This looked a lot better 

 

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(green blue water colour) 

 

Once this had dried the first thick layer of PVA went on. 

 

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(PVA liberally spread over the sea colour) 

 

Its taking a lot of time to dry so I carried on with more brick papering on the viaduct and tunnel mouth. 

 

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(main brick papering is done. Just need to do the edge details) 

 

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(tunnel mouth brick papered as well) 

 

At the end of the evening I put all the structures back to see how it was all looking. 

 

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(altogether and coming on) 

 

Once the PVA has set then another two coats will go on before I get to play with some tacky glue to make waves. That will likely be in a few days

 

Thanks for reading

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10 hours ago, westernviscount said:

This really looks like a really interesting subject for a layout. The scale of the ferry is quite unique. 

Thanks. Always wanted to build an n gauge layout and thought I better get going before my eyesight couldn't cope with the details! Always fascinated by big engineering and my favourite part of my holiday as a child was going on the ferry or seeing them arrive and depart from Folkstone Harbour. 

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Loving the train ferry! A modeller after my own heart! Always wanted to model one ever since seeing the N gauge Wardleworth Lines Committee layout and train ferry in the Railway Modeller back in 1974!

 

Steve S

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