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  1. This last photo shows what happened when I tried to do a new area of glue next to an area with the static grass already applied just before. It was the first bit I tried - a learning curve for me. I am going to sand it down and add a new layer of Woodland Scenics fine turf and then some more static fibres on top. This time I will apply the adhesive for the static fibres in one go using a large paint brush. I think is the only way to get rid of the glue line and blemishes. This field is at the front so very visible and it seems to have been a cultivated field that was sometimes down a grass le
  2. Static grass application underway... The grass is Green Scene short (2mm), with Minatur and Polak fibres added in randomly for a bit of variation. I am learning with these short fibres that the flock adhesive (I am using WWs base layer glue as it is nice and thin) has to be applied very evenly and smoothly or it shows through - Ok if it is small patches but not so good if it is the line of brush strokes. Also it is essential not to touch the glued are and flock while sticking - I have had problems with the earth wire catching it and spoiling the effect, so
  3. Some fantastic scenic modelling and weathering here! The colours are really well chosen to give a natural effect of distance. I particularly like the wooden station building and the track ballasting.
  4. Please, Mr Bachmann, adapt the mechanism from the N class and give us a Churchward Mogul to the same standard as this Castle!
  5. Hi, I have just spotted this post and have had the same experience. Audie Baker, who used to run the Kidderminster photographic library, was fantastic at developing their database and was very pro-active in contacting people about new photographs they might be interested in. But he sadly died a few years back, and since then my e-mails via the website have never been answered. I don't know who is in charge now.
  6. Great stuff, Waverley West - what this thread is all about!
  7. I think your point about collectors is an important one - my feeling is that collectors are much more likely in 4mm scale and 7mm scale, where the detail is easier to see and the models are easier to handle. This leads to multiple sales of the same model by people wanting to collect a set.
  8. I applied the first two areas of static fibres last night, and am now waiting for the glue to dry. Having tested the Polak 1mm and 2mm fibres, I found the fibres seemed thicker than other makes. I preferred the finer effect of Green Scene short fibres, so have used these, with some of the Polak mixed in in patches. Next job will be to hoover up the loose fibres with a piece of tights over the vacuum nozzle to recycle the fibres - I was surprised how much I used last night on just a quarter or so of the area to be done, so have sent off an order to Green Scene.
  9. Thanks Graham. I realise that things go very slowly modelling a real location as there is a lot of trial and error to get the positioning and landscape right. But when it comes to adding the scenics, it is the same as any other layout. I certainly feel encouraged now things are moving faster.
  10. Work continues on the foundation for the grass, which is mostly Woodlands Scenics fine green scatter. I am finding that the scatter doesn't always stick, especially at the edges, so some touching up with glue and extra scatter has been required in places. To try to get subtle variations in the final colour that will show through the top layer of static fibres, I have been adding yellow and green drawing ink in patches to the scatter material by dripping it on stippling with a small brush. Also to get some variation in height, to reproduce grass clumps, I have spattered on small drops of d
  11. Hi Jerry, I'd be interested if you could expand on the problems with cork as an underlay in 2mm scale. My thoughts are that as it is soft, it is easier to make channels under it for wires, point actuating rods and the like, and easier to cut than plywood. I will be at this stage soon with Dulverton. I know there can be issues with glueing the cork down - I was planning to use evostick impact adhesive. Regards, Douglas
  12. Hi Mark, That's really useful to know. I couldn't see the range listed on the J Perkins website, so I assume it's in the trade-only log-in section. I wonder why they weren't available here before - or are they perhaps a new part of the Evergreen range altogether, even in the USA? Whatever, it should be just what I need when it becomes available! Thanks again, Douglas
  13. Does anyone know if Evergreen T-section is available anywhere in the UK, and if not, why not? The Evergreen website lists several sizes of T-section: https://www.evergreenscalemodels.com/Shapes.htm But when I look at the websites of UK model shops that stock Evergreen, T-section doesn't seem to be listed for some reason. Is there perhaps a wholesale importer who doesn't bring in the whole range? I am particularly interested in #761 0.035" and #762 0.056" for girders for an N gauge footbridge.
  14. Hi Martin, Thanks for the information. I do have some GreenScenes static fibres, but haven't tested them yet. I find many of the fibres available from other manufacturers are too shiny or have too many colours mixed up so they don't look realistic to me. I had the same issue with a WWS micro static applicator but used a different solution - weaving an extra strand of wire into the mesh. Douglas
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