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  1. Funny, Her in Blue Hat has an Australian accent.
  2. No problem on LM, where things move at a snail's pace, if at all. Cue discussion about the crate.
  3. Please sir, what's your handling of the front edge of the baseboard, where the leat cascades into the void? I'm prompted to ask, as I have an unbridled sea front on my own construction that requires a solution.
  4. I tried a little Track Colour on a spare bit of track. I only did the front side of the front rail on the track at the back, temporarily placed for photographic purposes. From this trial, the effort does seems worthwhile. I'll probably do the backs of the rails too, while they're easy to access, to cover the possibility of forward-looking photos.. Between in-fill cork, painting rails and retaining walls, I may be busy for a while, especially at the pace that I normally manage. Never-mind, this is a pastime, after all. On the domestic front, I switched the labels on the spice jars in our kitchen. I’m not in trouble yet, but the thyme is cumin.
  5. Last weekend, I bought a litre of Taubmans Beaver Creek, which is supposed to be identical to Games Workshop Stormvermin Fur, and applied some to a section of the in-fill cork, with a light sprinkle of fine sand. I was not entirely enarmoured of the colour, so investigated a series of variations on a separate slip of cork as shown above. From left to right: bare cork; one coat of Beaver Creek; two coats; two coats plus a slop of half-strength GW Nuln Oil; two coats plus a slop of full-strength Nuln Oil (looking remarkedly like 4.); two coats (same a 3.); two coats plus a ham-fisted application of black weathering pastel. Excepting the fine sand, the background should be the same as 2., but seems to have aged to a more acceptable colour over the last week, The variations were all painted today. I think I'll go with the single coat plus sand, although I might sprinkle a little more generously in future. Next will be painting the rail sides with Humbrol Track Colour. Another near-future activity will be construction of the retaining wall, which separates road level at the front from track level. With that in-place, I can in-fill between the wall and track with more cork. The photo is a more normal viewing angle, and shows a piece of 5mm foamboard, temporarily held in place. I hope to cover the foamboard with ScaleScenes stone paper, provided that the result retains sufficient flexibility to follow the required line.
  6. While I would normally have given your observation a "Like", after Harlequin's epistle, I'm not so sure that both trains might not be Up, or Down, or perhaps a third as-yet-unnamed direction. Maybe one is going Hokey and the other Cokey, which is, after all, what it's all about.
  7. Thanks for the speedy reply, Richard. I did notice Stormvermin Fur in your blog recently. Alas, I don't have any, and we're in lockdown again. However, I was surprised to see that it's identical to a Taubmans colour, so perhaps I can get a litre (or less) from the local hardware store. Stormvermin Fur (736B65) is a bit darker than the average colour in my photo (85858F). I was surprised by your use of PVA - I've been wondering about how to create a bead of the carpet glue I've been using. PVA in a squirty bottle would be much more convenient. Maybe I can pick up some fine sand from the local landscape suppliers, which is also open during lockdown.
  8. The sticking down of small bits of cork continues a pace, and the in-filling between tracks may be completed today. It’s been a slow activity, driven by my OCD tendencies, but by-and-large I’m happy with the result which has very few gaps over 0.5mm. I’m hoping these will just fill with paint. I’m not entirely happy with the joint between the middle two baseboards, and my inclination is to dig it up and try again. On the other hand, maybe I should just learn to not look so closely and move on. I am encouraged onto the try-again path by the third and final baseboard join, where I tried a modified technique. Better, but still not perfect: I guess that this is reality with baseboard joins In the meantime, an important question is what colour I should use to paint the cork. I’ve never been any good with colour, having failed art in kindergarten, and tend to use an engineering approach. The following is a photo of the ballast used in indirect natural light. Drawn on the image is a swatch of the average colour of the image. It looks good to me, but then, what would I know. Comments and suggestions would be most welcome.
  9. It is uncommon for Google to suggest something that is actually of interest, but last evening, it struck pay-dirt. https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/amp/features/railway-portraits-face-to-face-with-the-final-years-of-steam Nothing to do with Banff, or even the UK, it presents the photography of Robert and Bruce Wheatley, who, as teenagers in the 1960's, toured New South Wales recording the final days of Australian steam. Even though the few readers that happen by here are most likely uninterested in Australian railways, I thought their images were sufficiently outstanding to warrant distribution.
  10. Thanks Jo, I agree whole-heartedly, and always read such things with a dose of skepticism. I should have said as much. I haven't actually tried the exercise myself, although there is now a C4 on the floor behind me, still in it's box. The reason for posting is that I recall some people reporting huge file sizes and slow loading/hanging. I should have said that too. BTW: Silhouette claim that the sizing problem is "a limitation of the DXF file type itself".
  11. Very good - I had forgotten about wood ash - thank you for reminding me. I have several prototypical bucketfuls at hand, so I won't have to worry about saving the excess when I vacuum it off
  12. Well, what do we think. Some thin (1.4mm) sheet, glued, painted an appropriate mid-grey, with some sort of grit (talcum? crushed ballast?) sprinkled into the wet paint to break up the monotony of the flat surface? I'm trying for something like this
  13. I knew your layout was big, but I didn't know it was that big.
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