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A few coffee stirrers, a razor blade and some glue gives me a plank bridge across the mill leat.

 

An additional bonus is that it is too small for a bus...

 

 

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Excuse the poor photos, I have finally got a bit of internet signal. I used the same trick that others on here do for damp, aged woodwork. A coat of dark earth 29, followed by a wash of black green 91 and dry brushing with gunmetal 53. Elsewhere I have been working on the eroded river banks and finishing off the landforms to make the slopes gentler.

 

Pictures to follow.

 

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The overhanging banks are a bit of an experiment, using a fairly stiff mixture of plaster and PVA. I loaded a paint scraper with a lump of the gloop and pressed it down onto the edge of the bank before dragging it backwards, scraping the material off the blade. I then tidied up the top surface with a wet brush.

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5 hours ago, MrWolf said:

Many thin coats of brown paint soaked into the plaster has given me a mudscape.

 

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That looks good - would like to see some better photos of it please!

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8 hours ago, MrWolf said:

a plank bridge across the mill leat

 

7 hours ago, MrWolf said:

The overhanging banks are a bit of an experiment

 

Both looking great @MrWolf. Looking forward to seeing the overhanging banks in final form. Just something that is an everyday feature on a river bank that I can't recall seeing modelled before. 

 

Looks like a bit of midnight modelling going on? 

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Nice work Rob, it's becoming a landscape with a railway in it now... :) 

 

I like the little footbridge a lot, that's spot on.

 

Have to agree with @NHY 581 it's all looking a bit Ypres at the moment.

 

Al.

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More mud.

 

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Landscape has more gentle contours now.

 

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Someone appears to be a little bit lost..

 

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"That sheep bloke said that the war was this way!"

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Having looked back through this thread, it might appear that progress is a little haphazard. Aside from domestic distractions and the usual mojo fluctuations that most of us seem to suffer from, I have been attempting to cover all of the jobs that will be difficult or near impossible to do well further into the build. 

Despite having read hundreds of articles over the years on how others have built their layout, I don't think that anyone has come up with a definitive order of operations. Still, as every layout is different and builders have different priorities for the outcome, it's unlikely to happen.

 

I think that it's a case of KBO.

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6 hours ago, MrWolf said:

Despite having read hundreds of articles over the years on how others have built their layout, I don't think that anyone has come up with a definitive order of operations. Still, as every layout is different and builders have different priorities for the outcome, it's unlikely to happen.

 

I think that it's a case of KBO.

 

I think it's as you say, a very individual thing. My return to modelling was always more about setting the scene than playing trains (a damning admission on a model railway forum) so previously I tended to start with the scenery and surroundings, and then do the track afterwards.

 

However, for Ladmanlow, I was more interested in getting it to run correctly, so I started with the track first, and built the scenery round it - although I had a very clear idea from the start of how I wanted it to look. With all due modesty, I think that payed off.

 

There are, of course, obvious things that you should do in a particular order - wiring before ballasting - painting the rails before ballasting - but even those are not set in stone (ooh, bad pun), and you will find some people who don't do it that way.

 

Whichever way you feel comfortable doing it, is the way you should do it. Trying to comply with some arbitrary schedule will kill the mojo very quickly.

 

Al.

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1 hour ago, MrWolf said:

It will need careful drybrushing to get right.

 

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At the moment it seems to have gone from Somme to Sahara.

 

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Time for a waltz?

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