Archive for July, 2015

Plug-in tree modules

Posted on July 10, 2015. Filed under: Project progress |

The trees planted beyond the Up platform at Culrain “some time before 1904” are an important part of the scenic treatment of Kyle of Sutherland. However, I didn’t want the distant views of hills to be completely blocked.  After some experimentation, I devised a scheme of “partial trees” inspired by Mike Clark’s article in MRJ No 34, 1989, but with a much more open model tree structure, and bearing in mind the recent perspective advice of Paul Bambrick.

Trees 6 150710       A trial module

By contrast, the mature foreground trees in front of the Down platform and by the roadside are about 50% taller. They have the dual function of forcing the perspective (in conjunction with the trees beyond the Up platform) as well as constraining the sight lines. That’s the theory.

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June progress

Posted on July 1, 2015. Filed under: Monthly progress |

A basic, multi-layered backscene is now complete in three base colours: foreground up to the horizon, hills to the sky-line, and sky. The fencing and gates are also complete with the addition of the garage gates and further posts alongside the road up to the bridge. This was all done by the beginning of the fourth week of the month, a smattering of foreground grass was added, and a trial picture taken.

Scenery 21 150622       North train leaving Culrain

Last month I said the big job was to paint the backscene. Of course, that should have said to make and paint the backscene. One small slip for man, one big step for a modeller

There’s only one word for next month: trees.

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