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Hi all

Well the replacement Tori is just about done it just needs the black the keen eyed will notice the lines marking the black.

Once that's done the base can be trimmed to fit the area and scenery at the back of the track completed.

 

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regards John

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Hi all

Well its been too hot for modeling with 40+ days but the Tori arch only needs its base cut now so it can be installed on the layout.

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Not sure the black is the right proportions but it looks OK to me

regards John

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Hi all

Well its taken long enough but the Tori arch is finally in place.

And the ginkgo tree has fallen over again GRRR!!

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regards John

PS any one know where I can get an HO scale Panda that i can hide in the bamboo planed for the RH side of the arch

 

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Hi all

Well I have found a new way to torture myself "N" scale bamboo.

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This is today's effort so at this rate it will take ten days to finish the rest of the stand of bamboo.

Even in "N" its quite tall at 1/80 it would tower over the back ground mountains even the "N" scale might do that.

regards John

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On 3/2/2019 at 12:40 PM, buz said:

Hi all

PS any one know where I can get an HO scale Panda that i can hide in the bamboo planed for the RH side of the arch

 

:eyebrow: .... pandas are more a Chinese stuff .... unless your one is a zoo railway :D

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Hi Franco

I know Panda's are Chinese :D

The idea is if I hide one in the bamboo, then nothing else that doesn't belong on the layout will show up because the thing that doesn't belong is already there :D

Well that's the mad cap theory at any rate.

regards John

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Hi all

Well yet again very little to report.

Have tried to settle down and get the bamboo done but it's such a boring job it has not got to the put it on layout stage.

the line has however gained its first passenger!!??

The picture is a bit washed out due to the need for the flash and a bright light to see into the shelter.

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The station name for what it is worth is written in Japanese characters above the English translation and would be visible to any passengers on the train.

regards John

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Hi all

Well the bamboo is slowly moving at about 25% snail pace

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I am not really sure about the lighter green for the short sapling if that's the right word for bamboo.

But then again it's all about different colors and textures the real world isn't monotone green.

The short bit will be used in an awkward part hole  where the base was cut.

regards John

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Hi all

And now the short one in place.

It stands out which is what I wanted and should be less obvious when the rest are glued in.

ignore the bare one that's just sitting there so I can gauge the effect of the short one.

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regards John

 

 

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Hi all

Well the first stand of "N" scale bamboo is done.

Doesn't look anything like the picture on the box but it will have to do.

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Its taller than the background hill as I feared and I still have one more cut down base to do

regards  John

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2 hours ago, Franco said:

Well, you could always tell wiewers that bamboos are in foreground while hills are far away .... a matter of perspective  :wink:

Works for me :D the hills are supposed to be background hills.

Was caught a bit off guard with it being "N" scale bamboo I expected it to be a bit shorter than it is.

The main thing is to hide the sudden and abrupt way the hills stick up at the back so far that part seems to be working.

Just hope I have left enough room for a decent tree on the left hand side of the arch apparently there should be one or so I am told.

regards John

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Hi all

Well after much delay waiting for pandas with apologies for the lousy picture taken on a mobile phone

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The tedious job of the next stand of bamboo has started.

I know Japan does not have pandas in the wild but I could not resist temptation.

regards John

 

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Hi all

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Lunch time its just about visible the panda is eating the bamboo.

One more stem to do then it can go on the layout.

regards John

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On 10/13/2019 at 11:33 AM, buz said:

Hi all

 ....

I know Japan does not have pandas in the wild but I could not resist temptation.

regards John

 

Well, just tell the wiewers that your railway is set in a zoo park or something similar :wink:

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Hi Stretch

if you go up the list of posts you will find the next bit of bamboo is already done.

This is the last strip of it going on the layout.

Only one I am afraid,  the layout is tiny and Pandas are according to my research solitary beasts that only come together during the mating season then go their separate ways

again.

Mama bear brings up the cub alone and they don't tolerate trespassers (other Pandas) in their territory.

Hi Franco

Nah I am just going to wait and see who spots it, once I have the cane and trash  the panda has created done hopefully won't be that obvious to the casual viewer

Zoo escapee perhaps ?.

regardsJohn

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Hi all

Well the bamboo is finished

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Once the glue is dry I can cut some bamboo stumps, add ground cover and create the bamboo trash the Panda has left after having lunch.

To give an idea just how small the layout is just follow the line of the small flat hill down to roughly ground level and you are about half way across the layout at that point.

So this relatively speaking is quite a large-ish clump of bamboo compared to the available layout ground area.

Even in" N" scale the bamboo is surprisingly tall given this is Japanese HOn30 at 1/80 scale, but plants are well this big so I often ignore scale labels on plants and use what I think looks right

regards John

 

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Hi all

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Some chopped up bamboo and a horrible sticky mess of glue and ground cover and bamboo foliage will see what it looks like when dry

The leafy thing in the picture is a "T" scale palm tree

regards John

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Hi all

A bit warm for layout work today.

But another sticky mess has materialized

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Nothing I can do about the 1960's manual point levers so will just have to live with them.

Touch up tomorrow if it needs it and must replace the missing sun flower petals there is actually five of them in the clump.

The path will get a bit of Stirland mud added for a bit of texture that is a GW product which is basically sand with a bit of high gloss paint in it and will give the path a bit of texture.

Once finished the path can have a figure stuck to it.

Scenery right at the front now goes all the way left to right and at the RH end to about halfway front to back so basic scenery and some detail bit's across more or less half layout done.

It's almost presentable now :D.

That ginkgo tree is a real problem it just won't stay put and falls over if you just look sideways at it GRR!

regards John

 

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Hi all

Touch ups done and sunflower replaced I ended up having to literally dig up the one missing its petals and replace it that way.

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move along nothing to see here:D

regards John

 

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On 10/23/2019 at 11:28 AM, buz said:

 

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Nothing I can do about the 1960's manual point levers so will just have to live with them.

 

 

What about masking them under a "hump" or something similar leaving the lever outside ? :)(:

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Hi all

Well today saw the foot path almost finished good old Stirland Mud again basically paint with very fine sand in it.

I first tried this on the MSLR My Small Light Railway.

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Have to wait for it to dry it may take a little more if any spots are missed, it is in some instances the best way to get a textured path only needing to be brushed on.

Once dried it will get a coat of graveyard earth just like the rest of the path has.

NOTE it doesn't have a long shelf life once opened particularly here with hot summer temperatures.

The path is not quite 6" or 150mm from the end to where it turns to go over the railway the mess at the turn will disappear under the greenery when it goes in after the paint has dried.

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regards John

 

 

 

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Hi all

Today's efforts was finishing the path and adding more greenery.

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Not going to be doing anything for a week if the weather forecast is right high 30's and low 40's for the week.

Now for an overall look at where it's at sorry the picture is not good its now dark so the light for the pictures is not good.

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As can be seen it will soon be time for the smaller details

It has been quite a trick getting what I want in.

regards John

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