Sunday, 18 February 2018

In the Bag

I reckon that one of the most useful modelling things is a cup of tea. When in doubt, brew up. A cup of tea helps slow you down to think about what you are doing. And when you are finished you can dry the tea bag and use it on your layout.

People have told me that the humble teabag makes great tarps. They make a great swag too. Drying out the teabag took a couple of days but the swag was made in minutes. In fact it took me longer to work out where it should go than it did to make it.

All I did was to cut a strip one centimetre wide and rolled up. Then I tied it all together with the teabag string.

Now my swaggy will be able to get good night's sleep.

Until next time.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Fitting out the Kitchen Part 2

After gluing bits of plastic together, I sprayed them with an old sample of Old Silver by Floquil. I've still some of that paint left and I must admit that I love using it. I then marked different fittings like door handles and knobs with a fine marker. With the drinks fridge, I searched for a suitable image on the internet and reduced the size and printed it on plain paper before using a glue stick to apply the image.

Here are the results.

The above images are before placement onto the layout.

This image doesn't look anything like is does now. Just before I typed this caption, I had a rethink. The good thing about writing up the blog straight after modelling is that sometimes you can change you mind before the glue set.

From the left is a storage freezer, next is a hotplate and oven, then a deep fryer and on the right, the drinks fridge. I have since reordered this. The two fridges are on the left. The hotplate is next followed by the deep fryer. Hopefully, this makes the drinks fridge more visible when looking through the serving window.

This is not the best photo but it gives an idea of what the inside looked like from the outside before the changes. I'd take another photo but my iPhone was on 2%.

One of the things to do is to install some lights so the bloke can cook his fish and chips.

The thing in his hand is a hammer - cos he's serving battered fish.

I was going to find another plastic person or cut off the hammer but after that gag, I don't think I want to.

Until next time.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Fitting out the Kitchen

I wasn't able to make it out to the club tonight so I did a bit of kitchen work while watching a couple of docos. Above are two fridges (one for drinks), a stove/hotplate and a deep fryer for the fish and chip shop. Hopefully I'll get them painted tomorrow.

Below is a link to One's new railroading documentary on Freeview. Sadly overseas folks may need to locate it elsewhere. It's on on Thursday nights at 7:30 pm.


Saturday, 3 February 2018

The Swaggy

My swagman is setting up camp. Originally he was a Preiser figure intended to be riding a bike. However, he had a suitable hat and I could bend his limbs a bit. He is very close to the railway but he hasn't got much choice. Just out of frame, the flat world ends and he could fall into the abyss. He is quite brave really.

The campsite is made from a couple of pebbles which I had scrounged from a bit of exposed dirt at work years ago. The blackened ground had the static grass rubbed away, some wood ash applied and some ground sticks and leaves rubbed in.

He is sitting by a 6mm hole. I need to wire up an LED from one of those tea light candles and glue it in. Then I can build up a fire around it. I'll need to include an HO scale billy. I need a swag for him and, more importantly, he'll need a jumbuck stuffed in his tucker bag.

Until next time.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Figure Painting

Painted the swagman. Well, the first coat anyway. Took a photo with the iPhone and cropped it in close. There are a couple of bits that I need to fix up - not to mention paint some boots. 

He is attached by a tiny blob of blu-tac to a scrap piece of dowel.

 Until next time.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Planted It.

Twenty days between posts? Anyone would have thought that I was on holidays, or been slack, or been working on something else. Or all of the above. I've spent a bit of time on the extension of Billabong Marina. I'll need to write something up about that.

Here is where I left the tree.

The next step was to paint the bark a lighter colour. A look out the window showed that a beige would be suitable.

It was hand painted and left to dry. As it was a little bit shiny, I gave it a coat of matte varnish.

When that dried, I sprayed the ends of the branches with a spray on adhesive. I normally paint the ends with PVA glue and dip the tree into a container of ground foam for the leaves before spraying hair spray over the whole lot. 

However, I was recently told that spray on adhesive was better.

It is.

I built up with a couple of sprays and sprinkling on the ground foam. I did have to wipe of some foam which attached to branches and the trunk where I didn't want leaves. 

Next, I drilled a hole and glued it in. This was followed with some leaf litter from leaves and small sticks ground up in a blender. The leaf litter was placed around the base of the tree and glued in place with a 1:3 mix of matte Mod Podge and water, with a drop of dishwashing liquid.

I'm not sure that a gum tree would be this close to an oil depot but this is a compact layout. 

Now for the jolly swagman.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017


Welcome to the tree update.

After making the tree out of wire and soldering bits together for strength I gave it a coat of some no more gaps caulking stuff. In a popular hardware store I found a some different colours instead of white. I bought some brown. I last used it a couple of years ago but I was able to squeeze a bit more out.

I diluted the caulk with some water and painted it thickly onto the wire. It looked like this:

The brown is a bit dark and I'll need to apply some paint. So, I hit it with some primer.

It will need some lighter sandy coloured paint on it for the right shade of bark and once that dries, I can put some flock onto it.

Until next time.