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entry 13 Jan 2018, 07:14
Finished the plastering on the mainboard with a second layer across the lot, which has added a definite solidity to the ground. I will apply a layer of flexible acrylic textured paint to at least the natural areas to protect the plaster, but not just yet. I am keen to commence painting, but decided it makes more sense to get all of the plastering out of the way given the amount of mess it makes (ie. dust). No point in painting only to have the equivalent of a volcanic eruption all over everything. Therefore, today I started the wireframes on the second board. Because I have two distinct boards that I want to be able to pull apart for possible transportation I am overlapping the hill forms rather than trying get a perfect fit. I reckon this will make it dead easy to pull the boards apart and reattach.

The two modules are connected via clamp beneath and ideally that will remain the only key linkage (other than wiring bus).

Forms in place for wireframes


The wireframe overlap, including the beginnings of a tunnel. Once happy I will lay the tracks through the "underground" space and then run a blackened cardboard tube into the hill form. I don't expect you will be able to see into much of the tunnel body, but if you can I don't want people seeing the underside of the wireframe.


I also have started up on a few kits I have had stashed away for a number of years. I know a lot of people don't like them, but I really think the Metcalfe models provide a top notch starting point. I will take the basic kit form and then add my own touches to them when I am ready to place them. Things like the white edge joints are easily overcome as part of the aging process.

 
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