|The LRV train approaches the first tunnel. This is one of my slides, not borrowed images from Bevan Wall's video on you-tube. Picture taken into the sun doesn't help, nor does my poor slide to digital conversion. But note the vegetation.|
The time has come to start the "greening" the layout.
|First stage was to paint the exposed foam and plaster. Burnt umber, and raw sienna are the primary paints used|
|Sifted "Builders Sand" is used to give texture to the foam|
|White glue was painted onto the painted wood, and foam, and the builders sand sifted onto the wet glue, then saturated with "wet" water, and allowed to dry|
The Woodland scenics "Yellow Grass" and "Blended Turf" arrived in the post. I also had some IHC brand of green ground foam, which I wanted to also use. The IHC foam looks like it should work OK, but it just doesn't. (There is a reason why it is cheap)
|My shaker bottles for the ground foam. Available from the pantry once the contents have been eaten.|
|The IHC foam was used on the hill. The uneven way this foam falls would not be a major problem. But I didn't like the colour, so it has also been blended with the Woodland scenics foams|
|The Olympic road needed the Sculpt-it treatment. This was smoothed, and then sanded. The white "plaster" dust blown off|
|More paint applied - some raw sienna has contaminated the burnt umber - not that it matters.|
|Sifted sand and white glue. The MDF roadway was not sealed, so water spraying was kept as much as possible off the surface.|
My thoughts go out to all affected by the current bushfires.