While I’m wait for track to glue, I might as well find something else to glue. Hence, I have cut some MDF pieces to create the walls around the river bridges. I will clad these with a stone finish and top them with coping stones.
I keep fitting in odd jobs while I’m waiting for other progress to finish gluing or drying. This time it’s the turn of the landscaping around ‘Crossdale Tunnel’ and the ‘Greenwater Road Tunnel’. First I added a small piece of MDF where before there had been a hole. Then polystyrene was shaped and laminated to form a rough cliff face.
Where the ‘Crossdale Tunnel’ breaks out of the cliff face, I have now glued the laser engraved tunnel portal, which I laminated together back in September. It just needs a bit of touching up and some texture adding now.
Just a small task, but an important one. I have printed off the floor plans for two of the stations and glued these footprints in place, to get an idea of space they occupy. The Dales Peak station will be based on Peak Forest (Top) and Greenwater Wharf will be based on Matlock Bath (Bottom)
This week I have put the battening and supports in place for the final bit of baseboard. This will be the site for the village of ‘Limestone Edge’. The tunnel portals are also in place for the eastern end of ‘Limestone Edge Tunnel’. As soon as I can I want to lay the track through this return incline.
As well as fitting temporary bridges, I have also been fleshing out the landscape with more polystyrene. Not quite terraforming Mars, but you can really start to see the shape of the finished layout now.
The drop between the track in the foreground and level one, will be a mix of stone retaining walls and rock face. The drop between level one and two will consist of rock face and landscape.
Ignore the massive boulder on the track in the foreground. Looks like Wile E. Coyote has been up to his ACME tricks again.
To bring the road tunnel portal to life, I’ve starting adding some stone texture. This is done with a thin mixture of Polyfilla and a small paint brush. It is quite a laborious process, but strangely therapeutic and the result is well worth the effort I think.