Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Cramford Trains 41

Side view of N gauge Jubilee 45699 Galatea travelling light engine
 
Jubilee 45699 Galatea travelling light engine through Cramford.

Cramford is one of my N gauge scenic model railway layouts.  To see more model railway layout baseboards I have designed and built visit my website www.brianford.co.uk.

The N gauge Jubilee model locomotive photographed is product number 372-475 from the Graham Farish range by Bachmann.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Cramford Trains 40

N gauge class 04 shunter D2258 with a conflat and brake van
 
Class 04 shunter D2258 trundles through Cramford with a conflat and brake van.

Cramford is one of my N gauge scenic model railway layouts.  To see more model railway layout baseboards I have designed and built visit my website www.brianford.co.uk.

The N gauge class 04 model locomotive photographed is product number 371-051 from the Graham Farish range by Bachmann.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

N Gauge Model Railway Layout Restoration Part 28 Scratch Built Trees

N gauge micro layout with scratch built model trees added
 
I constructed thirteen scratch built N gauge model trees for this micro layout.  I built the model trees using a variety of bright green scenic scatters to replicate the fresh, vibrant growth observed in spring and early summer.  For a coherent overall appearance the tree foliage was created using the same scenic scatters used to make the lower ground cover described in my blog post dated 03 February 2014.
 
 
View over the model railway layout with trees in the foreground and background
 
Most of the N gauge model trees were placed in an irregular line along one long edge of the layout baseboard with a couple also positioned at the end near the bridge.
 
 
The new N gauge model trees viewed from the platform side of the layout
 
The trees form a very attractive three dimensional backdrop when the model railway is viewed from the platform side and cast very realistic shadows over the layout baseboard.
 
 
N gauge branch line and bridge viewed through the scratch built model trees
 
When the layout is viewed from the opposite side the model trees offer many photography opportunities.

The N gauge trees were built with prototypical trunk and branch arrangements.  When placed together, the gaps between the tree trunks, branches and foliage can be used to frame N gauge locomotives and rolling stock.

The photographs show why I was very selective in placing scratch built bushes at the base of scenic contours and below track level around the model bridge.  By placing the bushes at the lower levels this kept the line of sight clear between the camera and the branch line.
 
 
Aerial view of the realistic shadows cast by the scratch built N gauge model trees
 
The addition of the lower ground cover, scratch built bushes and miniature trees seemed to ‘shrink’ the model scenery.  When the model scenery is almost complete it is often the case that the layout baseboard appears smaller with less space between the features.  The various layers of scenic materials served to knit together the landscape and all of the model railway components detailed in earlier blog posts.

This is one of my N gauge scenic model railway layouts. To see more model railway layout baseboards I have designed and built visit my website www.brianford.co.uk.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Cramford Trains 39

N gauge class 47 D1500 with a train of MGR wagons
 
Class 47 D1500 rumbles through Cramford with a long train of MGR wagons.

Cramford is one of my N gauge scenic model railway layouts.  To see more model railway layout baseboards I have designed and built visit my website www.brianford.co.uk.

The N gauge class 47 model locomotive photographed is product number 371-825 from the Graham Farish range by Bachmann.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

CramfordTrains 38

N gauge class 04 shunter D2258 shunting steel mineral wagons
 
Class 04 shunter D2258 shunting an assortment of steel mineral wagons in Cramford quarry sidings.

Cramford is one of my N gauge scenic model railway layouts.  To see more model railway layout baseboards I have designed and built visit my website www.brianford.co.uk.

The N gauge class 04 model locomotive photographed is product number 371-051 from the Graham Farish range by Bachmann.

Monday, 3 February 2014

N Gauge Model Railway Layout Restoration Part 27 Weeds, Bushes, Grasses and Flowers

N gauge micro layout with ground cover added to the model scenery
 
Each different layer of vegetation used to create the model railway layout scenery helped to build up a rich assortment of colours and textures.

The model railway landscape had a second layer of scenic scatter applied to create a dense covering with no gaps or thin areas.  The second layer of scenic scatter was left to dry overnight.

I mixed various types of crushed foam and fixed patches randomly over the scenic scatter applied the day before.
 
 
Scratch built N gauge wartime pillbox with foliage added around the base
 
I also added some of the crushed foam mix around the bottom of the scratch built N gauge wartime pillbox mentioned in my blog post dated 07 January 2014, in order to blend it into the railway layout scenery.
 
 
N gauge model bridge with weeds covering the joints above the stone abutments
 
I applied crushed foam along the joints between the Peco NB-39 plate girder bridge sides and the scratch built stone effect bridge abutments.  Weeds tend to grow in such gaps where small amounts of rain water trickle in from time to time.
 
 
N gauge model railway layout with bushes and ground cover added
 
 
Close up of scratch built N gauge lineside bushes and vegetation
 
My own scratch built bushes were added to parts of the model landscape taking care not to place them in locations which could spoil photographs of N gauge locomotives and rolling stock.

I also made tufts to represent sedges and grasses and added them sparingly.  The tufts of straight grasses contrast with the other textures to add extra interest to certain parts of this N gauge micro layout.  Sedges tend to grow in damp conditions, so I placed a few of the darker tufts around the bridge abutments, the lowest areas of the model landscape.
 
 
Close up of hand made N gauge miniature dandelion flowers
 
Lastly I added tiny blobs of PVA randomly and sprinkled very fine yellow scatter onto the glue to create miniature wild flowers such as dandelions.  There are, believe it or not, 125 miniature dandelions spread over the micro layout scenery.  It is hard to spot a lot of the model wild flowers from a distance but when close to the railway layout they make a real difference.

I wanted the scenery on this model railway to suggest the seasonal appearance of late spring.  The mix of bright, vibrant shades of green plus the yellow flowers worked well together.  The different foliage textures used to create the different model plants also helped to portray the sudden growth after winter when lots of plants compete simultaneously for space and sunlight.

Some areas looked as though they could be improved with the addition of a few more grass tufts.  I decided to stop adding lower ground cover at this point in order to devote more time to finish work on a selection of scratch built N gauge model trees.

This is one of my N gauge scenic model railway layouts. To see more model railway layout baseboards I have designed and built visit my website www.brianford.co.uk.