As I mentioned last week, I had a lot of work to do to get ready for some Orchard Studios shows. Saturday, we had our first show of the season, and Sunday, I played!
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First, the area in and around the marsh was re-sceniced. I decided that the thing to do was to simply go over the bad. So, I scuffed up the surface of the old â€œwaterâ€? and painted it a yucky brownish color. I then re-applied the bottom texture.
I then turned my attention to the area a little further east of the marsh.
One thing I remember growing up was that there were huge, huge piles of oyster shells all around near the waterfront. I chose to model this near the end of the switchback spur, and Iâ€™ll add a portable conveyer for loading oyster shells into gons when I come through and detail the area.
There also needed to be a way to access the area by car or truck, for the folks working the docks, so this grade crossing and gravel roadway was started. The road will be taking a sharp turn to the left, to avoid another wetlands area, and to connect with the town.
The grade crossing itself is made from Kappler S-scale contour ties, as I have a large quantity of them on hand. Campbell HO switch ties would work equally well. The coloring here is simply a stain of Woodland Scenics Raw Umber.
This morning, I got â€œbraveâ€? and poured the new water. I was going to wait until tonight, but everything seemed plenty dry this morning. I did not use the Woodland Scenics Realistic Water again. This time, I used a product that is identical to Envirotex Lite, but is a little less expensive. Iâ€™ve used the product before, with great success. I found it at Wal-Mart in the flower-arranging section, and itâ€™s called â€œLe Silk Shoppe Acrylic Water Kit.â€? Each box contains a total of 8oz. of material, which looks like it will be just the right amount to complete this area. Although the material takes 24-48 hours to completely hardem, Iâ€™ve found that subsequent pours can be made much sooner, and Iâ€™ll likely make the second layer either this evening, or tomorrow morning.
The final results of my previous use of this material can be found here. The page was made while I was still modeling in HO, and a member of the FCSME.
Once the water has completely hardened, Iâ€™ll make ripples in the surface using a stiff brush, and gloss medium from Mod Podge (available at the local craft store).
Hereâ€™s a parting shot for the day. Shay #8 has just brought a gon in to take away some of those oyster shells, and a flat is ready to be shoved onto the pier for unloading. The conductorâ€™s waiting in the caboose on the siding â€” no reason for him to set down his coffee cup!