Tuesday 28 March 2017

Forest of Dean Colliery Update

Progress is now moving forward at a good rate. So much so that I hope to be taking it to a show in Warminster on Saturday the 17th of June. Well, that's the plan, I do have a standby layout just in case.

The track is now laid and wired up, above we see the basic diorama style presentation. Built in lighting has also been added. I use photographic bulbs, they give a good level of light, without being too cool or warm.

View looking stage exit right, the pub provides a good scenic break. There will be a level crossing there too.

The track plan here, subject to a few changes should give an idea of where I'm going with this. Foot print is around 4ft 3" by 1 foot deep.

Preparing the backscene, using Halfords automotive paint on to card. Most of the backscene will be hidden behind trees and buildings, so nothing too detailed or complicated is fine.

The card backscene was later inserted in to the diorama case and glued in to place. The pegs are just holding the top in place while the glue sets. PVA in this case.

The track has also been ballasted using sand. This is just a sub layer, a slurry of modelling clay will form a fine screed over the top to give the impression of fine cinders and clinker. The later colouring, which will be far removed from the clean and clinical look here.

The photo taken on my Polbrook Gurney Colliery layout will demonstrate where all this is going! It can be tricky at times to imagine the finished result. Luckily this is a proven method. Fingers crossed!!

Here is my deadline! Gulp.

Ps. Here's an old blog post from a few years ago explaining my ballasting in greater detail. http://nevardmedia.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/creating-effect-of-ash-ballast.html


  1. Always a pleasure to see your techniques in practice.I look forward to viewing the next step. Peter

  2. Oddly enough, I'm intrigued by your card backdrop. How thin is the card you are using? Do you experience any soggy crinkling (or worse) from the spray cans? I'm about to attack a backdrop on my shelf shunting layout and card would be so much easy.

  3. This is looking well up to your usual standard. Can you give more details of the lighting? It seems to work very well, I'm concerned LEDs don't give the right balance. I'm also impressed you avoid wrinkles in the backscene, how do you support the curved corners?

  4. Peter, you mention a slurry of modelling clay. Is this with the DAS type clay? If so, how runny?

  5. This looks really good! How did you support the backscene around the corners and what sort of thickness card did you use?


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