Not a lot has been happening on the Longstone Estate in the last few weeks, probably because the staff have been helping out in the gardens cutting down overgrown trees (or sunning themselves). So I decided to make some more for them to cut back one day:
Two trees are being created for the back of the "Fox Gill" board.
The trunks are made with part of dried "Ribes" branches from our garden, and Woodland Scenics 3" - 5" Tree Armatures. The supporting pips from the base of the armature has been removed and a 1/8" hole drilled up the "trunk" then some wire glued in with about 1/2" left protruding. This was used to insert and glue into the wood trunk with 2-part epoxy. The armatures and branch cuts were dry-brushed with grey acrylic.
Here they are undergoing foliage treatment . Dark green Woodland Scenics foliage sections were teased out and glued onto the branches first, then a lighter mid-green foliage on top. We are now adding Polak tree leaves, though they are under-scale. The only other leaves I have found on the internet are, what look like dried sycamore seeds dyed and sold on dolls house accessories sites, though I haven't tried them yet.
The branches foliage will eventually be teased upwards to give them a less "blobby" appearance. I am still not happy with these yet, but I'll get there one day.
Other ongoing projects:
A peep inside the maintenance shed late one evening showing the protracted building and painting job going on of loco No.5. A Smallbrook "Katie", but there were several faults and broken pieces with the mouldings and I really should have sent it back to Mike. I never really liked the narrow front cab sheet over that broad body so I replaced it with a full width version of my own. The rear seat/cab back was so warped it couldn't be used so again I made one of my own, all giving the loco a different appearance.
This is the basic side of one of the woollen mill buildings, unpainted. As before, Slaters 7mm Dressed Stone glued onto 5mm foamboard. The windows are large 7mm scale Arched Top windows from York Modelmaking with the matching heading stones. This side is 465mm long x 203mm high.