N Gauge Model Railway Scenery – Gardening and building a hill side EP35

Hi, and welcome to Elvenhome and to this
which is something of a scenery double bill when I decided that it would be
quite good fun to do scenery in a couple parts of the layout so I’ll let you get
on with the video not too much of an introduction this time and I’ll speak to you
again in just a moment when you see me starting work on the gardener and the
sexton’s cottage speak to you then. It’s time to return to the scenic work up at Grey
Havens having completed the Vicar’s garden the next the final bit is really
this top end of the board which is as you will see here I’ve already started
doing some things by the station itself there’s some scale model scenery fencing
the same fencing as you can see coming from the side of the station and I’ve
used one of the running-in boards for the station and this time as a station
nameplate for Grey Havens itself so people know what the station is that
they’re going to. You may recall in a number of videos I’ve mentioned that I’d
put some papermache down, not a lot of it but just to try and give some contour
for that little triangle and I think that’s actually worked rather well
because on top of that I laid some javis spring mixture which is a very yellowy
greeny mixture which is not static at all but I think it has it has the look
of moss or of lichen getting caught up in in the grass that was the
base on top of the brown painted paper mache I then stuck on some clump
foliage which is the larger pieces of green that you can see and there is also
some underbrush in the forefront here if I come down you’ll see the slightly
different color of the underbrush and that gave me the basic shape and
then on top of that in various places though not uniformly through it there’s
a mix of Peco static grass of one, two and four millimeter static grass so it
gives us a nice height and also a mix of summer and
spring mixture so we get the variegated colour that’s consistent with what I’ve
done elsewhere up here. That was done this morning and or the grass
part of it was done this morning so I’m just leaving that before it all gets the
ubiquitous hairspray which holds it in in place. If I come out of it here and
I’ll just take you off the tripod just for a moment because I just want to show
you something and I can’t move the tripod easily, here we go. In response to one of my the first video David Beckett quite rightly
pointed out that the hedge along the roadside sort of sprouts from the side
of the road which would have looked odd and I don’t think I’d ever mentioned to
anybody what I intended to do here but I did that also, or started, yesterday
because I had to let something dry and as you’ll see what you now have along
there is a roadside verge all the way along that side of the hedge that was
done using the Javis earth which I’ve used before mixed with the
deluxe ballast magic and then squirted with water to get it to set so that gave
me the basic verge and then this morning the static grass, the same mixtures as
was used in the triangle went on but this time I only dabbed the glue in
various places it’s not going to look like a lawn there it
is meant to look a bit like a verge and in the dabbing of the glue it actually
started breaking up what was a quite uniform edge, so I think that’s, let’s come
out, rather pleasing and and gives the edge then to the lane as it comes up to
the church because I think as I’ve said the lane it goes nowhere after here that
is the end of the of the road so to speak and looks a bit like it falls off
a cliff I may have to do something there to show at the end of the road so that’s
taken care of that the last thing to do which I can get on with this afternoon
is here, you’ll remember that I re-arranged how the houses look there so
that the house actually faces out into the road and sort of mask the fact that
the road goes nowhere, you’ll see that there is a garden fence has now been
constructed that scale-model scenery they’re not quite in the right positions
but the paving is exactly the same paving as was used in the garden to
go to the shed only that’s individual slabs this is it
what still stuck together which I’ve painted up and weathered and arrived
only just a moment ago by the postman was some garden gates so that I can now
finalise the position of everything so that there will be gates between the
shed and the main building to close off that bit with some more of the garden
fence going from the shed to the wall each side down from the shed here to the
hedge that all will then be grassed I’m toying with the idea of trying to put
some washing lines in we’ll see if I can pull that off I think that would be
quite fiddly a N gauge but we’ll give it a go and there will also be a small
vegetable patch either side for some beans and some cabbage which I’ve got
over from the kits that I had for the Vicar’s garden and once I’ve done that
that’s all the major scenic work the last things to be done will be along the
edge here the other side of the fence from the pavement and in part I want to
wait until I paint the rock face which I want to use a technique that I saw Mr.
Deltic use, Thomas Fodor and I’ll put up here a link to his video which he put up
after I asked him a question of how did he achieve what were the colors that he
used when he showed on an early video him actually doing the painting and I
think it’s a it’s real skill and it’s worth going to
see and I want to use those techniques here on this rock face to give it a bit
more life than the uniform Brown which is just the basic forest earth color
that I use as the ground color and then the you’ll remember from the last one
that I must update that I’d said that I’ve got some more gravestones well
that’s there’s one in black you have another one there and there’s some
slabs and I think that has broken up what was a very empty area there the P
and D Marsh models gravestones and also the little benches and if I come round
gently there are two little benches you’ll see there under the under the
trees for people to sit and rest in I’m quite pleased with that I don’t want to
do any more I think for the present I do have some more gravestones which I might
add on and I think I may add a couple more trees here too because they that
they could just do I think perhaps with a couple more trees in this section here
and that will be then the upper area finished but I’ll come back once I’ve
completed the area around those houses which is the major thing and once that
area is done it really is just a few sort of bits and pieces so I’ll speak to
in a moment and I’ve when I’ve done that work. W hen I was at work one of the
things that struck fear into the heart of my team was when I said I’ve been
thinking and I’ve been thinking. It occurred to me the original design I had
for the cottages was pretty plain really with some fence coming across here a
little bit of grass and some vegetables down the end here but it then occurred
to me that this is the Gardener’s home and the other guy is a Sexton and if the
gardener is able to create this it’s highly unlikely he’d have just a little
patch of lawn for himself so things have developed a little these aren’t yet
stuck down so I just move them out of the way
and then I’ll show you my plan in just I’ll go switch to the desk in a moment
to show you the plan for how I want the gardens to be this remains the same so
these are this that the house is now stuck down the paths are stuck down this
fence here is stuck down and you will see that there is now a gravel path from
the front of the properties when it comes off the street and then down
around each side up to the back step so that’s in place and then these will
shortly be stuck into place because I need to do that before I put some
fencing in so we pop those back in there and then there will be fencing
to create a front and back garden but then it occurred to me that’s where it
needs to be a bit more I think this area was going to be a verge originally
as was this but they’ve become the front gardens and the hedging has returned
to give them a front aspect to their properties so I’ll just switch
to the desk and just very quickly talk you through what I plan for this area
now and that means actually acquiring some things hopefully at the Perth model
railway show which is on Saturday and to which I’m going. So here we have the
intended plan not absolutely to scale but in fact it’s slightly smaller so it
really ought to be possible to put all these sorts of things in this obviously
is the house and then you’ve got the two sheds here what I propose to do now is
to have flower borders down here because I think that would look good either side
of the fencing that will run down I will put some fencing up the side to meet the
fence as it comes across from the shed and this is the Sexton’s area here which
is going to be more grass I think and some vegetables along here possibly some
bushes I’m going to use some of that underbrush I’ve experimented with using
the underbrush and then just dotting it with very bright
red or yellow or pink paint to give the impression that it’s it’s some kind of
flower bush and I think I might use that that purpose the bigger and more
ambitious one is going to be the gardener’s cottage because there’s a the
door that goes through here into the vicar’s garden vegetables along the big
hedge again a flower border and grass in the back garden and in the front garden
I’m going to see if we can pull off something along having two flower. a semi
circular flower border here and then a circular one in the middle of the lawn
and then lawn all around it and again I may use some of that underbrush dotted
along the hedgerow but I think that will look better so it’ll be a few days
before I come back although only the merest blink of time between this and
the next section once I’ve got the material that I’m going to put in so
that I can start work on on doing those Gardens so speak to you again in a few
days time. There we have the completed Gardens I found actually I had some of
the apple trees and hydrangeas left over but also the little flowering shrubs and
the flower borders I bought yesterday and I fashioned the washing line
out of a bit of square plasticard and some very fine wire that is used for
jewelry making now I suspect that it’s a bit over scale but if you think that
normal washing line is quarter of an inch maybe five or six eighths of an
inch to do that in 1/148 scale would give you a very very thin thread indeed
so we’ll just have to accept that one you can see along this line the cabbages
and tomato plants and then some bushes which I’ve used just a few dobs of very bright
acrylic paint, primary colors pretty much, I tried it with orange over
here and I’m not sure that’s worked as well let’s just get the light over so you can see
better, there we go and then these are meant to be primroses but they’re huge
and they stand about five foot tall so I’m just taking them as a very large
flower for the central flower bed I’ve managed also to complete the verge
going up and round and this area got a bit more scenic grass as well when I was
doing back here so that really completes all the scenic work for
the houses and the vicarage in the churchyard and really just leaves
detailing up here which will be linked with painting the face to give it just a
not such a uniform Brown look but that is for another day so that completes
this bit of scenic work but not content the doing scenic work down one end of
the layout I also decided to do a little bit of ceiling work at the other end and
the next part of the video takes you to up to Sharky’s End where I started two
detailing what is actually the hardest part of the layout to reach, so speak to you
again in a moment In this section of the video we’re going
to look at my attempt if I can pull it off to do this corner now this is the
furthest part of the layout where I can’t actually reach very well so I’m
going to attempt to build a hillside essentially for that corner, off the
layout and then just fit it in position as a single piece because I can probably
reach over to do that but I think trying to work over there is going to be too
difficult and I want to really do that corner on the principle of working from
the back to the front so that if I just zoom out a little bit all these
buildings here don’t keep getting bit biffed and I can start actually
beginning to fix these down where they’re finally going to be so if I just
take you gently over to the desk the idea I have the white card
that you can see as the base there is taken off of the template that was used
to fill in the empty section that was at the back there if you remember from the
last video and I’m sure that providing I broadly
keep within that triangle there is plenty of clearance for trains to go by
although I don’t want to make this hillside an exact triangle so at the
front I may fashion it a little bit as you can see if I come to the side
this is a piece of a box from Dapol I think, which has some struts inside also
of card you can just see one of them poking through there and I’m filling it
presently with strips of paper we had an Amazon parcel coming the week which was
a huge box and a tiddly thing inside it and lots of this paper so that’s getting
repurposed and what I propose then to do is to put some plaster cloth over it to
give me my broad structure that I can then start doing some kind of
landscaping on so the next thing is to put the plaster cloth on and see what
whether that makes any sense whether it’s going to work or not for me because
if it isn’t I can easily try something else but we’ll see if this works so I’ll
come back once we’ve got the plaster cloth on and we’ll see if it’s if it’s
worked. Well here we are the next day and the plaster cloth has dried. I’m just
amazed at the outcome because all that is is some card and some paper with some
plaster cloth over the top and I just let it dry as it would I didn’t try to
fashion it in any way just let that everything sink and sag and do what it
wants to do and if I show you the contour there I’m not sure if I set out
to provide that outcome I’d have done it half as well as it’s done it on its own
so perhaps less modeling is more the next thing to do is to cover this in the
in the brown basic paint that I’ve used as the basic color for the earth on on
the model on the layout and then to think about grassing it I think it would
be basically grass I think where that will be just static grass to go over the
top of that and then use on the edges here some underbrush and clump foliage I
think maybe a tree don’t know have to think about that and and set them to
give an edge here that that will hide the fact that this is basically a
triangle because the space that’s there is basically a triangle and this just
provides the main focus point and I would say other detailing I can reach to
and this morning I put this on the layout and I ran two tank engines one of
which was hauling the Autocoach and they all go by it was slightly too big
at one place so they had to cut the front off so the next thing for us to do
really is to get this painted up and then get the scenic grass and the clump
foliage on and once I’ve done that I’ll come back and we can see it on the
layout and see whether it’s whether it’s working ok speak to in a moment. Well here we are with it on the layout now and I completed the work that I said
that I would do I put use some two mixtures of clump foliage just pulled
apart I rather like this clump foliage because at N gauge it really has the
look of small trees or very large bushes and I
particularly like I don’t know if you can see on the left there the way that
the bushes cast a shadow onto the backboard because they’re set just
slightly inside to give it a little bit of a little bit of depth and I have to
say I’m rather pleased with that as a first go of making scenic work of that
kind which sort of emboldened me with with other work that I’ve got to do
that’s not yet stuck down it’s honestly perfectly happy there and as you can see
if I take the engine forward the the engine passes it’s probably a bit tight
on the outside but it’s it’s fine it’s I think it’s prototypical for how close an
embankment might come down to the line and I’ll have to have a look when I come
to do the ballasting for that area how the blast lies and whether I need to
be just a bit careful with sorting the ballast out but that really completes
this bit of scenic work the other scenic work to the to the sides of it. I painted
the the area so that it’s brown and not cork and there will be ballast to go down
there and I’ll carry on with the bushes along a little way until they sort of
peter out as the cess of the ballast takes over but that really
completes this section of the video well I hope you enjoyed those two bits of
landscaping I had great fun doing them and the results are really very pleasing
particularly the gardens it finishes that end off quite nicely and also the
I’m still amazed at how the landscape the formation of the landscape came
about by leaving things alone so I shall these things alone more often
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respond to them so the next video I think maybe in about a week maybe a
weeks time I promised a slight review of the gimbal
which I’ve taken some of the shots of the trains that you’ve seen or the
locomotives that you’ve seen today and there’s one or two other bits and pieces
that I’ve been doing on the layout and also just talking about what the next
things are that I’ll be working on on Elvenhome but until we meet again
bye-bye [Music]


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