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Oct 2016 4

Solar panels and stairs

More news from Mt Adams...

It's been a quiet couple of weeks on the railway. We've had visitors staying, the change in seasons has bought new chores around the garden, various tasks around the house have needed doing, etc. So poor old railway has been on the back-burner a little recently, however I've still ticked off a few things.

House

My first house is almost complete. I've added some solar panels to the roof, as Utrainia is a very forward country keen to maximise renewable energy production. Significant subsidies and tax breaks make it a no-brainer for new houses to set up great swathes of panes on their roofs. I still remember being stunned by the extent of solar power when I traveled through Greece, both for hot water and generating electricity. Compare this with my hometown of Christchurch, where new subdivisions now have covenants prohibiting visible solar panels from the road!!! I still can't believe that here we are, living in the 21st century, with global clima...

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Sep 2016 26

DIY Sculptamold

A bit of a quiet week this week, not so much to report. So instead I thought I'd share my recipe for DIY Sculptamold. This is a lumpy, lightweight paper and paster based material that holds its shape well. It is great for building up terrain, or filling in gaps around scenery.

You can buy a commercial product called Sculptamold, which is really quite excellent. Only it is quite hard to get ahold of here, I have only ever seen it on the shelves in a retail store once. So when my supply ran out, I decided to make my own.

IngredientsToilet paperPaster of parisGlue (optional)TechniqueGrab some toilet paper and stick it in a mixing container. Add water and it will immediately start to break down into stringy paper pulp. Mix it up a bit. You want a small fistful.Squeeze out the excess water. It needs to be damp but not swimming.Squirt in your PVA glue if you want. This is entirely optional, just makes it taste a bit better.Add plaster. I suggest a few spoonfuls; enough that it ch...
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Sep 2016 18

Scenery and buildings for Mt Adams

Another Sunday, another Mt Adams update...

More excellent progress this week, helped along by some good rainy weekend weather.

Platforms

I wasn't especially happy with my platforms as they stood last week. However today I masked off the flagstones and used my trusty foam roller and some Resent "Half Gravel" paint to add some asphalt colour to them. The foam roller gives a nice fine texture, and by adding a little of the concrete colour to the roller, I can create nicely varied tones.

I then dug out my Woodland Scenics yellow roadway marking pen and used it to add in the yellow safety line around the edge of the platform. I discovered very quickly that a ruler is essential! Although if your platforms are curved like mine...

Anyway, after some careful lining, I now have pretty good looking platforms. Next step will be to weather the fronts of the platforms, as they are currently far too clean.

Upper Bridge

A very quick delivery from Jap...

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Sep 2016 13

48 hours later

What a difference 48 hours can make at Mt Adams...

Chomping at the bit, I pulled out the craft knife Monday night and attacked the expanding foam with gusto. Then I mixed up all my remaining Sculptamold and trowled it over the polystyrene, filling in all the gaps and making a nice smooth surface for the next stage.

While that dried I applied washes of very dilute Resene Sambuca (dark brown colour) over the rockwork, watching it soak into all the nooks and crannies. Here and there I added very dilute washes of Sandcastle (sand colour) and Gravel (dark gray) to add a little variation. Within minutes the rocks had come to life and looked amazing.

Today was another beautiful sunny day, so I carried Mt Adams outside and gave the Sculptamold a good coat of cheap brownish paint to seal it. Already it is starting to take shape.

Then before dinner I sat on the deck and made up trees from Sedum stalks, cheap hair spray, and assorted flock. Mrs A wo...

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