Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Kiwamura Residential - Urban Renewal in Full Swing!

Just some photos of the streets and residential progress in Kiwamura.

Music for the post. :)

So, I had a lot of mess left over from my previous build, so i used the wood shingle method and just went over the top of the mess with foam core! :) Problem solved. And, I won't be using that glue to put things down anymore. My new method is the use of caulk to lock things down. It comes up MUCH easier than Elmer's style white glue.

It's fun when a train rolls by on the hill above the town.

The bare hills were making me crazy, so I got to work on adding Woodland Scenics goodness into the mix. Ah...lovely foliage.

I gave this cool product a shot as well. A rubber sheet that has a brick pattern on it. The sticky back made application very easy. It's not super easy to cut, but a sharp blade goes through it relatively easily.

And another thing ticked off my list - a roadway that dips down under tracks.

I'm going to end up using some dulling spray or the like on the road I think. It's a bit shiny, though that will change over time. If I want to up the level of this area later, I'll be able to just remove the current panels, then lay in new ones as needed. But, we'll see how things go once I'm done with the scenic elements and road markings. The intersection area is going to take some heavy reference searching.

I'm happy with the progress. I'm starting to get back to a level where I can get into adding people, cars, and all the little scene elements I really enjoy! And, having the new track setup is adding way more train enjoyment into the mix as well. Good stuff.

Thanks for reading!


Friday, March 9, 2018

Soyokaze Harbor Dock and Shipping Scratch Build

A little photo walk through of my harbor build out. I used my handy paper folding system for getting the right shapes for the dock and shipping areas.

I managed to get the shapes down and transfered over to the foam core, then cut it out with a good, sharp blade.

This gave the right space for my shipping area.

The dock space worked out as well.

I added some details and rub on street markings - my new favorite thing in the world.

So, overall, I'm super happy with the way things are going in the harbor section. It came together really well. The dock, new water, and the shipping elevator, it's a fun little space. I'm looking forward to hitting other areas of the layout in the same way. It's a slow crawl, but a fun one. :)

Friday, March 2, 2018

Friday Night Layout Tour - "I'm going to keep this to 10 minutes"

Man...I made this last week, but I've been too busy to post it here! hehehehe   That kind of a week.

Video update:

And, a new addition to the fleet - Kato 10-1418 Series M250 Super Rail Cargo (New Design Container) Basic Set (Four Car) with another set to follow shortly. I want to get the add-on cars for this guy.

Ok...back to work!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Water is the driving force of all nature - water tutorial

Water is the driving force of all nature.  Leonardo da Vinci

I recently did revamp number three on my Soyokaze Harbor water section and I'm very pleased with how it turned out. This latest round had me using Mod Podge and I'm super happy with the results.

I've had a few people ask me about my process for this, so I thought a more detailed blog post might be a good way to go.

My first round of water from ages ago. Woodland scenics water product. It was ok.

But, it needed a face lift.

First thing was looking at the real thing - fishing boats in Japan. I found several water shots that I liked and aimed to match the color.

I didn't want to go TOO green and I did want a little more wave action, so I went with a similar green and thought it might be a windy day in Soyokaze, so there would be more whitecaps. Very common in Soyokaze. :)

EVERYTHING  off...I have work to do! :)

What a mess

The painting was rather straight forward once I had my color mixed. I used standard, cheap Michael's Art Supply acrylics.

Now, the old water was created back in 2015 or so and when I did it, small cracks had developed in the Woodland Scenics water material I was using. (Very sad) I thought that i might kill off the cracks if I laid the paint on thick and heavy.

After the paint dried, I used MOD PODGE and followed the method that I picked up from a few YouTube videos. It's rather straight forward. I applied the Mod Podge with a brush, starting on one end and working back to the other end. I made some areas a little thicker than other to get white areas in the water.

When it was a little tacky, I placed my boats and added some Mod Podge behind them to create wakes and engine froth. I was rather happy with it and thought....THOUGHT...I was done.

However....there were two major OOPS moments here.

First, I actually didn't kill my cracks much at all. They were still there.

The second major OOPS came when I checked things out the next day. I had used my MATTE Mod Podge instead of my GLOSS one! hehehehe   Nice...non-reflective water. D'OH!

However, I want to see the GLASS HALF FULL rather than GLASS HALF EMPTY moments with my hobby time. It's supposed to be relaxing, not upsetting. So, I thought that I might be able to use the inevitable ROUND 3 of this process to make things better still.

The cracks. I needed to address the cracks for sure. I also wanted the waves to be more natural.

I needed to fill the cracks in - I saw that as the most simple method rather than sanding stuff and creating more mess. I went with simple and just globbed in Elmer's Glue over the major cracked areas. I let it dry, then did another round of painting to tweak the color and add some more variation.

I laid the paint on thick.

The Elmer's and thicker paint application really helped to kill the cracks. The old cracks are on the left and the stripe of paint through the center is the new paint application on the next image.

MUCH better! 

I did the round of painting, then went in with some white and black paint is spots - blending them in to create some more color variation.

 Once the paint was dry, you could really see the paint variance. This shows difference in depths.

Now, for Mod Podge three.

I needed more chaos in the application. The paint brush was to small and even, so I went with a 1 inch foam brush on this round. This gave me a wider coverage range and added a little texture into the mix as well. When I put it on, I put some upbeat music on and tried to let loose a bit. I thought I might have gone too far the other way with things.

But, once things dried, they were much calmer and gave the effect I wanted. I was super happy with the depth I managed to get with this flat style in lew of a "depth pour" where you melt water or pour it thick into a contained area.

My next steps will be to get all the buildings, water barriers, and boats back on, then go in with yet ANOTHER round of Mod Podge and a smaller brush to add in water hitting the walls and wakes from the boats and their engines. I'll do a separate post with some shots of everything after it dries.

I tried to keep this short, sweet, and to the point, so if you have additional questions, feel free to ask away in the comments section! 




Friday, February 9, 2018

Soyokaze Temple Hill Scenery - round 01

A quick update. I started adding some scenery to the Soyokaze Temple Hill area. This area is primarily the temple pieces and scenery, so there was not a lot of moving around that had to be done.

Annnnnnnnd...I totally forgot about this post a month later! hehehe  So...I'm just going to post it as is. :)