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Thanks to all for their comments,, and Kieran, your right about the major work part, very time consuming, but the bull dozers and earth movers are gone, after this weekend (the Bangor show) the landscape gardeners and painters will be down on the layout, the sparks are still connecting up point motors and running tests along with laying cables for signals , steel erecters are also erecting off site a mollasses storage depot, and various other trades are getting their heads around the cement plant and oil storage depot positions. TDR

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Can't wait to see this one when it's finished, looks like it's going to be really authentic, great job!

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Excellent work, the makings of a fine layout. Where did you get the tunnel mouths and retaining walls? They look great.

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Wow your landscaping is incredible. Do you mind me asking what sort of plaster did you use and what is the structure supporting the raised profile sections of the paster (e.g. foam, newspaper, etc)?

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BTB the landscape was formed using polystyrene pieces cut to shape, I got this from a local furniture shop which was packaging they were discarding. Covered by bonding plaster adding PVA in the water prior to mixing. I used artist palette knives to smooth as it started to harden the knives are the cheap ones from The Works shop. I've tried many methods over the years and this to me is the best way as you can do it a small area at a time. TDR

 

This is the reply from the previous page Noel

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Excellent work, the makings of a fine layout. Where did you get the tunnel mouths and retaining walls? They look great.

 

Dave walls and tunnel mouths were obtained on eBay from Hobbies-by-Design, and thanks for your comment and interest.TDR

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Current update with the plastering, “all complete”. I placed a few trees on location to see how they looked, after a bit of juggling they were finally placed and each tree placed in location by tree, location number and photographed, just in case removal were to become necessary down the line, no pun intended. Here is a few pictures.TDR

 

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A few more from a slight distance 21axqop.jpg166i555.jpg2eev33l.jpg

 

Still a few more trees on order to be planted/located when they arrive, then painting and detailing will start, Thanks for taking the time to view. TDR

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Now that's what I call panoramic scenery. Superb.

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It's amazing what some tree can do to bring the layout to life. Looking forward to seeing in for real next week Raymond if all goes to plan.

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Thanks Kieran, Yes a bit of green and it starts to come alive and together as a model, I think over the next month the layout will totally transform when paint, grass, hedge and undergrowth have been added/applied. Enjoyed talking to you at bangor Show. Your welcome to visit, Will email your later tonight, TDR

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Your moving along at a ferocious pace and it looks excellent. Can't wait to see it with all its greenery in place.

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Weshty, you took the words out of my mouth. The progress on this layout is inspirational, makes my efforts look a bit feeble, please keep posting.

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I'd be worried about this man's progress. Not only has he completed a tidy viaduct and surrounding landscape, but he also has a Bosch drill on hand. Caution folks, this man means bidness....

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The layout is looking great and the trackwork and scenery seem to blended together excellently. Looking forward to seeing some greenery :)

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Start of the geern stuff, this weeks effords so far

 

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Hopefully get some more done tonight, viaduct just had its first coat after priming, thanks for looking in TDR

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All that heavy rain in the North West has brought on some lush growth Raymond. Looks fantastic. I was luck enough to see this layout in person a few weeks ago and the pictures do not do it justice. Going on today's pictures it will only get better and better!

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Excellent work Raymond,I'm very impressed with your developments,well done,

I'm watching this layout with interest.

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Great job so far Ray! Love the idea of dropping the level of the river down - coupled with the hill in the corner, it really breaks up the flatness of that section of layout

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All that heavy rain in the North West has brought on some lush growth Raymond. Looks fantastic. I was luck enough to see this layout in person a few weeks ago and the pictures do not do it justice. Going on today's pictures it will only get better and better!
Yes kieran we've had more than our fair share of rain this last few days, I took your advise you gave me on the seafoam for extra trees and foilage etc during your visit. I think I've made up about 80 extra trees/bushes etc, so I'll see how far that goes, maybe do about half of the layout. TDR

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Is that the Skaledale castle ruin? It fits into that scene rather nicely.
garfieldsghost the castle ruins where purchased fron ebay, and look really simular to the hornby version.TDR

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garfieldsghost the castle ruins where purchased fron ebay, and look really simular to the hornby version.TDR

 

Nice one... it certainly looks the part.

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That landscaping is awesome and blends in with the backscene in an incredible way.

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The scenery looks brilliant, love the ruins. It's such a transformation. Well done, looking forward to the next instalment.

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