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Old 12th October 2013, 14:36   #21
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The new tree manufacturing method worked very well last night. The ends of the tree branches were given a light brushing of PVA glue. The clumps of foliage were ripped into small pieces and mixed in a pot with PVA glue until they were wet, but not soaking. The clumps of foliage were placed on the ends of the tree branches, and left to dry 15 minutes until the glue started to grab. They were then given a quick blast with a hair dryer to firm up the glue.

This first picture shows the first go when the foliage was applied a bit too wet. The added weight of the glue when soaking is more likely to pull the foliage off the branch, and increases grab time.



The other trees had a few clumps added, and I then returned to the first tree to add more. I repeated this cycle about three times, giving them a blast with the hair dryer each time until the whole tree was covered, after which they were left to harden overnight.

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This is one of the complete trees last night before the glue had fully dried.



This morning, one complete respectable looking tree.....



and half a forest to go with it!

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Old 14th October 2013, 16:59   #23
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I like your trees. Some amazing results. The buildings are also looking good.

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I've been 'ripping' track up this afternoon. Pictures later!
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This afternoon, I began to lift the track, most of which is coming away fairly easily. A brush along the removed piece with the vacuum hose is pulling away virtually all of the foam ballast that is stuck between the sleepers.



Some of the wiring has had to be replaced or re-soldered. Much of it was originally wired with single core wire which is fracturing while moving items like point motors and lifting signals.

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Old 14th October 2013, 17:39   #26
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The balsa track base is quite dry and brittle, so this has been painted with dilute PVA to harden up the wood, prior to relaying the track.



Entrance to the goods yard.

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The tunnel near the goods yard. Some of the scenery needed gluing back down in this area.



There is a removable section of the hillside to access the tracks and wiring inside. I'm planning on camouflaging the join better with trees and hedging when it comes time to work on the scenery.

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Old 14th October 2013, 17:46   #28
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The first track back on the layout, the point and track leading to the station and goods platform.



The inner main line track past the station has also been fitted today, and partially ballasted. This will give me a firm starting point to attach the rest of the track to. A steel rule has been pinned to the track to keep it straight along the station section.

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The postman brought two packets of accessories today. I didn't get anything done on the layout however, as the day was spent doing daddy day care!

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Looking good, good to see you back to modeling after great job you did on that Jeep. e.
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