I’m using Dulux ‘Sky Bus Quarter’ as my background boards
T15 114.7 (T10 17I-2)
I’m using Taubmans
Barefoot Beach - road leading up to the station
Twiggy - for the platform
Progress begins on the Culcairn Pub
Thin walls (easier to cut doors and windows out) are being braced for support, details from Titchy Train Group are being used (doors, windows) along with Evergreen plastic styrene are being added.
Drawn using TinkerCad
After some searching around and looking at my options re shapeways and other Aussie options based in Melbourne.
I was lucky enough to speak to a mate in town who had a 3D printer and use it.
Saving hundreds of dollars and the uncertainty that it would print correctly.
We did have a small issue with the top section of the larger piece (The silo is printed in two sections) but with Tim’s experience it wasn’t an issue and he just printed a new top. (See below)
Now to mount it onto some timber and work out how to fit it into the layout. Not sure I want it permanently fixed or not.
Details and painting coming soon!
I want to have a car in the Culcairn creek, yep I know, dramatic, but it creates interest so stay with me on this!
However there is some testing required before I pour my creek into the actual layout
I need to test how paints, vehicles and other objects cope with the resin temperature while it hardens and if the chemicals do anything to those items,
First thing to test is an N Scale Oxford Mini vehicle, maybe the final vehicle of choice but I worked out today Wiking vehicles have a better and realistic underneath so there is a chance I’ll need to test again, as I can’t guarantee it’s the same materials, paints etc
Watch this space
Making the Culcairn Railway Station from styrene sheets.
Chimneys were modified from a ‘Ratio N Scale Chimney Kit RT307
Doors were Titchy Train Group single doors glued together (slight sanding)
I found these cheap JTT trees to be fantastic as a simple tree, however my local hobby store believes you can’t get anymore from the importer.
So it could be a ebay search to find these wire foliage branches.
I found them in light green and medium green.
Using Woodland Scenics products to work out N Scale road widths, I started to draw the roads, roundabout and slabs (for toilet block, station parking etc)
Next using the Woodland Scenics road tape and ‘smooth it’ I make the roads.
Two parts smooth it to one part water. More smooth it if making rises or level crossings.
I have found it to be alright to use, but I got lots of air bubble resulting in little holes everywhere in my road, not 100% smooth even with sanding.
I have been using 1mm balsa wood on extra sections I have missed with wood filler to fill joins and that seems to work very well.
Probably won't recommend this next time, but worth trying.
Cutting 1mm or finer balsa wood would be perfect for roads without the mess and easy to fix being timber.
This has got to be the best Australian static grass I have found for my N Scale layout
Officeworks has the perfect paint pen for road marking. A Uni Posca .7mm white paint pen.
Using Adobe Illustrator I drew up a track diagram including key features and sizes.
I will soon add an extra layer to this drawing to include the wiring configuration and turnout numbers (electric points)
This will be used to create a control panel in the future.
I have tried to keep to the Australian T Trak standard when it came to laying out the Kato Unitrack. This allows other modules in the future to connect to Culcairn.
Note Culcairn obviously doesn't have a balloon loop at one end and a fiddle yard at the other. These were added to make the layout ready for exhibitions.
I’ve used two paints (acrylics) from Bunnings to use on my N Scale layout.
Ground Base: Vogel
Country NSW Roads: Grey Moggy
Well I want blue modelling foam... but instead I got green!
A place in Melbourne has heaps of it, however they aren't very friendly, there is also a $50 minimum order (which sucks) same day pick up was the bonus for me, but they came in 2.5m long lengths. I only needed one sheet and walked out with 4.
Details of the place can be seen in the below photo.