Adding to the ground cover at Geneseo East. The problem with not using a commercial product is trying to match existing when supplies run out. Have not found anything that matches closely. Did find some halfway suitable dirt but not entirely satisfied. Oh well, if I can find something better later it is easy enough to overlay.
Unless your modeling a area where the soil is the same absolutely everywhere I wouldn't spend a lot of time thinking about a slight difference in ground cover. It's been my experience that the ground beneath our feet is not the same everywhere. Even in a relatively small area the soil can be different from the top of a hill to the bottom. LG
Good point Larry. I agree with your comments. In pictures the new ground cover looks ok to me but in person it seems a bit to dark for my liking. Maybe after I add more details and plant life I will adjust.
Rained today. Spent a little time growing some plants and added a bump stop on one siding. Amazing how little details improve the appearance. The problem is, each little detail takes time to build and I am so easily tempted to run the trains instead. I must move the work bench away from the layout.
Ran across the junk box while under the layout and that inspired a look through the box for items to create a junk pile behind the Geneseo maintenance shed. An old hood, 55 gal drum, some gears, wood, rubble, and parts from a smashed BIC lighter. Painted it all with a coat of acrylic rust and highlighted with acrylic burnt and raw sienna. Added a little dirt and weeds for good measure. Took more time for the glue and paint to dry than to put it all together.
Do me a favor Bob? Put a light wood frame around the Brokin Equipment sign?
As it is now, it looks to me like a paper sign that was put up temporally, with a couple tears from the wind. Of course, with that name, anything long lasting might be wishful thinking on the part of the management.
____________________ Fix it again, Mr Gates--it still works!"
Made three more rail cars the past couple days. The pedestals were cut from three old plastic rail cars from England or Europe. Found them at swap tables at train events for $.50 or $1.00. They are all different which is keeping with the overall theme of Geneseo Railway - old junk bought second hand.