I went back to work on the mini layout this past weekend.
I use a bamboo skewer to trace out the lines of each 1" level of future topography. The pieces are then cut with an angled or straight edge using the Woodland Scenics foam cutting tool with plenty of ventilation.
Each layer is then "screwed and glued" to the one above being careful to square and true the edges.
Pretty soon we have a 3D blue ice berg that has some sculpted features.
Here we see the log dump overlooking the Red River. It is 40 scale feet down to the water and the dumped logs will make quite a splash.
On the other side of the layout the Kit Creek Gorge is coming along nicely and you can visualize where the wooden crib trestle will go.
The elevated layout is 10" up from the river and creek beds and 10 layers of 1" foam were carefully cut, stacked, screwed and glued.
There is a 1" gap between the "woods" and "valley" section of the layout. Here is where the 1" thick foam divider will go.
Each scenery "chunk" can now be taken to the workbench for carving strata and rocks. The square edges will also be carefully sanded and smoothed.
I really love it.
The colouring you got is fantastic.
I know a total train-buff on Anguila who'd love to see a bit of steam on the island like Haiti.
All the best.
Glad you liked the sugar cane hauler on my first mini layout.
This 2nd mini will be a real departure from the sunny warmth of the Caribbean. I will be doing this one in winter with a lot of muted grays and browns, ice and snow patches abounding. Doc Tom
The Kittom logging outfit is situated at the border of Tennessee and Kentucky (close to my real home of Clarksville TN.). The geology of this area is fairly simple sandstone capping limestone. It is the limestone that makes up the biggest portion of our rocks around here and the rivers have cut through it making some pretty spectacular faces and cliffs.
I wanted to model this on the Kittom Logging mini.
The layered foam sheets lend themselves to the creation of limestone cliffs and rock outcroppings. First I used a Sharpie to mark out rocks and areas that would be the forest floor on a steep slope.
Next I used the dremel tool and a grinding disc to cut strata in the limestone rock faces. Note, I did not use the universal sanding drum that came with the d. tool. It tends to rip and cut in to the styrofoam board a little too aggressively. Don't ask me how I know.
I use the very edge of the spinning disc to cut the foam lightly. You tend to follow the clockwise rotation of the moving disc to "skip" gently over the surface and you end up with this …….strata.
And it looks like this:
Here is a shot that shows the difference between the worked rock faces and the original layered foam boards.
I next used a sanding block to taper the forest floor down to the rocks and smooth the edge of the "foam block" I have created.
Next up will be carving in vertical drainage lines on the rock faces.
Ahhh yes Limestone Springs. Folks around here say it is the special waters from the limestone springs of Kentucky and Tennessee that allow us to make such good whiskies…… the Kentucky Bourbons and "Black Jack" Daniels.
I of course had to model a limestone spring on the mini logging layout to capture these beautiful works of nature.
I used the different grinding wheels pictured above to cut out the rock edges and the slope of the spring as it tumbles from a side of the mountain down in to Kit creek.
Of course before we start marketing whiskey water from this spring we will have to get the pigs out of there.