This is a fantastic micro Daniel! When you're done I highly recommend typing up a short article, attach a few photos, and send it to Carendt. The people who regularly check into that site love to see little gems like this one.
Keep up the fantastic work!
As I'm losing faith in N scale (it's too goram small!!) I've been working on the micro layout instead. I have to say working in larger scales is much easier to get the 'right' look.
Whilst the glue here is still wet, it's already looking much more interesting scenically then my N scale layout.
I've painted the ground cover to give it a more Louisiana Dust Bowl type look so typical of sugar cane plantations around harvest time, and added a mix of static grasses and ground foam to replicate the scrub found beside the dirt roads that would serve the plantations.
The ties have been painted different colours and the whole trackbed given a wash of black and grey watercolour paints to blend it all together and to show the typical ash and oil spills from the locomotives and rolling stock used for hauling the sugar cane out of the fields.
Next, a dirt patch and oil stain has been added to the trackbed beside where the section house will be to show where the locomotives are stabled whilst the crews have their breaks.
Finally, I've begun work on making actual sugar cane plants from cane broom bristles. Once they are glued together in fronds like seen here, they will have the tips painted green to represent true sugar cane.
Howdy Dan, looks great! One comment however, Louisiana isn't a dust bowl! If you want that look, check out Oklahoma, west Texas, and parts of Kansas!
The cane looks great, did you use broom straw? We used that long ago on our On2 sugar hauler, broom straw dyed with 2 or 3 different shades of green.
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