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 Posted: Wed Aug 19th, 2020 06:47 am
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James Stanford

Joined: Sat Aug 1st, 2020
Location: Corowa, Australia
Posts: 69
Since my last post about my Brazilian micro layout,
I have had the opportunity to have some operating sessions on it,
which has proved very enjoyable.

But the lack of a locomotive escape was something I felt needed to be remedied.

Here are some photos of operating action on the layout.

I have also done some research into the major industries and flora of Brazil,
especially in the southern coastal areas where I am trying to make the layout depict.

How I decided what to include as possible scenery plants for this layout,
was that I looked on various online websites selling model railway supplies,
to see what was available in HO / OO scale,
and then checked whether those plants existed in Brazil.

If I found that a plant existed in Brazil and it was available in HO / OO scale,
then it became a candidate for inclusion on the layout.

Eventually I decided on scale models of these plants:
  • Coconut palms: Brazil has plantations of these.
  • Bamboo: Brazil has this both cultivated and growing wild. This surprised me a bit!
  • Agave Americana: These seem to grow wild in Brazil, but appear to be an introduced species.
So I sourced them on the internet, and purchased them.

A pack of 4 Coconut Palms by Preiser arrived in fairly short order (a few days from when I ordered them),
but the Bamboo (100 pieces) and Agave (50 pieces) models have taken a lot longer to arrive,
as I ordered them from China.

While I have been waiting for the order from China to arrive, I have been assembling the Palm trees,
and doing more scenery work on the layout itself.

This included painting of the scenery base, adding some small hills,
and creating a rock / landslip feature roughly in the middle of the layout.

Brazilian Micro Layout Rock / landslip feature.

I also decided I might add a low relief building to one end,
which was somewhat inspired by a colonial gate and wall in a MacGyver episode,
called “Trumbo’s World” about an ant plague in the Amazonian jungle.

I had built stucco looking walls before and had used a rough sandpaper as the wall covering,
which was then painted a white-ish color.
It worked well when I tried this in the past, and it worked quite well this time too.

Low relief colonial style wall with metal roller gate.
Obviously the roller gate is not an original feature of the wall!

After watching a video on YouTube about employing chain shunting on a micro layout,
to add interest and allowing more interesting switching moves,
I decided I would try that on this layout.

I acquired a couple of plastic cotton bobbles, painted them a mid-grey color.

After testing for the best location, and having purchased some small link chain from a craft shop,
I tested the chain shunting idea using a couple of carriages,
and after I was satisfied with it I glued the bobble down in a suitable place on the layout.

Chain switching guides and chains.

I still haven't added a dirt layer to the layout base,
but am hoping once I have the palm trees constructed and placed on the layout,
that I can start to add that.

James Stanford.
Corowa, NSW, Australia.

A many micros modeller.
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