St Ann’s Cove: We glue the fields and scatter…

…well, not exactly fields just yet, but certainly the first bit of hill scenery for RMM’s project layout, writes Pete Kelly.

Railway modelling is a relaxing hobby that should never be rushed. If you find yourself becoming tired of laying a piece of trackwork and its associated electrics, applying some scenery or building up a kit, my best advice is to STOP, and return to it later when you feel ready for another session.

One thing that RMM has in common with the new Great Model Railway Challenge TV show, however, is always being against the clock, with many hours spent putting the editorial content together as well as completing aspects of the modelling itself as each monthly deadline looms – and while waiting for the final pieces of Kato Unitrak to arrive and get our N-gauge layout ‘St Ann’s Cove’ up and running, we decided to concentrate on completing the first piece of scenery.

The landscape closes in around the tunnel mouth. The ‘wings’ still have to be added.

Without the deadline, it would have been ‘track first’, but we have to write about something each time!

After glueing polystyrene batons on top of and at the sides of each other, and hacking away with a long bread knife until we’d got the contours about right, it was time to brush off all the loose beads in readiness for the next stage – cutting manageable lengths of plaster cloth, dunking them into a bucket of water and laying them carefully, at different angles, on to the virgin scenery.

While it’s wet, you can work the plaster cloth a bit like a potter, feeling it becoming more and more pliable as you smooth it out with your fingers and push it firmly into every crevice.

For the full article and to view more images, see the November edition of Modelling – available now!

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