Well its been a busy two week on the layout since the last update. I've been concentrating on the trasition scene, up to the UP bridge at Nelle Bay (Formerly Nelle Inlet).
Follow the photos below and I'll take you through the latest changes!!!
|Adding ground cover "Dirt & soil" at the work bench to a section styrofoam scenery.|
|Here the section has been located in its postion, Glued with Hot glue to the baseboard. static grass was applied at the work bench. In the background are the basalt ciffs of the Columbia River Gorge|
|Looking down the valley, between the basalt rocks. Fortunately for the UP, the river and time have created a water level route to follow.|
|Here I'm standing on the opposite side of the Columbia River looking at the scene|
Onto Nelle Bay!
|Here I had to use a mirror to see what I was doing. I was putting scenery in a very difficult place and I couldn't see from the front so I had to use a mirror. You've heard of painting by numbers ...Well this is painting by Mirrors.|
|Here I'm separating rocks by size fraction. Not a lot of science here, just grabbed the strainers I had available|
|Here I've glued the rocks that protect the land from erosion.|
|Whilst the glue was drying on the river bank, I ballasted the mainline, and added some grass to the dirt road!!!|
|Looking R/R Westbound|
|A final photo of the west bank. Note how the meandering road and backdrop just seems to extend the scene. Track grade crossing signs, trees, farm animals and maybe a vehicle will fill out this scene. That will be done in stage 2. But for now its time to focus on the East side of Nelle Bay.|
|I've jumped about 3 days ahead now. The land behind the bridge has been sceniced. The front of the embankment is recieving the rock protection. The boat ramp will be blended in a little more along the edges but the scene is taking shape. Note the suttle weathering on the UP Bridge sides.|
|I'm on the opposite bank of the Columbia Rver, checking out the scene.|