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Saturday, November 26, 2022

The waiting game.

As written about over the past few blogs I have been doing work on wilding the valley sides of my 00 gauge layout. I have used a lot of diluted PVA glue to stick things down. Brilliant when it dries but when it is cold it takes ages to dry! Even following the heating with Mrs. Woody's hair dryer yesterday the glue in many places has yet to dry. If I carry on with any further work at the moment on this area of the layout I risk damaging what I have already done. I really can't do any other areas of the layout until this is done as the alignment of the rest of the track is dependent on lining up with the new position of the viaducts. So I am having to play the waiting game which could be several days yet. I may bring the section into the warmth of the house when Mrs. W is out on Monday but I have to be aware that there are several inquisitive cats who could either see it as a new scratching post or some funky new type of litter box! I will think about that option!

As I was out in the man cave and I have created chaos over the past few weeks I decided it was time to at least clear some space on my workbench.


Workbench tidy

After a bit of a half hearted tidy I can at least see the cutting mat!

Workbench tidy

Something I did come across in my tidying activity were these two Metcalfe card kits which I was fortunate enough to win in the Tombola at the Sleaford Model Makers Show last week. I should be able to make use of these and they are nice kits. The tower block is a fairly new kit too!.

Sleaford model makers show

Despite a desire to start building these I will not! I don't need any more projects on the go at the moment so for the moment it is back to the waiting game!

Friday, November 25, 2022

More wilding!

A continuation of the wilding project on my 00 gauge layout. It has moved on and things are certainly coming together. 

A variety of products being used and I am never organised so it all looks a mess!

My Last Great Project

However from that chaos this has emeged!

My Last Great Project

Unfortunately with the arrival of Winter it is cold in the man cave so the glue is not drying very quickly. However with some intervention from Mrs. Woody's hair drier (I am going to be in trouble if she reads this!) heat has been applied to encourage the drying process!

My Last Great Project

If I don't do a post to the blog tomorrow you can assume Mrs. W has done her own form of wilding - on me!

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Wilding!

A strange word but one that has come into favor over the last few years as ecologists and environmentalists try to turn back time and return habitats to pre human industrialisation times. Well whilst not strictly wilding in those terms I am trying to wild the valley sides of my 00 gauge layout so that they look unkempt, natural and hopefully realistic. Using a variety of Woodland Scenic products I have been adding vegetation. Whether this wilding will succeed is open to debate but here are some photos of progress so far.

My Last Great Project

My Last Great Project

My Last Great Project

I have been using dilute PVA glue to soak the various products so they look a bit shiny at the moment but once dry the should look better. At the moment nothing has been fixed down to the baseboard which means at the moment I can have better access to areas of the valley side - working smarter not harder as I get older! Once I have got the wilding done then it will be time to start fixing things down and merging the tops of the valley side into the main baseboard tops. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

The grass is growing!

As it is late November the grass outside shouldn't be growing and my lawn mower, cosy in its Winter hibernation in the shed, hopes that is the case. However in Woody's World in his man cave grass has been growing as I begin to bring some life to the valley sides.

I am using a static grass applicator to put an initial layer of short grass made up of 2mm long winter grass fibers and fine turf on the valley sides. Once this is done it will give a base layer to apply some more varied vegetation. Generally in the sort of location that I am trying to recreate the vegetation will be unkempt and wild!

My Last Great Project

The static grass applicator provides a static charge to the grass fibers as they are shaken through a mesh at the bottom end of the tool. The red wire is connected to the area being grassed and the PP9 battery in the applicator completes the circuit and as the grass fibers leave the  tool it is statically charged so that it stands upright in the glue applied to the area to be grassed. There is a special glue which is supposed to be electrically conductive.

My Last Great Project

My Last Great Project

My Last Great Project

Leaving this to dry overnight before going any further. Hope it doesn't grow too much!



Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Testing Times!

Arriving at the Rocks by Rail Museum this morning it wa obvious just how much rain had fallen in the last few days.

Rocks by Rail Museum

Rocks by Rail Museum

Having negotited the flood waters it was another day of vegetation butchery!

Rocks by Rail Museum

Rocks by Rail Museum

Back in the warmth and dry of the workshop things are moving on with Elizabeth with much painting.

Rocks by Rail Museum

Rocks by Rail Museum

John has obviously got the painting bug as he has moved onto the brake van.

Rocks by Rail Museum

Harriet the JCB now has a step.

Rocks by Rail Museum

Rocks by Rail Museum

I am not sure to be honoured or offended as I was asked to be the first to test the step. Apparently my weight was the best test it could have! Testing times indeed!

Monday, November 21, 2022

Winter has arrived so lets put some colour into it!

I think Winter has arrived. Mrs. Woody had to defrost her car windscreen this morning and I discarded my cycling shorts for long cycling trousers for my ride this morning but still froze! Never mind, it encourages me to pedal faster to keep warm!

Following on from yesterday visit to the Sleaford Model Makers Show where I was not going to spend any money this is what I came out with.

An unboxed and early Airfix 1/35 scale kit which is unusual as most of their early stuff was to 1/32 scale. £5 for this!

Sleaford model makers show 2022

This kit was £10. How could I resist!

Sleaford model makers show 2022

This unusual amphibious transporter was a mere £15.

Sleaford model makers show 2022

£30 cash for 4 wagons. 

Sleaford model makers show 2022

As I explained to Mrs. Woody model making is not an expensive hobby! I just hope she never sells my other stuff for the price I told her it cost or someone will get a real bargain!

Back at WMD with it being such a dark Winter day I added some colour to my landscaping for my 00 gauge layout. The green looks toy like at the moment but it will be covered with static grass and other vegetation. The road was sprayed up with a mottled selection of greys just sprayed randomly. The canal was also sprayed randomly in browns, greens and greys followed by some gloss varnish.

My Last Great Project,

My Last Great Project,

My Last Great Project,

My Last Great Project,

Starting to come together - at last! 


Sunday, November 20, 2022

A great day out at the Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022!

I cannot believe that it is a year ago that I went to the 2021 Sleaford Model Makers Show. It was the first event that Mrs. Woody and me had been to since the pandemic and that post is here if you want to read up on that show.

This year I saw adverts for the show some weeks ago and given the experience last year I decided that Mrs. Woody would really want to go and I would facilitate this by taking her there. Well that argument works in my mind but as I have said before my mind is a strange place! We did actually go and it was a great show. A bit of everything there. Have a look at this selection of photos to see.

There were five model railway layouts starting with this one set in Winter.

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

This circular 009 narrow gauge one shows you don't need a lot of space for a layout.

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

This 00 Gauge engine shed layout was based on a supposed Lincolnshire preservation railway. Nice way to show your loco collection.

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

This n gauge layout was about 4 foot long again proving you don't need mega space.

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022


Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

Meanwhile the 00 gauge Inglenook shunting puzzle layout proved a interesting draw for those wanting to do some shunting as well as providing a home for a collection of military vehicles.

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

Talking of military vehicles there were a lot of these on display around the show.

These 1.76 scale models show just how detailed these small scale kits can be.

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

I did like the bulldozer and grader.

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

Moving up to the more popular 1/35 scale there were some great models on display.

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

Moving up to 1/16th scale and there were some interesting radio controlled vehicles as well as some interesting painted figures!

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

A strange looking Matador truck but actually based upon a prototype developed towards the end of WW2. Only 4 of these half tracks were built and all were scrapped within a year of being built.
 
Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

Brilliant figure painting in this scene.

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

There was a strange display of the so called WW2 German flying disc which apparently was known as V7. Talking to the modeller there was a theory put forward that the disc was captured by the US and taken to Area 51. In 1947 the USA enginerred version was supposed to have crashed at Roswell and the whole incident was covered up by a Alien craft and beings story. An interesting take on the Roswell theory and one I would not right off but equally without proof not one I would proclaim as being right. Never say random conversation can't educate!

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

There were also planes...

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

boats....

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

Figures like these rare Airfix ones

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

Thunderbirds also got a look in.

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

There were also Dolls house type dioramas. 

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

Love Grand Dad and his Ghetto Blaster radio!

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

Finally some fairground equipment.

Sleaford Model Makers Show 2022

The only problem with this years event is that there were traders with bargains!!!!! How could I resist but more on that another time.

Hopefully Mrs. Woody will want to go again next year so I will have to take her again!