PLANT RIDGE AND FURROW CROPS
How can I create a realistic ploughed field, complete with crops? Mark Hunter, by e-mail Dave says: Layouts aren’t all about tracks and trains – the scenery is an equally important element. Central to the foreground of my ‘P4’ layout, ‘Bevet’, is a crop field. This was created with a piece of finely corrugated paper, painted in earthy-toned watercolours before installation. Once dry, a thin coat of PVA glue was spread along the ridges, before greencoloured flock powder was sprinkled over. When this layer had dried, the surface was re-coated with glue and a further layer of flock was added. The process can be repeated, tailoring the amount of layers and flock colour to suit your desired crop. Allow the whole thing to dry overnight before laying your crop field onto a bed of PVA, fixing randomly shaped pieces of card – of various thicknesses – between the baseboard and the crop layer. This will create a realistically uneven surface and avoid a flat, uniform appearance. Finally, blend the crops with the surrounding land with a thin coat of plaster, covered with a light sprinkling of scenic flock.
GEORGE DENT This delightful rural scene can be found on Dave Lowery’s ‘Bevet’ layout. The rows of crops were created on a base of corrugated paper.