BUILD­ING AN EPIC LAND­SCAPE

Armed with the plan, Dave Low­ery picks up the chal­lenge of mod­el­ling the lofty cliffs...

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Well, this is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to the rolling hills and dales that I usu­ally model. Height is the by­word on Paul A. Lunn’s in­spi­ra­tional di­a­gram. The base is sim­ple enough to build – a small 3ft by 2ft open frame base­board. It called for a sim­ple river run­ning in a moun­tain­ous gorge, crossed by a sin­gle rail­way line cut into the rocks and moun­tains. With Christ­mas al­most upon us, I de­cided to show you how to use the ex­cess ex­panded poly­styrene pack­ag­ing you’ll get free with your presents, as well as the usual plas­ter ban­dage ap­proach – so there is a choice of tech­niques that you might like to try.

1 Glue (us­ing white PVA wood glue) and screw pieces of 2in by 1in tim­ber to­gether to make a sim­ple 3ft by 2ft frame. This makes it wide enough so that the river can wan­der its way through the gorge.

3 The only ‘struc­tural’ pieces are the abut­ments for the Peco LK-10 bridge gird­ers. Cut the abut­ments from a strip of pine, form­ing a roughly tri­an­gu­lar shape. Cover in brick or stone paper, or em­bossed plas­tic.

2 The next stage is to cut the base for both the riverbed and the trackbed. The for­mer is made from a strip of MDF, while the lat­ter is crafted from 12mm ply­wood.

The trackbed needs to be el­e­vated above the river. It’s sup­ported on 100mm-tall pieces of 2in by 1in tim­ber. Glue the sup­ports in place with PVA wood glue. 4

6 You can leave the edges of the poly­styrene straight if you like, as I did, to rep­re­sent rock strata, with veg­e­ta­tion sprin­kled along the edges…

5 To make the poly­styrene moun­tains. I lay­ered strips of poly­styrene in­su­la­tion board I bought from B&Q, glu­ing them to­gether with Diall Cov­ing Ad­he­sive and Filler, also from B&Q.

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