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EVOLUTION OF THE LAYOUT

After the exchange fair of February 2009, where the layout stood at a height of 150 cm, I reduced the height to 125cm. The legs were shortened and the track  is now 125 cm above the floor. At this height, one gets a better overview of the whole layout without having a birds'eye perspective..  

Backdrop :

As backdrop, a simple retaining wall is build. It consists of concrete and brick parts.  10mm  plywood forms the basis. Onto this , pieces of styrofoam are glued with white glue, to represent the pillars and beams. then an overall film of white glue is applied. With a sieve,  grey joint filler is poured out over the whole surface. The glue film should not be too thick, otherwise the angles are not sharp enough a make an unrealistic look.  When the filler is set,  excess of filler is  scraped off.
A second or third application  of filler may be necessary. The grey concrete wall is made of plaster molds and the brick wall is made of architect cardboard (foam layer with thin cardboard on both sides, ons side is peeled off) . The structure of the brick wall is then carved into the foam. Afterwards everything is painted untill the desired result is achieved. Weathering can be done by using powder pigments and diluted paints.

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