Flockit!!

I’ve had a bit of a setback with the lime kilns and cottage outhouses, for despite using PVA on their walls prior to applying ‘DAS’ modelling clay, large clumps of clay failed to adhere. What went wrong I couldn’t say, but I have never encountered the problem before. I used the same Evo-Stick PVA and went about the job in my normal manner, just one of those things I suppose. So whilst waiting for a fresh application of clay to dry I decided to continue work on the scenery. The basic ground covering of static fibres needed layering up in some areas to produce a more unkempt, overgrown look.

Despite owning a ‘Flockbox’ I decided to purchase this piece of kit as well, the former is well suited for covering small areas with static grass, and for making grass tufts and mats. Whereas the ‘Flockit’ comes into its own when covering large areas, and applying the longer (7-10 mm) static fibres. But before continuing to layer up more static grasses I had to consider what lineside fencing to use.

These days card is often overlooked as a modelling material, yet it is very versatile, strong and with careful staining it can look like wood. I came across the laser cut card products produced by ‘Scale Model Scenery’ by chance, and purchased one of their five bar gate kits for the crossing at Bleddfa Road. I was very impressed with the quality of the parts and ease of assembly, so it made perfect sense to use their lineside fencing as well.

The fence posts are easily laminated together using neat PVA, once the first section had been completed, not only was it strong but also flexible enough to follow the land in a realistic manner.

The fence will continue down the station approach track and blend into the backscene with the aid of a bush or two. Then once the grass in the background has been layered up various wild flowers such as Rosebay willowherb will be modelled, before I turn my attention to the area of scrub in the foreground.

The fencing doesn’t look too bad in its natural card state but I gave it a wash of Humbrol Gunmetal enamel, which to my eye makes the fencing look more realistic when viewed under my layout lighting. The signpost is just temporary and will be replaced once I find the set of etched railway notices that I purchased a while back. The grass is a mixture of Miniatur, Greenscene and Woodland static fibres, the different shades and lengths being mixed together in hope of creating a natural look. Incidentally following the retirement of John and Pat Lloyd the range of Greenscene scenic products has been purchased by Squires Models and Tools. The rough unkempt hedgerow is teased out rubberized horsehair which has been dressed with various grades, and colours of leaf scatter, along with some scraps of foliage mat.

Looking up the track toward the station building, the track is slowly being distressed as I work the scenery up along it. The footpath supposedly leads to ‘Clog Hill’ on which one, of two hill forts in the area dating back to 200 BC, once stood guard over the real village of Bleddfa.

Finally the view looking across from the goods shed, some of the longer static grass fibres have been planted in clumps by hand, and to think that I was already half mad before I started doing that! Now that the station is unstaffed, weeds are rapidly taking root around the fencing, building and lamps. The latter seems to have suffered from a little corrosion around one of the ladder rests, unless it was damaged by a heavy handed so called modeller?

P.S If a certain Mr. Blackwood is reading this, could he please get in touch if only to let me know that he is okay.

Geoff