Diorama #2, railway scene

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The techniques used in the following article are those generally used in full size model railways and can also be adapted for diecast vehicles.

The idea behind it was for my own locomotive collection and needed a backdrop for pictures, it started with me finding these two foam arches.

First, as you can see joining these will make an obvious joint so first they will need a bit of work


With a bit of care and a sharp craft knife I have cut out every other stone, it doesn’t line up perfectly but will be near enough.


They have been mounted on a 15mm thick backing board glued down with PVA and filled where required.


Next the painting.

Firstly I ‘blind out’ the area filled with any matt grey paint.


Then re-coat the whole thing in a few layers of different greys.


Next the base is fixed, the track laid and the ballast is started next, this is laid dry then soaked with a water spray, then a diluted PVA mix, what this does is fully glue down the ballast between and around the track.


Once the ballast is fully dry the track is weathered down to look more realistic, this is done with an airbrush.


Next static grass is added, this is a fine fibre added with a puffer bottle, PVA is applied where I want grass, the remainder will be vacuumed off when glue is fully dry.

Extra detail such as the rusty rails have been added at this point too.


Finally the result


This only took a couple of hours spaced over 2 to 3 weeks, mainly drying time.

On reflection, next time the joint between the two arch pieces would be reduced to match the spacing between the other arches, even I learn with everything I do.

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