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Dandelions along an asphalt strip
« on: February 10, 2017, 12:36:32 PM »
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As described in my layout engineering thread https://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=36450.msg512641#msg512641 I wanted to make it plausible that the spur on my O scale layout was actually used for something, that vehicles could access it, so I decided to add an asphalt strip along it.



I made the asphalt strip using a drywall spackling paste. When the paste was dry I created cracks in it by pressing on it, making the hardened paste and the foam beneath give way.



I then painted the putty a gray color, using the black color, diluted to gray, from an ordinary children's watercolor set.

I also decided to add some dandelions along with the other weeds and grass. So I sat out to create dandelions. I started with some grass tufts I think I got in a Noch package.



I added pieces of sisal fibers to act as stems, which I secured with CA.



I then cut short pieces of green wire insulation and slid on to the top of the stems, secured by CA. Once the CA had set I cut the insulation pieces even shorter, like this:



Then I dabbed some more CA on the top of the insulation pieces and dipped them in yellow chalk powder. The result was this:



You can see the completed scene here: https://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=36450.msg512641#msg512641

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Re: Dandelions along an asphalt strip
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2017, 02:46:11 PM »
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Bookmarked!   8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

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Re: Dandelions along an asphalt strip
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2017, 03:27:12 PM »
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This is why I can't do O scale  :scared:

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Re: Dandelions along an asphalt strip
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2017, 05:11:07 PM »
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Nice!

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Re: Dandelions along an asphalt strip
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2017, 07:43:59 AM »
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Thanks, all of you  :)
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Re: Dandelions along an asphalt strip
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2017, 08:19:23 AM »
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Yellow chalk powder?  Genius!

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Re: Dandelions along an asphalt strip
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2017, 08:26:21 AM »
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So Lennart, with Valentines day just around the corner are you making rose bushes next.  :D :D
Great work and like Dave said that chaulk idea was genius!!!!!

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Re: Dandelions along an asphalt strip
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2017, 10:42:33 AM »
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Yellow chalk powder?  Genius!
A spur of the moment, rather  :facepalm:

So Lennart, with Valentines day just around the corner are you making rose bushes next.  :D :D
Why not, but I guess I will score better with real roses  ;)
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