The Bridges at Saltash

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Re: The Bridges at Saltash

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I've finally got the last couple of blank areas at least covered with something:
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There's still some finishing off required on this side of the river....some walls, trees, hedges, & vegetation, then I can move over to the Plymouth side!
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Three more photos of Saltash...this time with the approach viaduct for the Riyal Albert Bridge (almost !!!) in place...
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I do still have to add some scenery details as stated in my previous post....and loads of vehicles and boats....and people!! And I've yet to add the water's edge and paint the water surface......but all these jobs can wait until I get the Plymouth side moved on substantially.
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Moving on to my next "blank canvas".....the East side of the Tamar.
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I'd previously rough shaped the ground level around the branch line and under the east viaduct of the RAB, and loose-fitted the boatyard and park section that I'd 3D printed. Here you can see paper templates for the road surfaces pinned in place and the first few buildings along the water's edge loose fitted.

The picture doesn't show it well, but there's a heck of a gradient in the ground surface along this stretch..and I'm going to hack out chunks of foam to get each building fitted. Off picture on the right is my vacuum cleaner, which I have to use every ten minutes or so, otherwise I can's see what I'm doing!!!!
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A productive hour or so this morning....
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Stopping for a deserved cup of coffee...........
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And now we're at the end of a good day's work....all the buildings south of the bridge viaduct are now loose-fitted and some of the ground surface a lot nearer where it should be.
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Only a handful of buildings left to fit to the ground surface... and then the next job will be to finish off the artwork for the road surface sections and get them and the buildings glued down.
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Nothing much to show visually today apart from a pile of cut up paper in my waste bin and a thicker layer of foam bits in my Dyson's dust container!!

I've spent a couple of days contouring the foam on the East side scenery, filling gaps with builder's caulk....and cutting out, loose fitting and sealing with matt varnish the final road surfaces. Hopefully, tomorrow I'l glue the road surfaces in place and start getting some colour down on the foam so I can glue a few buildings down.

Hopefully, before the weekend, I'll have some viewable progress to report....
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Re: The Bridges at Saltash

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Doug

Your cracking on with this project.
Keep up the great work that you are putting into.

Cannot wait to see it in action.
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regards
Graham

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Another good day in the workshop.....
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Plymouth side scenery now about 95% complete. Just a bit more vegetation and some details to add:
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And I've started putting together some marine life...of the human variety!:
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Re: The Bridges at Saltash

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Its been six days since my last post.....and I'm able to let everyone into a little secret.....

Scenery laying is COMPLETE! On Monday, I put the finishing touches to the scenery on both the Saltash and Plymouth sides of the layout, and created the "beaches" (if you can call them beaches, that is!). I need to qualify "completed"....which is the creation and finishing of all the buildings, roads, vegetation, etc. I will be populating the scenery with vehicles and people, etc at a later date.

I've just spent a couple of days working on restoring a trailer, which I will be using in conjunction with the back of my car to transport the layout to shows....at least to any shows that are still taking place. The Covid-19 situation is getting worse at the moment, which will throw the viability of more and more shows into doubt!!

I need to take a day or so to catch up of housework...particularly now I've stopped paddling scenery flock throughout the house...and to take stock of where I am, and what to do next! And no pictures for the time being....
Doug Kightley
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