Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Terrain part 5 - the finished marsh

Finally!

I had enough spare time, and a clear table, to do the nerve wracking bit on Bank Holiday Monday, namely pour about 1/3 of a bottle of Javis Scenic Water into the hopefully liquid-tight marsh area, and leave it to dry somewhere dead level that the cats won't get to it.

This wasn't as hard as it might have been - we have enough space in the house that I could commandeer the dining table and shut the doors, and I have a very handy iPhone app that is a very useful spirit level. It's still a bit nerve wracking, though, and I made a point of leaving it longer than the bottle recommended before yielding to any temptation to check it! The other issue is the resin water has quite considerable surface tension, so tends to leave slightly unrealistic looking edges. I found that adding a little more resin very carefully along the more prominent edges after about four hours seemed to hide this quite well.

Isn't it annoying how you don't
notice you've missed the edge of
the tree base until you
photograph it?!
The tree, as mentioned before, is a Hornby willow tree armature, liberally sprayed with hairspray and dunked in in Woodland Scenics flock several times before being dunked in a bath of Pledge Multi-surface Wax and left to dry. As per usual, it's based on a 2p piece and the hole it fits in has a small disc magnet to hold it in place.

3 comments:

  1. Did that dunking method work well? The tree looks fantastic!

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  2. It looks like a great result. I'm also thinking of using the dunking method. Is hairspray more effective than spray adhesive?

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    1. Hairspray is considerably less *mess*, and all it has to do is remain tacky for long enough for you to dunk and leave to dry.

      I'm still not 100% with the Klear - I have a suspicion there's a trade off between longer drying time if its more dilute and a slightly greater risk of it drying with a few droplets due to surface tension if you use it neat.

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