Southern Highlands - Construction, June 2022
During the month of June work on Southern Highlands concentrated on scenery around various parts of the layout. As the backdrop and lighting system first fit was complete, the layout was dismantled and the components stored away so that individual modules could be worked on.
The first scenic item to receive attention was Stonequarry Viaduct. The identical paired 3mm MDF viaduct sides were carefully trimmed and aligned in position, before being glued and tacked into place with brads. Packing pieces of 4mm timber and XPS foam cut to shape were fitted to the piers between the sides. The first piece of 30 thou styrene sheet was then glued with Araldite to the underside of the arch and clamped in place, to allow the two-part epoxy to fully cure.
The rural area of the layout had more scenery applied. A base coat of coloured grouts provided the ground texture, before being carved and coloured with washes and highlights. Ground cover and shrubs have started to appear amongst the cracks and crevices.
The steel girder bridge, based on Wingecarribee Viaduct at Burradoo, has moved from design to print. The first prints were of the bridge piers, scaled from drawings and photos taken on-site.