I’ve made a start on the coombe side at the back of the layout. First a coat of brown paint then a base coat of three shades of fine turf. I also added some course turf on one patch. I’m not sure it’s quite the right mix of shades so I’m mulling it over before adding some static grass. Once that’s done, I’ll be adding underbursh, shrubs and a few trees.
The signal box is also coming along. The window frames are fitted and glazed. It tried glazing them first before fitting but found it a lot easier glazing them once the frames were superglued in. I used Humbrol Clearfix to attach the perspex glazing.
Next I turned my attention to the signal and point lever frame and the etched levers. Quite fiddly! First I superglued the levers to the frame base whilst it was still on the sprue. Then I painted them. Black at the bottom, silver for the handles and releases at the top and the body of the levers according to their use. Red for home siganls, yellow for distant, blue for points, black for locking, and one white as a spare.
Next I’ll turn my attention to the block instruments and signal box cabin furniture.