A grassy hill

The area around Port Rowan is pretty flat but after talking with Chris Abbott during a recent work session, we decided a low rise would look nice at the entrance to Port Rowan. It would help justify the sharp curve out of the Lynn Valley before hitting the straightaway between the orchards. And the rise would help hide the Stone Church Road scene across the aisle when visitors are looking north out of Port Rowan.

Having glued together stacks of foam board in this area to give me the basic shape, today I tackled it with carving tools. When I was happy with the rough shape, I spread a layer of Sculptamold over the area and topped it with paint and various ground covers. Later, I flooded the area with dilute Weld Bond glue and added static grass and some meadow flowers.

Here’s a photo looking north towards the Lynn Valley… and another looking down the rise into Port Rowan:
Grassy Hill photo PortRowan-Hillside-02.jpg

Looking down to the Port photo PortRowan-Hillside-01.jpg

There’s still more to do, including the addition of bushes and trees. But the scene is coming together nicely.

4 thoughts on “A grassy hill

    • Hi Mike:
      Very few. But it’s a start. I started trees, and have about three times what you see in this picture. But then I realized I should really tackle the fence around the orchard before I fill it with trees. So that’ll be the next project. The posts are going in, as you can see in this photo.

  1. I guess when it comes to layout design I’m pretty much an average model railroader. I’d like to know how you find the discipline to keep so much track-free terrain. One thing I don’t like about the larger scales is the cramped scenes, with structures far too close to the tracks. It’s a dead givaway every time. Yours is looking really good.

    • Hi Ed:
      Thanks for the nice words.
      I too am tempted by the lure of adding extra track and structures. But less tempted each time I start a new layout.
      One thing that helps is that I’m trying to faithfully reproduce a prototype – and it just didn’t have that many structures or track.
      Scratch-building all the buildings and hand-laying all the track also makes adding things less attractive.
      And, I consider the meadow to be a structure – rather than scatter ground foam and be done with it, I’m really trying to detail the meadow based on what I see in photos. Not bush for bush – I’m not insane – but at least try to capture the thick growth, variety of plants and so on. It’ll take just as long – or longer – to finish than a building.
      The fact that I’m dealing with a peninsula helps too – it’s 42″ across so I get a nice deep scene, but I can reach in from both sides (thus the decision to use a fabric backdrop – I can duck under it to work on the back of the layout, remembering to wear a ball cap so I don’t sweat on the backdrop). I might have made the peninsula narrower, except that my layout room is primarily storage for the rest of the house and the layout is therefore built over stacks of rubber tubs. 42″ gives me plenty of under-layout space for seasonal decorations, files, etc.
      – Trevor

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