The cold, icy weekend meant lots of progress on the layout. First I reconfigured the slope of the hill behind Potomac Creek to make it look more like a country road. This resulted in a slightly sunken road at the top of the ridge. Then I painted the rocks at Wiellep's Cut with a dark base color. I find that when using water putty for rock carvings, one can not just stain the rocks like you can with hydrocal. You have to completely paint the rocks. I use a dark base acrylic color and then add lighter drybrushed colors on top.
Next I worked on the culvert at Accokeek Creek. It is built like a railroad tunnel, but without the tracks. I used the laser to cut the parts except for the styrene blocks on the top cap. Those I made from a strip of .125 inch styrene, shaping each block to look like stone.
|The culvert is a layered composite of 1/8th inch plywood, plastic embossed stone paper, laser cut arch stones and|
plastic strip stone cap pieces.
|The brick lined culvert pipe.|
|Cutting and fitting the culvert under the tracks.|
|View through the culvert|
I also worked on installing the grist mill, but it was tricky as I had to add the mill race to the mill as I went along. That took a bit of cutting, filling and test fitting. I had to reconfigure the terrain under the mill race to make room. I sealed the terrain with water putty. I need to make the area water tight as I plan to pour resin to simulate the water and it needs a water tight base.
|Working on the tail race. I still need to build the feed race sluice.|
|Overview of the scene after a coat of base color. The trees are just stand-ins to show the overall|
design. The wooded hill will help downplay the visual dominance of the dam.