Monday, 20 January 2014

N Gauge Model Railway Layout Restoration Part 25 Ancient Monument Added

N gauge ancient monument made with seven miniature standing stones
 
At the beginning of this N gauge restoration project I chose to study the original model railway landscape for a while in order to imagine the different features which could be built into the new layout scenery.  The time spent planning alterations to the model railway detailed in my blog post dated 21 November 2013, helped to ensure that each area of new scenery was able to be constructed in a way which allowed small but important features to be added later.

Both the ancient monument and the scratch built wartime pillbox detailed in blog post dated 07 January 2014, were features which I felt would add interest whilst maintaining the simplicity often associated with a model railway layout built as a rundown rural backwater.

The N gauge ancient monument was built into the flat ground on top of the low hill created earlier, detailed in my blog post dated 09 January 2014.  Note that this is not a model of a henge.  A henge is usually a circle or oval of flat ground surrounded by a ditch which is surrounded by a bank of earth, the bank probably created using the earth taken from the ditch.  I did not have the space to create a model of a typical henge which is why I created a simple circle of standing stones on a low hill.  Many ancient monuments like this can be found all over Britain, indeed the world, their original function long forgotten.

The ancient monument was a very easy scenic feature to design and construct.
 
 
Wooden formers for the N gauge ancient monument standing stones
 
Short lengths of thin wooden strip were cut and shaped into irregular forms.  I allowed an extra 5mm at the bottom to sink each model stone into the railway layout baseboard.
 
 
Sand added to the model standing stones to create texture
 
I brushed PVA onto the wooden shapes and sprinkled sand onto the wet glue to create texture.
 
 
Miniature standing stones with a base coat of grey paint applied
 
A base coat of light grey acrylic paint was applied.
 
 
Washes of paint applied to give the model stones a weathered appearance
 
I then applied thin washes of watered down black, brown and green paint to create a weather worn appearance.  It was very important that this scenic feature should look old as many ancient monuments have stood exposed to the elements for centuries.

I used tiny blobs of modelling putty to temporarily stick the miniature standing stones in position in order to study the best arrangement.

Shallow holes were drilled close to one another and a chisel used to remove the small amount of wood between the holes.  This created a shallow trench for each standing stone.  The stones were glued in position and the glue allowed dry overnight.  When the glue had dried, any gaps around the base of each stone were filled in.
 
 
N gauge ancient monument with the branch line and bridge in the background
 
 
N gauge miniature monument viewed from the micro layout goods yards
 
 
N gauge ancient monument viewed from the bridge
 
 
N gauge ancient monument overlooking the micro layout goods yard
 
The ancient monument was carefully positioned so that it could add interest to photographs of N gauge locomotives and rolling stock taken from various parts of the railway layout.

This is one of my N gauge scenic model railway layouts. To see more model railway layout baseboards I have designed and built visit my website www.brianford.co.uk.

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