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Over at Clayhanger Yard, I'm messing around with real ash ballast. It's messy stuff but with a bit of work, makes the layout look very different to one covered with nice, clean, granite ballast.
It's not all muck and dirt though, there's a retaining wall topped with lovely greenery made from hanging basket liner. I'd not used this before but read about it often enough in the past to know it was worth a go. All it took was teasing the material out, sticking it down and covering it in flock for some lovely looking, non-descript, green stuff.
Dr Phil is in the clinic explaining what all the bits of a wagon are to readers. It's easy to forget that a newbie faced with the components in a kit will wonder what on earth half of them are. V-hanger? Solebars? Even axleboxes can be confusing as in plastic kit terms, they arrive fitted to the W-irons and often the solebars so you could easily assume that's how they work on the real thing.
Back to brickwork, I'm very pleased with the results of the build of a MiniArt Workshop kit. Everyone who has looked at the kit says, "That would make an engine shed" so I had a go at it to see if they were right. Things aren't quite as easy as you might hope. Not if you want to get a loco through the door without bashing the archway anyway, but it's simple enough not only to build as a structure, but even one with a detailed interior with a little switching around of the parts.