Category Archives: Scenery

Castle Ticket Stand

The castle in Ruritania/Graustark is home to members of the royal family, but it’s also open for tours. Here you see the ticket stand where a member of the castle staff is directing tourists.

Once the groundcover has grown up around the bases, it will look better, but it’s pretty good as it is.

More Building Work

This Hauptstraße (Main Street) building was in need of some work. I’d never put the sign on the front, and some of the other signs were fading. In addition, the “foundation” was made of cast material that didn’t stand up to the weather as well as I’d hoped.

It looks a lot better now. The sign is using a new preservative technique that I first tried on my castle sign… I thoroughly coated it with UV Resist, then once it was dry encased it in resin, then resprayed with UV resist. We’ll see how it holds up, but I’m hopeful.

More Castle Progress

This is cumulative from the last four days…

Here’s the gatehouse

Progress on fitting the roof curve ot the turret 

A different view

The arcade

Progress on the main building

Arcade windows and door

Access Door

What do you do if a train gets stuck inside your mountain?

This access door is about 12″ high and 36″ long, allowing me to easily “help” a train that has problems inside the tunnel. It’s formed from insulating foam, cut to shape and painted for UV protection.

Logging Wagon

I’ve finished up the first of two planned logging wagons. This one just needs a figure guiding the horses and it will be ready to go out next to the lumber mill and tree stumps I currently have on the layout.

finished-logging-wagon1

finished-logging-wagon2

I’m going to build another one of these later, assuming there turns out to be enough room on the layout for two once I’ve added the mountain.

Mountain Ideas

I’ve thought for a while now about adding a mountain (and tunnel) to my layout. The problem is, this is Germany (or Ruritania, or Graustark) in the 1930s, so a southwestern U.S.-style mountain won’t do. I need an alp.

My current idea is to make a frame of rebar, cover it with wire mesh, and then use concrete-impregnated burlap to cover it in a sort of concrete version of paper mache.