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Empire Mills – In which I make bushes


Gareth Thomas


9th November 2014

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2 minutes

Well I’ve spent the day making bushes and a hedge. I’ve found a pretty straightforward technique that gives pleasing results.

To start off, we had already placed rubberised horsehair around the layout as a first step. It had all be sprayed brown before placement but they didn’t really look that good. So here’s what I did to improve the looks.

I sprinkled fine dark green ground foam around and on top of the horsehair, then a little bit of fine black ground foam. I then sprayed a light layer of matt varnish on top. Finely teased postiche followed the varnish. This was followed by more varnish and more foam, both dark green and black joined by a small amount of light green, just for a highlight.

The hedge consists of 6 (I think) bushes. These were made with twisted 0.25mm brass wire, 3 or 4 stands per bush about 2″ long each. These were shaped to form a basic armature to which was added a small amount of rubberised horsehair. These were then sprayed with grey primer and allowed to dry. Once dry the same varnish/postiche/ground foam technique was used. They were then planted close together up a hill (and at the edge of a board joint).

And now for some pictures:

Although Empire Mills has passed to a new owner, find out about our new EM gauge layout Orchard Wharf here, and the EM gauge layout Minories (GN) here

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