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#221 SlotsNZ

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 03:09 PM

Messing with heads is surely good fun - and sport.
I put one teensy weensey meeander - or two on my routed track, and people are still driving the "roadway" instead of the slots after 10 months. (centre of inside corner as example) - but there are 3 illusions in the shot.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 07:45 PM

Mark,

ya really gotta get on with that track and "Braid it". Also fix up the Naf fences. hehe

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 07:48 PM

Ember,

Sorry if It's a dumb question - but is that just the primer/undercoat. If so what is the final colour of roadway going to be?

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:21 PM

The white is a 3 in 1, primer/sealer/undercoat. The roadway will hopefully be bitumen-ish. Not totally happy with the colour I've chosen on that score. Faux Leather. I was looking for something that was dark grey but dirtied with brown. As the road would be browned and grubbied with red dust.

I've only started to paint in the first coat. Actually, the colour looks near perfect in the photos, but it looks just a smidge too brown to me in reality.
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I must apologise for the imperfect photos. Low light levels by the time I took these this evening and I didn't have the enthusiasm to get my flash and diffuser.

I think the thing with the paint is that the suede gets a white 'peach fuzz blush' to it when finished and dry. If it was the same colour but dried with a dark peach fuzz to it it would be almost perfect. I'll finish painting the road base and give it a second coat before I discount it completely.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 06:56 PM

Ok. Change of roadway colour. Much happier overall. I finished off the first coat with Faux Leather, then top coated with Pompeii Ash.

This photo is very close to the true colour.
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A close up of the finish.
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Now the fun part of trying to blend it in with the existing scenery a bit.
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Not sure how well it shows in the photo, but I've left the top straight in the brownish Faux Leather and blended into the Pompeii Ash on the way down the hill.

And some blending work done around the water. A combination of washing on, sponging off and sponging on. Still needs a little more work.
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 07:20 PM

Nice effect. Colour selection noted for future reference ,thanks.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 06:02 PM

Work continues...

Attempts at blending the track edge into the existing scenery continue.
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And some more messing with minds...
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A closeup
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Hoping it will look better when the masking tape is removed.

Thanks for looking.
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 06:14 PM

Looks pretty good from where I'm sitting.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 06:22 PM

I've certainly got plenty of pothole and washout source material available to observe. I'm trying to decide on attempting others.

The photo certainly looks to have depth. Not sure if the effect works as well in person. The difficulty is that the observer can move around, which means the perspective alters.

Edited by Ember, 14 May 2012 - 06:24 PM.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 06:48 PM

looking cool embs
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 07:50 PM

A bit more top dressing on the road surface.

Some more edge damage on the uphill side.
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And the beginnings of some problems on the narrow downhill.
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A patch on the front straight.
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The elevenses still need a little work.

And at last some work on the aerial 180.
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I was lucky enough to find a Suede colour that is an almost perfect match for the base colour on the concrete wall below. The three base colours of the roadway are visible in this shot. The upper back straight is the brownish black that I started with. The upper deck frames the Banksy tribute from this angle. Neither Melbourne City Council nor plumbing contractors will be getting at this one.

Just need to finish off detailing the washouts, the elevenses, and the edge if the concrete then seal it all with a coat of clear.

Edited by Ember, 17 May 2012 - 07:52 PM.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 01:42 AM

cool build, I just spent 45 min. reading this thread all 12 pages and you are pretty good.

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:41 AM

Thanks Jon. Much appreciated.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 08:17 PM

Well... On to what has got to be the most funnest job ever. Unmasking. Posted Image
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I'm very happy with the way things are looking. But, you guys win. Never, ever, ever will I paint plastic track again. For no other reason than that the unmasking is slow and backbreaking work. I swear I've already spent twice as much time unmasking as it took me to mask the rails in the first place. And I'm still not half way though.

Next track will definitely be routed, if only because it means I can have the look that I want without the pain.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 09:37 PM

Embs, you have excellent vision. At first I thought some of your choices were odd, kind of abstract. But now I can see how they are coming together nicely. A top job!

Just wait til you take the Mog for a solo drive, clipping the dirt verges. You'll be smiling from ear to ear.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 07:40 PM

If only wish my optometrist still thought I had excellent vision. :lol:

I think it is possible that the choices seemed abstract because once the painting commenced the rails started to disappear. But, most of the decisions on road visual direction and flow have been fairly organic. Actually, they've probably been based around what the scenery tells the track it needs to do. That may seem a bit strange, but the scenic formations and style were originally designed to explain the reasons for the track form. So, the scenery is formed by the track which is in turn shaped by the scenery. It had to work. Didn't it?

With the exception of the concrete 'flyover' the unmasking is complete. Thank goodness! There's still some work to be done on the concrete area before I can call it ready for unmasking.

So... A few photos in celebration of shiny rails once again.

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The two photos above are in the natural running direction. Those below are in reverse.

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I'm really happy with the way all this is looking. But I won't be happy until I get the power flowing and the cars running again to find out what this has really done to the track.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 09:10 PM

Looking great Embs.... liking the way it flows different in different sections.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 07:43 PM

It lives again!!! At the moment it's like driving on new track again. Hoping that there'll be an improvement in grip as there are more laps completed. As it is at the moment, the Ninco tyres really seem to like it. MJKs only so so at the moment. So hoping that will improve with just a little time.

Will take some fresh photos tomorrow. Rather happy with the look of the concrete section, but still need to add barriers to it.
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Posted 27 May 2012 - 08:01 PM

Great work as always Lynne
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:42 PM

A couple of piccies of the Concrete 180.

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The edge on the outside has been done with strips of heavy mounting card the same as the earlier concrete construction. I've been slack this time and have put a run of masking tape around the outside to unify the surface texture rather than coating it in plaster. I've let the suede paint do the textural work. The inner edge needed to conform to a tighter curve, so I used a lighter weight cardboard to build the laminate. The cardboard was the packing in an envelope of photo paper, so it's nothing special but is fine enough to be able to handle the tight curve. I have yet to decide what sort of barrier to use on this corner.
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