Happy new year all.
Having completed Two Train Stations, scatter terrain for a train station and a Train Engine with coal storage carriage, it was obvious the next project was going to be "Train Tracks".
I decide to make good use of the Plastic Infantry Sprues I had acuminated in my garage over the years to make my Scratch built train tracks.
If you are keen to make your own I have included step by step guide.
|Train station somewhere in France secured by BEF troops for a tactical retreat.
|Aerial view of the station.
|All my completed tracks more that enough for a 6 x 4 foot gaming table.
|To start the project prepare 3mm MDF cut into strips of 18.5cm x 5.5cm.
|Measure 5mm in form the edge of the MDF and pencil in a line running both lengths of the MDF strip.
|Use a file to chamfer the MDR from the pencil line to the edge, this will help blend the MDF into the gaming table.
|Prep match sticks into 4cm lengths
|Apply PVA glue at approximately 7mm apart.
|Push the matches into the PVA glue.
|Set aside to cure.
|Grab your plastic sprues
|Use model clippers to cut thru the plastic sprues.
|Select the longer pieces to remove.
|Remove any extruding piece of plastic with the hobby clippers and hobby knife.
|Plastic sprue without lugs.
|Create a channel in the middle of the plastic sprue with either a disk or circular stone using a hobby hand motor.
|Channel formed on both sides of the plastic sprues.
|Allow the super glue to cure, note the over hang on both edges.
|Flip the track over and trim off the excess plastic sprue inline with the MDF edge with sharp box cutters.
|Optional step of scribing the matches with the point of a hobby knife or box cutters to create grain on the matches.
|I referred to this image as a painting guide.
|First painting step was to prime them with black, with a good primer such as Rustoleum.
|Painting stage starts using a brush.
|Carefully wet brush the matches with Vallejo Model Colour Beige Brown leaving portions of the black primer showing thru.
|Using the same painting technique highlighting with VMC Middlestone but leave some of the Beige Brown on the surface of the matches.
|Paint the plastic sprues VMC Flat Brown.
|Paint random areas along the sprue with Vallejo Game Colour Carne Marron
|Further highlight with VMC Cavalry Brown to create rust areas
|Apply VMC Gunmental Grey on the top of tracks only .
|Apply a generous thick layer of PVA glue with a brush on the MDF both on the edges and in-between the matches.
|For the Ballast I used Woodland Scenic WS B89 Coarse Gray Ballast.
|Apply a generous amount of Ballast and allow to set.
|Once set, use your finger to remove any unwanted ballast from the matches, plastic rail, edges along the length of the track and especially on the edges that will bud up with other track pieces.
|Apply random batches of PVA glue between the tracks and along the edges of the track.
|Apply some areas with Woodland scenic Earth blend.
|Apply Green flock to the outer edges.
Note: I have also made 6 tracks without any flock, these would be placed next to the Train Station.
|I applied a black wash by thinning down black paint to create thin random dark mark in the middle of the track.
|Completed straight tracks.
|I also created a number these redirecting tracks.
|Sabotage track, great for Resistance scenario.
|You can also cut up the tracks using a metal saw to suit a scenario and the gaming table.
|Some of the scatter terrain near the station
|More images of the scatter terrain for the station.