N Scale Layout #6 - A Season In Hope (2009-?)
The No Imagination Required RR, Part 15

10/09/18 - Getting started on the Hope Schoolhouse

As mentioned previously, the Shapeways project to create a model/kit of this place didn't quite work out. I guess there are some things that can be rendered quite well in "FUD", but structure walls? Not so much. On the plus side, I was able to use Brian's 3D designs for the roof as a template for scratchbuilding my own roof. And since that was pretty much the only part of the project that I wasn't going to be able to do on my own, it looks like I can now go ahead and build this bad boy myself using good ol' styrene.

But oh my achin' cornerpunch - so many doors and windows!

Yeah, this is going to take me a while

10/17/18 - Finished the world's most expensive cornfield

So, this is what 20 boxes of Bluford Shops corn looks like -

I think this stuff probably works best (or is at least a lot more cost effective) in a "just a few shallow rows along the backdrop" type of situation, so using it in a large 360 degree scene like mine was somewhat irresponsible (financially speaking). But what can I say? I really do like the look of it.

Well, I should say I mostly like the look of it. Frankly, the stock green color didn't look quite right to me, so I went ahead and painted it a darker shade of green (which may be even less correct, but it's certainly more pleasing to my eye).

A thin perimeter of open soil around the edges of the field seemed like a logical inclusion, but when I scouted things out earlier in the summer I was surprised to find that grass and weeds grow right up to the corn. And so, that's how I modeled mine.

But anyway, enough with the corn. My other fields (on the New Richland side of things) are going to be soybeans and nothing but -

I'm thinking I should be able to conjure that all up using some sort of cheap WS ground foam product (thus giving my poor abused wallet a break).

To be continued...

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