"Local tradition had it that the goods shed was
from some of the timber felled to make room for it..."
indent The goods shed is based on, if not a precise copy of, that at Watlington. The creosoted, wood-lapped timber goods shed was typical of these smaller branches and it was often lime-washed inside as ours is. Made of card on dwarf brick-paper walls it has a slate roof of card in strips. It is painted and weathered, like most of our wooden buildings, in acrylics.
indent The trees behind, like most on the
layout, are made from "sea grass"; a natural growth which can be bought, dried,
in boxes from several suppliers. The seed pods are removed, the "boughs"
and trunk sprayed suitable colours and then sprayed with glue and "flocked" with
any one of a wide variety of foam foliages. These "trees" come in various
sizes and by a combination of size, foliage colour and careful positioning can be made to
represent many of the wide variety of types seen in the typical English landscape.
The height these trees give the model is an aesthetic necessity on such a narrow layout -
the model would have much less character without them which, of course, is why they were
indent Specific or "specimen" trees such as Oaks, Beeches or Elms however demand a more thorough treatment - and hand-made trees are expensive (especially the larger ones), so you will find none on "Upper Isis" which, like most of my layouts, was built to an agreed budget rather than for that rare customer who can afford "the best" and hang the cost! Even on expensive layouts the sea-grass tree has its place of course, especially when large wooded areas are to form part of the scenery when it is the outer edge and the overall "form" of a woods which is more important than ensuring that every tree within it is an accurate representation of a specific type.
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