Sunday 28 March 2010

White Cliffs of Bodalla
I don't need to go to England to see the White Cliffs of Dover when I can now go down to the shed and see the White Cliffs of Bodalla.
I don't know how much longer I will be able to use 'Its too hot to paint" excuse but this weekend allowed a few hours to get plastered and commence on the cliff behind Bodalla. I crunched up bits of foam , dipped them into the plaster mix and then set them against the chicken wire. I find to get the effect I am looking for is not to have the plaster too wet, other wise it comes out too smooth.
I work with three spraycan lids worth of plaster at a time, some water and a dash of vinegar, and a dash to the worksite and into action.
I didn't take any photos of white plaster, I'm sure you all know what it looks like. With a few days off over Easter I'm sure a bit of colouring to the plaster will appear. Once the cliff behind Bodalla station is complete then I can commence on doing the platform up.
Some time ago I made up a board for a local friend as the start of his Victorian branch line. It was portable enough to take outside and work on it in the sun. (Nice in winter) One of the side benefits of working in the sun is the great light it provides for photos. I've included a few on here as being stuck on a hard drive they will never see the light of day.


  1. Bob, it would seem that Sunday evenings are fast becoming the time to update your blog. Craig seems to have started something. It's great to see the photos taken outside the light works so well to improve the result. The backgrounds work really well, the second shot at ground level, for me, works beautifully.

    The foam you add to the chicken wire, is it just placed straight on the wire to dry? and do you then apply the scenic work on the top of this base? Sorry for all the questions, the result you get is well worth wanting to clone

  2. Hi Geoff,
    thanks for the comments. I think the sun has the best light for taking photos. Craig is a very busy worker and always seems to be doing something.
    The foam I use is from fruit boxes broken into approx one inch squares, dipped in plaster, then stacked one on top of the other. Make sure the plaster is all around the foam and push into the wire.
    I reckon the secret factor to this is to make sure the plaster is not too wet. What I call crunchy. It then has texture. Its hard to explain in words.