Il paesaggio - Aprile 2020

The landscape – April 2020

Stiamo procedendo un po’ a spot, o meglio, un po’ come ci viene. We are randomly going on , or rather, a bit as we please. Recently, the coverage of the helical on the right has been started, creating a removable panel that also houses the Magnorail system (learn more).

We are now working on the construction of the landscape on the aforementioned panel, starting from the slopes and the retaining walls.

We shape the the wooden sides of the helical and the polystyrene on the external profile of the panel.

Polystyrene slopes blocks
Polystyrene slopes blocks

The slope along the road at the top of the panel needs containment. To do something different from the rest we opt for gabions for soil containment.
We then 3D print blocks of about 80 mm length, painting them in dark gray and highlighting with “dry” white acrylic varnish.

Stone gabions
Stone gabions

After drying, we paint a common tulle with a gray spray. We then make strips with which we wrap the blocks.

Gabions wrapping
Gabions wrapping

Posizioniamo i gabbioni sfalsandoli per la metà della lunghezza e per 3 mm in ampiezza, in modo da realizzare una serie di gradoni, come al We place the gabions staggering them for half the length and for 3 mm in width, in order to create a series of steps, as in reality. Eventually 6 rows will be needed to contain the grading. We also insert the right wall of the gallery to join it to the gabions.

Positioning of gabions and right wall of the tunnel portal
Positioning of gabions and right wall of the tunnel portal

Everything is glued with abundant vinyl glue. Finally we apply a slight weathering and a closed-cell foam sidewalk .

Gabions  retaining wall installation
Gabions retaining wall installation

Let’s now begin the construction of the road tunnel that will hide the  Magnorail system loop, we are going to use 3mm closed-cell polistyrene (Forex) to build the portal.
The arch crown bas-relief is engraved with sandpaper, then chiseled. Finally we apply the ledges.

Road tunnel - forex portal
Road tunnel – forex portal

We prepare the gallery tube with 1mm hot-folded forex that we are going to glue to the crown.

Tube glueing
Tube glueing

We glue the rear part of the tube to a counter-portal, then we make the left retaining wall with the same materials and technique.

Left retaining wall
Left retaining wall

We airbrush with acrylic sand tones varnish, then weather the model.

model painting and weathering
model painting and weathering

By using a station lamppost ceiling (our conception and realization in high definition 3D printing) we create the tunnel lighting using a cold white wired micro-LED.

Tunnel lighting
Tunnel lighting

The tunnel is ready for installation on the panel.

Lighting test
Lighting test

ILet’s start covering the ridges with paper and vinyl glue. At the same time we glue the forex pavement to the left side of the roadway.

Ridges covering
Ridges covering

IncWe glue the portal onto the panel, coat it with paper, then glue real sieved and sterilized soil fixed with Latex glue. The first part of the landscape is finished. As you can see from the image, the construction of the village inspired by Antria is already underway, but we will talk about this in the future.

The landscape - April 2020
The landscape – April 2020
Detail of the tunnel entrance
Detail of the tunnel entrance
Road details
Road details

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