|Additional parking now available for our busy station.|
While I'd like to get a few more vehicles to add visual interest, I don't want the roads to get too crowded. There's a fine line between an engaging display and a "kitchen sink" mishmash of clutter.
The open space next to the station seemed ripe for development -- specifically, a parking lot. (click on images to enlarge)
|Unfortunately, just as in the real world, any large green|
space seems ripe for development.
I placed three cars on the board, and used painter's tape to make the outline of the lot. I used the same painting techniques as before (see Part 10 - Paving the Pegboard Paradise and Part 13 - White Line Fever), with model paint and paint pen.
One thing: the next time I use tape as a mask for straight lines, I'll be sure to use new tape. We've had the roll I used for years, and the adhesive just didn't do a good job -- paint seeped under it in quite a few places. I had to do some extensive touch-up work on just about every line.
| Outlining the lot was easy. The vehicles fit easily between|
the peg holes.
|Perhaps because the Testor's paint was thick, it didn't|
get underneath the painter's tape, so I had nice clean lines.
|It took a lot of work to get those white lines looking this good.|
The paint ran under the tape and really made a mess.
Execution might have been a drag, but the final result was rewarding. I can have a few more vehicles on the layout without making things look cluttered.
So what's next? I have no idea. But from now one additions will be carefully considered as the layout nears completion.