Adding the detail, Fryar Mountain
I've always wanted to have a couple of mountaineers climbing the various hills and mountains I have created on my layout. An endless search for 1/32 scale figures of mountaineers during the last few years has unfortunately been fruitless. I decided to convert 2 of my pit lane crew (Carrera figures) into adventures!
Firstly, I switched their heads for Carrera spectator heads and gave them some backpacks, (cut pieces of black foam) walking sticks and a coat of paint as they were originally white. I then dry-brushed them as the Carrera figures have a nice level of mould detail. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out in the end and my son loves them on our track.
In my case I had this old Scalextric Mercedes DTM that hadn't been used in years, using a pair of needle-nose pliers I 'smashed' up the front of the slot. I was trying to create the illusion that the DTM had smashed through the track barrier.
I removed the body and bent the front axle to create the illusion that the front right-hand wheel has been damaged in the crash. The next step is for adults only please, to create the burn affect on the bonnet and roof, I burnt the slot until I achieved the desired look. Obviously do this in a well ventilated area like outside.
Using a sharp knife I cut the crash barriers till I created the look I was after, add a few figures with yellow flags are you have yourself a nice little piece of layout detail
The helicopter is 1/28 scale so a little on the small side but it works, add a few fuel drums, safety cones, some steps (made from balsa wood) and a 1/32 figure of 2 and you're in business.
The final new addition to my layout is a Michelin Man figure. Believe it or not this is actually an air freshener made my Michelin for your car. The figure is approximately 10 centimetres high so it's a good size. Apparently they used to sell these in Kmart but I found one on ebay of course. If you search for 'Michelin', you'll find all kinds of suitable items you could incorporate into your track scenery.