Lesobeng

Lesobeng is being built by Paul Spray. Lesobeng means the “the place of the rock arch,” and it is in Lesotho in Southern Africa.


Lesobeng

Given all those mountains, there isn’t a railway near it for a hundred miles. But that does not stop a railway modeller. Imagine a mainline from the South African coast through the mountains to the Highveld (luckily there was a narrow gauge line heading inwards from a plausible port). And then imagine a company wanting to mine diamonds, which the wily local chief permits only if a branch line is constructed through his village on the ridge above the valley. But how to build the mountains?

First a wood and plywood substructure


Lesobeng

Then the cliffs, built of slabs of Celotex roof insulation, sandwiched vertically together


Lesobeng

Lesobeng

Slosh on some plaster to fill the gaps, paint it with a haphazard mix of emulsion from taster pots, and run a train through to make sure the electrics still work


Lesobeng

Fill the flatter bits with Woodland Scenic shaper sheet


Lesobeng

Plaster over the shaper sheet. More paint. This is how Lesobeng looked in early March 2016


Lesobeng

And this is how Lesobeng looks in April 2016


Lesobeng

Oh, and the Lesoba itself – the arch. This is the real thing


Lesobeng

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