Authentic Logs!

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Play-Doh, Jun 18, 2006.

  1. Play-Doh

    Play-Doh Member

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    Somethin always bugged me about those logs on my cheapo lionell logging car...I would have just replaced them with real bits of wood, but I liked the texture and the size of the logs....but they had that shiny plastic look to them...I thought about dullcoat, but I found a better idea. I just applied some testors clear coat, dipped my brush in the little bit of cigarette ashes ive been collecting, and brushed it on in thick layers.

    The results are awesome!!! It really gives them that weathered look like they have been deep in the forest!

    Im well aware im not the first to use this method but I will have to say the results are great!

    Ill probably do the same to weather my ties!

    TJ
  2. belg

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    Tj, I wonder do you show your layout to non smokers? I for one can smell a smoker from far away so if you invite folks in it might offend some. Just a thought. Pat
  3. cidchase

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    Sounds like an interesting method, TJ, could you post a pic?
  4. Play-Doh

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    Agreed. Im in the process of quitting. Theres enough people around here who smoke anyway to keep me supplied in ashes. I will be happy to post some pics soon as soon as I weather those ties. (which is #3 on my project list)

    Project list

    Finish ballast
    Paint rail
    Weather ties
  5. railroader9731

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    as for your logs what about scrub trees as they are known they have a bark texture
  6. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

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    I haven't been to the Pacific Northwest in many years, so I don't remember what plants are native to the area besides various pine trees. Do you have some bushes or brush that grows wild up there that would have bark detail? Also you might have some plants in your garden that have bark detail on shoots. You can use trimmings from the garden or trim a few branches from plants growing in the wild to make logs out of.
  7. Old 'n' Weary

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    I always clip all the branches off my Christmas tree, and when they dry, they can be cut up into "logs" of any scale.