Gary Pfeil's scratchbuild

Discussion in 'Competitions & Challenges' started by Gary Pfeil, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    Catenary all attached and painted. The white styrene shape in the background will be a building flat.

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  2. Gary Pfeil

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    Another angle.

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    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    I'd like to show how it's looking from this angle. Do you see the pencil lines on the backdrop near the center of the photo? They are the extensions of the rails on the rear two tracks. There should be four more for the front tracks. Anyway, the idea is that they converge to a point which is hidden from view by branches of a tree near the corner of the wall. I originally was going to ask my wife to paint the extensions of the tracks on the backdrop, she is an artist and capable of doing so. When she came down to look at the scene, she asked why the lines wnt uphill. I said waddya mean uphill? When I crouched down to look from her eyelevel, the rails sure were going uphill! None to surprisingly, they also go downhill when I stand on my toes. So, I think I will instead use the lines as a guide for a foreground horizon, and put another, distant, horizon a bit above it. The distant horizon should make it look like a valley beyond the corridor tracks. Not much of an attempt to detail it, I think it may be better left plain and let everything else attract the eye. Any opinions?

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    This is just an artsy fartsy type shot, it looked way better before I had to shrink it so much to fit here.

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    To give you a better idea of what I spoke of two posts back, here is a photo from a distance away. You can get a better idea of the proposed horizon.

    Also note the corner of the stone wall, I have since glued the wall sections together and I used thin plaster in a hypodermic applicator to fill in the cracks, it worked surprisingly well. I had plenty of time for 3 sets of joints before the tip hopelessly clogged. Painting is in progress, I have to get off this chair now and get to work!

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    Here is a photo of Rearden Steel, the building flat behind the corridor tracks. You saw the styrene sheet cut to fit the corner. I have a friend in the print business, I emailed him the link to a brick pattern that was posted here long ago, I think it was Jon Monon who provided it. I asked him to find a rounded type font ( so I could bend the electroluminescent wire around the corners) and print in lightly on the brick paper. I lamanted the brick paper to the styrene with 3m photomount. I then drilled holes to clear the thickness of the wire at each point where I needed to thread the wire thru to make the letters. That's pretty much all there was to it. I used super glue to attach the wire to the brick paper, and in each hole.

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    Here it is in place and turned on.

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  8. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Gary that is outstanding!!!!! I am a great admirer of your craftsmanship. Looking forward to seeing a GG-1 rolling on that bridge!
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    Thanks Pete, and Ralph. Ralph, some GG1 photos coming up! First, here is the corner where I filled the gaps with plaster using the hypodermic applicator.

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    Here's the wall painted. I also painted in the near horizon with no detail. I'm not sure about it, anyone want to comment?

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    Here ya go Ralph.

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    I sanded the stone detail off the section at the end, and will paint concrete.

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    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    And from another angle.

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    OK, OK...

    Gary wins, hands down...

    WOW!!

    Gus (LC&P).

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    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    Coming along nicely Gary....
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    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    I thank you sir! :thumb: By the way, I think the wall looks good!
    Ralph
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    Thanks Gus, don't count my chickens before they hatch! Lots of great entrys. Thanks 88. I used apurtue priority for this shot but still did not get the depth of field I hoped for, and because I hand held it, it is a bit fuzzy. I post it anyway because I like the way the window looks.

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    I had searched for a suitable window for this building, Ineeded something large. Failing to find what I wanted, I decided to use the sprue material from other windows I had in my stock. I removed the windows and kept for future use, and used the sprue for a window frame. The mullions are strip styrene, the "glass" some material I got about 30 years ago when I worked for Pioneer Electronics. It looks like the frosted glass used in bathrooms. It was suitable because I didn't want to be able to see thru it. They really are rather crude, but I'm happy with them. I thought about putting one of those circuits in with a blue/white led to flash like an arc welder behind one of the windows, but decided enough is enough. I have no idea what purpose the building serves, but it probably isn't for welding!

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    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Gary you did an excellent job on that. I am very impressed with it.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
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    I've made some progress, I painted the foreground wall and added a concrete top to the rear wall, and added powerlines to the towers. The left end of the foreground wall will be hidden by another structure, yet to be started.

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