Grain Elevator Diorama

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  1. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

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    I have finally decided to try to get some of the pile of structures kits off the workbench. For a while now they have been teetering on the verge of triggering a kit box avalanche. I decided that I will build the structures and make small bases or dioramas to go with them. This way I can do some quick scenery and not just add them to the self orphan pile.

    The first kit that I pulled out is the Walthers Farmers Cooperative Grain Elevator.

    I quickly assembled the three buildings that are part of the kit.

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    First I airbrushed the buildings and other parts with an undercoat using Apple Barrel Dolphin Gray thinned 1:1 with blue windshield wiper fluid.

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    Since I want to have a paint peeling effect I will airbrush the underlying wood color on the buildings.
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    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    A neat project Tom. We all should have a grain elevator or two on our layouts.
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    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Oh, this is going to be good! Elevators are a classic RR scene. I really like your collection of covered hoppers too! Do you happen to have a pink Klemme Coop in the mix?
    Ralph
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    Thanks guys! :rolleyes:

    You mean like this? :D

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    This is a MDC/Roundhouse model. I also have an Athearn RTR one that is still in the box. I just reserved a couple from Intermountain's upcoming run. I think they are doing 12 numbers but I figured I'd start with two. :D
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    For the wood color I first airbrushed a coat of Folk Art Raw Umber thinned 1:1 with blue windshield washer fluid. To my horror I ran out of Raw Umber before I could do a second coat. So for the second coat I used Folk Art Burnt Umber.

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    To achieve the painting peeling effect I use rubber cement. I first brush on the rubber cement in places where I want the paint to peel.

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    Once the rubber cement dries I will paint the final color. After the final coat dries I will take an eraser and rub off the paint in those areas. If all works I will have peeling paint.
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    Sure footed basketball player?

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    Oh that is one of the wife's many baton twirling trophies! She has so many they are stuffed all over the house and basement. :D
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    Now I painted the final color for the buildings. I used Apple Barrel Red Apple. The undercoat of Raw Umber and Burnt Umber gave the red a darker and little uneven coloring which I thought looks better than the unpainted red plastic.

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    Next I use the gray end of a gray and white eraser and gently rub over the spots where I painted over the rubber cement.

    Here is how the grain elevator building came out. Since the building is so tall I had to take a couple photos of each side. I don’t know what the white dots are. They’re not there on structure. I am guessing they are a reflection.

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    Next we have the shed
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    Lastly here is the freight house or warehouse building
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    Now everything is ready to be sealed and the window glazing and roofs installed.
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    I got the window glazing and the roofs installed on the buildings. And in the case of the freight house building the base.

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    The elevator:

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    And the shed with its smoke pipe:

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    Next is adding decals and weathering.
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    Now it is time to get the diorama base ready. First is a quick general layout of the buildings:

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    Coming up will be laying the foam road bed.
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    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Nice work Tom!

    Andrew