Grain Elevator Diorama

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by TomPM, Jun 24, 2005.

  1. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Looks Great Tom. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
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    Hi TomPM. The diorama looks great. :thumb: Just an observation , and I am probably jumping the gun here, but if the outside has been neglected to the point where the paint is peeling, wouldn't the rest of the paint be more faded, at least on the sunward side? Perhaps a light whitewash to fade it a little. Maybe it's just the pictures, or did they just paint over existing peling paint. As I said, just an observation. Anyway, it looks good. :cool: :) :)
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    Thanks everyone.

    As this develops I have to remember to look back here for the great suggestions.

    Clark
    The lighting in the photos is not great and I still have some weathering to do.
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    I completed the ballast before we went on vacation.

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    I placed the buildings in their approximate locations.

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    Here it is with a covered hopper.

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  5. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Ahhh. making money at last. Loading the gon in the last photo shows that business is growing. Nice work Tom
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    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

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    Thanks Robin!

    A little further along now.

    I began adding ground cover. I used Woodland Scenics Fine Turf – Earth in the areas that will be under the buildings or where there will be a stone driveway and parking lot.

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    Now I have added some more turf. This time Green Blend.

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    I have now added more turf. I used Medium Green Coarse in areas around the buildings and other areas that would not be subject to mowing or traffic.

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    The buildings are now attached.

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    I still have a lot to do. There are sa couple of trees to plant along with bushes, grass, and adding other details.
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    NIIIICCCCEEEE. Looking good.
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    Here we are with the beginning of service.

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    In the top picture of post 49 I noticed what looks like a wire coming out of or from under the small shed and running under the road. Is there a purpose for it? Is it just a wire that has yet to be covered or does it represent something?
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    Thanks folks!

    It took me a moment to figure it out.

    It is the side of the building base that somehow I missed weathering. It will be covered up and hidden.
  14. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Excellent progress Tom. What make of loco is that in the last photo?
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    Thanks Robin!

    The loco is an 0-8-0 switcher made by IHC. I changed the number and added a few things to it. It was my project for Layout Party No. 4. (http://www.the-gauge.com/showthread.php?t=11197&page=1)
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    I have now added some ballast along the tracks by the buildings. I did not ballast this area before because I needed to leave room for the buildings.

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    I also began adding clump foliage around the shack to hide the joint line.

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    Now I have worked on the gravel roads. For this I used a mixture of the following:
    • Fine Light Gray Ballast
    • Medium Buff Ballast
    • Medium Gray Ballast
    • Fine Cinders
    • Medium Brown Ballast
    • Coarse Dark Brown Ballast
    • Earth Turf
    • Coarse Burnt Grass Turf
    • Coarse Light Grass Turf
    • Coarse Yellow Grass Turf

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    Next I added some more Clump Foliage, Fine Leaf Foliage around the shed. I also used some Dark Green Foliage to make some vines.

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    Next I added some more coarse turf on the side of the tracks opposite from the buildings. For this I used the following mixture of Coarse Turfs:
    • Burnt Grass
    • Light Green
    • Yellow Grass
    • Medium Green

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    Excellent work and I would be embarrassed to compare my skills to yours.

    JD
  20. Matthyro

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    The "green stuff" looks great Tom. The mix you used works really well. Nicely done.