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Discussion in 'Logging, Mining and Industrial Railroads' started by Doctor G, Jul 17, 2016.
This is looking GREAT! Love the subject and the layout! Eagerly await the next installment!
Thank you Gandolf. Glad you like the layout and the concept. I just started painting the base of the mini layout tonight. Looking forward to slapping some colors on the blue chunk of foam. Tom
Just outstanding Doc! Thanks for sharing the fun with us. I love the hot wire cutter and foam for creating landscape. My cliffs aren't as big as yours, but... I have a 'great divide' into which one of my drivers fell... and lost his head. I still haven't found it.
Watching from here...
IK looks like I'm slow getting caught up. Love the rock carving. The spring will a a special protect if done in the winter as you plan. The big frozen waterfalls where water seeps out of the limestone and sand stone on the Cumberland Plateau are an interesting feature that has always been interesting.
Glad you like this little project. Yes, still planning doing this layout as modeled in the winter. I have been researching how to make the frozen waterfalls coming out of the limestone. Should be fun! Tom
Acrylic modeling compound is what I'd use.
Thanks Bill. That is a good idea. tom
This looks like the making of a very nice layout!
Thanks Z man. Appreciate the feedback. Tom
Tom, on the trail from the dock to the cabin I keep finding these dropped pieces of limb. My guess is hickory. Most of these are way too big for HO, but would be good in O scale. I will eventually need considerable logs, but your need will be more emidiate, so I'm thinking I might set every other log aside for you. Are you thinking 20 foot logs, (you know I am). If so I'll cut them between 21 and 22 feet long, so the mill could trim off minor end checking, and still sell a 20 ft board.
Are you going to model any of the mill, or just a log dump?
Hey, if you guys are building full size trains, we'll need a new section!!
My buddy Rick Perry in Hurtsbourough Alabama does 1:1 3 foot gauge in his yard. He lives in an old RR station. He has always been just a little farther around the bend than I am; and that is scary indeed.
Say what!!!! Is this what your talking about (my train knowledge is nil):
1:1 is having real tains in his back yard. Rick has a working 3 foot gauge plymouth gas mechanical switcher in his yard. I should have had a comma in there in front of the 3.
Okay. Time for the fun stuff. Let's do some rock painting.
But first, a disclaimer. This is the first time for me to use spray paint in coloring scenery.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the story I wanted to experiment with all new scenery
techniques on this mini layout. I learned about painting foam from this nice Internet video and thought I would give it a whirl.
As I learned, you have to use spray paint that is compatible with Styrofoam or so called "craft foam."
So I went to Hobby Lobby to get craft spray paint. I did have an anal sphincter tightening
moment when the nice clerk at Hobby Lobby said, “you should never use spray paint on
Styrofoam”.......... Even though it said it could be used on the can.
So I use an old modeler’s trick and experimented on a piece of scrap foam first. As you can see in the lower part of the pictures. It did not devolve into a blue blob so I knew I could proceed.
The first step is to spray on Black pigment. I elected to use Woodland Scenics Black pigment.
I mixed it with a little water and dish washing detergent and sprayed it on in the areas of
the mini that were meant to represent rocks.
After letting it dry overnight it was time to get out the "craft foam safe" spray paint and
paint the rocks. Interestingly, a variety of colors, including yellow, were used to paint the
rocks. Some of the spray paint I used also had texture that gave the model a crumbling
I am happy to report that the blue foam did not dissolve and I think I have a fair
representation of Sandstone and Limestone.
Let me know what you think. Doc Tom
I love this pic, fellow brothers in Christ!
Thanks Zathros. It is amazing their spirit, given all they put up with in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere (per capita of about $350 a year).
You can see a chapel (blue and white with steel roof) in the lower left hand corner of the photo above. It is actually one of 6 chapels- St Paul's that Father Andre says Mass in in the very rural countryside. He had sent me pictures and I just had to model it.
You have done them great service. My how the poorest endure.
Me TOO!! and I LOVE this lay-out!!
...PS ...The current build is looking Great also!!
Thank you sir for the kind words. Doc Tom