What I Been Up To Lately:Passenger Station Diorama

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  1. TomPM

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    Using Woodland Scenics Fine Leaf Foliage, Clump Foliage, and Foliage I added some more ground cover. For the tree trunks in the stream I used twigs I found in the front yard.

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    Looking great Tom. What do you plan to use for the water?

    Ron :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :wave:
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    Thanks Ron.

    I plan on using Woodland Scenic Realistic Water. I have used it in the past with success.
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    This is progressing nicely Tom. The colours look so natural.
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    Thanks Robin!

    Next I took a look at the Atlas truss bridge I am using and decided it was too bland.

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    I painted the ties and weathered the rails with Folk Art Asphaltum.

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    I still feel that I need to do something to the underside of the bridge. It looks so blank and empty as shown in this picture.

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    Did the track come installed on the bridge Tom or is that your work? Can't wait to see what you do with the underside of the bridge.
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    Thanks Robin.

    From what I can remember the track came installed on the bridge. The bridge is from Atlas.

    The ugly plain underside of the trolley bridge is driving me nuts. So yesterday I took a trip to the LHS and bought a bunch of styrene strips and I-beams.

    Here the ugly plain truth.

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    Now I added some I-beams

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    Next I need to add some cross members.
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    Cool Tom!! I agree with you about the underside of those bridges. I have one myself and you have inspired me to do something about mine as well.

    Val
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    Thanks Val!

    Hopefully some of the following may help you:

    I finished the underside of the trolley bridge. I glued some styrene I beams to the floor. I then used some styrene strips to act as cross braces. Since this was the era in which they used plates to hold things together I glue small styrene to the joints (also to hide them) to act as plates.

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    Here it is with paint still drying.

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    Looking great Tom' Can't wait to see you do the water.

    Ron :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :wave:
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    Thanks Ron!

    Water will becoming shortly. I realized tonight that I had not gone over the foilage with glue so I had to spray it all tonight.

    I have now begun to work on the highway bridge approach. First I needed to extend the retaining wall so the level of the road meets the highway bridge. I did this by applying a layer of spackling. I then added a wood strip for the retaining wall.

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    I finally got around to adding “water” to the stream.

    The first thing I needed to do was dam the stream. For this I used a piece of scrap wood and a piece of scrap. I attached the dams to the diorama with Elmers Squeezable caulk. I let it dry for about 12 hours.

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    Once I was sure the dams were firmly in place I began to pour the water. I used Woodland Scenics Realistic Water. I poured it very carefully trying not to splash it on anything. I carefully poured it around rocks and the stream bank. I poured the water to the recommended depth of 1/8 inch. From experience I know the water will look a little cloudy until it dries.

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    I am trying to decide whether I need to add another 1/8 inch layer of water or not. Once I have the final depth of the water I will go over the surface with Woodland Scenics Water Effects to make waves.
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    Hey Tom, this water is looking fantastically 'wet'! I love those reflexes of the 'sun' on the water surface. Almos need sunglasses :cool: :cool: :cool:
    (Or did you shoot the pics outside in real sunlight? It looks so real...) :confused:

    Ron
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    Wow! The water looks fantastic Tom!!!! You're doing a real bang-up job with this!!! :thumb:

    Val
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    Hi Tom,

    Your sure did a wonderful job on your stream bed. It looks so natural. I sure don't know if you need another pour or not but anxious to see if you do. It looks plum beautiful to me. I'll be making quite a bit of mountain streams in my final addition to my layout and you have really helped me out. Thanks for the great pictures and information you provided.

    Ron :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :wave:
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    Lookin' good Tom, can't wait to see the WS water effects that are still to come.
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    Thanks everyone for the compliments.

    I will have to admit that I was surprised and pleased at how the water came out. I will have to do a second pour. In examining the stream I found a few crevices and a couple spot along the banks where the “water” did not flow into. Realistic Water is thick so it doesn’t always flow into such areas. Also there maybe a little shrinkage as it dries. I intend to fill in these pockets and go over the stream with a very thin layer (less than an 1/8 of an inch) to smooth things out.

    Now I just need to get to the LHS and buy another bottle. I finished off the bottle I had. This stream did not take much RW, the bottle was left over from a previous layout.