What I Been Up To Lately:Passenger Station Diorama

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by TomPM, Jun 11, 2004.

  1. TomPM

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    The first pour of Realistic Water has dried. It does not seem to be deep enough so I will be doing another pour or two.

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    I finished adding spackling to make the highway bridge approach.

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    Looks like icing on the cake Tom. The only thing missing are the candles. All kidding aside I am looking forward to seeing how the highway develops.
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    Thanks Robin!

    Well, I made pour number 2 and here how things look a day later. The Realistic Water still has a slight milky appearance since it is still drying.

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    Here is the painted retaining wall for the highway bridge approach. It is nothing more than a strip of wood painted to look like aged concrete.

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    I started to lay out the roadway but realized that my ground was lacking the proper elevation. So out came the spackle and I had to build up some of the area in question.

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    Here is stream after 3 pours of Realistic Water. Next is to use some Water Effects to shape some waves.

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    This just keeps looking better and better!!! :thumb: :thumb:

    Speaking of spackle, I don't know what I'd do without it - the stuff is great!!

    Val
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    Thanks Val!

    I began working on the roadway portion of the diorama. For this I am using Woodland Scenics Paving Tape and Smooth-it. First I placed the paving tape along the edge of where the road is going.

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    I mixed up a batch of the Smooth-it according to the instructions and poured it. The stuff was messier than I thought it would be.

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    In accordance with the instructions I waited about a half an hour for it to dry and then I removed the paving tape.

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    BTW I am still waiting for the Water Effects to dry clear to post about my so-called effort to make waves in the stream.
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    Thanks for the progress photos Tom. Looking forward to seeing your wave making.
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    Thanks Robin!

    I am still waiting for the Water Effects to dry clear. Last time I used it it took about 10 days.

    Here is how the stream looks with the milky waves.

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    Here is the roadway after being painted with Folk Art Dark Gray.

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    I painted the roadway with a heavy coat of Folk Art Charcoal Gray. I then wiped it off with a paper towel. I laso painted the roadbed for the trolley tracks with Folk Art Acorn Brown.

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    Now I glued the highway bridge in place.

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    Using a yellow paint pen to add the double yellow. However I screwed it up. To fix I dabbed some Charcoal Gray on the roadway and then using a paper towel I wipped down the roadway with the paint. This faded the line and made it look like an old line.

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    Using the yellow paint pen I completed the double yellow line. Using a white paint pen I did the shoulder lines.

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    I need to weather the white lines a little to tone them down. Also I am not worried that they are a little squiggly and not perfect. I have learned that in real life it is almost impossible to paint the edge line along the edge of a crumbling pavement and have it straight.

    I still have some overall weathering to do to the pavement.
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    I laid the trolley tracks and attached the trolley bridge.

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    Here is a perspective shot.

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    Great progress Tom. The bridges look super and you line painting is excellent.
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    Looking Real Good Tom. The lines look good, the bridges, and everything else you did to it. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
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    Looks great Tom!!!! I really like your idea for the parallel bridges - it really captures a prototypical flavour. :thumb:

    Val
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    Thanks everyone!

    I have weathered the trolley track and ballasted it. I purposely did a bad job of it and left gaps between the ties and not enough ballast on the outside. Around this area in the more rural locations especially trolley tracks were always poorly ballasted. In many cases the mud and muck would fill in between the rails.

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    I also used a fine point Sharpie to add cracks to the roadway.
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    It just gets better and better Tom.
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    Its coming along just beautiful Tom.


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    Tom, this is really coming together great. :thumb:

    One question. What was the width of the pen you used for your yellow and white line markings? Wide, medium, fine :confused: . Also, if you don't mind, who was the manufacturer of the pen? We are trying to get up our nerve to stripe our roads, and we'd really like to know what you decided to use and why. Did you lay a ruler out on the road surface and then run the pen along the edge? Did you find that the pen ran under the ruler (thereby smudging), or not? What did you learn about striping a road? :confused: :rolleyes:
    I specifically like the weathering you did on the road in your last pictures. What technique did you use? -- You really captured tire tracking on the road. :thumb: I'd suggest, perhaps, some softening of the fine point sharpee cracks to make them fade into the background like you did on the rest of the the roadbed.
    --Cabdriver