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 Posted: Mon Aug 27th, 2007 04:26 pm
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Greetings all!

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Many of you know of my fondness for Colorado style narrow gauge....RGS...C&S...DRG&W...etc.

I had purchased an On30 MMI K-28 locomotive...my all time favorite.

After some soul searching, I decided I could not do all that I would want in that scale, so after teasing Paladin with it mercilessly, he caved and bought it from me.

I don't think he is real sad about it either, he sent me a note this morning telling me of a visit from the postman and if it is possible to sense excitment in an E-mail thats what I sensed.:bg:

So, what did I do with my newfound riches???

Well I put them towards the 2 HOn3 K-27's I purchased from Blackstone..that's what. :glad:

Maybe I want too much, but I would never give up On30, so I will have to be a rubber gauger...On30 for backwoodsy stuff my other passion...and HOn3, to quench my Mountain RRing thirst.

When I had the On30 K I always kept it in the box and would only take it out to peek at it now and then, and then replace it.

I want to be able to drool...errr...I mean look at one of them a little easier and more frequently than that so I am making a display dio for one of them and to hone my Mountain scenery Building skills.

I am not going to say what the diorama is of.... except to say that it is located on an old DRG&W narrow gauge line.

I have been collecting as many Photos of the area as I could find and think I have enough to proceed.

Stay tuned.



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I want to use up a lot of scrap stuff I have laying around on this.

I don't have a plan except for the one in my head.

I have a bunch of pictures on a clip board and am just winging it as I go....I draw something on the foam or wood and make adjustments and then cut.

For the start I cut a base out of some scrap 5/8" birch ply I had on hand.

The I cut some 2" pink foam for the sides and back and glued them to the base with Power Grip adhesive.

I then ran a few screws up into the foam just for a little added support while the adhesive set up.

Then I added the top to the base...the track will sit on this.

I used hot glue to attach the top part to the sides and back and inserted bamboo skewers....the kind you use for grilling....in from the top and down into the sides and backs for support.






I am going to want to apply some plaster castings over this open area so I will need to cover that up.

I measured the height from the top of the base to the top of the roadbed area and cut a bunch of 2" thick foam pieces about 4" wide.

I wanted pieces so I could make them follow the curve of that cut in the ply base. I attached them one by one, using Hot glue where foam meets foam, and power grip where foam meets wood. As before, I added a screw through the base into the foam for support.





Once that was done I filled in the other edge with bits and pieces stacked and hot glued together.

Then using a foam rasp, I scraped the foam to the shape of the curve in the ply base and also thinned the foam on the upper edges so it angled back a little..I did not want that area to be vertical.

 






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From that point I started on the upper area.

More 2" foam for the sides and back.

Looking at the photos, I penciled in a profile on the left side piece.

After a few adjustments I cut that out.

Then a couple more adjustments and when I was happy with it I went on to the other end and did the same.

Then I cut a piece for the back matching the height of the right side which was the tallest.

Then I marked the height of the shorter side and drew an uneven line from the right edge..( The tallest ) to the left edge..( the lowest ) and cut that out.

I glued the pieces to the base and each other with hot glue and inserted bamboo skewers for added support.





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Here, I have started to work on a corner piece.

Just a square corner bit, with other chunks hot glued on top of one another, angling slightly back.

BTW...this is only a sub base...it will not be an exposed pink foam Diorama like some folks build.

I am just trying to get basic shapes down, it all will be covered with plaster cloth.








This is how the part will sit in the corner...more or less.








Here, I added another forming brace, and took a page out of the WS scenicing manual using pillow puffed newsprint to fill the gaps...something lite, quick n easy.







Finally, I cut the tunnel opening in the corner.





Has anyone figured out what this diorama will be a model of yet??



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Ummmmm......



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I cut some more foam and shaped it and attached it where I wanted some important contours. Like next to the tunnel opening here.

I sliced the face of the foam so I could fit it to the base foam and have more surface area for the hot glue.












I had some gaps I needed to fill.






I sliced wedges of foam and applied Hot glue and just....well...wedged them in.








Then it was just a matter of slicing the plug off with a steak knife.






Now it is ready for the plaster cloth. :Woohoo:





Any guesses yet?:Hmm:



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But gee...wouldn't that be fun!!


I could see a tall trestle right about....oh never mind. :P
:bg: :Crazy:



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Almost forgot........ I got it plastered this morning.






This is starting to get fun now! :glad:


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No Sir Mr. Robert.

I had to Google that to make sure it was a real place...lmao!!

Very cool though and would make a great scene and or layout!:thumb:

I found this 380 degree virtual tour link.



http://virtualguidebooks.com/Utah/Canyonlands/MuleyTwist/MiddleMuleyTwist.html


I started messing with one of my Bragdon molds.

I could but I would rather not carve this by hand.

I placed a sheet of cling wrap on the surface in the event I did not like it so I could remove it without any trouble.

Then I did the pour in the mold and waited.

If you keep close tabs on it, and check it now and then...the plaster will set up to a point where, you can pick the mold up and not have the plaster run out over everything, yet still be flexible.

When  I was satisfied it had reached that point, I laid the mold on top of the wrap, and slid the wrap into position.

after about 30 to 45 minutes the mold was peeled away from the casting and I got to check out my handiwork.






so far so good.







Yeah this will work and will save me a lot of work in the process.
:glad:



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Dizzyland???? (_!_)  lol!

It's just south of the Colorado boarder, in New Mexico. :mex:


The stone wall has to go into that corner....well...close to that corner anyway, as rock castings will start off in that area.

This area originally had a wooden trestle supporting the track, just outside the tunnel.


The trestle was then replaced by a stone retaining wall.

It was common practice to build quick trestles initially, and then later, when there was more time,go back and build a more permanent structure, such as this stone wall.








A unique feature....( This will give it away for those who know the area ) are the large boulders, which seem to poke out of the wall as the wall was built around them.

I found two pieces of rock casting to represent them, and fitted them together.

Here I outlined the upper casting onto the wall casting, so I can cut out the profile.






Here, I have cut and formed the other section of retaining wall.








Here they are as they will be fitted to the base.








These are the rock castings fitted inside the cut out. :pimp:









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Trebor wrote: Rock Tunnel :glad:


Ladies and Gentlemen we have a winner!!! ;):bg::bg::bg:


Good goin Bob!






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