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 Posted: Sat Jun 20th, 2015 04:23 pm
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Ray Dunakin
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Thanks!

I wanted to have stone stairs going up the slope to the shack. To do this, I made a form out of foam core board:






Then I used curved tweezers to place small stones in the form, added some 1/4" hardware cloth, and then poured in some thin mortar:








The mortar wasn't quite thin enough to get into all the spaces between the stones, but that's fixable:




I rubbed thin mortar into the gaps, brushed off the excess with a wet brush, and after it set I sanded off some of the residue and it turned out fine:




Here's how everything looks so far. The building itself is almost finished. I just have to add the lighting and a few other minor exterior details. I also have to finish the landscape around the building. And later I will build and detail the interior:










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 Posted: Sun Jun 21st, 2015 07:21 am
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Very nice Ray, great looking steps
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A passenger train goes by Serenity's Sandwich Shack in the town of Grandt Cliff. High above is the Cliffside Mine:



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 Posted: Sat Jun 27th, 2015 10:54 am
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Super, Ray !!

I particularly like the Shilo ore bin

Amazing work!

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Thanks Herb!



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Excellent Ray, especially the Shilo steel ore-bin weathering.
Also the inside of the Monolith shed - well observed detail of mortar fragments across the floor & the oil drum stove.

Regards,           Michael

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Here are a couple photos of a bridge I just finished. It's for a 15" gauge mine tram, that will run from the mines above Mineral Ridge, across to the mill. I gave it a planked deck because I figure they wouldn't want to risk spilling rocks onto the building, pedestrians or vehicles below. This is also the reason for the corrugated metal along the sides (plus it hides some less-than-prototypical construction elements):











I still need to extend the concrete base of the bent, and also fill in a couple small voids in the concrete. The bent, and most of the bridge, is made from strips of styrene textured and painted to look like wood. The deck is 6mm Sintra.



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It looks great! Will there build an adit on the far side of the bridge. Looking forward to seeing it in person someday.

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I just got started again on the depot, but don't have anything to show yet. In the meantime…

Here are a couple small projects I worked on recently. First was making a big batch of new ocotillos to expand the foliage on the layout. I start with florist's wire, which has a green plastic coating on it. I use a couple different thicknesses, either individually, or mixed, depending on the size of the plant I want to model:




The next step is painting them with gesso. That's the stuff they use to prime artist's canvases. While the gesso is wet, I sprinkle on some fine grain sand available from the craft store. This goes on mainly at the lower end, to thicken the branches near the base. Then they're hung on a wire to dry:






Next I paint them with a coat of grayish-brown latex house paint. While the paint is wet I sprinkle on some green plastic grit from Plastruct, catalog #GC-104. It is then hung up to dry again:




I've found that the green grit fades, so the next step is to dry-brush on a bit of green latex paint:




To finish it off, I cut off the hook used to hang them. Then I paint some of the tips with red latex paint to represent the flowers. Finally the whole thing is given a couple coats of Krylon UV-resistant matte clear. Here are a couple photos of the plants installed on the layout:






The other little project was a test piece. I wanted to see if I could use Sintra to make a stone wall that matches the pinkish rocks on part of my layout. (I'm not sure but I think they may be rhyolite.) Here is a photo of the rocks on the layout, followed by a photo of the test piece:






I think it still needs a little work but it's getting there.



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