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 Posted: Thu Aug 3rd, 2017 08:14 pm
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Another view of the same area.   Larry G


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Hi Larry
Well that certainly takes your layout to "new heights" :2t: 

Please keep the updates coming. 



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I found this on the internet, (no name for the photographer). This is a pic of part of the "needles" area of the Black Hills, the inspiration for my layout. Those are 50' evergreens at the bottom of the "needles".

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The next several pictures will illustrate the steps I used to build my twin tunnels.
This first shot shows a form made from insulation foam.  Larry G


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Shot #2 shows wrinkled up foil wrapped around the form.

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Shot #3 is of the foil covered with Plaster of Paris and plaster cloth. I used 2 layers of the plaster with plaster cloth in between. The plaster cloth gives the plaster shell needed strength to withstand handling.

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This shot shows the shell removed from the mold.

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Cardboard webbing being built around the painted tunnel casting.

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I thought the side wall of the tunnel looked far too thin, so I cut a 2x4 to shape and mounted it on edge to the side of the bench work. This allowed me to build a much thicker "needle".


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The finished tunnel through a very large "needle", 40" tall. The Needles Eye is a popular stopping point along the Needles Highway, so I included my version within this needle.
Larry Gant

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