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 Posted: Thu Jun 25th, 2020 05:17 pm
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Due to poor planing, on my part, I wound up with this awkward look.
 




This was my solution.  Some foam board with a bit of scenery to fill in the void.




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     Posted: Sun Jun 28th, 2020 02:30 am
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    My wife spotted a large tumbleweed rolling through our front yard.

    She ran over and grabbed the bushy thing,
    thinking I might be able to cut it up to make tree armatures.
    She was correct.

    Most of the large weed was too twisted to be of any use.
    However, over a dozen armatures were harvested.

    They were not large enough for full grown trees,
    but make excellent young ones.

    I placed them in a couple of weed infested areas along the track.
    Still need to apply some sort of foliage.

    LG





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     Posted: Sun Jun 28th, 2020 03:07 pm
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    Adding back scenes makes a huge difference in the presentation of any layout.

    Note the unfinished area along the left edge.
    This scene is just 2" deep, behind the track. Yet, it appears much, much deeper.

    I start with the basic shapes of my mountains, using blotches of dark and lighter greens.
    For distant mountains, I use lighter shades of gray/blues.

    Then, using a small, stiff, short bristle brush, I simply stipple in the trees.
     
    To give form and definition I very the stipples,
    leaving some areas more open and some areas filled in more.

    Give it a try on some left over material.
    I feel it's effective and you don't have to be an artist to produce a nice back scene.

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    Another area, with 3D scenery and a painted back scene. 




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       Posted: Wed Jul 8th, 2020 02:09 pm
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      I am using many of the same materials, paints etc throughout my layout.
      I am also trying many new, to me, materials.

      I try to use a harmonious color pallet so nothing jumps out at me.
       
      In this photo, the rip-rap just below the track, next to the bridge,
      is crushed limestone gathered from around my garden shed.

      The lowest rock work is hand carved isolation foam.
      And the highest rock work is made from rubber molds made off real rocks. 
       
      The 'cement' retaining walls, where the two men and loco are seen, is ridged foam insulation. 
      A small building will be scratchbuilt with Balsa wood and foam core, to sit on these walls.

      Ordinary latex wall paint is used to paint the mountains on the back scene.

      The bridge abutments are ridged insulation foam.
      Plastic 'steel' beams were used to make the bridge itself.
       
      Sand and small pebbles fixed in place with diluted white glue are also used in this scene.
       
      The code 100 rail is hand spiked to Balsa wood and Redwood ties.
       
      LG
       


       

      This is the finished scene today. 
       
      The evergreen trees were made from a 2' tall, artificial Christmas tree.  

      LG
       



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        The land forms are being built along with the Keven shaft mine.

        A rock cut next to the buildings takes form.




         





        The finished cutting.   

        LG



         

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         Posted: Tue Jul 14th, 2020 01:08 pm
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        These 'conversation starters' have been added to the fascia of my layout.

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         Posted: Tue Jul 14th, 2020 01:11 pm
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        The tram car repair shed used for quick repairs,
        to avoid dragging a damaged car all the way down to Small Berg.
         




        With the roof removed, a shot of the sparse interior.

        LG
         



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           Posted: Wed Jul 15th, 2020 02:35 am
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          Making headway on the Kevin shaft mine.

          Windows need to be made and installed.
          Also need to create a detailed foundation overlay.
           


           




           




           






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             Posted: Tue Jul 21st, 2020 12:15 am
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            A string of empties heading up to the mines.
             



             
            The rusty water tank, seen here, was created with plastic plumbing parts.
             



             
            We all save bits of this and that.

            Put them too good use by creating a junk pile, as seen in this pic.
             


             

            All the tracks are filled at the clothing optional Big Stone Mountain Lodge. 
             




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               Posted: Tue Jul 21st, 2020 02:33 am
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              Larry,

              On that rusty water tank are those 1/2" PVC fittings?


              I've started several junk piles at various locations. 

              It seems mines collect all kinds of stuff.




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