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 Posted: Mon Jan 6th, 2020 04:17 pm
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Two updates over the weekend...

First, I got some paints (mostly washes from a company called 'AK', made for military modelers),
as I'd read one made to show fuel stains makes an excellent finish for greased side rods on a steam locomotive.
Others were for rain streaking and other grime effects.

They worked great, and was worth the long drive to a hobby shop to get them!





Long ago, I wanted to make a fictional insignia for the railroad operating Battalion.
Last night I decided to draw it out on paper, as someone would have done in real life.

Originally, I was going to do it with a ET&WNC locomotive,
but I realized that would be very complex and hard to put on an Insignia.

An Army 'trench' locomotive made a lot more sense to me.

I drew the stump underneath the locomotive,
alluding maybe to something that it happened to one of their engines in the past.

Somehow the motto 'stump jumpers' popped into my head as I was drawing it.





I'm going to put it on signs on the layout and paperwork.

I wish I still knew someone who could make a short run of patches,
as I'd love to have some made of this.




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Hi Lee


This has come a long way as it's been a long time ago since I last saw this thread.

Think it was just track, buildings and basic ground cover.

Looking very good.


Kind regards

Dan




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Shoulders wrote: 
This has come a long way as it's been a long time ago since I last saw this thread.

Think it was just track, buildings and basic ground cover.

Looking very good.


Thanks a lot, Dan!

Yes, back then, it was just plywood when I first started posting here, I believe.

And to think, this is the first real layout I've ever built!




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I created a RR unit sign on Photoshop, using the Insignia I just created.





I used a background photo of boards painted in white,
then ran ghost lines through the lettering and Insignia where the board lines would be.

I think it worked pretty well,
and could possibly fool the eye of anybody looking at it in person.
The back has the same white board graphic with no lettering.

One thing's for sure, it doesn't look like your normal model railroad sign,
where someone just printed it out on white paper.

I made the frame out of scale lumber, just needs another hit of dull coat.
Now, I just need to figure out exactly where I want to place it.




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Last night when I checked the mail,
I was very surprised to have a thick mailer from White River Publications,
with whom I've been published on a couple of their magazines in the past.

Thinking it was a mistake after seeing the "Author copies" stamp, I shrugged and thought,
"well, at least it'll be something to read",
I opened it and found that a photo of my layout, made their narrow gauge modelling calendar for 2020 !

https://shop.whiteriverproductions.com/products/ngc20

I'd had NO idea this was going to happen.







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I'm still pondering where the Army unit sign will go but I think this works.


Really, the sign should face completely away from the viewer, but from this angle,

the viewer can see it and it does make some sense why it would be placed like this:





If it stays there, I'm going to make a pile of earth around the feet of the posts,

to show where it'd been recently placed there.


This is the graphic I used,

though printed out you just can't see all the detail I put into it:





This is the image I used,

and I have decided that I will be making a small run of patches from this:







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Hi Lee,
First off congrats on the calendar photo - Well done (as is all your stuff)  :2t: :rah: :glad:

And another well done for the weathering on your Baldwin.  :bow: :bow: :bow:

Now to cap it off with custom graphics and the battalion signage, a   :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:  performance all round.

Thanks for showing us all a well-executed, very different On30 modelling concept,

carried through to a magnificent layout that doesn't fill an aircraft hangar.




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John,

Thank you very much for the kind words,

that made my day!





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