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East Tennessee & Western North Carolina RR, Stoney Creek Branch PART TWO
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 Posted: Tue May 9th, 2017 04:24 pm
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Wow, that the most mooses I've EVER got here!



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hmmmmmmmmm , nice
 I have to order a copy
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I made the signs for the
heck of it, but the number boards and scale Whitcomb builders plates are for
the new On30 Bachmann diesel.

These were printed on
white decal paper, from Micro Mark.




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Earlier, I did these decals on blank MicroScale decal paper, for the stencils that will go along the

main 'carbody' of the locomotive.

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I've decided to keep it in its yellow paint, and will paint the running gear and frame black.


A 1/43 GI figure will be
sitting in the engineer's seat once it's done.


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 Posted: Mon May 15th, 2017 03:09 am
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Over the weekend, I got stuff done.
First, I took some Wiseman castings of lanterns and made a short bench for them to be at the station stop at Winner. I like how they turned out, in spite of them being insanely small. The bench I made from some scrap wood.

Then, I put the self-made decals for the Whitcomb 50-tonner for the Army markings and builder plates. I decided on very light weathering, but enough to see it's been used in the short time the locomotive would have been on the line. I limited the weathering to what it would look like on any given day before heading back to the Army spur and the first Sergeant having a look at how 'his' engine looks at the end of the duty day.
It's sort of hard to see, but I put a little bit of weathering on each end and along the running years but a little highlights and just a tiny little bit of smudges along a car body and the roof as well as the area of people would be walking into the cab from along the walkway.
Other than that, I think the Army would keep it just about as clean as it appears here, especially if it was brand new not long ago when they got it.



This last shot shows the wear I placed from footprints and grime along the steps and walkways, which would accumulate almost right away...



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Very effective Lee. Those little touches add so much to the overall look.



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Thank you.
I’m sure I’ll eventually hear someone say it is “Way too clean” for a backwoods narrow gauge railroad during WW2.
But having been an Army officer in my past, I know all too well that dirty equipment is not a common thing in a stateside training environment. Sergeants live for the equipment being clean and will smite any wayward solider who doesn’t live up to that standard, as if from an Old Testament object lesson. Road grime would be impossible to keep off a working locomotive, though. So it had to have a little bit of wear.
I made small stencils for acceptance test markings on the lower ends of each hood, copied from real markings I saw in a WW2 photo. It gives a date in February, 1943 and mentions acceptance testing at the Holabird signal corps depot (which was an Ordnance depot up to 1942) in Baltimore. Most operators will likely never notice the markings at all, and very unlikely will read them, but I know it’s there.
To me, it is tough to know when to stop with weathering. For example, I also weathered this coach to a light degree and when I was done and stepped back, I realized I really liked seeing something that looked well used but not abused:

All that said, I fully expect someone eventually will decry, “It’s too new looking!”
I really wanted to paint the frame and running gear solid black, but the stanchions holding the uncoupling levers appear to be glued into the pilot. That, and the running gear and built into the frame (it’s not built like most diesels, where the body is one piece and the running gear is another, and the motor is mounted in an internal frame) and masking off all that would have been really tough.



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Last night, I was playing around with long exposures in the dark and the glow from my cell phone (with a solid blue screen) to stand in for 'moonlight'. I think it didn't turn out too bad:



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That's very clever. I must try that tonight.



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Hi Lee :wave:



AWESOME nite pic. !

I am a big fan of after hours photography.

Winston Link ... & now Lee B !! ;)


Hunters details look great.


The Whitcomb is a nice job, if you ask me.

Under-weathered ? ... Nar, no way.

Some things are new, or cleaned & have vibrant colour.

Good move, I do like yella things like my HO G.E. & Tri-ang road-switcher ...

... & of course anything Caterpillar !! :cool:



:bg:



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I was looking to make a cow fence, using the type of gate my parents described to me in use through the 60s or so. People would make pockets for boards to go across an opening as nobody could afford a 'new fangled' gate of any kind. Here's what a real gate like that look like along the ET&WNC, around 1949 or so:

As I put the fence on my cow pasture onto the layout, I tried my best to re-create that. Here it is before the glue dried:



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