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"The Original" Kittom Lumber Co. PART TWO
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Si. wrote: Hi Doc :wave:

I was looking at some stuff today & saw these.
I thought of you.
Dunno how cold it's gonna get at Kittom.
If it goes sub-zero these might come in handy !

:moose:

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Hi Si,

Those are great!!:glad:I saved the picture in my winter modeling ideas file. One of the beautiful sights here in Tennessee are the frozen "waterfalls" of ice and icicles arising from seeping water working its way through limestone and coming out on the cliff faces. I am looking to model this and these neat items from Busch may be perfect.

Thanks for sharing. Doc Tom

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I took a 12 day break from construction on the mini layout as we had two very special house guests. Father Emery Menard and Father Andre Augustin from our "twinned" St Jules Parish and Clinic in Haiti.



Of course, we did have some fun running my other mini layout "Ti Neg La" an On30 sugar cane hauler set in 1920 Haiti.

Here is the site of the Haiti train if you are interested.

http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22912

After a very enjoyable visit I had some time to venture back to the hills of Southern Kentucky and Northern Tennessee.



While I was itching to get in to more painting and scenery I went back to the mundane , but important task of wiring the layout.

Here on the inside of the lower electrical cabinet I wired a nice four pin connector to the leads that will bring power to the track and the juice for electrical accessories on the layout.





After splicing I had a cable and connector that would allow the layout to be removed from the electrical cabinet base and allow for portability.







Thanks again for looking. Doc Tom


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Okay. Time for the fun stuff. Let's do some rock painting.

But first, a disclaimer. This is the first time for me to use spray paint in coloring scenery.

As I mentioned at the beginning of the story I wanted to experiment with all new scenery
techniques on this mini layout. I learned about painting foam from this nice Internet video and thought I would give it a whirl.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpko5rxM9pI

As I learned, you have to use spray paint that is compatible with Styrofoam or so­ called "craft foam."

So I went to Hobby Lobby to get craft spray paint. I did have an anal sphincter tightening
moment when the nice clerk at Hobby Lobby said, “you should never use spray paint on
Styrofoam”.......... Even though it said it could be used on the can.



So I use an old modeler’s trick and experimented on a piece of scrap foam first. As you can see in the lower part of the pictures. It did not devolve into a blue blob so I knew I could proceed.



The first step is to spray on Black pigment. I elected to use Woodland Scenics Black pigment.




I mixed it with a little water and dish washing detergent and sprayed it on in the areas of
the mini that were meant to represent rocks.





After letting it dry overnight it was time to get out the "craft foam safe" spray paint and
paint the rocks. Interestingly, a variety of colors, including yellow, were used to paint the
rocks. Some of the spray paint I used also had texture that gave the model a crumbling
rock appearance.





I am happy to report that the blue foam did not dissolve and I think I have a fair
representation of Sandstone and Limestone.

Let me know what you think. Doc Tom


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I think it's lookin' AWESOME Doc. !

Vertical scenery makes me dizzy...
...but I LOVE IT !!

I've heard good reports on the textured Krylon(TM)...
...but not used it for anything yet.

Sounds like you're pleased with the result.

:moose:



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Si. wrote: I think it's lookin' AWESOME Doc. !

Vertical scenery makes me dizzy...
...but I LOVE IT !!

I've heard good reports on the textured Krylon(TM)...
...but not used it for anything yet.

Sounds like you're pleased with the result.

:moose:
Thanks Si. Yes the textured Krylon worked well. I had to use it as it was the only "craft foam" safe spray paint in gray that I could find at the neighborhood DIY store (Lowes).

I used the vertical scenery to make this little layout look bigger.

Doc Tom;)

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Vertical scenery ROCKS !! Doc.

:moose:

Perhaps you could do a small Mt. Rushmore tribute !
( just kiddin' )

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Attachment: mount-rushmore-national-memorial-south-dakota-usa_main.jpg (Downloaded 74 times)



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Si. wrote: Vertical scenery ROCKS !! Doc.

:moose:

Perhaps you could do a small Mt. Rushmore tribute !
( just kiddin' )

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Hi Si,

Now that would really cause the eyes to "linger" looking at the mini layout.......but it might be difficult to carve in the blue foam.;)

Doc Tom

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Time for a little more color. The hills around here, as I noted earlier, are composed of limestone capped by sandstone.



It was time to bring some color to the sandstone I had carved from the blue foam. I dry brushed on umber,a variety of browns, orange and white.This was all blended by an India ink wash to try and represent sandstone rocks and ledges.










The tan brown areas on the layout are where "the forest floor" will be affixed later.



Let me know what you think.

In a few days I'll start working on some highlights on the limestone.



  Doc Tom



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" Let me know what you think "

Hi Doc.

Thanks for the pix.
I am learning here.

Looking at your proto-photo ^^^ above.
It seems to me, at the moment...
...you have too many evenly-spaced vertical-fissures running full length top to bottom.

Thinking about it & looking at the proto-photo...
...makes me realise most rocks are horizontal layers.
Of course some are pushed upwards diagonaly...
...but don't have to be in many locations.

To me your horizontal lines look great.
Somehow the verticals could be more 'random' for want of a better word.

You're obviously gonna add snow, veg, etc. etc. yet though.
The painting looks like it's gonna be a very multi-layered job.

:moose:

Si.

Nice progress Doc.



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Hi Si,

Thanks for the careful observation. The vertical lines will be broken up with "ice falls" that occur here in the winter as water seeps through limestone. Might be hard to go back and recarve:bang::bang:

More to come. Tom

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