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 Posted: Fri Feb 9th, 2018 08:31 pm
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Reg H wroteLookie there!  Another Washingtonian!

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I was wondering if you were in Shelton, Washington.  :D

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Why thank you fellers!  I am very grateful for your praise.  Do keep in mind though that I am VERY technologically incompetent.  I am lucky that I can take the photos on my cellaphone without taking it to the drugstore to get them developed!  Also realize that I am modeling a caboose without airbrakes because I am so archaic!  

Anyway got some mounting pedestals built and got me a set of them thar Foothill brake beams.  Bango brakes!  Now I just have to build some lever action on the under carriage, a little more paint and we got us some hind end protection.:cool:



I also need to mention that the beams are set up for On3, but as Jerry Kitts shows (as well as the photo below) it really doesn't matter too much from the side view.  Just don't look at her from the bottom up.;)  More progress soon I hope.  :time:  It is supposed to rain like Noah built an ark this weekend  Thanks again guys.  I like posting the progress because it makes me work on this stuff.  Still waiting for locomotive parts to arrive.  :slow:




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" I am modeling a caboose without airbrakes because I am so archaic! "



Hi Steven :wave:


Sounds quite mooodern to me sonny ! :old dude:


Wolfy on the Mysterious :moose: Mountain line ...

... just shoves an ol' Model-T engine on a chain orrrf the end platform to slow down !! :shocked:

( he used to be in the Navy ) ;)



" I like posting the progress because it makes me work on this stuff "


That's what we're here for Steven. :thumb:

Just wait till we all start counting rivets & saying we don't like it. :f:

That'll slow you down, quicker than a boat-anchor ! :P



:pimp:  Pimp my pedestals !!



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All back full Mr. Wolfy!  Thanks Si.

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UhOh!  :doh:

I just found a project that I promised that I would do for a friend who models On3 Eastern Logger/Coal hauler based on a couple of different prototypes.  His layout is about 40 years in the future, but in SW VA horses were the norm up until WWII for many operations.  Heck, farmers even "sledded" stuff as wheels were expensive!  So I guess we could call this the Wild East!  His layout is much further along than mine, which is still waiting on the CFOs house.  But being engrossed with the Caboose, I was cleaning up some of the stuff an happened upon this box, with two horses in it.... opps.  We are all meeting on the 19th for an op session down east in Maine via Roanoke...  But I gotta finish these horses!!!!:w:

Someone asked on another forum about my figures, I don't like to hijack threads, so I'll cover some stuff here.  I love painting figures and of course horses, so here's a quick and dirty step by step.  The horses are from Aspen.  First, get some really nice brushes, hide some money from the CFO and spend a dime to buy some high quality brushes.  Mine are Windsor & Newton.  I have switched mostly to these, there are some others that are smaller, but quality makes all the difference when going small, say O Scale.

First I work up the shadows, you can use black, but black is flat and doesn't make "depth".  I use a series of browns and sometimes to darken them up use a dark blue, this makes almost black, but not.  Here's initial shadows, early on neatness does not count.



I don't even wait for the paint to dry.  I use Model Master Acrylics for painting figures as they dry pretty fast and I don't have to worry about clean up as I change colors quickly.  I keep a mug of water handy and constantly dip the brush in the water to keep it clean.  I then put a base coat on of the primary color.  In this case "Earth Red".  Again neatness does not count, just get it on.



After that, I then "wash" the whole shebang with another brown, I opted for a darker "Burnt Umber" for this.  REMEMBER it is a wash, a thin coat. only.  Again neatness does not count. It needs to be thin enough to settle into the "recesses" of the figure.  This will eventually act as shadowing.  Never have I seen an animal or a people for that matter who are a single color.  Shadowing is the keep for making standout figures.

  
Ok... Time to go to work.  :y:  

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Steven B wrote:




I just found a project that I promised that I would do for a friend who models On3 Eastern Logger/Coal hauler based on a couple of different prototypes.  His layout is about 40 years in the future, but in SW VA horses were the norm up until WWII for many operations.  Heck, farmers even "sledded" stuff as wheels were expensive!






 





Funny you'd mention this as my parents were born/raised in northeast Tennessee and were kids during WW2. They both have told me of the sleds and I'm researching them to make a couple of models of them for my 1943-ers layout. They said people would walk alongside them but that the loads were quite impressive. I guess those mountain folk were too poor even for wheels!

Your post is the only one I've seen in any forum talking about it.





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Howdy Lee!  :wave:

Well my first exposure to this "sled" idea came about 10 years ago while trying to build a shelf switching layout with my son.  I wanted a station that wasn't a "station".  I was kind of working off the later years in Mina, NV concept, a freight station if you will that wasn't monstrous.  I found this little kit from King Mill called "Green Cove Station."  I thought "Cool" :cool: and bought it. 

Green Cove was on the Virginia & Carolina Railroad and was subsequently owned by the N&W.  It the kit's instructions talked about this thing called the Virginia Creeper... yeah, whatever,  :y:  I just liked the building, but it included this sled based on the O. Winston Link photo found here ... 

 http://vacreepertrail.blogspot.com/2006/09/green-cove-station.html  

A sled?!  What the heck?!  :shocked:  Fast forward almost ten years, I am no longer working for CA State Parks and working for an outfit managing campgrounds in National Forests.  The CFO however has decided that she wants to move near mama, an hour outside of Roanoke.  I tell the company president and he says, "Well, we have a spot out there on this place called Mt Rogers NRA that needs you."  "OK," says I, so we kind of do the Beverly Hill Billies in reverse.  We packed up the truck and moved the family from Californy.  Hills that is, South Western VA, home of the sled and VA Creeper.  One of the campgrounds wouldn't you know was kind of a base camp for those riding their bikes on this here Virginia Creeper bike trail, right through Green Cove! :2t:  Green Cove Station has been preserved replete with vintage store merchandise.  Right up my historical interpretive alley.:thumb:

Now, one of my employees, an octogenarian, was "Born on this mountain and gonna die on this mountain."  He would have been born in Green Cove, but his mama was diagnosed with the consumption and was sent to live in a sanitarium.  So, he was born in Abington if I remember correctly.  BUT she ended up not having tuberculosis... can you believe, she didn't contract it from living with all those who had it?!  Golly what a risk!  :w:Anyway he lived much of his youth in... wait for it... Green Cove!  He used to hop trains to visit family and friends up in White Top.  I guess the trains didn't go very fast.  Anyway his daddy was a preacher and came to preach at a local church but didn't like the fact that they were not welcoming to outsiders, so he started another, both still hold services.  He pointed out his house, it's been fixed up, he pointed out the soda works, it's a house now.  Anyway, I digress, and I had to ask, his daddy had a sled, everyone had a sled, he said wheels just weren't easy to come by and they were pricey.  There was plenty of hardwood around to fashion runners, so that's what they did.  It was years before he saw his first automobile.  I think he said he was about seven, I guess that would have just about been during the war. :Salute:

The whole of it is, that I became rather familiar with VA, NC and TN railroads in a short space.  The campground was even built on the Laurel Railway a 3' Logger in the teens (also a basis for my friends railway).  Another employee helped build the campground (retired NFS) and one of the sites was actually the logging camp and they found all kinds of trash ('er artifacts).  It was one ridge over from Konnarock, another mill town with the Hassinger's running trains too.  Even saw some of the Tweetsie, that's why I like your thread Lee.  :)   But I am still a water logged desert rat at heart. ;)

In case you couldn't figure it out, I love a good story.  It is funny where the roads of life wind and where they lead to.  God bless Bobbie Hart.  More on horses tomorrow. :pop:

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Meanwhile back in the stable...

I "dry brushed" the base "Earth Red" over the high spots of the horses.  I also touched up over some of the visible overslop of the "shadows" to reduce their size.  The deep shadows are only supposed to be in the deeply recessed areas, like under the harnessing and on the underside of the horse.



Then I mixed a little "Earth Red" with "British Armor Sand" to highlight the really high spots.  I very rarely mix white to lighten a color.  White decreases the richness of a color.  So I try to use an "adjacent" color to lighten or darken a base color.  I also added some white highlights to the horses, like around the fetlock and on the nose.




Now it is time for harnessing.  I love how Aspen pays attention to detail.  Their harnessing is nicely done.  When painting it I wanted a "rich" leather.  I began with "Raw Sienna" a deep red color.  I only painted the "top" of the leather.  I wanted the shadows that we created earlier preserved.  So this is just a start.   Until next time...



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Wow, great work on the horse painting!



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I agree, great hoss painting! I only have about 20 or 30 equines to slather paint on. Maybe I can get some done before I check out. Many of mine don't have saddles so hopefully they will be a bit "easier". I have some mules and some burros (O scale mules)...I guess I had better get to work.
Again, some fine work shown.

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