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 Posted: Mon Feb 3rd, 2020 10:47 am
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I do believe that the hip roof will still work,
so long as you keep the eave along the mainline from encroaching on the train...

That Hip roof is a definite signature look for that particular depot...


I am not a rivet counter,
but there are a few things that really need to be present,
if you are going for a specific model....

Example, you wouldn't put a 4/12 pitched roof on the US Capital right.  ??? :)


Great build Doc, I really love the rolling stock you've put together so far...  :thumb:


Dang, I missed a whole Page   DOH!!!!!  :bang:  :bang:




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 Posted: Mon Feb 3rd, 2020 10:49 am
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Love the low angle model shots Tom.

Really shows the proportions nicely.





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 Posted: Wed Feb 5th, 2020 01:07 am
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Tileguy wrote:  
I do believe that the hip roof will still work,
so long as you keep the eave along the mainline from encroaching on the train...

That Hip roof is a definite signature look for that particular depot...


I am not a rivet counter,
but there are a few things that really need to be present,
if you are going for a specific model....

Example, you wouldn't put a 4/12 pitched roof on the US Capital right.  ??? :)


Great build Doc, I really love the rolling stock you've put together so far...  :thumb:


Thanks Todd.

Some good ideas there.

Looking forward to the build on the little depot.

Doc Tom


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 Posted: Wed Feb 5th, 2020 01:08 am
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slateworks wrote:  
Love the low angle model shots Tom.

Really shows the proportions nicely.


Fun shots courtesy of the iPhone 11 with interesting lenses.

Doc Tom


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One of the benefits of using foam to build mountains and hills,
is that, unlike the prototype, they are quite easy to move and lightweight.

It was time for some trees on the Linville LDE.
So one of the hills was removed to the workbench and trees planted.





I really got into the swing of things, and the next thing you know,
pine trees and hardwoods were sprouting up all over the place.





Putting a train into the picture really gave a sense of perspective and distance.
Keep in mind that this shelf layout is only 18 inches deep.










33 trees are in place and a whole heck of a lot more are needed.

Thank you for looking and all commentary is welcome.

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Tom, I'm utterly in awe.

Love the backdrops, too.


I'm not a big fan of photo backdrops generally,

but I think if those existed (or if they did and I was aware of them)

when I was building my own layout, I might have bought a couple.




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Lee B wrote:  
Tom, I'm utterly in awe.

Love the backdrops, too.


I'm not a big fan of photo backdrops generally,

but I think if those existed (or if they did and I was aware of them)

when I was building my own layout, I might have bought a couple.


Thanks Lee.

I looked long and hard on the internet for a photo-backdrop.
This one said "Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina" and I was sold.
I had to do something to give the layout a mountainous look.....and so far OK.

Modelling the mountains takes up a lot of trees.
So far 76 of 'em are going in and not much of a dent so far.
Spending a few hours each week building painting and gluing up the flora of the Blue Ridge.
I am seeing green even in my dreams.

May need to take a break and do a little electrical work,
or maybe tackle that depot and go from foam mockup to styrene model.

Doc Tom


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I thought I would switch tracks this week and make some little people to populate the Linville LDE.

I started with everyone's favorite “Tweetsie” engineer, Mr. Sherman Pippin.





Shapeways 3D-printing makes a very nice rendition of this iconic figure.

With paint, paint washes, and dry brushing I created my model of Mr. Pippin.





I did not want to stop with Mr. P and have attempted a recreation of Mr. Cy Crumley, a beloved conductor on the ET&WNC RR.

Here are Messers Pippin and Crumley posing in classic railroad photos, with two friends from Germany, Helga and Heidi.

(Orange plastic Preiser figures with paint jobs)















Shapeways was nice enough to make a working man Mr Pippin shoveling coal.

So I put him to work.





The story goes that Mr. Pippin, always a kind gentleman, offered to shovel coal for Fireman Fred when his back was out.

All Fred had to do was drive the locomotive.

Sherman did holler some instructions to Fred above the noise of the panting locomotive.










Thanks for looking.

Doc Tom



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 Posted: Sat Feb 22nd, 2020 01:37 am
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Excellent job on the figures!

I have the two standing figures as well, but they are still clear 3D-prints that I haven't done anything with.
I really need to get around to painting them, and you have certainly inspired me to get rolling with that.

As for the Germans, it wouldn't be terribly weird for them to be there.
The twin Rayon Mills in Elizabethton were built and initially managed by Germans.
In fact, both mills were seized by the US government during the war.

Several parts of Elizabethton, east of the mills, look like German towns if you go down the correct Street.
My uncle's family lived one block away from a street that looked like some small town in Bavaria.




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I like the guy hitting the alligator with the shovel...

Jose.





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