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 Posted: Sat May 24th, 2014 06:01 am
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Luv your work Ray

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 Posted: Sat May 24th, 2014 01:51 pm
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Another beauty, Ray. Since you've added all of these new elements to the layout, have you taken any new "overall" type pictures? I'd love to see how it all looks now.

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 Posted: Mon May 26th, 2014 10:44 pm
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Thanks. I haven't taken any overall shots recently. I should probably do that pretty soon.



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Well, I had a tiny bit of modeling time this week and was able to squeeze in a little project related to the mill -- I built and installed the 15" track extending from the mine adit (entrance) above the mill.

I started with a length of Peco Code 100, On30 flex track. I cut off all but a few of the cross ties. The remaining ties were used to hold the rails in gauge while I added new, larger ties. I made new ties from 1/4" strips of 6mm Sintra PVC board. I scribed simulated wood grain into the ties by scraping them lengthwise with a razor saw.

The ties were sprayed with white primer, then painted with a light, brownish-gray latex paint (Behr's "Shitake" color). When this dried, I went over the ties with a thinned mix of dark brown and black. Then I dry-brushed a little more of the base color over the center of the ties, where they would be worn by the feet of miners pushing ore cars. I finished off the ties by spraying them with Krylon UV-resistant matte clear.

I used Shinohara HO rail spikes to spike the rails to the ties. Unfortunately these are slightly longer than the thickness of the ties, and the track was going to be mounted on a concrete surface. So I had to use wire cutters to nip about 3/16" off the tip of each spike before driving it into the tie.

Here's a shot of the entire 30" length of track, with one end curved to fit the interior of the mine:




A close up of the track in position. The ground outside the mine is made of mortar, grit and small rocks. When I made it, I used a narrow board to create a level path for the track:




I used the same mix of mortar, grit and dirt , with a bit of concrete pigment, to build up the ground around the track. Later I will use some stains to add more color to this "soil" and make it look more like typical mine tailings:






Now I just have to build a bridge to connect the tracks to the top of the mill:




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 Posted: Fri May 30th, 2014 07:47 am
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Again, if I didn't know that this was a model, I'd have assumed it was real and life size. Brilliant as ever Ray.


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 Posted: Sat May 31st, 2014 03:40 am
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Thanks, Doug!



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A little more progress...

First, I used some chemicals to stain the concrete "soil" outside the mine, making it look more like mine tailings. Mostly I used ferric chloride, the stuff used to etch copper circuit boards. I wet the area with water, then used an eye dropper to very carefully dribble small quantities of the etchant here and there. I quickly used a paint brush and a water to thin it and spread it around. I also used some Rust-All to add some reddish tones. Then the whole area was liberally rinsed with water.






Next, I started work on a trestle to carry the tracks from the mine to the mill. The trestle at the Nivloc Mine in Nevada was my primary source of inspiration for this. I first built a support for the mine end of the trestle that will go to the mill. It's made of styrene, scribed and painted to look like old wood. Nut/bolt/washer castings from Ozark Miniatures appear to secure it to the stone wall. In reality, I glued it with Dynaflex 360.

The trestle stringers are also made of styrene, while the ties were cut from strips of 6mm thick Sintra PVC. The ties were glued to the stringers and then the whole assembly was primed with white primer, followed by a base coat of light, warm gray latex paint:




I finished painting the ties and stringers, using various shades of brown and black. These were thinned just enough so that they would be a bit translucent when brushed on. Once this was done, I spiked down the rails. The walkway planks and guard timbers were painted individually, then glued to the ties.

I still have to touch up some of the paint, and also need to add a lot of nut/bolt/washer castings plus the handrails. But here's how it looks so far:










I also need to build a bent to support the middle of the trestle.
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Nice work Ray with the natural elements being outside the natural weathering will just top it off.

Dennis

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Great stuff Ray !

Luv your doors dude.

Mucho minerals around to mill, by the looks of.

All the best.

Cheers

Si.

I keep thinking of Steve McQueen's Mustang...

...Blasting past the hardware store !

Mmmm...



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