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    Rainier Great Western Const Update

    This thread will be dedicated to periodic construction and layout design updates on the Rainier Great Western (RGW). These updates will be brief, as much more detail is provided on our website. Please ask questions, provide suggestions and or general comments, all are appreciated.

    As of Feb '07, we just completed the perimeter wall backdrop painting phase of construction. While further painting will be necessary when scenery details are added, we have determined that this phase is well in hand and that the next phase; NW and North wall construction is now a priority.

    For more details on this stage of construction, please visit our website http://rgwrail.com, visitors welcome. Michael

    Here is a sample of the painting, the first is our rendition of Mt. Rainier (for those unfamiliar with the NW), the second is the N/NW wall of the train room:
    TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails rainier complete 0207.jpg   NW Corner backdrop 02.jpg  
    Last edited by RGW; March 4th, 2007 at 03:52 AM.

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    Impressive! Very Nice - cept now Rrrr wants me to do something like that. Hmmmmmmm
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    Very nice work. Can't wait to see how the rest of the rr ties in with the backdrop.

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    There's no mistaking the profile of that mountain! Looks great!

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    Thanks Gents, your kind words are appreciated. For the better part of my life I thought my artistic talent was limited to finger paint, needless to say I surprised myself by the outcome. Michael

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    Michael,

    this is awesome. I need to do a version of Mt Rainier as well, but I am afraid that it looks "toylike", as it is basically one HUGE mpountain just sticking out on the backdrop. But you have done it very well.


    This is what I have in mind....

    http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...f82f875625c3c1

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    Thanks Dirk,
    One thing that makes the mountain look better is the angle chosen, I am looking south by southeast, hence I get to see Iron Goat Peak, which adds significant character to the mountain's profile. The angle you have in your photo is what we refer to as the bowl of ice cream view; because it looks, as one might surmise, like a heaping bowl of ice cream. That view is more east by southeast.

    Be that as it may, what we did is project a photo onto the wall with the computer and a projector and trace the outline. Once that was in place, I tacked the pic on the wall next to the drawing and just started to mix grays, blues and whites to get the colors where I wanted. Brush strokes gave the illusion of cliffs, darker areas were of course heavy shade and rocks and perhaps the most important part is the misting of white using an airbrush. It gives the painting depth and realism, and one side effect, it takes away the feeling of a "toy" as you call it. The entire painting took weeks, mostly because we started and finished, then stopped to add coved corners, which necessitated covering part of the mountain and then repainting it. Trust me, I was not happy to cover that up after geting to the point of being "done" and satisfied. But to be honest, i think the revised version is better. Thanks again. M

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    Great idea projecting a photo on the backdrop. I never thought of that (though I do have a laptop and a projector...)

    Painting the backdrop behind tidewater yard is currently on slot 3 on my project list (DCC operationable and completing the streets in Tacoma are slightly higher...)

    Thanks for the inspiration!
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    Anytime Dirk, let me know if you still want those current day photos of downtown Tacoma. M

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    March Construction Update

    This weekend, our bracket project took shape. We are beginning the construction phase of the NW and N walls. In each case, the table sections have a depth of a foot or less. It was and still is our goal to eliminate table legs along both of these walls to assure safe footing. We believe that these brackets will do the trick. Table sections will be hung between the brackets and held together with bolts.

    I have enclosed pics of the installed brackets, yours truly checking "plumb" on one set of the brackets and a final pic where we set up temporary risers and subroadbed to check out our projected grades.

    For more detail on this construction update go to:
    http://www.rgwrail.com/layout-const-mar07.htm

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    TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails all brackets.jpg   feb182007 trains 010.jpg   feb182007 trains 013.jpg  

    Visitors Welcome on the
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