The central VA door layout progress

Caleb Austin Apr 14, 2009

  1. stewarttrains98

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    Well I am sure that there are better things to come from your layout. You have done awesome work so far and looking forward to seeing more. Like the interview as well. Job well done, again.
     
  2. Biased turkey

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    Well done Caleb, I particularly liked the service road ( page 49 ) and the detailed procedure about it.
    Thanks for the pictures.

    Jacques
     
  3. Caleb Austin

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    Thanks again guys.

    This weekend I've worked on the bare hill by the bridge.

    I first covered the glueshell base with a thin layer of plaster of paris. Sculptamold would have been my first choice but I didn't have any.

    I used Woodland Scenics "Layered rock" mold for this hills rock outcroppings. Instead of using the whole casting, I broke it into many smaller pieces, glued them to the hill and spread plaster around them.

    Here is the hill after these steps.

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    Next, I applied a stain. This was Polyscale Engine Black thinned down.

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    Once the stain was dry, I added Talus. This was jus the fine material from a gravel pile, dust and all. I also added the first landscaping layer, dirt and a little foam, to the hill.

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    More to come soon!
     
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    Next I spray the talus and dirt with diluted matte medium.

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    While the matte medium is still wet, I applied static grass and crushed leaves where the woods will be.



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    And then some coarse turf...

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    Everything gets hit with some matte medium again.

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    And a little touch up static grass while before it dries.

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  11. kingpeta

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    Caleb, I'll add my voice to the chorus. Wonderful work! I have been following your posts and watching the work unfold and you do fantastic work. If you enjoy this type of thing as I suspect, I hope you can find a line of work in your future that will allow you to continue it and make some money to boot!

    If nothing else, you have developed a base of knowledge that you can tap into and resurrect when you're an old dude like me! (50 YO). Keep up the good word and the photos are such a help to us all.
     
  12. NBHotShot

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    Great work and I love what your doing with the rock, One question though. Where can I get diluted matte medium?
     
  13. Jim Reising

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    Wally World, for one - but it's not diluted.

    Go to the crafts section - Hobby Lobby has it also - and look for Mod Podge in matte finish. Mod Podge is simply matte medium under a different name. Then dilute it with water, 3 or 4 or 5 to one depending on how thick you want it - you'd be amazed at what you can use the stuff for, and it's not all that expensive.

    You can also use Woodland Scenics' Scenery Cement which is already diluted matte medium - but boy is it expensive if you're gonna be using much of it...

    And Caleb, well done!
     
  14. NBHotShot

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    Thanks Jim, I'll be picking some up soon!
     
  15. Caleb Austin

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    Thanks man, though I doubt model railroading will ever be much of a main job, it's always good to ave something to fall back on.

    And thanks for answering the Matte medium question Jim, good advise.

    Today, I added some undergrowth and saplings along the edge of where the forest will be.

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    Also, I've started making Sycamore trees for along the river. I think this one turned out a bit too autumnal for my August /September seasoned layout, so for the next ones I'll add more green.

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  17. maxairedale

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    So Caleb, what ratio do you use?

    Gary
     
  18. friscobob

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    I like what you're doing here- you could teach some of us older modelers a thing or two about scenery and color. Everything is coming out quite nicely- nothing garish, no unnatural colorings........geez o Pete, you're even making me jealous. ;)

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  19. MOPMAN

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    I think he makes us all jealous.
     
  20. Caleb Austin

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    Haha, thanks guys.

    Honestly, I don't have an exact ratio, I mostly do it by eye. After its goopy and before its too translucent. I'd say 1 part glue to 5 parts water roughly.

    I've mostly been building more trees recently, so no real progress.

    Here is a quick shot though.

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