The central VA door layout progress

Caleb Austin Apr 14, 2009

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    Caleb Austin TrainBoard Member

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    looking good on the tunnel. Thanks for the updates.
     
  3. CSXDixieLine

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    Looks great! Nice rockwork. Jamie
     
  4. tort518

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    De-lurking

    Caleb, I was hunting through the forums to find exactly this kind of inspirational and educational thread. Your work is incredible.

    If there was ever a reason for a first post here it is ... I'm not affiliated with these folks at the link I'm about to post, but if you decided you'd like to do this kind of thing for a living you might consider approaching them with a detailed portfolio of pics from this process, your thought process, etc.

    http://www.custommodelrailroads.com/

    These folks make a living at it and frankly, while they're excellent, I think you're better than they are!

    I'm about to get into model railroad, N scale, and while I doubt my layouts will come anywhere close to yours, I'm not ashamed to say I'll be trying to copy as much of your technique as I can.

    Keep up the fantastic work!

    Jim
     
  5. verse2damax

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    Excellent Work!!!!!

    I'm in total awe looking at you work. Very inspiring. Your attention to detail is remarkable. Keep the posts coming, my eyes are peeled, can't wait for more! Excellent work!
     
  6. Dave Vollmer

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    Awesome work as always Caleb!

    It looks like the tunnel's not yet attached to the benchwork. If that's the case, you're in luck. That will make it easier to color the tunnel liner.
     
  7. BoxcabE50

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    Caleb-

    That's some good looking rock work! :thumbs_up:

    Boxcab E50
     
  8. nscalerone

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    Caleb:
    Your work is amazing!!! You have an artist's eye for color & perspective. I am impressed & inspired.:thumbs_up:
     
  9. NorfolkSouthern9708

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    No progress lately? I saw your pics on the railwire, but what about now?
     
  10. William Cowie

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    I just stumbled onto this thread (I know, I know, the woodwork kept me from crawling out). This is awesome work, dude!! :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
     
  11. Caleb Austin

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    I'm back!

    Sorry I've been neglecting this thread for the last two months, though I have my excuses. Friends have been staying with me almost constantly for the last six weeks, I went on a week long river trip in Utah and on beautiful summer days like this, its hard to work down in the basement.

    But have been able to get some work done. Here's how the little rock tunnel scene has progressed.

    First, the tunnel was built into the hill with plaster, then two layers of dirt were applied, one was a basic light brown dirt and the other was a red colored soil I found in Utah. Then paint was used to help blend the colors.

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    Looking away from the tunnel. I still need to build the hills along the backdrop.

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    Now the first layers of of landscaping have been applied, static grass and leaves where the forest will be. I also re-carved some of the tunnel portal and wall.

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    Another thing I picked up in UT was some sagebrush twigs. I used some pieces here to create a dead tree.

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    Now more ground cover has been added along with some trees.

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    And now this photo was taken today. I still need to add more trees and underbrush but its getting there.

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    I'll try post updates as I work again now that things aren't so busy.:)
     
  14. maxairedale

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    Looking Caleb

    :thumbs_up::thumbs_up::thumbs_up::thumbs_up:

    Gary
     
  15. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Holy cow!!! This looks absolutely fantastic! Great job!

    Boxcab E50
     
  16. Mark Watson

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    Is this the new catch phrase for awesome looking scenery? :p :p

    That scenery is so Caleb! :p
     
  17. HemiAdda2d

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    Getting there? Had I gotten that close, I would have called it finished!
    Astounding job!
     
  18. JSL

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    Looking awesome. Keep the progress photos coming.

    JL
     
  19. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    My sentiments, exactly
     
  20. Caleb Austin

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    Thanks all. :)

    Its probably 90% done at this point. All that's really left is to add the small details, like these tiny super tree bits I added today.

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    And here's a shot with a train.

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