The M - K & Eastern RR

Graff May 18, 2017

  1. Joe Lovett

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    Graff, I found your layout build thread a couple of days ago and just finished reading all of the posts. You have a fantastic start and can't wait to see more. I particularly like the background you have painted, the clouds are great and your eye for detail is too.

    Joe
     
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  2. Graff

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    Thanks!
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    more work done.
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    I added some static grass.
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    First train on the line. :)
     
  3. Graff

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    I've started with the plaster work on the mountains.
    I use a mix of WS moulds, home made latex moulds and alu foil.
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    The plaster is regular plaster of Paris.
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    I prefer to cast in situ. I wait until the plaster shows small wrinkles in the mould before placing it on the mountain.
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    I carve the surface with WS rock carving tools.
    May need some more plaster in places.
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  4. Graff

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    I removed a part of the foam mountain backdrop and replaced it with a piece of hardboard cut like mountains.
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    It will be painted to give a nice 3D effect.
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  5. Kurt Moose

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    That's a good idea, basic but gives the scene some depth.
     
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  6. Graff

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    I've started painting the backdrop.
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    Just regular artist acrylics.
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    It's important to have a good original photo to paint from.
    The colors are mostly midtones at this point.
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    The details are being added.
    A lot of work left to do.
     
  7. Graff

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    I test painted a mountain...
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    I use regular acrylics and WS earth pigments.
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    First ochre.
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    Then burnt sienna.
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    And finally (?) gray stone pigment.
    As it is supposed to look Colorado-ish, I hope this is the way to go.
    It will lighten when dry.
    Then some dry brushing.
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  8. Graff

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    I'm trying to match some photos I have of the Colorado mountains.
    The color lightened a bit when it dried.
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  9. bremner

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    I love the G&D engine house
     
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  10. Graff

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    Thanks, it's the only fsm kit I've built that Mr Sellios has commented on. :)
    He didn't like mortared stone foundations, and it was designed for stone on stone without mortar in the kit. But mine is mortared, and he had to change his mind after seeing it. (y)
     
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  11. Graff

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    Tunnel liner made of Shaper sheet.
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  12. Kurt Moose

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    Oooooooooh, that's nice!!:love:(y)
     
  13. Graff

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    Tunnel portal in wood.
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    Instead of staining the wood, I'll paint it to look like wood. This was due to the strange veins in the wood which did not look good with stains.
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    I use Vallejo's wood weathering kit. In the pictures I only just primed it with IDF-grey primer.
     
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  14. Graff

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    Painting of my tunnel portal. I used Vallejo's "Old & new wood effects" color kit.
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    IDF gray.

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    Painted concrete lightly and then random boards in IDF sand gray.

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    Some boards painted light brown.

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    Dry brushed with ivory sand.

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    More dry brush with IDF sand gray.

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    Dark gray wash all over.

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    Airbrushed soot (with the Sotar :whistle:) with weathered black.
     
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  15. sidney

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    very nice work. you guys do really nice work. hope one day i can do this type of work. Thanks fer posting the pics.
     
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  16. Graff

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    The portal is installed and the tunnel tracks got cinders.

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    The hidden staging tracks are finished as well. Only the servos left to install
     
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  17. Graff

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    My solution of current pickup on brass locomotives.
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    They pick up one pole on one side of the locomotive and the other in the tender.
    And it's via spring blocks .... It doesn't work well on digital.
    I replaced the gearbox cover with a piece of circuit board laminate.
    There is not enough space on the underside, so I had to sand the laminate 1 mm.
    The holes next to the gear are filled with epoxy for strength.
    The pickups are phosphor bronze which has a small spring coil made by wrapping the wire around a 0.7 mm drill bit.
    The power cables are soldered to the old pickup points.
    Now you have full power pickup on the locomotive, now the tender trucks will receive the same treatment.
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  18. BoxcabE50

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    Great idea. I have never before seen anyone use this technique. (y)
     

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