May 19, 2019
Those are some very nice trees, they look so real.
Very impressive. Such a cozy bucolic ambience they create.
Maybe outside the scope of this article but is there a tutorial or explanation somewhere of how to do this for the first time? The pictures are great but I would ask...
1. What kind of wire is best?
2. What is the flocking?
3. What kind of glue?
4. What kind of paint?
Yes, what is the main bark material used, and how is it applied?
In the most recent issue of the online journal "training" Dirk describes it perfectly in detail:
Please also take a look at the year 2017 issues of Trainini.
Thicken your bark color with dust-like sand particles.
Don't worry if during the drying process little parts fall off, makes it only more realistic!
Oh that’s great. I’m covered now. And it takes what? A minute or two per tree? LOL Thank you.
It should be out in English soon.
Yes, it will be out soon in English, too.
Yes, a few minutes.
Don't forget you may need more than one or two........... ;-))
Here the right module ends, and the left one needs to attach perfectly - let's see how good we can get that done, it is always a challenge!!!
I received several questions regarding the Western Maryland rolling stock.
Indeed, most of it is custom painted by Stephan M. Koenig.
This is the whole train, safely stored........
I have The Chesapeake Bay story uploaded for you!
Please go to:
Dirk & Sven
I am always fascinated what you all can see when zooming in into Dirk's layouts.......
Here the train in its full length......
We take a little summer break here,
Sven & Dirk
I have ordered the static machine for making trees (and the small static grass machine and a roller bearing train test stand) from France after reading about them in the latest edition of Trainini. The machines are very economical which offsets the high cost of shipping. I thought hard about the other Microrama products like flocking and leaves and glue, etc. but I will try to source these type of expendable products here in the USA, hopefully from Woodland Scenics or someone. I hope to pay those shipping charges one time only! Soon it will be time to try my hand at making the type of scenery seen here, incredible realism...
A 100% tree-free picture......... ;-))
Z-scale Modeling of the first autumn rain......
It's raining there?
The weather forecast says this will be a hot September, here... I'm tired of Summer heat...
I agree. Summer is way overrated...give me autumn and spring any day of the year. Jim
One step further,
all the wood cutting work has been done, the different pieces fit exactly! - Big relief
The harbor city fits back on it - nice!
The port dimension fit as hoped - as this dry run with the Maplecove illustrate
And the first harbor atmosphere comes up already - very satisfactory!
The ship which you partially see at the previous pictures before is the Maplecove.
Peter Nolan ( https://nscaleships.com ), describes its "baby" as follows:
The Beavercove and her three sisters were built in 1947 for the Canadian Pacific company by the British Admiralty to replace four freighters requisitioned and sunk during WWII. These were 499′ in overall length and 60′ in beam, displaced about 20,000 tons, and steamed at about 20 knots. They accommodated 20 first-class passengers in large cabins on the promenade deck, and offered fine meals in the restaurant. Initially serving the South America to England route, the Beavercove was renamed the Maplecove when transferred to Pacific Ocean service, then renamed back to Beavercove when transferred back to the Atlantic. They sailed as liners into the early 1970s, when they were sold for secondary routes and eventually broken up.
In Z scale the ship measures 692 mm (27.23″) by 83 mm (3.26″).
This is a large waterline ship that is detailed to museum quality.
A partial list of features includes :umbrella: :
- Correct sweep and camber of the graceful hull and main house
- Intricate bulwalk and hatch coaming bracing
- Custom drawn and fabricated photo-etched railing
- Open holds for showing unloading/loading operations
- Correctly dimension ringed posts (12) and booms (30).
- Custom made cowl ventilators, boom rests, 22 winches, winch stands, davits. A/C units, stack, accommodation ladders, and much more.
Details such as ventilation grilles in the mast houses,
fire hose troughs, guides for the hatch planks,
and doors than can be positioned throughout the ship.
Bridge can be detailed on the interior.
Full, in-scale rigging.
And so much more.
Peter summarizes: "These are the culmination of eight years of work to achieve this level of accuracy and detail. :!: :!:"
All the best, Sven