Thunder Ridge: A Freelanced Focus on Scenery

Mark Watson Apr 12, 2010

  1. subwayaz

    subwayaz TrainBoard Member

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    You do some real good work Mark; and got to love that train wreck
     
  2. Mark Watson

    Mark Watson TrainBoard Member

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    I now have the guard rails, red barrels, and tie planking installed on the bridge. I also painted the rails.

    Here's a short video to show it all off. :)

    [video=youtube;JuU-hpRML18]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuU-hpRML18[/video]
     
  3. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

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    Mark, that bridge and scene looks great. You have an excellent artistic talent.
     
  4. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Very nice work, Mark. Need to get the crews out there to tar the ends of the cut lumber, don't want any rotting timbers!
     
  5. Mark Watson

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    Thanks Hank and Rick. :)

    Yep, there's sill some work yet. The tension rods are only on the near side, so I need to add more of those too. This is why I've kept it loose and easily removable from the track. :)

    I also need to figure out how I want to do the abutments. :/
     
  6. Mark Watson

    Mark Watson TrainBoard Member

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    Something is different...

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    Now THAT is what I'm talking about!!!!!! :D :D
     
  7. PW&NJ

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    That "rocks"! :tb-tongue:
     
  8. jhn_plsn

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    SOOO, Mark I take it you landed a nice big rock mold. It does look appropriate for the area. Funny, before I saw those new rocks I was about to ask when the ground cover was to be added. The bridge looks great. No modern power on that layout.

    Looking quite promising.
     
  9. mtntrainman

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    Wait !!! I have seen this type of thingbefore. Give me a minute...it will come to me !!

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  10. mtntrainman

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    < S N A P > I got it !!!

    Many years ago...my son was working for a sub contractor...doing sheetrock work. One weekend he calls me and asked if I could help him finish a job. They needed it done before Monday. I mixed mud and taped the walls. He shot mud on the finished walls and did the texturing. When we where done I told him I would go out and wash out the 5 gallon bucket we mixed the mud in. He told me "Nah dad...just put the bucket out back...we will take care of it in the morning." When we got back to the job site the naxt day...he turned the bucket over with all the dried mud in it...smacked the bucket with a hammer....and out feel all this pieces !!

    Looked vagueily similar to what Mark has there...only bigger !!! Now I am thinking. If I take one of THE Wifes old one inch deep baking sheets...filled it to the top with sheetrock mud...put it out in the sun to 'bake' for a few hours. drying faster like that should make it 'crack' nicely. I could turn it over and smack the pan...and out would fall all these broken up....really nice N scale size "rocks" !!!!


    Hmmmmmmmm :tb-wink::tb-nerd::tb-cool:

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  11. Mark Watson

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    Yep, a loooong long way to go before I get to the point of ground cover, unfortunately. Doing that part of scenery has always been my favorite. But, with due diligence, a long process will just make that end result that much better, right? :)

    No modern power you think? Just wait until the management unveils what they just purchased... ;) ;)
     
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    Just ran out of hydro-cal and joint compound, but I got the entire ridge lined with castings!
    Hopefully tomorrow I'll get the joint lines cleaned up and maybe even a splash of color.
     
  13. Grey One

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    Outstanding < insert string of superlatives. >
     
  14. Mark Watson

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    :eek: :eek:

    [video=youtube;-lKzD4SmoYQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lKzD4SmoYQ[/video]
     
  15. PW&NJ

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    Wow Mark, you make me sick! That's unbelievable. Excellent work, as always. Now I'll go crawl back into my hole...
     
  16. Hytec

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    I Think I Can, I Think I Can, I Think I Can,......YES, I DID IT!!!!:yes:
     
  17. MC Fujiwara

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    What are you hauling in those hoppers?
    A ton of feathers or a ton of unobtainium? ;)

    The rocks look great!
    Seems as though there's a lot more depth and variation than the WS molds (though I know you can get that from angling & spackling).
    Can't wait for the rocks to creep up to the top level as well.
    Rock on!
     
  18. jhn_plsn

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    They look great Mark.
     
  19. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Mark - you'll need to show us how you ended up handling the curvature with the mold
     
  20. Mark Watson

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    You can see just how much of an improvement the rocks (and bridge) are, as compared to before, by watching the second shot in this clip.

    [video=youtube;7a7MIfR0ObQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a7MIfR0ObQ[/video]
     

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