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  1. M Graff

    Part 66: trees

    Nah, I have air cleaning system in the layout room.
  2. Spruce/fir trees 2.0 Faller's fir trees are really not at all good looking, but with a few minutes of work their appearance can be much improved. I use Polak model turf and some spray adhesive for this project. They are very coarse as they are... I trim the armatures to avoid the cone shape. Less is more... I applied some spray glue and two layers of turf. This group of five trees took me 10 minutes to do, a time that can be reduced severely if made in a series. I have over 1000 trees to do, so any savings of time and money are very welcome.
  3. I've started with the plaster work on the mountains. I use a mix of WS moulds, home made latex moulds and alu foil. The plaster is regular plaster of Paris. I prefer to cast in situ. I wait until the plaster shows small wrinkles in the mould before placing it on the mountain. I carve the surface with WS rock carving tools. May need some more plaster in places. I test painted the mountain... I use regular acrylics and WS earth pigments. First ochre. Then burnt sienna. 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. I'm trying to match some photos I have of the Colorado mountains. The color lightened a bit when it dried. But the dry brushing went well.
  4. Hi all! I made a tool for embossing stones in DAS clay. The tools and stuff needed. DAS clay, an empty sugar dispenser, rolling pin, knife, glue and a good supply of small pebbles. Roll out some clay with the rolling pin, it should be large enough to cover the plastic tube and be around 1/8" thick. Emboss the clay with the pebbles. Wrap it around the plastic tube, seal it together by pressing it. Then emboss stones at the seam. When dry, seal the clay with varnish. Roll out some DAS clay and then roll the stone tool over it, firmly! Then lay it to dry. You can drape it around objects to shape it while drying. Next installment will be painting it.
  5. Hi all! I'm building on my layout again after the summer months. The town of Holy cross on my HOn3 layout is slowly taking shape. But, I realised that the station took up too much real estate. I therefore decided to move it to the aisle side of the rails. The space was a bit narrow though. So, I decided to cut the building in half lengthwise. That makes it possible to see the interior of it and make it a bit of a show point. The starting point was an Atlas station. I cut it in half and used the remaining pieces to make the interior walls. The cut was painted red to highlight it. What do you think?
  6. A lot! Mostly with a mini torch. I have a Kemtron C16 kit, and that one is also thick!
  7. Made a little more progress on my LaBelle boxcar. Only a few brake parts and coupler pockets remain to be mounted before painting. I also finished a reefer marked for my railroad company. Painted and decaled the boxcar. I had a little mishap... I was going to add the handbrake chain, and I took a piece out of the box and soldered it in place. Then I realized that it was the wrong kind of link! I had taken a piece of an old gold chain.... Well, it is probably worth more than the kit... The decals are dry transfers from Woodland scenics and some old ones I had in a box. Started the weathering. I begin by painting flaked paint, i.e. paint on grayish wood color. The markings are for one of my mines on my layout; the Yvon Gold Mining company. Named after my late mother. Because there is genuine gold on the car, it suits it well. My mother would had loved this one.
  8. This is my latest build, a car shop I made from a Campbell Seebold and sons kit. Just some lights left to install.
  9. I've CAD designed a coupler box to suit the Sergent Sharon-couplers. They will soon be available through my Shapeways shop.
  10. I have built one of these before, but that one got sold. This one is built more or less as it was out of the box, as the former one was heavily modified to match the original blueprints... The kit contents. The new parts added, turnbuckles, stirrups and couplers with boxes. The frame started. The subframe for the body and roof. Notice the paper strips glued to the frame sides to shim it to the correct width. Sheeting added. End sheeting. Painted, all the parts installed. The dry transfer decals added, I just love how the dry transfers look painted on the surface even when it's as uneven as here. The end with brake rod and decals. Only trucks, couplers and weathering left to do.
  11. I got this very old Kemtron kit from a friend of mine. It is etched from very thick brass and had to be filed to shape.... I will use plastic trucks as the brass ones included wasn't of the caboose sort with leaf springs. The amount of heat needed to solder this kit was daunting.... The shape of the roof had to be shaped with a mallet over a wooden form due to the thickness of the brass. Finished and ready for paint. It was a fun kit to build, albeit a bit dated. It will be fun to paint and weather it.
  12. I built a LaBelle HOn3 gondola kit, and decided to make a honorary car for my late mother Yvonne who died last year of cancer. I have already a mine on my layout called the Ywon mine. So this became the Yvon/Ywon Gold mine Co. car number 47 (as in her birth year). Weathered to represent a well used car that has shipped a lot of gold ore. The text are dry transfers. The boggies are 3D printed from Shapeways with Kadee wheels. The couplers are Sergent Sharon-couplers. I'm very satisfied with it.
  13. My Westside models C25 in HOn3 will be getting some upgrades. It already has new gears installed and will now get sound, lights and a good paint job. I will also improve the power pick-ups with added wipers on the tender and the locomotive. The parts involved (well, at least some of them...). Disassembly of the locomotive. The main parts cleaned with soda and repaired. Some loose solder joints that had to be fixed. AO blasted, ready for paint. As can be seen it isn't air blowed clean yet as some of the blasting medium is still on the model. More blasted parts... Painted and decalled. The paint is Scalecoat 1 engine black that has been baked in the oven. The decals are from San Juan decals. The number was easy to choose as the D&RGW only had one C25; #375... The smokebox is painted with Alclad silver. The tender shell. All in all a good start on the project. Now I have to install the decoder, light and speaker. Then some light weathering... I'll be making it look like the photos of the original.
  14. Hi all! These are my latest paintings. Abandoned track #1 Acrylic on canvas 50 x 70 cm. Abandoned track #2 Acrylic on canvas 50 x 70 cm.
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