Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Theres Dirt in them thar hills!

Theres Dirt in them thar hills!

Sorry for going dark for so long.

The travels all done, now in the middle of the High Holy Days so diverting a lot of time away from modeling. On top of that my car alternator failed while we were gone so spent 3 2+ hour sessions repairing it. All went well but made a mistake on the idler arm so had to fix last night. All done now and a 4 mile test drive was successful.

Did get to try 2 new things: using real dirt for scenery and painting ties.

While in Denver went by Caboose Hobbies and picked up a few items and also 2 books: Paul Scoles Scenery book,and a book on scratch building.

Paul's book talks alot about using dirt for scenery and after advice from the HON3Chat group I managed to ship back 2 USPS medium flat rate boxes of dirt and rock.

After baking dirt for 45 minutes at 250 degrees to kill any bugs, I sifted out fine and small rocks leaving 3+ large coffee cans of fine dirt and a huge puff ball container on fins to small rocks.

Began by wetting surface and sprinkling fine dirt on. then added fine to small rock to add texture. Finally some grass shades and fine weeds. Threw in a few ties to add interest.

Next Day

After a day to dry here are the results:

Bend going downgrade to Beaver Brook

All in all very happy with the result and it goes fast. Need to go back and add more detail and maybe some Siliflor grass.  Dirt is a little dark, may need to adjust lighting some or modify dirt mix.

Thanks Cameron

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