Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Wednesday Update

Wednesday Update

Going to try and work last two days into one post. Birthday was Monday so we went to my favorite place, a Sushi Restaurant, that knows what we can and cannot eat. Ate myself into a Sushi Stupor.

Had about 6 hours on Monday and 7 yesterday so tackled some tough areas:
1. The problem turn.
2. Area from Forks Creek towards Black Hawk.
3. Magpie toward Golden
4. Some more Deck 1 work on creek
5. Tweaked water, lowered tunnel and worked on Beaver Brook

The Problem Turn

Got some good advice and decided to proceed with recessed wall. Barkeep over in HON3Chat recommended a rock casting around support, that turned out nice. Used wrecking saw to remove more of brace.

Sort of a work in progress photo, rock work temporarily in back.

This is the new scene, still needs more detail, a little more dirt and rock and the trees added on right to blend the recessed wall with the foreground wall. LED's added 300 per 5m x2 bright white and warm white. Note vertical brace on left now hidden by rock work.

All in all pretty happy with the result. Will snap a picture when all rock, water and trees added.

Area from Forks Creek towards Black Hawk
This area will require a good bit of work, lots of rock work, a foreground mountain and the track work & water. Thinking of using fascia like a picture frame here on right corner to give impression of more distance to Black Hawk.

First shot is the beginning of the rock work. Creek cut in. The beginnings of foreground mountain seen on right. Left it cardboard web only so I could work around it. Once in work in back will not be so easy.

More progress. Back rock work progressing slowly. This is going to require probably a dozen casting on back and more on foreground.

All in all, slow going. I hope the foreground mountain will reinforce the narrowness of the canyon and add a feeling of distance with tracks going behind it. With the fascia forming a shadow box type effect hoping the 4 sq ft "lost" in the corner can be made to look natural.

Magpie toward Golden

This section is progressing rapidly, not near as much rock work as about. Will have to re-lay tracks into Golden. Going to try attaching feeders under rail, if it works well will hopefully result not only in better looks, but eliminate a spot were solder can interfere with trains if overdone. One turn-out to install with a spur to the Black Diamond coal mine.

Working downgrade from Magpie, turn towards Golden.

Working through mouth of canyon, creek behind track.

Future home of the Black Diamond coal mine. To right will be water tank and station. Golden proper will be to right of station against wall.

This section is not real challenging but should make a good foreground scene. Coal mine should generate a few Gondola's worth of traffic going up & down the creek to the smelters and mines.

Some more Deck 1 work on creek

Deck 1 progressing. Getting dirt and rocks in and adding any needed detail painting. Water getting real close. Since I think I have my formula for water I will pour soon. Out of Enviro-tex, Scenic Express has some water material on sale, may try it.

Creek on Chimney Gulch side of layout. Adding rock and dry fitted retaining wall. Lots of dirt to add at odd angles so slow going.

Turn in creek.

Deck 1 is getting close to water and detailing. Looking forward to that.

Tweaked water, lowered tunnel and worked on Beaver Brook

So took some input from folks and made a few changes.

First the final water formula: A matte only picture first, then 2 pictures of matte with just a little gloss gel to add some sparkle.

Matte Only. Close, missing something.

Shot 1 a little gloss get added over matte to add a sparkle.

Final shot showing water with sparkle.

Finally satisfied with water, looks like flowing, not too clear, sparkles without being shiny.

Lowered Tunnel

I was really nervous on this one. I liked the scene, but agree tunnel was too tall. Pulled tunnel, lowered, put back in (still in progress). While at it put liners in so you don't see any thing unwanted in tunnel.

First shot head-on. Still needs to be blended in with scenery.

2-8-2 Mike creeping out of tunnel, to left is old road bed with rock slide.

Beaver Brook

This is just a simple update shot of platforms bedded into scenery.


Good couple of days. Hopefully will get a few more before holidays are over.

Thanks Cameron

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