Thursday, January 31, 2013
For January I've put together a short video showing progress on the layout so far. I'm looking forward to getting a lot done on the railroad this year and updates should be rolling out with a little more regularity in the future. In the meantime, enjoy the movie! (I highly recommend watching in full-screen mode.)
Monday, January 28, 2013
Why am I posting a November - December update at the end of January? Because I'm behind, that's why! Sure, I could backdate it, but that wouldn't be very honest now would it? Anyhoo, here's what I've been working (or playing) on:
Making Stone Foundations, Bridges and Abutments
I've started detailing the right of way here and there with some stonework carved from Balsa-Foam. Here are a few examples:
|First, I cut a chunk of Balsa-Foam to the right shape and size and then |
lightly lay out horizontal lines with a straight edge for the rows of stones.
Then I carve around the edges of each stone with a hard lead pencil.
|When the base color is dry, I dry-brush the stone colors using a stiff brush,|
taking cae to only get color on the "stones" and not down in the mortar lines.
|Lastly, I pick out individual stones with a few contrasting colors for variety.|
After a little weathering with powdered chalks the pieces are ready to install on the layout.
|This long skinny piece will serve as the stone foundation for the Thunder Mesa Station.|
|One of the abutments under the truss bridge.|
|Last but not least, I created this little stone arch bridge for the high-line, using some |
medium grit sandpaper wrapped around a small plastic bottle to hollow out the arch.
That's about it for now. With any luck, future updates will be posted in a more timely manner. Thanks for checking in.