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Frederic Testard
Engineer

France
17658 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2011 :  12:42:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree, Randy, on the extra depth brought by the trees and it's the reason why I will continue to plant some in the foreground of this scene.

Meanwhile, I started to build the snowshed.

An easy assembly...



A less easy assembly...



A first test on location. There's still a lot of work.

A front view, very plain and uninteresting - at least at this early point.



Much more pleasant are the end views.





I shall have to check the clearance on the rocky side.

Frederic Testard
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railman28
Fireman

USA
2378 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2011 :  1:12:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Frederic,
I very nice start. I like how you placed your snow shed in a location were one would of been actually needed.
You better get your construction crew to remove that bolder off the rail before the flyer comes through!

It's Only Make Believe

Bob Harris
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kirk
Fireman

Sweden
4740 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2011 :  1:12:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Man what a beautiful and dramatic scene! Love the recent additions!

Troels Kirk
Näsum, Sweden
http://coastline.no13.se
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visman48
Fireman

USA
5365 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2011 :  2:08:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit visman48's Homepage  Click to see visman48's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Frederic,
Spectacular, I like this structure, too bad be hide them by covering them up...are you gonna put lights in it...you know they did that...

Les

My forum build links;
Big Horn and Moose Creek :http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22704&whichpage=1
Locomotives: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=20279
Railcars: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=17827
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dallas_m
Fireman

USA
4274 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2011 :  2:39:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another interesting item on an already-wonderful scene ... very nice!

Cheers,
Dallas

Chambers Gas & Oil -- structure build
Quality craftsmanship with a sense of humor!
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milocomarty
Fireman

Netherlands
5914 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2011 :  3:48:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit milocomarty's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Great stuff Frederic, this 4th picture realy kicks ass, love it...

http://martinwelberg.wordpress.com/
http://cardiganbaycoastalrailroad.wordpress.com/
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Frederic Testard
Engineer

France
17658 Posts

Posted - 02/14/2011 :  6:12:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks my friends for the comments.

Bob, the crew has been sent and the boulder removed.
Troels, it's the advantage of mountain model railroading, it's almost instant drama.
Les, you're too kind. If I put lights everybody could see all the shortcuts I took building the inside of the shed...
Dallas, many details indeed but I think after the snowshed the scene will reach its natural saturation level. Maybe I could find some place for a miner's son building a plane in 1/64th of 1/35th scale?
Martin, when all the scenery is done, I hope I'll be able to add more dramatic pictures.

In spite of some little progress on the shed, the main progress today was the completion of the bridge tender's cabin (just before the limit...). The last details were added tonight. The small porch over the entry door, the pipe and a few planks.











Frederic Testard
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milocomarty
Fireman

Netherlands
5914 Posts

Posted - 02/15/2011 :  03:53:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit milocomarty's Homepage  Reply with Quote
This has become a great little scene !! Top job....question here what did you use for the tree in the right corner on the 4th picture..??

http://martinwelberg.wordpress.com/
http://cardiganbaycoastalrailroad.wordpress.com/
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robert goslin
Crew Chief

Australia
976 Posts

Posted - 02/15/2011 :  04:13:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Frederik
Really glad you jumped on to the challenge, and made this structure. Sits just perfectly with all your mountain scenery, and am really looking forward to seeing that snow shed. They are a rarely seen structure, even on other peoples mountain layouts. It will really compliment your mine.
Cheers Rob.
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Frederic Testard
Engineer

France
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Posted - 02/15/2011 :  1:37:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Martin, the trees on both sides of the cabin were done following the same method. A piece of round balsa was tapered with a knife to emulate the shape of a tree, then stained. Then, clippings of caspia or statice were inserted and ACC'ed into predrilled holes. These clippings were painted brown (tamiya bomb) and immediately covered with woodland scenics green foam. More foam was added later, using low cost hair spray to hold it. Dark foam was added to the tree held upside down, and clear foam to the tree held upside up. That gives a nice hint of shadows (a trick I read in Paul Scoles' articles).

Robert, thanks for the comment. I've been inspired to make a snowshed by Tom's and Louis' pictures in this page :
http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=25081&whichpage=2
as well as by James' recent building of his own snowshed here :
http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=31841
While mine will eventually not exactly look like those featured in these topics, they were definitely a great source of inspiration.

Yesterday, I also had some time to prepare a basis for the snowshed. A piece of plywood and a piece of medium were laminated to match the thickness of the subroadbed. Then one side of the snowshed was glued to this basis while it was held to the benchwrok with screws. With the snowshed in location, the sloped beams will be glued to match the shape of the cliff. Then painting can be done with the snowshed removed from the layout. When it is permanently installed, the ground will be reworked to integrate the snowshed to the scenery, and the roof and lateral planking will be added.







Frederic Testard
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Dutchman
Administrator

USA
25362 Posts

Posted - 02/15/2011 :  2:08:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love the shots 'through' the snow shed, Frederic. That is going to be a great place to watch and photograph trains.

Bruce

Modeling the railroads of the Jersey Highlands in HO and the logging railroads of Pennsylvania in HOn3
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BigLars
Engineer

USA
9153 Posts

Posted - 02/15/2011 :  8:15:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Frederic,
Love the snow shed, I need to build one for my RR and will be looking to you for insperation.
Larry

Larry
CEO Tagish & Marsh Lake RR
CFO Yukon Northern RR
COO JR Mining
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Tommatthews
Fireman

8504 Posts

Posted - 02/16/2011 :  6:11:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Frederick,

Great snow shed. I like the coloring and rock work behind the shed.
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milocomarty
Fireman

Netherlands
5914 Posts

Posted - 02/16/2011 :  6:33:01 PM  Show Profile  Visit milocomarty's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks Frederic for the explenation on the trees..

http://martinwelberg.wordpress.com/
http://cardiganbaycoastalrailroad.wordpress.com/
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Randy May
Crew Chief

668 Posts

Posted - 02/16/2011 :  7:40:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey now,
thats one good looking snowshed,
out here in washington state they may more so be for landslides/rockslides,
very cool intresting structure added to your scene,
I like it alot,
Randy
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