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David Clark Posted - 01/07/2017 : 10:35:22 PM
I have abandoned the thread "Dave's First On30 Layout" to start this one as I had figured out a name and want to keep a dialogue and record going of the build.
Having secured a place in the basement, I need to relocate some furniture and a (rarely used) treadmill belonging to my mother-in-law.
I started by building the benchwork out of 1/2" plywood, with 3/4" plywood gussets in the corners for stability. I pre-drilled holes in the girders for wiring. Each module is 78" x 30" as per the layout in my first post.
The modules are nice and light, I think the heaviest single piece will be the 1/4" piece of hardboard that will be the surface of the water. Legs were built up from 1x2 and 1x3 boards and long enough to put the module at about the 4' height. Since I'm building a shadow box, I think this will be a nice height for my 5"8" body.
I had some cool stuff arrive over Christmas - some manual turnout controls from Fast Tracks called Bullfrog turnout Control that require assembly. Check them out at www.fast-tracks.net. They weren't too expensive. I also picked up some "suitcase" connectors from Lordco, an automotive supply store, two packs of 15 came to $7.00 - definitely less expensive than a model railroad retailer (sorry).

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David Clark Posted - 11/06/2018 : 1:06:10 PM
Originally posted by Michael Hohn


You’re a brave man painting individual trees. Yes, they look better. A veritable jungle. Nicely done.


Thanks, Mike. I actually didn't paint individual trees. I just dabbed my 1.5" brush, making bushes/trees starting with a darker green and adding yellow for highlights. Then I painted some tree trunks in the dark areas to push the lighter stuff closer to the front. I'm glad the effect worked!
friscomike Posted - 11/06/2018 : 10:24:23 AM

It's looking terrific. I do like the technique you used on the backdrop. It is convincing.

Have fun,
Philip Posted - 11/06/2018 : 09:32:11 AM

Rick Posted - 11/06/2018 : 09:17:21 AM
Great job on the backdrop.
Michael Hohn Posted - 11/05/2018 : 9:36:35 PM

You’re a brave man painting individual trees. Yes, they look better. A veritable jungle. Nicely done.


David Clark Posted - 11/05/2018 : 8:14:13 PM
So I finally got up enough gumption to redo my backdrop. It was just getting in the way of my finishing off anything. every time I went down to work on it I just ended up staring at it in indecision. Today, I took the backdrop down and repainted it. It is now darker but also larger and, I think, more to scale.
For comparison, see the pictures on page 7.

David Clark Posted - 10/16/2018 : 12:56:12 PM
Mike, thanks.
Frank, now that I have the Palmer "stamp of approval" I will take it and run!
Frank Palmer Posted - 10/16/2018 : 09:03:14 AM
Wow, your sheet metal came out wat better than mine. Suggestions: quit while you're ahead.
Michael Hohn Posted - 10/15/2018 : 9:04:34 PM
Very much improved. You are getting a very realistic rust effect.


David Clark Posted - 10/15/2018 : 8:39:29 PM
So I added some Burnt Umber oils to the sheets and dragged my barely-moist brush through it to feather out the colour. The pictures are oriented differently (one parallel to the sun and the other perpendicular to it). I think they look better. I might add some lighter rust spots.
Again..comments or hints appreciated.

Michael Hohn Posted - 10/12/2018 : 7:04:23 PM
I believe there is a commercial source for cardboard “corrugated iron.”

Rick Posted - 10/12/2018 : 12:19:16 PM
Wait a minute.
The roof in that last picture is cardboard?
That's outstanding!
Thanks for sharing that.
David Clark Posted - 10/12/2018 : 12:02:55 PM
Bruce, that's a mighty fine roof!
brucet Posted - 10/11/2018 : 11:02:31 PM
Dave I have a sheet of gray foam. The type that brass models etc etc are packed in. I cut off a small 1/2"x1/2"x1/2" cube. Put some Raw Sienna acrylic on a plate. Gently dip the cube into the paint. Then dab the paint onto the iron with the cube. Especially along the edges. It will give you that spotty/rusty look. Don't overload the foam with paint. It's a case of less is more.

I'll see if I can post an image or two of cardboard iron!

David Clark Posted - 10/11/2018 : 10:25:02 PM
Frank, maybe it was your pictures I saw...
Bruce, thanks for that. My issue is not with the material but with the effects.I thought I might be able to just use powders but I'm not proficient enough. Paint is more my thing.
Thanks for looking in!

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