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Frederic Testard Posted - 06/19/2009 : 09:13:06 AM
Last fall, I started to build a coal loading complex to fill a corner of my rebuilt Sn3 layout.

This work was part of the "Fall into winter challenge", and pictures of it and of the other models built during this time frame can be seen here.


As I had guessed when I started this project, it was probably too ambitious to be built in a relatively short time - especially since I wanted a rather detailed scene, and so it's been lying in front of me since december, waiting for my LP workers to come back from their Arizona vacation.

Since they are here again, I thought it was time for a new topic. I plan to share my next months between this mining project and an On30 scale Amazonia inspired module.

I'll upload a few pics of the prototype that inspired the model and of the current state of the work in the next post, and will then describe the remaining of the construction.
Frederic Testard
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swissrails Posted - 12/05/2011 : 11:05:33 AM
Frederic, I missed this one, All of this is fantastic. The structure and chutes, all of it, Very inspirational!
Frederic Testard Posted - 12/04/2011 : 6:53:46 PM
Some news of the project.
The walls of the building with the hoist machinery are complete (apart from some wood framing, for realism and rigidity). I may have to reshape the neighboorhing ground to provide a good access to the doors of this building.
I have been reconsidering the way the elevated structure that surrounds the lifting frame should be done, and decided to make it longer to provide a more satisfactory roof. So I had to paint the new white canson planks trying to match the already painted walls. I think it's not too bad.
Photos to be posted soon.
TRAINS1941 Posted - 11/21/2011 : 11:31:05 AM
Originally posted by Dutchman

Modeling, like life, is a journey and we go through phases learning as we go.

Bruce really like that saying. And how true it is.


Dutchman Posted - 11/21/2011 : 09:13:40 AM
Good to see you back at this one, Frederic.

In looking at some of the models I made 3-4 years ago, I cringe at how large and obvious my 'nail holes' are. I have really downsized my 'nail holer' and am making them much more subtle.

Modeling, like life, is a journey and we go through phases learning as we go.
TRAINS1941 Posted - 11/21/2011 : 08:38:59 AM

I agree with you 100%. The distressing on some of our models is just way overdone.
And you just don't see this in real life.
Unless of course your talking about an abandoned structure.

Very nice coloring on the walls.

Tommatthews Posted - 11/20/2011 : 7:24:19 PM

Thanks for sharing the four stages of your wall preparation and painting. I agree that we do far to much distressing of wood and over do nail heads / holes.
Frederic Testard Posted - 11/20/2011 : 7:15:06 PM
Thanks for the comments my friends.
Pat, Kris, Troels' influence is certainly strong, but it is mainly a matter of watching his DVD and the shots in his Coast Line topics. And clearly there's the moment when you have to dare try things, and he probably helped to this too. No Kris, no personnal painting lesson.
Arthur, I know snails that walk faster than I run...

I have continued the planking of the inside of the walls yesterday and today, and added the trimming around the windows and doors, following some good advice...
I can feel the return of the modelling mood. Even if I forced myself not to plank the inside wall which really can't be seen when the dio is installed on the layout, I'm starting to consider adding a few hints of an interior to this initially planned empty hoist house...
hon3_rr Posted - 11/18/2011 : 10:10:46 PM
Love to see this coming alive again and that you are keeping the modeling skills 'fresh' to keep the old modeling spirit alive by moving to the Canson paper. The coloring looks really, really good. And just how much time did you spend with Troels??? I'm thinking you somehow got some 'personal' painting lessons.
CieloVistaRy Posted - 11/18/2011 : 4:49:06 PM

I agree with you that distressing can easily be overdone and I try to stay away from it- it also causes fuzz which we all hate. Good to see this thread come alive after a 10 month delay. I am happy I am not the only one moving at a snail's pace.

belg Posted - 11/18/2011 : 4:30:58 PM
Frederic, I definitely see your learning Troels' painting techniques. They look really nice. Pat
Frederic Testard Posted - 11/18/2011 : 09:14:58 AM
Thanks for the comments, Martin, Chuck and Greg.
Yes Greg, I don't know exactly where but the diorama will feature a sign to remind us of Mike and all that he gave us.
Ensign Posted - 11/18/2011 : 09:01:51 AM
Bonjour Frederic,very nice modeling & engineering!
Will this have a Chambers Coaling Co. sign on it, to remind us of our friend Mike?

Greg Shinnie
wvrr Posted - 11/17/2011 : 7:00:57 PM
It'll be fun watching what you do with your hoist house. It will be a lot different from my brick and mortar version! Looking great!

Martin Welberg Posted - 11/17/2011 : 6:38:08 PM
Great color on the backwall Frederic! And I must say that I think the same in this distressin matter altough it is a bit place depending. In sandy winy places wood will be more distressed as the sand blown by the wind will sand the softer parts away..
Frederic Testard Posted - 11/17/2011 : 6:28:27 PM

Ten months later...

As I mentionned elsewhere, while all the Canson strips were readily available, I decided to cover the subwalls of the hoist house. I still wonder weather I will make an interior since the structure will be in a location difficult to see. In any case, if I make one it will probably not be very important.
Here are the walls in three different stages. One is essentially done, two are simply india inked and the white one has simply been lightly brushed with a brass brush. I have been more and more convinced that our distressing of the wood is much heavier than what nature does.

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