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Grubes
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Posted - 08/29/2015 :  7:58:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BigLars

One of my favorite railroads, keep the detailing and pictures coming.



Also one of my favorite layouts. Love how you've captured the atmosphere.



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Grabnet
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Posted - 08/30/2015 :  08:42:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Grubes

quote:
Originally posted by BigLars

One of my favorite railroads, keep the detailing and pictures coming.



Also one of my favorite layouts. Love how you've captured the atmosphere.



Thank you. I am glad you like it. A mini/micro layout was a real departure from my other RR modeling projects and I wanted to focus on a little known prototype to model. When I saw the 30" narrow gauge tracks rusting in the streets of Port au Prince and the abandoned sugar mills and rail road stock of Haiti I knew I had found my inspiration .

Doc Tom



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Grabnet
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Posted - 08/30/2015 :  1:08:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Now that there is a supervising "Gwo Boss" (Haitian kreyol for 'Big Boss') on the site of the Rhum distillation facility I added some workers for him to "Boss."







As it is all over the world while a lot of guys on the job jawbone there is always one stuck doing the work. In this case loading pressed and dried sugar cane (bagasse) in to the furnace to boil the fermented cane juice.



Thanks for looking. Tom



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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 08/30/2015 :  5:27:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I still ain't drinking from that still! Good looking scene Tom!


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Grabnet
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Posted - 09/03/2015 :  8:15:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I felt the back jungle still needed to be enlarged a bit and another roofline added on. So I did what the locals would do built a lean to over the waste basin using downed tree limbs, old wood and a well used piece of canvas.

First the wooden "super structure" was built up:





Next I scrounged up a well used paint rag and some Elmer's white:



Then I cut a piece of the rag to represent the canvas roof and soaked it in full strength white glue. I squeezed out the excess and draped it on the wooden frame :





After the canvas fully dried I weathered it with A/I wash and dry brushed highlights:





I now had a somewhat enlarged alcohol making facility and that's supposed to be a good thing.







Thanks for looking!! Doc Tom



Edited by - Grabnet on 09/03/2015 8:23:24 PM

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Tyson Rayles
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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 09/04/2015 :  09:54:40 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
What Mike said.

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Grabnet
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Posted - 09/07/2015 :  7:36:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Banana trees are everywhere in Haiti. They provide much needed extra cash for the subsistence farmers working in the countryside.



They are grown in any place that has nothing else growing and at times on very steep slopes.







I wanted some banana trees for the Leogoane rural section of the mini layout. I found this interesting Pegasus plastic kit in 1:48 on the internet.





Each little tree was built up from 4 plastic parts.

I painted them with spray paints and planted a grove of trees on the steep slope of the spur heading to the cane fields on the layout.











The trees were a lot of fun to research, build,and plant on the layout. Hopefully it adds a little more authenticity to the Haitian sugar hauler in the 1920's.

Doc Tom



Edited by - Grabnet on 09/07/2015 7:37:14 PM

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BigLars
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Posted - 09/07/2015 :  7:53:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great paint job on the banana trees. That last picture is a classic!

My current build:
http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=50375

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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 09/08/2015 :  06:52:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have you considered painting the trunks brown, the leaves a lighter color and shredding the edges of the leaves?


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Grabnet
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Posted - 09/08/2015 :  2:05:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Tyson Rayles

Have you considered painting the trunks brown, the leaves a lighter color and shredding the edges of the leaves?


Hi,
Yes,unfortunately the brown trunks got over sprayed with the green for the leaves. Also after looking at the prototype trees I used the wrong green.

I will have to try a little more with some brush paints.

Tom



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Grabnet
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Posted - 09/08/2015 :  8:17:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Tyson Rayles

Have you considered painting the trunks brown, the leaves a lighter color and shredding the edges of the leaves?



Hi Tyson,
Thanks for the advice. I went back to the Haitian Banana Grove armed with paint brushes, some brown and leaf green acrylic paints And redid the trunks and leaves.





I think the colors are a little more accurate....what do you all think??

Doc Tom



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BigLars
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Posted - 09/08/2015 :  8:22:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Even better.

My current build:
http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=50375

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Frederic Testard
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Posted - 09/09/2015 :  01:19:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You're right, Doc, better colors and a nice scene.


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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 09/09/2015 :  06:16:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Much better Doc! How about shredding the leaves, a banana signature. Having said that I don't know that is doable with plastic leaves!


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