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Peterpools
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Posted - 09/05/2009 :  6:01:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit Peterpools's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Tom
Thanks for posting the next set of construction photos. I couldn't help being impressed with the consistency of weathering and textures from structure to structure and scene to scene.
Peter



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Sully
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Posted - 09/05/2009 :  7:19:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit Sully's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Tom...wonderful...artistic and a bit of "whimsy".....I love it.
But after seeing that Barnhardt I hope your next project is back in eastern logging....anything I can do to help...tom



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Tommatthews
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Posted - 09/05/2009 :  7:33:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Doc,

Love your work. Looking fwd to seeing the shed where the rum is made.

Are your Porter's DCC controlled.
If so what did you use?


Tom M.

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Grabnet
Crew Chief



Posted - 09/05/2009 :  8:42:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks guys for following along with my weekly updates. This has been a fun project. I appreciate the support and any suggestions.

Peter- To keep continuity in all the scenes I use the same India Ink wash in weathering all the structures. Haiti really looks this way because of all the charcoal that is used in home cooking fires (very little propane and next to no electricity). It is unusual to see any thing bright and shiny. Probably much like our country at the beginning of the 20th century.

Tom S.- My next logging project will be outdoors, a large scale rendition of the Little River RR in Eastern Tennessee.I really like these larger scales and the ability to use Lowes or Home Depot as a Hobby shop in a town where there is no LHS.

Tom M.- No the micro is strictly DC, it is small. We are doing a lot with DCC at the local RR club but I have not tried it in this micro layout. I would like to put a speaker for a stationary sound system in the upstairs of this building ,Le Petit Mec ,I have been modeling. It is one of the reasons for all the open doors and the curtains in the doorways. The roof is removeable and a conduit pipe (again from Lowes) is in place to take wires beneath the layout for lights and the sound system. Any ideas on stationary sound systems for Porters greatly appreciated.
I am looking forward to modeling the "rum still." Here are some shots of the cane press that makes the raw sugar juice for the still. When I was offered a drink of "rhum" by the proprieter I politely declined.

Doc Tom






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Grabnet
Crew Chief



Posted - 09/07/2009 :  5:46:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi All,

I was able to get a little more modeling done on my On30 micro layout. Le Petit Mec now has a third floor round cupola. This was made using cardstock (from a cereal box), corrugated metal from aluminum foil and paint with weathering. There is a two inch hole in the roof inside the round cupola for a speaker for the stationary sound system planned for the future. Also the third floor needs details......guys playing Haitian Casino, a card game, and Haitian style dominoes and perhaps some clothing on a line drying in the tropical sun.

Thanks for looking. Doc Tom








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Sully
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Posted - 09/07/2009 :  5:58:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit Sully's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Tom....Little River ehdidn't they have a swweeet little articulated?...tom


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Grabnet
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Posted - 09/07/2009 :  6:52:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Tom Sullivan

Tom....Little River ehdidn't they have a swweeet little articulated?...tom



Hi Tom,
Yes, LRRR had a very interesting 2-4-4-2. Her is my friend's Bill Nelson HO model of the same sneaking in at night to Fish Camp on my old HO layout.
Doc Tom



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Grabnet
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Posted - 09/13/2009 :  6:15:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi All,

I wanted to scratchbuild another structure for the Haitian Sugar Train in On30. I wanted to build a small one as I had spent weeks on the 3 story structure "Le Petit Mec."

So I built a very characteristic structure seen through out Haiti. That is the "Bolet" or Haitian Lottery. These are very colorful and all over Haiti. See the prototype picture below.

Mine is the St Joseph Bolet. Many of these lottery establishments have religious names to help bring the patrons good luck. Basically you bet on a number that you think will win. The Haitians have a very elaborate system of numbers for images that appear in dreams. For example a horse may represent the number 33. If you dream of a horse you may wish to place a bet on "lucky 33" at the neighborhood Bolet. Like the lottery here if the number is selected you win big.

The model was built from card stock and is photographed as another colorful structure alongside the tracks in Port au Prince Haiti.

Hope you like it, Doc Tom










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Grant Whipp
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Posted - 09/15/2009 :  03:24:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tom -

I sure am enjoying following the progress on this fine little layout ... ... lots of whimsey and detail, and just fun modeling! Thanks for sharing it with us ... I'm looking forward to further updates!

CHEERS!

Grant
California Northern & Cascade On30 Modular Group, Redding, CA



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Grabnet
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Posted - 09/15/2009 :  06:53:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Grant Whipp

Tom -

I sure am enjoying following the progress on this fine little layout ... ... lots of whimsey and detail, and just fun modeling! Thanks for sharing it with us ... I'm looking forward to further updates!

CHEERS!

Grant
California Northern & Cascade On30 Modular Group, Redding, CA




Thanks Grant,

It has been a lot of fun building this little micro too. This website has provided a lot of the ideas that went in to its building.

I also have been personally amazed about how much modeling you can do on a small layout like this.
Doc Tom




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Grabnet
Crew Chief



Posted - 09/15/2009 :  9:17:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Guys,
Here is another use of the beloved On30 Bachmann side dump ore cars.
A load of sugar cane has been brought in from Leogane and is dumped in the cane bins at the HASCO Mill ready to be squeezed in to sugar juice for rum and table sugar.

I like these cars. They are small, heavy, and track well on the very tight curves of this micro layout.

Of course all the old cane has to go somewhere after it is pressed. Some is used to fuel the locomotives and boilers of the mill. Some of it clogs up the drainage ditches around the mill and has to be cleaned out the old fashioned way with shovel and pick.
Doc Tom










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BigLars
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Posted - 09/15/2009 :  10:45:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Doc,
I just really enjoy the detail on this micro.
Larry


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

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Grabnet
Crew Chief



Posted - 09/16/2009 :  06:43:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Lars,

It has been fun to work in On30. It does allow one to "pull out all the tricks" in doing detail work.

This website has provided me with a wealth of ideas that I have used on this micro layout. Also all the articles on scratchbuilding have been very helpful as there are "0" model kits depicting railroads in Haiti.

Thanks to Railroad Line FORUMS being such a good and encouraging site!

Doc Tom



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Frederic Testard
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Posted - 09/18/2009 :  7:28:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tom, I like very much your last pictures, in particular the close up of the front of the loco near the warehouse (in your 09/15/2009 : 06:53:38 AM post). Great small layout!


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Grabnet
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Posted - 09/19/2009 :  08:36:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Frederic Testard

Tom, I like very much your last pictures, in particular the close up of the front of the loco near the warehouse (in your 09/15/2009 : 06:53:38 AM post). Great small layout!



Thanks Frederic

I have had a lot of fun with the "macro lens" on the SONY digital camera. Basically setting the camera on the layout with little foam wedges to straighten the view and shoot away.

It gives an interesting perspective and shows me things I had not seen before.....including a lot of mistakes in the model that need correcting!!! A very useful modeling tool.

Here is another shot of the loco at the loading dock.

Doc Tom




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