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Mike Engler
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Posted - 02/18/2010 :  3:00:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Now that the eight elements of "Essentials" are done, and I have started doing "Main Street", it is time to scope out the diorama they will use as a home. I've layered several pieces of pink foam onto a base of 1/2" gator board 2'x3', cut a v-shape creek bed, and glued several feet of ties that were stained with a couple of modified mixes to the thing. Good job to do while the olympics were on TV. I've set the structures in place and cut out the footprints for the Main Street buildings. I'll work on the diorama while continuing the structure building. A year ago I was just starting Twin Mills, and this seems as daunting a project with even more castings and detailing to do. As the say, I'll keep you posted.


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hon3_rr
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Posted - 02/18/2010 :  3:21:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
THIS IS GOING TO BE FUN!!

-- KP --
Life is to short to build all of the models I want to.

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MikeC
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Posted - 02/18/2010 :  4:25:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree with Kris - this will be fun watching you pull it all together.


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Dodgezilla04
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Posted - 02/18/2010 :  4:35:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
that's nice. what scale?

Chris.

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Narrowgauge Nut
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Posted - 02/18/2010 :  4:57:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
HO scale, and I only know that because when I was at Sierra Wests site early this morning and stumbled across the pictures. Very nice indeed.

Steve T



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hon3_rr
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Posted - 02/18/2010 :  5:35:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike, the cuts are really clean in the foam. Are you using a hot knife?

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Life is to short to build all of the models I want to.

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UKGuy
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Posted - 02/18/2010 :  6:50:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit UKGuy's Homepage  Send UKGuy a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
You have already made some fantastic progress in a very short time Mike, seeing the multitude of structures layed out emphasises what a large project this is, and also what a great job you are doing of it. I can already see that this is going to be one of the 'highlight' dioramas/builds this year on the forum, if not THE highlight.

I'm another eager follower anticipating the next up date.

Karl.A



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UKGuy
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Posted - 02/18/2010 :  6:57:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit UKGuy's Homepage  Send UKGuy a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I appologise if I missed it, but I dot recall seeing many castings being painted so far, I know that I for one would have to do at least some of the castings as I was going along with the structures. I know from Elliots fantastic build of the diorama and Brett's outstanding original on the SWSM website there are a ton of details for each kit, to combine all the kits and then be left with the culmmination of literally hundreds of details to paint at the end would certainly overwhelm me.

I was just wondering on the 'master plan'......

Karl.A



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Frederic Testard
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Posted - 02/18/2010 :  8:04:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This first shot is very promising, Mike.
I think I understand well Karl's concern about the daunting task of painting hundreds of castings, and the good idea to spread this work over the whole building process.



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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 02/18/2010 :  9:20:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike

Impressive to say the least. Is this a CSS2010 project???

Jerry


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LVN
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Posted - 02/19/2010 :  12:32:49 AM  Show Profile  Visit LVN's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looks great Mike. Brett's stuff is just super. Quite the project.

Chris Lyon
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Rick
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Posted - 02/19/2010 :  08:56:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike, you mentioned Twin Mills, but this looks like an even bigger project.
Will this become part of a layout?



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mabloodhound
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Posted - 02/19/2010 :  09:22:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike, that is one ambitious dio.
I really enjoyed the sawmill so will be watching this.
I only have one concern - the quantity of RR tracks. It seems like way too many for a small logging community with limited funds.
Especially the Main St. I think it would be more prototypical to have a dirt road for vehicles.
The other two tracks would more than suffice for handling all the rail traffic the little town would have.
Looks like the LP's will have to leave their cars outside of town.



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sierrawest
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Posted - 02/19/2010 :  10:40:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit sierrawest's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Dave - only 2 of the tracks belong to the small logging company - the third is an interchange with a big line - based upon too many prototypes to mention but the layout is quite realistic...

Brett


bye the way Mike - awesome!!!!



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UKGuy
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Posted - 02/19/2010 :  10:59:35 AM  Show Profile  Visit UKGuy's Homepage  Send UKGuy a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Having spent the last week or two bouncing around webpages for inspiration......

As Brett says... just one of many....



Karl.A




Edited by - UKGuy on 02/19/2010 11:06:08 AM

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sierrawest
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Posted - 02/19/2010 :  12:40:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit sierrawest's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Right on the money Karl - for more shots of the Polson Logging Company check out the book "Railroad Camp" by Adolf Hungry Wolf. What an awesome book loaded with inspiration...

Brett



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