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raystew
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Posted - 12/26/2011 :  5:27:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
very nice looking layout and very nice looking models. Really like the high hood. that's some prototype modeling there. really cool. Also like the fact that this is not a very modeled line and you are really trying to stay true to the real as you can.


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IAISfan
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Posted - 12/27/2011 :  08:36:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks very much Raymond. I hope you (and everyone else here) had a nice Christmas.

My wife and I went to Des Moines yesterday for some shopping, and picked up a bunch of details for the enginehouse and scratchbuilding supplies for the upcoming sanding tower project. I'm on vacation this week, and hope to finish up my Photoshop work on the enginehouse sides and get those applied (using the method Lance Mindheim described at http://www.lancemindheim.com/photo_wallpaper.htm ), then plan to just keep pressing ahead on finishing the engine facility and surrounding scenery.




Modeling Iowa Interstate's West End, May 2005
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IAISfan
Engine Wiper

Posted - 01/01/2012 :  08:09:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
First of all, Happy New Year to you all.

Yesterday I finished scratchbuilding the Iowa Interstate's Council Bluffs enginehouse and thought I'd share a few photos, although I still have a lot of details to add, inside and out. This is my first attempt at scratchbuilding, and it was really a lot of fun. Far easier than I expected, too - really just as easy as building a kit, but you're just cutting the parts to size from styrene as you need them. It also helped greatly that I made liberal use of Lance Mindheim's photo wallpaper methods described at http://www.lancemindheim.com/photo_wallpaper.htm . Thanks for your assistance Lance!

First of all, here's a prototype view of the Bluffs yard enginehouse (AKA "The Barn") looking southwest. This has been the IAIS's primary locomotive maintenance facility since startup, and the employees here have been responsible for everything from day-to-day servicing to complete locomotive rebuilds and repaints.


Overview of the Bluffs engine facility as it stands today.


Enginehouse looking southwest. I still have a lot of work to do to blend this structure into the scene.


Looking northwest. The first interior door leads into the yard office in the SW corner. A lot of railfanning trips started with a visit to that office.


Looking west. To better fit the scene, the overall structure was shortened by two sections, leaving only eight windows instead of the prototype's ten. The roof vents were based on the prototype, with the #1 vent leaning to the west and the #3 vent missing its cap. They were built using the roof vents from Walthers grain bins, with added peaks, inserted into Grandt Line 55 gallon drums.

The roof is Evergreen corrugated siding on the east slope seen in this photo, painted Rustoleum High Heat Flat Aluminum and weathered with oils, while the west slope is just sheet styrene painted Floquil Grimy Black and weathered, representing the prototype's tarred surface there.


Brad Williams' November 2009 aerial view of Bluffs yard (used with permission). From left to right, this view shows the Bluffs engine facility, rip tracks, yard, and intermodal ramp.


Looking south (timetable east) at Bluffs yard and the new enginehouse. To keep the scene from being too deep to reach in, I condensed the prototype's two rip tracks that run to the right of the enginehouse into one that stubs against it.


Unfortunately, the prototype for this structure, built by the Rock Island in 1953, may not be long for this world. The IAIS is well along with construction of a new centrally-located locomotive shop at its new South Amana yard in eastern Iowa, and I'm guessing that most of the work currently taking place at the Council Bluffs shop will be moved there when it's complete. The yard is already partially in use, and the huge new shop, shown in the Frank Grizel photo below, is scheduled to open later this year.





Modeling Iowa Interstate's West End, May 2005
http://www.iaisrailfans.org/gallery/Sub4WestEnd

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Geep Fan
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Posted - 01/01/2012 :  09:48:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit Geep Fan's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Joe, that looks fantastic, it's a dead ringer for the real one. Wouldn't know it was your first scratch build. Looking forward to the final scene.

Corey


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andykins
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Posted - 01/01/2012 :  10:19:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit andykins's Homepage  Reply with Quote
hi joe, just catching up with your progress. the high hood looks great i LOVE patch jobs and IMHO you have captured the look of the prototype just right, the over spray on the trucks its a neat touch, keep a photo handy for the day when someone questions the "sloppy" paint job ;) :D
shed looks fine too, as said, dead ringer for the real thing!

keep it up!
andy



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IAISfan
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Posted - 01/01/2012 :  10:17:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you gentlemen. Very kind of you.




Modeling Iowa Interstate's West End, May 2005
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MarkF
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Posted - 01/01/2012 :  11:10:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit MarkF's Homepage  Reply with Quote
You nailed it Joe! Very well done. I am very impressed at how closely you model the prototype. Keep up the great work!

Mark

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IAISfan
Engine Wiper

Posted - 01/02/2012 :  08:32:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks very much Mark. I've been blessed to live just a few minutes from my prototype, so information-gathering is typically really easy. To me, that's most of the battle with prototype modeling. Once you have the information, using it is a piece of cake.




Modeling Iowa Interstate's West End, May 2005
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IAISfan
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Posted - 01/10/2012 :  7:06:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Brad Williams, a local professional photographer and railfan, took some tilt shift photos of the IAIS's Council Bluffs, IA yard and enginehouse last night - part of the prototype line I'm modeling. Since tilt shift photos make the prototype look like a model, I thought others here might be interested in them.







Seeing my prototype in this way is motivational, and definitely gives me something to shoot for in my modeling.




Modeling Iowa Interstate's West End, May 2005
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Jordan114
Engine Wiper

Posted - 01/10/2012 :  7:11:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Those are great! I honestly thought that first photo was a modeled! Looked like an extremely well detailed N scale layout. Im sure you can get your layout to look like that Joe!

Jordan


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"The Weyerhaeuser Route"

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IAISfan
Engine Wiper

Posted - 01/10/2012 :  7:29:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Jordan. You've got more confidence in me than I do!

By the way, I learned this week that the tall skinny structure above the first unit in Brad's first photo above is actually a retired 8000g tank car the RI put to use as a supplemental sand tower. Here's an Erik Rasmussen pic showing it from the opposite angle.






Modeling Iowa Interstate's West End, May 2005
http://www.iaisrailfans.org/gallery/Sub4WestEnd

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Anders Wirten
Engine Wiper



Posted - 01/11/2012 :  02:59:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Your first scratchbuilding looks very good Joe!
I’ve only used photos in small parts of builds, but it looks convincing.
All your proto-photo’s are as usual excellent.

Anders



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Ollie
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Posted - 01/13/2012 :  07:50:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit Ollie's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Those night time shots were close and I had to look twice as I was not entirely sure if it was the real thing or your layout. You got one fabolous layout there and the realism is exellent!!!

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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 01/13/2012 :  09:27:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You are doing very nice work Joe!

Mike

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IAISfan
Engine Wiper

Posted - 01/13/2012 :  11:14:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you all very much for the kind words. I actually started work on this engine facility because I thought adding scenery and structures here would be a really quick process, given how little there is of either. I didn't consider the time it would take to detail the enginehouse interior, scratchbuild the sand towers, etc., so it's taking longer than I anticipated, but it's been a very rewarding project.

I finished constructing and painting the last of the details I have on hand last night (55 gal. drums (which seem to be everywhere at an enginehouse), ladders, stand-alone 200 gal. fuel/kerosene tanks, dumpsters, welding supplies, etc.), so I'm planning to move on to detailing the fuel storage tank and starting on the fueling pad and shop floor this weekend, then begin work on the sand towers.




Modeling Iowa Interstate's West End, May 2005
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