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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 12/14/2015 :  08:01:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Beautiful set of photos, especially the more panoramic ones emphasizing the prairie locale. I still can't get over your use of colors.

Mike
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kumard
Engine Wiper

Posted - 12/14/2015 :  1:01:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks Mike.

I'm glad you mentioned color because it was something I gave a lot of thought to. I'm used to making aesthetic decisions involving color because of my work.

However I really have to credit Mike Confalone and his layout: Allagash Railway (http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/15291) for pushing me away from an over-saturated bright layout. I am really impressed by his choice of setting the model in early spring which has resulted in a layout with muted colors. This I think this is one of the reasons his layout has incredible realism and looks like a miniaturized version of the real thing from above. It gave me confidence to tone down the bright colors and use faded greens for vegetation, light colors elsewhere and only use strong colors in small doses as accents. It was a big worrying decision in the beginning but I think it worked out and I'm very pleased with the result.

This scene will look so much better when the locomotive has been toned down by the weathering.


http://thedepotonline.com/

Edited by - kumard on 12/23/2015 1:57:39 PM

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Michael Hohn
Fireman



Posted - 12/14/2015 :  5:32:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Kumar,

I admire Mike Confalone's work as well. I moved from strong summer colors to a subtle palette about a dozen years ago when I started my current layout. I'm trying to depict an early winter day with gray sky and a little snow on the ground. I wish I could do the layout in water colors, but then it would be art.

Not sure what I'd do with that white locomotive. I'll be watching what you do.

Mike
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kumard
Engine Wiper

Posted - 12/15/2015 :  11:10:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Mike I would like to see your layout. Have you posted something online?

I'll be getting back to the weathering in a couple of weeks since I'm traveling (in Europe) right now.


http://thedepotonline.com/

Edited by - kumard on 12/15/2015 11:11:02 PM

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 12/15/2015 :  11:43:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by kumard

Mike I would like to see your layout. Have you posted something online?

I'll be getting back to the weathering in a couple of weeks since I'm traveling (in Europe) right now.



You can get some glimpses of my layout on my site: http://myplace.frontier.com/~mehohn
I've experimented with snow, a little showing in the background here: http://myplace.frontier.com/~mehohn/LV34ftgon.htm
As you can see the scenes are very shallow so do not photograph well. Most of the photos date from several years ago and I've changed things around. My emphasis in the past few years has been rolling stock and structures.
Mike
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kumard
Engine Wiper

Posted - 12/16/2015 :  12:11:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Perfect thanks I'll take a look in the next day or so.

http://thedepotonline.com/

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Michael Hohn
Fireman



Posted - 12/16/2015 :  12:23:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by kumard

Perfect thanks I'll take a look in the next day or so.



Ok. Safe travels!
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kumard
Engine Wiper

Posted - 12/23/2015 :  11:54:24 AM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks Michael

I was particularly impressed by your range of pre-1900 era box cars. Also I'm a fan of the Lehigh Valley Railroad so I was interested in the history of the Southern Central Railroad and it's place in the LV. I'll send additional thoughts when I return.


http://thedepotonline.com/

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kumard
Engine Wiper

Posted - 01/03/2016 :  7:28:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Back from Europe and back to work tomorrow. I thought I would squeeze in some modelling before the tsunami of work hits me in the morning.

The locomotive project continues be very challenging. I started weathering it and immediately went off in the wrong direction. I decided to use an airbrush to do some of the exhaust stains - big mistake. I overdid the paint and now the body just looks too dark and much more weathered than I wanted it to be. I also used the wrong paint - Badger Paints - which is great for body coloring/painting but not good for weathering since it has a satin finish. And to top it off I also used the wrong color - roof brown instead of a straightforward dark grey. I'm going to decide this week if I can live with it. If not I'll repaint the rear body white, redo the decals and start again a bit wiser.

Here it is so far. I may repaint it next week.




While I was away I decided to do more research into weathering and accidentally found myself among our brothers and sisters (mostly brothers!) in the military modelling world. Weathering seems to be a big part of what they do so I spent some time watching military weathering videos on YouTube. One of the products they use are called 'pigments' and I decided to try them out. I ordered the weathering pigments from Vallejo Paints.


I wanted to play around with pigments as well as other materials such as chalks and oil based crayons to see what effects I could come up with. I used an old bright orange Athearn 50' box car which I spray-painted roof brown. I decided to do the weathering before lettering. I've ordered decals - the Monon Railroad - which I will add next weekend. So whereas the previous boxcar was weathered mainly with washes and paint, this one was weathered with chalks, crayons and pigments (and a tiny touch of paint here and there).


The pigments really work well on horizontal flat surfaces. Since I wanted to see the effect I just spread them around in different shades and added pigment fixer to hold the pattern in place. Next time I'll try to create more realistic patterns.


http://thedepotonline.com/

Edited by - kumard on 01/05/2016 6:55:39 PM

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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 01/03/2016 :  8:08:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote



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dwyaneward
New Hire

Posted - 01/03/2016 :  8:44:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit dwyaneward's Homepage  Reply with Quote
great cars


Texas & Pacific - Bonham Division in N Scale http://kdrail.blogspot.com/
TT Scale Modeling http://ttscalemodeling.blogspot.com

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kumard
Engine Wiper

Posted - 01/05/2016 :  1:34:48 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks Mike and Dwayne.

Even though the Monon boxcar is not finished I couldn't resist this picture. I've always had a thing for boxcars sitting quietly on a spur in the middle of nowhere. I remember driving across the Central Valley of California a few years ago and seeing a grain hopper sitting by itself in a field in the far distance. It took me a while to realize there was a railway line running through there as the rails were hidden behind the grass. That's kind of the feel I wanted for The Depot (the name of this little layout) and one that I've tried to capture in this little scene.


http://thedepotonline.com/

Edited by - kumard on 01/22/2016 9:31:21 PM

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kumard
Engine Wiper

Posted - 01/09/2016 :  9:02:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I added my decals to the Monon Boxcar. They were simple enough to add but unfortunately show a little of the decal film edges. I think the problem was that I didn't lay them onto a glossy surface. The surface was matted and they didn't stick very well. However for this experiment they will do. I have a bunch of cheap Athearn boxcars lying around that I can continue experimenting on.







http://thedepotonline.com/

Edited by - kumard on 01/09/2016 11:19:48 PM

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BigLars
Engineer

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Posted - 01/09/2016 :  9:39:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A true artist!

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

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darrylhuffman
Crew Chief

Posted - 01/10/2016 :  03:16:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit darrylhuffman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Kumard,

I have been following your layout with great interest. You have done an excellent job of avoiding the trap I have fallen into.

I try to squeeze in as many buildings as will fit and have lost that wide-open spaces effect you have captured so well.

I also enjoyed your photos of the Visalia Electric. I spent my first 24 years near the actual railroad.

I went to college in Visalia, worked in a cannery in Visalia and my uncle was a fruit inspector in the orange packing sheds.

To escape the heat of the San Joaquin Valley I often drove up into the Sierras which took me parallel the the Visalia Electric route.

Exeter is a great town as they promote painting murals on the sides of their buildings.

Plus there are some really great, easily modeled industries that would fit into your layout concept.

Thanks for sharing and I look forward to further episodes of your building progress.



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