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ed k

Posted - 09/20/2017 :  12:26:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Superb scene. Modeling at its best.

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Posted - 09/20/2017 :  8:59:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Excellent work Kumard'. I use modge podge all the time. Never thought to use it for water. Your entire scene is second to none. SIMPLY, OUTSTANDING!!!


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Engine Wiper

Posted - 09/21/2017 :  01:53:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks all for the comments.

Project finished. Whew!

Yes finished. I started working on it nearly ten months ago and still can't believe that it took so long. I hoped that it would not get in the way of The Town module construction but in the end it completely overtook that project.

The completed scene:

The project was started simply because I wanted to present models in a realistic setting while I worked on them doing detailing and weathering. A photo-box is an ideal way to display models in their natural setting under controlled lighting. The concept evolved quickly from a simple embankment located along the branch-line in flat countryside and was eventually set in a wilder and more spectacular setting. This change occurred because I wanted more of a challenge and a chance to really dig deep and learn as much as I could about landscaping models.

Things went slowly though. I scratch-built everything and this probably slowed things down. Also it was my first attempt at landscaping and the fact that I had to figure out how to do the various tasks involved (such as making realistic grass, build the embankments, build the bridge etc) ended up with the project taking more time that expected.

What was interesting about the project was how much more I paid attention to the world around me. I closely observed nature and wondered how to replicate in miniature form the wide variety of plant life around me. I realized that compared to real-life modelers have a very limited range of products and techniques at their service. Moving forward I want to figure out how to model a wider array of plants.

While working on this I kept these principles in mind to guide me:

  • Matching or complimentary colors: colors should not stand out or clash. They should compliment each other and look as much like real life as possible.

  • Vivid colors - colors should radiate light rather than absorb light in the way that white reflects and black absorbs.

  • Just the right amount of contrast - there should be no major changes in contrast between the objects and the landscape should give off an even spread of light.

  • Variation of texture - as much change in texture as possible as provided by rocks, stones, sand, grass, bushes and trees. Every element on the diorama should have a texture of some sort: from the weathered wood of the trestle to the gravel road.

  • Scale - make sure all elements are to scale from the sizes of the fence posts, to the grain sizes of the gravel, to the height of the plants.

I think I came close to achieving some of my goals (defined by these principles) I didn't get quite as far along as I hoped. For example I was over-cautious with color and things look a little flat. I've since figured out how to make the grass 'pop' more (using brighter static grass and also spray paint the grass a variety of colors) but this lesson and others will have to be put to use on the next project.

Anyway enough 'overthinking' here are some final pics:

I added telegraph poles and the rails and may still add a 'No Trespassing' sign to warn hikers off the bridge.

Adding the rails to the bridge was one of the most satisfying moments in the project.

I did a gentle weathering job on the truck. Any color would have worked nicely here, such as blue or red, nevertheless I'm happy with this pale grey color.

The vine was extended to quite a height. I used Silflor flowers stalks to build the vine and left a few flowers attached here and there.

The view looking west. The high sided and curved backdrop is essential for the realism of the scene.

I wanted the diorama to look as realistic as possible close up. I selected a wide variety of materials and colors. This area is about 3 inches by 3 inches.

The west side embankment. The trestle is set near the end of the branch line at the start of the climb into the hill region. The line terminates at a mining settlement.

I like the contrast of the road and river: two channels with very different purposes that both needed to be crossed.

A hikers view of the creek bed. There is a lake in the distance. I need to adjust that lake view which I will do at a later time.

The original purpose of the diorama was to display newly weathered and detailed rolling stock and to be able to view items from different angles such as from beneath the bridge.

One of my first weathering attempts. I hope to get better at weathering and detailing models moving forward.

Anyhow I'm glad the project is over. It was immense fun but I'm ready to go full speed ahead on The Town project. That poor project has been sitting somewhat forgotten under my workbench. I'm hoping to get back to it this weekend.

Thanks all.


Edited by - kumard on 10/01/2017 2:22:19 PM

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Tyson Rayles

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Michael Hohn

Posted - 09/21/2017 :  08:03:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote

You had some ambitious goals and you met them all. Lots of texture, realistic colors, landforms look natural.


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Posted - 09/21/2017 :  09:05:09 AM  Show Profile  Send Guff an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Beautiful work! You achieved all of your goals. This is the best diorama I've seen and thank you for showing us how you accomplished it.

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George D

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Frank Palmer

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David Clark

Posted - 09/21/2017 :  12:48:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fabulous! A great accomplishment and will showcase your models well.

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Bill Gill

Posted - 09/21/2017 :  2:11:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A good way to be able to photograph your models from many angles.

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Posted - 09/21/2017 :  5:22:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Absolutely 'SUPERB' Congratulations on building an excellent project'..


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Engine Wiper

Posted - 09/21/2017 :  7:10:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit kumard's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks all for the great feedback and comments. Hopefully the weathered rolling stock will do the work on the diorama justice.

Here's the full construction diary: http://thedepotonline.com/currentprojects/the-trestle/


Edited by - kumard on 09/21/2017 10:29:34 PM

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ed k

Posted - 09/21/2017 :  9:38:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A rare thing has happen. I am speechless.
I got my voice back. The skill that you model at is extremely rare.

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Crew Chief

Posted - 09/22/2017 :  11:32:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I enjoyed following this project. Congratulations on completion and on the exceptional work.


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Posted - 09/22/2017 :  11:51:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I echo all before me, outstanding just doesn't explain it. I'm grasping for the word to describe your craftsmanship on this diorama.
For displaying your modeling and railroad equipment work, there is no better way to photograph your modeling skills. Fantastic job with your project Kumar!

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