N Scale Layout: Spirit Valley, NM.

Grant_T Jan 8, 2012

  1. Grant_T

    Grant_T TrainBoard Member

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    Telephone poles added, and we had reasonable light in the garage so I took a couple of pics. I've also just bought a couple of Kato P42 locomotives, so all I need now is a bunch of Superliners so I can make up the Southwest Chief.

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  2. MC Fujiwara

    MC Fujiwara TrainBoard Member

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    A very groovy scene!
    I like the various broad curves that move through it: the rocks/scenic divider, the telephone poles, the road, the track.
    Even the vertical curves, like the scenic divider coming down but the corner curving up.

    This is the type of scene that we'd be tempted to put more in (buildings, people, roads, etc.) but benefits from less, so good job!
    Are you going to leave the lines off the poles or are you going to try your hand at EZ Line?
     
  3. W Neal

    W Neal TrainBoard Member

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    Yes, less IS more!!! Fantastic job!! Really reminds me of many such "barren" places out west. Great coloring on the rocks! Well done sir!
     
  4. GaryHinshaw

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    I'll join the chorus. That looks like a great spot for train watching!
     
  5. railnut49

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    Grant, you must have been there not long after the summer rains as there is a little green, or early in the spring prior to the wind which sucks out all the winter moisture in this country. I've many a moon horseback in that country working cattle. You could use a few junk cars here and there, and around the house with the pickup, no one throws anything away in that country, good for parts. Your scenery is terrific, so, when can ya come over again and do my scenery? ha ha
     
  6. Grant_T

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    Cheers all.

    I haven't seen this product before, I might have to track some down.

    Yeah I'll probably add some junk. When I visited the area one thing I noticed was how much variation there was in the scenery with different colours and textures, so I'm going to try to capture something of that in the rest of the scenes.
     
  7. badlandnp

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    And adding to the chorus....great coloring and capturing the arid feel!! How did you build the caprocks? Or flat mesa's that are overhanging the hills, we call 'em caprocks up here in this country.
     
  8. videobruce

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    You went from what you showed in your 1st post to what you showed in your 3rd post in less than one month??? :eek:mg:
     
  9. wig-wag-trains.com

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    Interesting concept and an effective use of modeler's license. In the present BNSF, of course, is not seen near Glorieta since the line was to be sold to the state of NM. Current status is up in the air. The prior governor never completed the transaction so the ownership of the line from Lamy to Trinidad is still in the hands of BNSF but they don't want it and stopped running trains over Raton several yeas ago.
     
  10. atsf_arizona

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    Very cool, Grant_T :).
     
  11. Grant_T

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    Hi, the mesas are lightweight hydrocal carved to shape. I mixed up a batch and let it almost set, troweled it on in the rough shape, and then used a hobby knife to carve in the detail. I gave them various acrylic washes.
     
  12. Grant_T

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    These are my latest experiments in Southwest scenery. It still needs more talus and then the various ground cover and bushes, but I think I already like this side of the hill more than the first side. I also gave the all rock outcroppings a sandy wash after looking at some photos of how bleached the rocks can be.

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  13. Grant_T

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    I've been putting lots of work into the layout trying to get the hills finished so I can move onto the track and details at the front. Had a bit of an epic rock face carving session this morning.

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  14. badlandnp

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    Your rock work looks good. Lots of attention to the details, can't wait to see how it ends up!
     
  15. Grant_T

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    More progress on the big hill. Really having huge fun with this at the moment.

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  16. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I like how that track has a nice swinging curve, into the tunnel. Just has a good flowing feel to it.
     
  17. hegstad1

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    Really, really nice. I'll be watching closely.
     
  18. kursplat

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    wow, those giant cliffs are going to make for an amazing background with a train running through there :thumbs_up:
     
  19. Grant_T

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    My latest progress. I now have enough rolling stock to actually run a decent length train. It's a pretty random collection though. I've also been working a lot on the desert floor surface which was frustrating for a while as it just didn't look right. It's getting there now. Next up I'm going to continue with the hills to get them finished so I can work on the scenery and track in front. I've also bought some kits and tracked down a reasonably priced digital controller.

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  20. Grant_T

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    Some progress.

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