Progress On The New CCSB

justTRAINcRaZy Dec 4, 2007

  1. denny99

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    Kevin,

    I really like the texture and color of the dirt area on the lower left corner of this picture. What is that?
     
  2. denny99

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    This scene is AWESOME!
     
  3. justTRAINcRaZy

    justTRAINcRaZy TrainBoard Member

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    Ummm....... real dirt from my back yard. We have this red clay that turns to dust when dried.
     
  4. denny99

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    Uh! Cool :)
     
  5. justTRAINcRaZy

    justTRAINcRaZy TrainBoard Member

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    This week's progress on the WSS/HPT&D island.

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  6. OC Engineer JD

    OC Engineer JD Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    The last shot is awesome! :)
     
  7. justTRAINcRaZy

    justTRAINcRaZy TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks. I luck out every once in a while.

    KB
     
  8. jsoflo

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    man does that ever look real, excellent work!
     
  9. BNSF FAN

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    You really captured the feel of the kudzu that is everywhere in southern railroading. A great shot!!!!! :) :) :)
     
  10. Flash Blackman

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    Are you using static grass? Thanks.
     
  11. denny99

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    I'll second that! Great photo and great model!
     
  12. justTRAINcRaZy

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    Flash, I built one of the Grassinators on the ztrains.com site (Ztrains: The Grassinator, Static Grass Applicator). The instructions are perfect, even for a non-electronics guy like me. I did have a problem in the beginning when I tried using a non-listed wire that was too small, but gave in and bought a roll of screen wire. I have enough wire for a 100 or so now.

    It's like a kid with a new toy now, I'm grassinating everything. I'll probably have to cover some of it over, but it's so easy to cover large areas. I only have a medium green and dark green flock and need to find the right mix for field grass. My wife said the one area in the pictures looked like a golf course. "Great, but I wasn't making a golf course, dear."

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    Plenty of kudzu around here. I stretched polyfiber, spray painted black, coated with hairspray and sprinkled with a mixture of Fine foam, I don't have the mix formula with me right now. (I have learned my lesson: Every time I make a ballast or foam mix to mark down the recipe on an index card and insert the card into the shaker.)

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  13. denny99

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    The trick here is to use several tones of green and yellow. I found out that mixing yellow with green gives a plausible result. You just have to use more green over yellow or viceversa, depending on the area you're modeling.
    Also, I intentionally omit to lay glue on relatively large spots, then come back later and fill those spots with different shaded of green and yellow mix. This gives enough subtle variation to the scene, and help avoiding the "golf course effect" :)
     
  14. justTRAINcRaZy

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    Thanks, Denny. I didn't think of intentionally leaving spots and returning with a different mix. Just when you think you've got a handle on this stuff, there's something else to learn.
     
  15. denny99

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    Yep! Been there, done that :)

    You can also fix your already laid green golf course by adjusting color with an airbrush and a thinned yellow or light green color, by litterally spraying burnt spots. Or you can dry-brush just the tip of grass fibers.
     
  16. justTRAINcRaZy

    justTRAINcRaZy TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I could also just add cupholes, flags and tees. [​IMG]
     
  17. denny99

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    :tb-biggrin::tb-biggrin::tb-biggrin::tb-biggrin:
     
  18. clarkrw3

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    looking great!!! how are the caboose throws working for you? I have been thinking about using them till funds permit electric
     
  19. justTRAINcRaZy

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    Good. I used them on my last layout some and like them for a number of reasons:

    1. Mechanical - I'm useless at electrical stuff.
    2. Cheaper than switch machines
    3. I paint 1 side of the handle white (for closed/normal) and offers a visual indicator (see pic)
    4. I didn't want the switch machines hanging down from the upper level and being visible from the lower level.

    There are those that say they detract from the visual aspect of the layout, but I'm willing to have tradeoffs for operations. There may come a point somewhere down the road where I wish I had machines for signals, CTC, etc. but I'll take my chances for now.

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  20. clarkrw3

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    good to hear. I have drilled all the holes for the tortoise machines but think I am going to use Caboose units until...well maybe forever...I love layout. I may have missed it but what are you using for your grass?
     

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