What I've Been Up to Lately:Passenger Station Diorama

Tompm Jun 12, 2004

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    The stream bed is now painted. I used Folk Art Nutmeg, Folk Art Maple Syrup, and Folk Art Burnt Umber.

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    Next I add Woodland Scenics Talus. I used Coarse Gray, Medium Gray, and Extra Coarse Gray.

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    Now comes coloring the talus.
     
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    I have started coloring the talus and added the highway bridge pier to the diorama. I also added talus around the pier.

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    For coloring the talus I dabbed different colors of paint on the talus with a brush. The order of the paints that I used is: Folk Art Clay Bisque, Folk Art Burnt Umber, Folk Art Raw Umber, and Folk Art Amish Blue. I did this process twice in the same order. After the paint was dry I went over it with a Raw Umber Wash (5 part bbwsf:1 part paint).

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    I am not totally thrilled with the color. I feel it is darker than I wanted but talus stains differently than plaster of Paris or hydrocal. I think I am going to hit them again with at least one lighter color was mostly likely Raw Sienna and maybe a light gray wash. The last was will be a Black wash which will bring out the cracks and crevices in the talus.
     
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    I added a detail part to the station area. It is a water fountain made by Scale Structures LTD.

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    Since I did not like how dark the talus looked I decided to go over with a wash made from Folk Art Raw Sienna (1 part) and blue windshield washer fluid (5 parts).

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    Now I need to hit the talus with a black wash and then the turf can begin.
     
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    I finished coloring the talus by going over it with a wash made from Folk Art Licorice (1 part) and blue windshield washer fluid (5 parts).

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    I then began laying the turf. I used Wood land Scenics Earth turf under the bridges. For the first layer of green I used WS Blended Turf – Green.

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    I added some more turf. This time I used Medium Green Coarse Turf

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    Using Woodland Scenics Fine Leaf Foliage, Clump Foliage, and Foliage I added some more ground cover. For the tree trunks in the stream I used twigs I found in the front yard.

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    Next I took a look at the Atlas truss bridge I am using and decided it was too bland.

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    I painted the ties and weathered the rails with Folk Art Asphaltum.

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    I still feel that I need to do something to the underside of the bridge. It looks so blank and empty as shown in this picture.

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    The ugly plain underside of the trolley bridge is driving me nuts. So yesterday I took a trip to the LHS and bought a bunch of styrene strips and I-beams.

    Here the ugly plain truth.

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    Now I added some I-beams

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    Next I need to add some cross members.
     
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    I finished the underside of the trolley bridge. I glued some styrene I beams to the floor. I then used some styrene strips to act as cross braces. Since this was the era in which they used plates to hold things together I glue small styrene to the joints (also to hide them) to act as plates.

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    Here it is with paint still drying.

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    Nice addition!

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    Thanks Darren!

    I have now begun to work on the highway bridge approach. First I needed to extend the retaining wall so the level of the road meets the highway bridge. I did this by applying a layer of spackling. I then added a wood strip for the retaining wall.

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    I finally got around to adding “water” to the stream.

    The first thing I needed to do was dam the stream. For this I used a piece of scrap wood and a piece of scrap. I attached the dams to the diorama with Elmers Squeezable caulk. I let it dry for about 12 hours.

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    Once I was sure the dams were firmly in place I began to pour the water. I used Woodland Scenics Realistic Water. I poured it very carefully trying not to splash it on anything. I carefully poured it around rocks and the stream bank. I poured the water to the recommended depth of 1/8 inch. From experience I know the water will look a little cloudy until it dries.

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    I am trying to decide whether I need to add another 1/8 inch layer of water or not. Once I have the final depth of the water I will go over the surface with Woodland Scenics Water Effects to make waves.
     
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    I would say go a bit deeper with the water since so much is sticking above water right now.

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