This time partially completed Lumber Mill, kit bashing an old Suydam kit with changed windows, doors, reconstructed missing parts and eventually scratch built additions.
First side, adding new windows and doors from Tichy Train Group, with weathered and rusting corrugated siding
Assembling the structure on a steel machinists plate. Handy to hold things in position with magnets, since the walls are steel.
Assembling with Epoxy and CA Glue
Next brick portion
Brick incinerator building
Adding Weathering to Doors etc.
Then starting to plan positioning on the layout on the Lumber branch.
Whole area plan showing places for Log chute, pond area, log dump, stream and separate scratch built finishing building and loading dock
Partially completed Mill on Plan of area
In the process of designing and constructing a larger city building, gluing up small sections and pilasters to form the building, and then adding the window frames.
Adding piece by piece and modifying some sections
Front wall taking shape
Starting to see structure come together with side walls
Building without first floor commercial facades, using machine tool hold down blocks for weight and right angles.
Next, airbrushing the structure and the windows their finish color.
Some of the airbrushed parts.
Then adding the first floor structure and trying fit in a location before putting all the finished roof, window detail, adding some interiors, and lighting.
Trying building in rough position.
Will put more on completing this and other buildings in future posts.
Starting to work on multiple structures for the layout using kit bashing and scratch building. I’ll be putting up various progress on building in the coming weeks. The first area is the passenger station area in the city.
Passenger station area test ideas
This second view in same area with some added wall ideas
Station area in the city
The longer shed part of the station is at a lower level and further along.
Almost finished train shed area
Will put up progress on this and other areas as I move along.
I have been concentrating on working on the branch line this week, so here are some photos of progress at the future site of the sawmill.
Getting the sidings in place for the log slide to the pond and a siding for finished product.
Next a series of Photographs showing creating the terrain around where the mill will be.
Adding slab of foam for base of mill area.
Adding slope down base.
Using some hydrocal rocks from rock molds and plaster cloth.
Then filling with more rocks and blending with sculptamold
Next will be determining the contours of the mill area (buildings, pond etc.
Working to finish up track work and bridges etc, on both main line passing sidings and on the lumber branch, and at the same time dealing with roughing in base scenery in those areas.
Passing sidings on two levels as well as logging branch at the top
Just added Queenpost bridge on the logging branch
About to install a 51 foot length of blue rope leds, which is just about right to do a single trace around the whole layout in from the front of the aisle.
Starting to see how I will install lights
Will use the blue lights and perhaps a string of Warm white dimmable rope lights, so I can adjust the balance between the blue and white.
Town in blue night light only
Addition of the white Dimmable light should give a night effect, but still be better able to see.
Forrest being added to multiple parts of the layout, with modified commercial trees in the background and Supertrees and self made evergreens in the foreground.
Modified various trees populating the hills
Will still be modified a little more by subtle grey-blue toning, more as we approach the background
Setting up a few scenarios to photograph for a new mailer.
Setup for a back cover, with a Covered Hopper
Will be doing some Steam Engine and other subjects for the mailer, but here is this first shot
Milwaukee covered hopper
Been coloring these Motrack stone wall castings made of Hydrocal.
Stack of stone wall castings
These are colored, or really stained with many layers of sprayed dilute india ink and dilute woodland scenics burnt umber scenery color. They will be put up end to end with concrete buttresses at the joints of the separate pieces. Actual length of wall about 44 inches long total
A friend, artist Garth Herrick, was tasked to create something for a New York restaurant display made only out of food offered at the restaurant. So here it is, the great Monterrey Jack Cheese Steam Engine, pretty cool.
Monterrey Jack Engine
Not easy to work with sculpture medium
Thanks Garth for permission to use these images