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Vagel Keller Posted - 04/15/2014 : 5:48:14 PM


This thread is essentially Volume 2 of my now almost five-and-a-half-year-old thread on the construction of an HO/HOn3 layout, titled "A New Home for the Blacklog & Shade Gap Eastern." Since neither the home, nor the layout, are 'new' any longer, and the thread has reached the unwieldy length of 100 pages, I thought it was time to start a new one.

As with the old thread, "Continuing Adventures" will chronicle the on-going scenery work and final track work on the layout. If you're new to this project, feel free to bone up on our history by clicking on the following link to "A New Home for the Blacklog & Shade Gap Eastern" thread:

http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22893

We have also begun operations on the layout using the tried and true car card and waybill system, and I started a thread on our adventures and mis-adventures in the Layout Design/Operation SIG Forum, which you can review at the following link:

http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=38286

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Vagel Keller Posted - 04/03/2017 : 6:11:36 PM
quote:
Originally posted by jbvb

Great! Sorry I can't be in Greensburg



Sorry you couldn't make it; the clinics were superb, as was the modeling in the model room.
Vagel Keller Posted - 04/03/2017 : 6:10:12 PM
The rock work is done and ready for staining and other weathering to blend the stark line between coloration:



The area above the rock face will be covered with various textures of ground foam materials and some and scrub based on pieces of Scenic Express Supertrees armatures.

These images show the results after staining and applying AIM Products weathering powders to further disguise the different shades of gray in the raw rock work due to nonuniform mixtures white plaster of paris and charcoal gray pigment in the different batches.

The first image was made after the stain had dried but before I had gone very far with the weathering powders.

I used Soot, Medium Earth, and Dark Earth and worked the colors in with soft and stiff brushes.







jbvb Posted - 04/03/2017 : 5:08:49 PM
Great! Sorry I can't be in Greensburg
Vagel Keller Posted - 03/24/2017 : 5:50:26 PM
It was good to see all the guys from the Great Lakes HOn30 crew at the Midwest Narrow Gauge Show on Saturday. I'm still "chipping away" on the lift-out rock face project. One more application to fill in the notch to the right of the wet section show in this view; it's sketched in with pencil. That'll be a total of 8 applications, each one taking about 20 minutes to work.



I'll be at the RPM meet in Greensburg, PA on Saturday if any'a'yinz are planning to come out.
Vagel Keller Posted - 03/17/2017 : 01:39:34 AM
quote:
Originally posted by MarkF

It's good to hear from you Vagel! I was wondering what had happened to you. I'm anxious to see how the rock face turned out.



Here's a teaser ...

MarkF Posted - 03/17/2017 : 12:12:04 AM
It's good to hear from you Vagel! I was wondering what had happened to you. I'm anxious to see how the rock face turned out.
Vagel Keller Posted - 03/16/2017 : 01:45:56 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Orionvp17

quote:
Originally posted by Vagel Keller

quote:
Originally posted by Orionvp17


You gonna add in another delay this weekend for the Midwest Narrow Gauge Show? We have Moxie!



See yinz on Saturday! But isn't that area a protected watershed?



We'll save you a couple of extra cans

Pete
in Michigan



I'll bring a P38 so I can dispose of the Moxie by-product properly ... in an empty can ... pack-in, pack out.
Orionvp17 Posted - 03/15/2017 : 8:19:34 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Vagel Keller

quote:
Originally posted by Orionvp17


You gonna add in another delay this weekend for the Midwest Narrow Gauge Show? We have Moxie!



See yinz on Saturday! But isn't that area a protected watershed?



We'll save you a couple of extra cans....

Pete
in Michigan
Vagel Keller Posted - 03/15/2017 : 7:44:29 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Orionvp17


You gonna add in another delay this weekend for the Midwest Narrow Gauge Show? We have Moxie!



See yinz on Saturday! But isn't that area a protected watershed?
Orionvp17 Posted - 03/15/2017 : 7:08:46 PM
Good to see you back at it, Vagel!

You gonna add in another delay this weekend for the Midwest Narrow Gauge Show? We have Moxie!

Pete
in MIchigan
Vagel Keller Posted - 03/15/2017 : 7:05:15 PM
Just a quick check-in; I'm still at work on the rock work and will post some update pics when I have finished. I've been distracted with glitches in two new arrivals, one of which persists after being "fixed" by the manuf. warrantee repair dep't ... so, I decided to let them sit in the engine terminal and get back to work.
Vagel Keller Posted - 01/19/2017 : 3:58:55 PM
... quick update on the massive moveable rock face below Reed Trestle. Here's a perspective shot to orient you:



I decided to fill in the entire base area, then work upward.



I add some charcoal gray dry pigment to each batch of Plaster of Paris "to taste," hoping that there isn't too much differentiation in shade when it dries. We'll see. Of course, staining can cover a multitude of sins ...



All for now.
Orionvp17 Posted - 01/02/2017 : 5:36:29 PM
Like.

Pete
in Michigan
Vagel Keller Posted - 01/02/2017 : 5:21:56 PM
Thanks! It IS nice to shake off the cob webs.

Here is a shot of wet plaster rock carving under way, overlapping the seam between the removable cliff face and the Reed Ravine mini-scene. To illustrate how fast this went, I did this in the break between the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl games (as I type this there are still 10 minutes 'til kick-off). It goes THAT fast using the Foscale method.

MarkF Posted - 01/02/2017 : 10:13:48 AM
Looks like I wasn't the only one reintroducing himself to his railroad yesterday! I'm glad to see you back at it Vagel!

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