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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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quartergauger48 Posted - 03/08/2018 : 3:08:08 PM
Beautiful landscaping and very nice work'...
MarkF Posted - 03/08/2018 : 10:21:37 AM
Vagel, it's good to see you back at it and here on the forum. I was wondering what happened to you. I'm looking forward to seeing more progress on the railroad.

I too am now pondering the making of puff ball trees for my layout. I'd enjoy a how-to on how you make yours.
Orionvp17 Posted - 03/08/2018 : 09:31:50 AM
Welcome home, Vagel! Good to have you back at it.

Don would be pleased.

Pete
in Michigan
tloc Posted - 03/07/2018 : 5:13:58 PM
Glad to have u back at it.

TomO
Vagel Keller Posted - 03/07/2018 : 5:00:25 PM
I've been away for another long delay. I did finish the rock face and a basic layer of ground cover on the lift-out access to the track below the trestle at Reed Ravine in late April 2017, but a combination of layout fatigue, Summer activities, and getting into HAM radio in January kept me away from the train room until recently. We've run some trains, from time to time - we opened the layout for the neighbors and their kids over the Christmas holiday - but that's been about the extent of attention to model railroading until now.

Here are a some shots of the project area as it was at the end of April:









Just today, I felt the call to get back at scenery and covered about a foot and a half of the 3D backdrop above the ravine trestle with a combination of home-made and WS puffball trees:





It's good to be back at it.
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
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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
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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

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