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sgtbob Posted - 06/14/2017 : 2:10:19 PM
Here are the starting addresses of volumes 1, 2, and 3

http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=30102&whichpage=1
http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=38921
http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=45371
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Terrell Posted - 02/24/2020 : 2:48:41 PM
Excellent!!
Ensign Posted - 02/24/2020 : 10:49:25 AM
Bob, it appears you have the makings of a wiry old tree in the works.

Greg Shinnie
Guff Posted - 02/24/2020 : 09:49:07 AM
Bob,
Interesting tree making approach. I'll watch closely!
sgtbob Posted - 02/24/2020 : 05:41:36 AM
That did not look like enough so I made another the same way but with 100 loops,
resulting in 200 more branches and combined it with the first bunch to end up with a total
of 600 branches.

Then I secured the trunk by wrapping it with an epoxy putty and scoring long lines in it
to roughen the bark.



I'm starting to see a tree in there.


Bob

sgtbob Posted - 02/24/2020 : 05:34:44 AM
Greg and Bruce, thanks for your comments, much appreciated.

I took a scrap piece of wood and drilled two 1/2 inch holes about 13 inches apart. Then I
inserted two small pieces of 1/2 inch dowel and a little nail at one end to be the
starting and ending point of my copper wire winding.

I don't know where I got that large roll of fine copper wire, I've had it in my shop for
as long as I can remember. It has an enamel coating and looks like it should be for
winding motors. I started by attaching the end to that little nail and then winding 200
loops around the dowels and ending it with another loop around the nail..



I removed the dowels to let the wire loops free and secured one end with tape, that
would be at the trunk of the tree. Then I cut all the wires at the top of the loop
resulting in 400 tree branches.



Bob

Dutchman Posted - 02/23/2020 : 5:03:44 PM
Great job on the snow, Bob. The whole scene is shaping up nicely.
Ensign Posted - 02/23/2020 : 12:41:45 PM
Bob, It's all coming together very well!
I look forward to seeing how you go about making the tree that you have planned for this scene.

Greg Shinnie
sgtbob Posted - 02/23/2020 : 07:54:20 AM
Thanks Mike, Carl, Greg, and Rich.

I glued real dirt down in that area under the roof extension. Then I added weeds, grass,
and some dried leaves to clutter it up a bit





Now I am at a breaking point. I need to make the tree and glue it into that hole before I
add the plaster "snow" to the main area so I will set the dio aside for the time being and
get to work on the tree.

Bob.
Pennman Posted - 02/22/2020 : 11:40:08 AM
Bob,

This Dio sure is developing progressively. Perhaps if you included some daffodils protruding through the snow, Spring time would be just around the corner. Looks good.

Rich
Ensign Posted - 02/22/2020 : 11:22:10 AM
Bob, It's certainly looking cooler!

Greg Shinnie
Carl B Posted - 02/22/2020 : 10:37:30 AM
What Mike said!
Michael Hohn Posted - 02/22/2020 : 10:27:18 AM
Keeps getting better and better, Bob.

sgtbob Posted - 02/22/2020 : 04:54:27 AM
Thanks Bill.

I painted the area under the roof extension a dirt color and carved two sections of split
rail fence and the ladder from basswood. They are colored with an ink and alcohol mixture.
That hole in front of the fence is where the tree will go.





Bob

Bill Gill Posted - 02/21/2020 : 08:30:38 AM
Nice shape to the snow on the ground.
Often around here in winter I'll see a tiny twig with one or two tinier green leaves poking up through the snow
next to some rock outcrop that gets warmed by the sun, hope for the coming Spring...
sgtbob Posted - 02/21/2020 : 05:53:16 AM
Thanks Greg.

I cut a piece of MDF shelving to be the base of this little dio and added some styrofoam
sheeting to build up the back area. I know, that type foam is a mess with all the little
white balls but I happened to have this on hand and it will all be covered with plaster
anyway.



Bob

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