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    • #47
      OK, I'll try and see about posting them a little larger. By the way I am shooting with a flip phone; it's the only camera I have, and since I don't want or need a smart phone, it's sorta what you see is what you get. So here goes;

      these are all shots of Ft. Compton, are they the right size; and I tried to make sure they were straight?

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      • #48

        "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln


        • #49
          Thanx for all the helpful suggestions and comments; they're always needed and welcomed. KYLE


          • #50
            Kyle your layout is looking really good. I like the fence; are those actual twigs you used? Never seen that type of fence before; I like the look.
            Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


            • #51
              Thanx for the mention. Yes they are twigs; Mark scouted out all the 6 to 12 inch very straight twigs he could find. I cut the lengths to what I needed, carved the tops, then super glued 'em together. They are actually the stockade walls to Fort Compton. It's an imaginary stockade style fort in far sw Texas from when We, Texas were still a Republic; an independent nation circa 1845 just like the U.S.; Mexico, England etc. Anyways its' fictional life ended as a remote US Cavalry supply post, and was ultimately abandoned and left for dead. But some of the locals decided to restore it; and created the fictional (there were never trees big or straight enough to build a fort) edifice you now see. Not counting B grade westerns that found it to be "ideal" for cheap location shooting, it has somehow managed to eek out enough 'dough' to semi pay for itself.... That's my story JUDGE, and I'm stickin' to it.

              (Tickets to the fort, and afternoon performances by Me & My Donkey are on sale across the street at 'WINDBREAKER GAS' Distribution.) Thankx very much for your support.

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              • #52
                Kyle that is very nice and even a Blockhouse to boot. I used to do "historical re-enactments", colonial period, years ago so I'm very familiar with stockades, block-houses, and forts. I guess that's why the sharpened twigs caught my eye.
                Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


                • #53
                  Hi everybody; man I screwed up and put the picture on the wrong post. So I had to delete the post and include it at the beginning of this one. Thanx for the kind words Larry. I think it's very cool to do re-enacting. It makes me feel great knowing someone with firsthand knowledge of FORTS would appreciate the effort. I think I discovered something that I've never heard of or seen anybody do to create the support layer for a cliff side, mountain side or canyon wall. I opened up a bunch of old grocery sacks; crumpled them up, stretched them out (each one), sprayed heavily with LOCKTITE spray adhesive, put each one behind the pre-positioned chicken wire and did the same thing to the rest of the sacks, applying them to the face of the chicken wire, mashing, pressing and molding them into a 3 layer laminate. Next I'll apply either plaster soaked paper towel, or plaster soaked cheese cloth, or some leftover plaster cloth that Mark bought. Check out the pics and let me know what you think. The surface already has some preformed rock shape, so it will be simpler to add a little more detail.???????

                  These are some close shots, the last 3 should be like a panorama; don't know if they work that way though. Hope you enjoy the experiment, I know I am..... comments, critiques, rasberries all accepted!!!!!! Kyle

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                  • #54
                    Very effective scenery, Kyle.

                    Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin


                    • #55
                      Kyle looking really good. That's a great idea for making rock scenery and the bags should be heavy enough so they won't get soaked through. That's what is so great about this forum, so many different techniques for accomplishing the same things. Keep up the great work!
                      Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad


                      • #56
                        yeah boy! looking great!



                        • #57
                          Thanx Michael

                          Thanx Larry

                          Thanx Phillip

                          I couldn't help myself; I added just a splash of some random rock colors to see what the thing might resemble before adding any plaster. ?????????????????

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                          • #58
                            Here is where I'm working on blending the cliffs of the 3-D mountain into the cliffs on the backdrop.

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                            ...and one more shot from across the canyon...

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                            wow..that's weird, my original sketch of what the canyon should look like is still pinned to the facia.


                            • #59
                              Okay folks, here comes a bunch of shots; the first one shows the the completed laminated support layer that will receive a layer or so of plaster and rock molds/carvings to finish out the first wave of details in the canyon. Next up is a (hopefully) "John Allen-esque" series of shots depicting the daily run of the "Canyon Peddler"; hope they came out ok and you like them.

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                              Well now that wasn't so bad was it?... Hope the shots had a little drama or something, anyways as always comments and critiques, beer bottles not withstanding are welcome, needed and appreciated. Thanx as always, KYLE


                              • #60
                                Great to see scenery all the way to the floor.

                                Very reminiscent of John Allen's G & D layout.

                                And your scenery to backdrop blending is excellent.

                                So glad you finally got the photo posting issue sorted.
                                Regards Rob
                                Melbourne, Australia

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