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  • #16
    Off to a rocky start there...good start
    Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

    Cedar Swamp
    SW of Manistique, MI

    AVATAR Image stolen from Model Train Stuff advertisement in my e-mail

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    • #17
      It has the look of hard, heavy rock. if I hadn't seen the "before" photo, I would not have guessed it was foam.

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

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      • #18
        Painting and coloring are very good.

        I would try and hide the seams in the corners.

        Also, I like the end on the left better than the right.

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        • #19
          I like the coloring.

          But I'm with Rick I like the left better than the right.
          Jerry



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

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          • #20
            Mike is the geologist, if it looks good to him...

            To my eye the coloring looks like rock, but the perfectly straight and horizontal strata are not as

            convincing. Can you introduce some anticlines or synclines to the formation?

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            • #21
              Karl thanks, it's a start while I wait for the track.

              Michael thank you. Glad you like the look; being my first time doing this I wasn't sure.

              Rick and Jerry thank you. I think you're right about the right end. The corner will be fixed after I get the right look and glue the two pieces together. Then add some caulk to blend the two together and touch up with paint.

              Bill thanks for stopping by. I have to confess that I had no idea what you were talking about so I had to look it up. If I understand it correctly it sounds like a trough that would develop over time due to water running down the rock. I'll have to see how I can add that as well; thanks.
              Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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              • #22
                Larry, my fault, trying to sound all science-y.

                What I was trying to say is it seems like over time all those layers of rock you modeled so nice and level and straight seem to get tilted and/or distorted and bent by the massive geological forces pressing and squeezing them.

                Here's a tunnel through slate on my layout. all the layers of slate have been tilted up on the right side as the big hill got pushed upward a zillion years ago.




                And here's a photo from Bernd's Kingston Model Works site. In the background is a long rock cut through "limestone" (ceiling tiles). You can see on the left side the layers are wavey, not all flat and straight.



                That's what I meant.

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                • #23
                  Larry,

                  Here's the page I started explaining the use of ceiling tiles that Bill mentioned to me. He also told me nothing is absolutely straight in nature so I tried a different approach.

                  http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...42&whichpage=4

                  Thanks for the shout out Bill, appreciated.

                  Bernd
                  New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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                  • #24
                    Bill thanks for the photo; much appreciated. Well I wasn't even close on my interpretation but I decided to carve an indentation going down the rock face where water would have run down over time to make the indentation. I don't think that I can do as the photo suggests with what I have but can definitely use it for the rest of the rock.

                    Bernd thanks for stopping by and the link to your project. Actually I had already seen it but since I had a lot of foam left I thought that I would go this route. By the way your rock work looks impressive.
                    Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                    • #25
                      Larry,

                      Although folded and tilted strata are interesting to look at, lots of regions have almost perfectly flat rock layers.

                      Where I went to graduate school in Indiana the limestone formations looked pretty flat. Even in the Finger Lakes region where I grew up the strata were generally flat-lying with gentle folds like Bernd modeled.

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

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                      • #26
                        Michael thank you for the explanation. Now that you mention the flatness, going east on the NYS Thruway past the Mohawk Valley the layers of rock are fairly flat. I think that I'm going to make some adjustments on mine and have the layers slightly angled just for some interest; but not to the extent that Bill has his.
                        Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                        • #27
                          quote:


                          Originally posted by Larryc


                          Bernd thanks for stopping by and the link to your project. Actually I had already seen it but since I had a lot of foam left I thought that I would go this route. By the way your rock work looks impressive.


                          No problem Larry. Your rock formation looks nice and is very plausible. Thanks for the kind words on my rock work.

                          Bernd
                          New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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                          • #28
                            Bernd thank you. I enjoy seeing other people's work; gives me some inspiration.
                            Owner, General Manager, and all around "chief cook and bottle washer" of the Caz Coal-and-Wood Railroad

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                            • #29
                              Larry,

                              As I was walking along our nearby rail trail looking at rock outcrops, I thought about your hill. I think what is missing is a rounded-off hilltop with weeds, grass, bushes and trees. I think that would look more realistic than a small house. Keep things simple and focus attention on your fine structure.

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

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                              • #30
                                Following with interest Larry! Looking forward to see how this pans out especially after having followed your work in the great machine shop.

                                Quick question, what kind of track are you going to use?

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