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  • Thanks John...I guess my lights burned out but we're trudging along.
    In memory of Mike Chambers

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    • Ken, thanks for the info on the mulch. I guess when you step up in scale the debris has to step up with you. Pat

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      • Mark,

        In regard to grass, what about an excellent silfor substitute, pot toppers from Michael's.. they go for 2.99 and they're up to 1/4 inches long and although you'd have to do them in clumps, I'd think that's what would be typical..

        Just a suggestion..

        Arthur
        Arthur

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        • Ken, it may be because I am very much involved in modelling coaling facilities currently, but I like very much this small coal storage place.

          The earth near the fence is very nice.

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          • Thanks for the tip Arthur. I'll check it out.

            Could that be French coal in the bin Frederic?

            I wanted to put another vehicle in the scene but there wasn't too much space to work with. Remembered I had an old dragster frame in the closet so I decided to use that. Seems that Tim is an old racer.



            After placing it in various spots it looked a little plain so I decided to put it under an old army tent tarp.

            First I took a piece of Saran Wrap and shaped it to fit the chassis. Then I took a single ply sheet of Bounty and formed it over the Saran Wrap and then used an eye dropper to soak the sheet with Scenic Cement. I let that dry and then painted the sheet Olive Drab to look like an old tent. The paint is now drying and I'll cut the tarp to size and finish the weathering in a couple of days.




            In memory of Mike Chambers

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            • Thanks for sharing the tarp technique. You think that would work as well for HO scale?

              Great Inspiration. :up:

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              • So, Tim......tell us about your "racing" career - how many races did you win?

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                • That's some fantastic looking progress. Looks great.


                  Louis L&R Western Railroad
                  Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                  • Thanks Louis.

                    Tim, it would work very well. All you need is some thinner tarp material. Maybe some lens cleaning tissue.

                    Al, there's a reason it's under a tarp....
                    In memory of Mike Chambers

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                    • Ken, I'm not totally familiar with some of your products.

                      I guess the Saran wrap is this sort of translucent material and that it is used to protect the model below. If it's that, I also guess that the glue you use doesn't stick it to the material used to effectively model the tarp.

                      And what kind of glue is Scenic cement?

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                      • Frederic, Saran Wrap is clear plastic that comes in a roll for kitchen use. You can wrap sandwiches, cover bowls, etc. You are correct in that the glue/paint will not stick to it and your model stays clean. You can also remove the tarp from the model this way if you want.

                        Scenic Cement is from Woodland Scenics. It's just like diluted white glue and is used to hold down vegetation.

                        I learned this technique from the model car guys and it works very well.

                        Hope that answers your questions.
                        In memory of Mike Chambers

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                        • Yes, Ken, it's perfect. Thank you very much. The nice point is that these are products easy to find everywhere.

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                          • AL, and Ken

                            Yes my racing career has not gotten much publicity over the years. I really think it deserves all it can get. But as you can see Ken has covered up, now all he wants me to do is weld weld weld. Tote that bail[:-sing][:-sing]

                            Good idea about the lens tissue. :up:

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                            • After much discussion amongst myself[:-blindfold] I decided to have the gate match the style of the fence.



                              But I wanted working hinges so I could either have it open or closed.





                              Knowing how thrifty Tim is, I know he would have made his own hinges out of anything laying around the yard. So I used some plastic angle iron for them. Still need to detail them up.


                              In memory of Mike Chambers

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                              • Nice detail, Ken. I wonder if the trick could be used in O or even in S scale. What size are your angles?

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