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  • The Daphedit RR

    Just thought I would post a few very early construction photos. I've just begun to start the scenery which needs lots of additional layers, as well building the entire Town of Daphetid. The Daphetid River will be on the right the full length of the railroad twisting in and out, all the track work and switching will be in the middle portion and the majority of the structures running along the rear portion up to the backdrop.

    Peter [:-kitty]










    Peter [:-kitty]

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    Pete,

    Looking good. The scenery is shaping up and the track work is looking good.

    Frank

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    • #3
      Frank

      Thanks. I think this is he furthest i've actaully gone on any of the previous layouts.

      Peter [:-kitty]

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      • #4
        cool,Peter!!
        Elliott

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        • #5
          Thanks Elliot

          Peter [:-kitty]

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          • #6
            Very nice, Peter! I really like that trackwork, looks really nice. I'm curious how you made your trees, particularly the large ones and how tall they are. I'm thinking ahead to that aspect of my soon-to-be layout, wondering how tall might look too tall. I plan to use dowel rods to construct individual trees, but am wondering how tall I should go before it starts to look odd or out of scale. I guess a lot of it depends on the overall size of the layout (mine will be 23' long along one wall with return loops at each end).

            Also, I noticed in another thread you were talking about using real dirt in a blender. Along a similar line, I saw a demonstration on a logging video I have of where a modeler took real leaves and chopped them up in a blender for general ground cover in the forest. It looked real nice when done. I think I'm going to give that a shot. Have you ever tried it?

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            • #7
              Peter, great start! Good looking rock castings! Looking forward to more progress photos!

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              • #8
                Looks pretty good to me!

                Keep it up,

                -Cody

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                • #9
                  Eddie

                  Thanks for the nice comments about my beginnings. My small On30 switching layout is Ell shaped with the one back wall being 10 feet long and the Ell back wall being 7 feet long. My Daphetid RR is set along the Daphetid River for its entire length, thusly the rock coast line. So far i've only built a few trees, which are 18 inches tall (72 scale feet) and 14.5 inches (58 feet tall). The little tree represents new growth. Most of the foreground trees are going to be about 10 - 14 inches high and the trees in the rear will be 14 - 20 inches in height. No forced perspective here. I carved the trunks out of 1/2 sq balsa stock' added grain with a fine tooth saw blade (not in straight lines) and stained the trunks with highly diluted Floquil Grimy Black. The branches are Caspia with ground foam. The trees represent Douglas firs and were built as per Paul Scoles' DVD. I plan on building other types of tress and secondary growth with Scenic Express Super trees again as per Paul Scoles method.

                  I have a good supply of both ground up leaves and twigs but wont be adding them until the final layers of scenery.

                  I haven't had a chance to use my 'powdered dirt' yet. The dirt as sifted, is a much lighter brown but after wet water and glue, it turns much darker in color. For the roads, I wanted a lighter color brown and hopefully the blended dirt will do the trick.

                  Peter [:-kitty]

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                  • #10
                    Al and Cody

                    Thanks for your positive and encouraging comments. I need to jump around a bit to keep my interest up.

                    Peter [:-kitty]

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                    • #11
                      Peter, its coming along nicely!

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                      • #12
                        Nice start, Peter. It looks like I have the same C&S cars than you.

                        About trees height. I made some 20" tall trees ala Paul Scoles on an Sn3 diorama and they don't seem out of size. I think that even 2' high trees would still look OK in this kind od scene. Paul's are very high too. That will also allow you to model the understory trees and give more life to your forest.

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                        • #13
                          Bob

                          Thanks for the positive comments.

                          Peter [:-kitty]

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                          • #14
                            Frederic

                            Thanks you for the kind words. I totally agree about the trees. Since this is O scale, they need to be big. I've been resisting modifying, detailing and repainting my rolling stock at this point. I have so much to do on the layout that until I make some real progress with the scenery and structures, I don't want to take on any additional work.

                            Peter

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                            • #15
                              Peter,

                              Nice start to the railroad, the trackwork and scenery look great. Looking forward to seeing more photos.
                              Ron Newby

                              General Manager

                              Clearwater Valley Railway Co.

                              http://cvry.ca

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