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  • #31
    Drew it looks fantastic, is the tall grass WS grass?

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    • #32
      Thanks guys!

      John,

      I start with tan latex paint & sprinkle on real dirt that I sift through an old window screen…

      A primary ingredient for ground cover that I use is what I call my “debris bowl”…It’s an old plastic mixing bowl that I keep/throw all kinds of scenic materials in…ground-up leaves from outside, small twigs, bits of dried weeds, ground foam & other materials left over from all types of scenery projects…I also use some sawdust…the “loose rock” is just leftover bits of plaster …I also use plaster to make the rock outcrops…They’re just globs of p-o-p that I stick on the foam, & then I do a real rough carving job on it with something sharp…16-p nail, screwdriver, ice pick, whatever I can find laying around…this time I used a scrap piece of code 80 rail…

      The trees & foliage are a combination of dried weeds from the yard, plastic dish-sciuring pads, & WS ground foam…

      It’s a pretty low-budget operation…

      Lynn,

      Most of the long grass is jute rope…around here it’s usually called “bailing twine” You can get it at any hardware store…There may be some WS grass in there somewhere, because I do find it in my above-mentioned “debris bowl”.
      -Drew-



      "Life is all the stuff that happened while you were making other plans."

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      • #33
        Thanks Drew,

        I have to get me one of those "debris bowls”.
        <img src="http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/data/bbags/20076794158_b3b.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br>John Bagley<br /><br>Modeling the Alaska Railroad in HO in Wildwood Georgia.

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        • #34
          Hi Drew,

          I enjoyed your description of a "Debris Bowl" I haven't quite got the same, but like you I use a mix of natural and store bought materials; they are kept in seperate conatiners though. Our major difference is that I use a brown acylic gap sealant as my base colour, but after that we do things very similarly.

          With the trees, do you use the scourer as the bases for your foliage? Would you mind doing a close-up photo of one of your trees thanks?
          Rod Hutchinson

          Growing Old Disgracefully

          Australia

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          • #35
            Thanks for the tip Drew

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            • #36
              quote:


              Originally posted by RodH


              Hi Drew,

              I enjoyed your description of a "Debris Bowl" I haven't quite got the same, but like you I use a mix of natural and store bought materials; they are kept in seperate conatiners though. Our major difference is that I use a brown acylic gap sealant as my base colour, but after that we do things very similarly.

              With the trees, do you use the scourer as the bases for your foliage? Would you mind doing a close-up photo of one of your trees thanks?


              My trees are really a pretty sad affair…they’re just bits of dried weeds & flowers out of my yard & garden…I glue bits of ground foam to them for foliage…some of them I leave bare…





              The dish-scouring pads are these plastic mesh things that I cut up & tease into these clumps that look like something the cat coughed up!

              I spray paint them flat black, & then glue on some ground foam…









              When combined with the dried weeds, it (hopfully) looks somewhat like a wooded area…


              -Drew-



              "Life is all the stuff that happened while you were making other plans."

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              • #37
                Drew, the difference between the initial and final states of the dish-scouring pads based weeds is amazing.

                And the last picture shows some GREAT modelling.

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                • #38
                  Great idea with the scouring pads Drew, I'm gonna have to get me some. The finished area in the trestle photo looks terrific!

                  Steve

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                  • #39
                    Thanks guys!

                    I've added a couple more details to the diorama...

                    Looks like the fish are biting down by the RR bridge...


                    -Drew-



                    "Life is all the stuff that happened while you were making other plans."

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                    • #40
                      quote:


                      Originally posted by Drew


                      When combined with the dried weeds, it (hopefully) looks somewhat like a wooded area…


                      Hopefully? I'd say definitely!

                      -Cody

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                      • #41
                        TThanks for the scenery tips Drew. Yours certainly produce a most convincing scene.
                        http://modelingin1-87.blogspot.com/

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                        • #42
                          quote:


                          Originally posted by Drew


                          I've added a couple more details to the diorama...

                          Looks like the fish are biting down by the RR bridge...



                          Drew,
                          Are the two diorama pictures on page 3 the same diorama. There is something different about them that I can't put my finger on.
                          Rod Hutchinson

                          Growing Old Disgracefully

                          Australia

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                          • #43
                            Stunning!!!

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                            • #44
                              Very impressive.
                              http://www.dougcoffey.com/html/model_railroad.html

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                              • #45
                                The diorama really turned out nice, Drew. Thanks for sharing.

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