Colorado O Scale St. Vrain River Bridge Project

OUTSTANDING!

Well, you've done it Erik!!! This one absolutely looks real. The angle is terrific and adds to the overall look. Just like sitting on the bank fishing or trainspotting. I can't find anything that says model. 

This module will do more for "O Scale" at train shows than anything I've seen prior.   Very few layouts, much less club modules, get anywhere close to this level of detail, fit and finish, in any gauge. You've have the HO and N guys drooling!

Nice work!!!


Weathering?

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Under surface effects layering and tinting and adjusting current effects 

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Yes I could have done fish however I felt it was a little too much. I will plan on adding a fisherman and a line. Picked up one today from Artista online. 

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Some further refinements to the water and riprap etc. 

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Erik along with everything else that is so nicely done with this module, you've also really captured the essences of a flowing stream remarkably well, so realistic!

By the way where is the location of the second photo in this latest series taken from, near Silverton?

Thank you,

John

John. P. Johnson posted:

Since i do the trackwork, i'll answer the rail color question.  Rails were painted with RustOlem primer for rusty metal before laying.  After everything was in place,  the rails, spikes and tieplates were painted with Joe's Model Trains Custom Flat Acrylic Paint and a small brush.  It's not really as tedious as it sounds.  A little weathering should knock down the "new" rust look.  The BNSF rails behind my house are much darker brown than this color,  but they are only seen in direct sunlight.  Erik has been teaching me about the role of light in presenting models in a "good" light. 

Hi John,

Can you tell me the importer of the thru plate girder bridge that you have displayed in your diorama ?

Thanks,

Ted Michaels (teddymich)

 

teddymich posted:
John. P. Johnson posted:

Since i do the trackwork, i'll answer the rail color question.  Rails were painted with RustOlem primer for rusty metal before laying.  After everything was in place,  the rails, spikes and tieplates were painted with Joe's Model Trains Custom Flat Acrylic Paint and a small brush.  It's not really as tedious as it sounds.  A little weathering should knock down the "new" rust look.  The BNSF rails behind my house are much darker brown than this color,  but they are only seen in direct sunlight.  Erik has been teaching me about the role of light in presenting models in a "good" light. 

Hi John,

Can you tell me the importer of the thru plate girder bridge that you have displayed in your diorama ?

Thanks,

Ted Michaels (teddymich)

 

Ted, it’s actually my bridge John is assisting me with the incredible engineering required in building my section for the layout we both own together.  The model was built for me by a custom builder in China of brass. He was selling similar models on eBay and agreed to build one to a specific length and width found in the Rio Grande standards books. 

We’ve had some excellent feedback at a new show in Denver called the Rocky Mountain Hobby Expo today  

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Gerald from Caboose Ltd (Caboose Hobbies) in Lakewood was very supportive in his critique; he is an accomplished Narrow Gauge modeler and instrumental in putting on this years 37th annual National Narrow Gauge Convention.

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The layout exhibits well and continues to grow  

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Bob Kjelland is an excellent resource for bridges and gave it the going over! One of his Northern Pacific bridges won best at the March Meet back in the 2000’s and was featured in O Scale News  1/4” to the Foot  

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This gentleman is a an expert on civil engineering and was very impressed by the working miniature quality of the build  

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Doug Geiger is a hard man to impress and he was! His knowledge of railroad operations and history makes him one of today’s leading authorities in our community  

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I drooled all over Fred’s booth today  ;-)

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This fine gentleman fired on the Espee AC’s! 

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Great crew 

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