Sunday Scenic Showcase March 11, 2018

Just finished up these Bessemer and Lake Erie F units. All have had their pilots fixed, Kadee couplers installed, and weathered. The middle unit is a custom paint job. The decals gave me fits and I'm not happy with them so it's probably going back to the bench for a re-do, but for now I'm happy watching it run around the layout.

To me, nothing says "model railroading" more than the iconic Atlas switch tower (okay, the aroma of airbrushing Floquil ranks right up there too!). I've built about a dozen of these things over my modeling lifetime, this being my first in O scale. Since my railroad represents a small branch line and probably wouldn't need an interlocking switch tower I chose to model it in a "mothballed" state. 

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Over the last few weeks I've been scratch building the Rose Tool  factory backdrop. It measures 32" long by 13" high. I really like old weather beaten board and batten siding, and I decided to make my own board by board. It goes without saying...there was endless cutting of a lot of pieces of wood involved in this project, but I like the effect that just doesn't come with sheet siding. The finish is a blend of several applications of various alcohol/Ink washes and acrylic paint.  I just keep adding until the look appeals to me. There's still some scenic work to blend it in as well as paint for the sheetrock wall, but for now I'm pretty satisfied with the project.

Bob

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flanger posted:

Over the last few weeks I've been scratch building the Rose Tool  factory backdrop. It measures 32" long by 13" high. I really like old weather beaten board and batten siding, and I decided to make my own board by board. It goes without saying...there was endless cutting of a lot of pieces of wood involved in this project, but I like the effect that just doesn't come with sheet siding. The finish is a blend of several applications of various alcohol/Ink washes and acrylic paint.  I just keep adding until the look appeals to me. There's still some scenic work to blend it in as well as paint for the sheetrock wall, but for now I'm pretty satisfied with the project.

Bob

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Bob,

what did did you use for the trim alone the roof?

Carl Peduzzi posted:
Norm Charbonneau posted:

Made some rr ties to toss around the layout:

Norm,

Were those ties precut or did you make them from old flex track you had around?  I am wondering how you made the tie plate wear/marks?

-Carl

They are just chopped pieces of 1/8"X3/16" basswood. I made the tie plate indentations by hammering a piece of Atlas scrap rail over them using my jig in the photos. Maybe on the next set I'll do the middle rail dents, ha.

Allan Miller posted:
Norm Charbonneau posted:

Made some rr ties to toss around the layout:

 

One of the few guys I know who would take the time and effort to make a bunch of ties that really look like "used" prototype railroad ties.

Allan, and others

You can get the RR stock direct from Gargraves and request it without the Kerf.

Steve

It's almost Thursday. Guess we should just cross out the title SUNDAY...

Gargraves is not scale.

Here's another option, cut up a bunch of pine scrap sticks............................

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