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Mo985 posted:

Frank,..Id guess they are supposed to be concrete, however with just the picture provided, to me it look like the top of a plastic cup, I order to get that size diameter. 

Yes, that's what I had hoped the larger one would model, the look of cement/concrete. It is a piece of a cardboard tube around which a roll of carpeting had been wrapped. It cut neatly with a small hacksaw so my imagination was piqued and I tried my best using it.

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The smaller tube is a piece of plastic tubing, perhaps as wide in diameter as a quarter, also trying to be cement/concrete-looking.

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Both got painted with a cement/concrete-colored acrylic. by dabbing the color on, not brushing.IMG_5137 [2)

FrankM

P.S. And Mark, given Paul's suggestion to you, above, about considering modeling a concrete culvert, perhaps, these photos may offer you a reference point, too?

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mike g. posted:
RSJB18 posted:
decoynh posted:
mike g. posted:

Paul, sounds like a great plan! Cant wait to see it all in place! Couldn't wait on a Menards Brewery so I repoed a building and made my own!20170512_07450120170512_07451120170512_07453520170512_074617

I see a Cottage Industry in your future.  Nice job Mike.  How much will these sell for? i'd like mine customized as Sam Adams!

Wait- if your taking orders Yuengling!

Wait a second guy, I only had one building! and it was a gift

LOL!

Mark Boyce posted:

The conversation about culverts hits home.  I have a hole cut out in my roadbed on my diorama, but haven’t decided how to finish it.  Since all my equipment is steam diesel transition era, I want what would be there in about 1950, meaning it was built well before.  At first I thought concrete culvert pipe.  Then I thought of putting in a box culvert of stone or concrete.  Maybe concrete since the tunnel portal is stone to give some variety.

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Here you go Mark.

Image result for old concrete culvert drain

Rick Bivins posted:
carsntrains posted:

I see lots of folks painting backdrops.   All of them look good!  What color blue are you guys using?   I see digistew on youtube used Montana sky.  

Jim

Jim,

I used a $4.00 gallon miss-tint blue from Lowes!!! The paint code is on the can should I need more.

Rick.

Cool! The Montana sky is bear and im sure its 5 times that price lol

Jim

RSJB18 posted:
Mark Boyce posted:

The conversation about culverts hits home.  I have a hole cut out in my roadbed on my diorama, but haven’t decided how to finish it.  Since all my equipment is steam diesel transition era, I want what would be there in about 1950, meaning it was built well before.  At first I thought concrete culvert pipe.  Then I thought of putting in a box culvert of stone or concrete.  Maybe concrete since the tunnel portal is stone to give some variety.

EDB6DCF0-165B-4DA9-866A-F3E44AF2E532

Here you go Mark.

Image result for old concrete culvert drain

Bob,  That one looks great!!  It is certainly the right vintage and has some character!

carsntrains posted:

I see lots of folks painting backdrops.   All of them look good!  What color blue are you guys using?   I see digistew on youtube used Montana sky.  

Jim

Here's what I did (I swear.) I went to the paint store and selected a whole range of blue samples, nearly every one they had. Then, I went outside and held them up, one-by-one, to the sky. The one that blended-in with the bright-blue clear sky of that day was what I had mixed and bought and used. Here are examples of the results>>>IMG_0851

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FrankM

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Hey ya'all. Since my last post here, I've made several workings to the 12x10 shelf layout as noted below. Also, I introduced RC jr to menards "O" gauge stuff via text. Two days later, He text's me from his local Menards (Toledo) with a pic of the Morton Salt building saying "Look what I just got for half price", because it was the display model & 15% off day! I said, "Oh, my grandson is gonna love this" & He say's, "No, Dad, This is for YOU!" Dang, I think we can fit it in on the wide portion of the lower level & wire it thru the AIU as a center piece based on preliminary measurements. Here's what I have done;

Started a test version of a backdrop using neon blue poster board (I know it sounds kinda chinsey as opposed to facia), but taking into consideration it's a shelf layout & with multiple grades it seemed more logistical. It not only gives a nice color enhancement with the lcd lighting, hides brackets & some wiring & could be hand painted for ground effect. 

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Also, if I decide to change to facia next year, the poster board could be used as a pattern for cutting the angles & grades. So, I'm headed back to Pat Catans for enough to go all the way around. Another test area, the wall in craneville where I have been playing with scenery & ballast, I tried the poster board in black and love it! So, I'm going to do the entire lower level backdrop the same way, giving it a Dark night effect.

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As seen in that photo, I painted the shelf underside in preparation for that. here's the wide area I hope the Morton salt will fit into once it gets here.

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Also, the 5 amp re-settable breakers made it from china. I installed them along with some buss & wiring improvements; a breaker on each of the 3 track circuits  & 1 on Acc circuit fed with a brick. They so far, they function perfectly, but I did notice that I have to knock the track circuit down with the AIU before re-setting as they cause the units to restart in conventional mode. This is probably for the best anyway so as not to re set under load.

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Needed something to keep me out of the mower shop for another month anyway ( getting some warm days in between cold spells) & this should do it without breaking the bank.

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carsntrains posted:
Rick Bivins posted:
carsntrains posted:

I see lots of folks painting backdrops.   All of them look good!  What color blue are you guys using?   I see digistew on youtube used Montana sky.  

Jim

Jim,

I used a $4.00 gallon miss-tint blue from Lowes!!! The paint code is on the can should I need more.

Rick.

Cool! The Montana sky is bear and im sure its 5 times that price lol

Jim

I'm a big fan of the miss-tint shelf. Every single trip to Home Depot or Lowe's I check. I grab just about any blue or earth tone they have.  I usually get small buckets for 3-5 bucks. 

I think that classifies as a #Scrounge. Would you agree @M. Mitchell Marmel?

Mark Boyce posted:
RSJB18 posted:
Mark Boyce posted:

The conversation about culverts hits home.  I have a hole cut out in my roadbed on my diorama, but haven’t decided how to finish it.  Since all my equipment is steam diesel transition era, I want what would be there in about 1950, meaning it was built well before.  At first I thought concrete culvert pipe.  Then I thought of putting in a box culvert of stone or concrete.  Maybe concrete since the tunnel portal is stone to give some variety.

EDB6DCF0-165B-4DA9-866A-F3E44AF2E532

Here you go Mark.

Image result for old concrete culvert drain

Bob,  That one looks great!!  It is certainly the right vintage and has some character!

just the right mix of weeds, muck, and trash

RSJB18 posted:
Mark Boyce posted:

The conversation about culverts hits home.  I have a hole cut out in my roadbed on my diorama, but haven’t decided how to finish it.  Since all my equipment is steam diesel transition era, I want what would be there in about 1950, meaning it was built well before.  At first I thought concrete culvert pipe.  Then I thought of putting in a box culvert of stone or concrete.  Maybe concrete since the tunnel portal is stone to give some variety.

EDB6DCF0-165B-4DA9-866A-F3E44AF2E532

Here you go Mark.

Image result for old concrete culvert drain

The perfect solution including the old tire, weeds and mud flats.   For what it's worth, my vote is yes!

Dave

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gandydancer1950 posted:
carsntrains posted:

I see lots of folks painting backdrops.   All of them look good!  What color blue are you guys using?   I see digistew on youtube used Montana sky.  

Jim

I used cloud pattern wallpaper for my background. Two rolls of the cheap stuff covered it all!

I just went to the paint store and picked a shade that looked like a clear blue sky to me. Don't worry about the name found on the paint chip, every brand has different names anyway. It's really all about the pigment formula. Most if not all paint stores, have a color matching device. You could bring in a photo, and they could match to that for your own custom color.

R.C. posted:

Hey ya'all. Since my last post here, I've made several workings to the 12x10 shelf layout as noted below. Also, I introduced RC jr to menards "O" gauge stuff via text. Two days later, He text's me from his local Menards (Toledo) with a pic of the Morton Salt building saying "Look what I just got for half price", because it was the display model & 15% off day! I said, "Oh, my grandson is gonna love this" & He say's, "No, Dad, This is for YOU!" Dang, I think we can fit it in on the wide portion of the lower level & wire it thru the AIU as a center piece based on preliminary measurements. Here's what I have done;

Started a test version of a backdrop using neon blue poster board (I know it sounds kinda chinsey as opposed to facia), but taking into consideration it's a shelf layout & with multiple grades it seemed more logistical. It not only gives a nice color enhancement with the lcd lighting, hides brackets & some wiring & could be hand painted for ground effect. 

IMG_20180120_231506[1]

Also, if I decide to change to facia next year, the poster board could be used as a pattern for cutting the angles & grades. So, I'm headed back to Pat Catans for enough to go all the way around. Another test area, the wall in craneville where I have been playing with scenery & ballast, I tried the poster board in black and love it! So, I'm going to do the entire lower level backdrop the same way, giving it a Dark night effect.

IMG_20180122_102757[1]IMG_20180122_102810[1]

As seen in that photo, I painted the shelf underside in preparation for that. here's the wide area I hope the Morton salt will fit into once it gets here.

IMG_20180122_102831[1]

Also, the 5 amp re-settable breakers made it from china. I installed them along with some buss & wiring improvements; a breaker on each of the 3 track circuits  & 1 on Acc circuit fed with a brick. They so far, they function perfectly, but I did notice that I have to knock the track circuit down with the AIU before re-setting as they cause the units to restart in conventional mode. This is probably for the best anyway so as not to re set under load.

IMG_20180122_102849[1]

IMG_20180120_230923[1]

Needed something to keep me out of the mower shop for another month anyway ( getting some warm days in between cold spells) & this should do it without breaking the bank.

It looks good R.C.  I need something for a background on my Ceiling Central RR to enhance the look of the trains.

RSJB18 posted:
Pine Creek Railroad posted:

 JDJr,

   Installed the new PCRR DCS HHRC Holder on the Layout Power Station that Mike G Custom Made and had delivered to me.  

PCRR/Dave

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Dave- Very nice. I had a sneak peak last week. 

great work Mike!

Bob

Thanks Bob! I like mine too! Just no picture on it!

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