Wednesday, June 30, 2010

On30 Gauge (another view so far)

Here are two other views of the plaster rockwork for the upper level layout. Composed mostly of huge plaster castings of rock and broken and carved to fit. A filler material was used to join the castings together somewhat seamlessly. Note the vertical line in the mountains. This is where the mountains will separate when the layout needs to be relocated. The line will have a rip cord which will be covered over with water soluable filler and painted to match the rest of the scenery. The area can be wetted and the filler will let loose of the rip cord. This is another great idea that Dave Hikel had.

Concrete Walkway for retaining wall

Here I am painting a matching wash of tan (the same as the wash on the stonework) over the concrete walkway for the top of the retaining wall. The concrete walkway will have a concrete railing too (soon to come).

Tan wash over dark stonework made from foam

Here I am adding a wash of titanium white, raw sienna and raw umber. Here is also a better view of the joining ends of the two retaining wall sections.

Friday, June 25, 2010

O-Gauge retaining wall

This retaining wall was a solution for hiding a concrete ledge at the base of the painted backdrop.
Insulation Foam board was cut to size using a hotwire foam cutting table. Each piece of "cut stone"
was glued into place on the wood panel. The stones at the ends of each panel interlock together
to help hide the joining seam.

Friday, June 18, 2010

On30-Upper Level layout mountains

On the Medina Project, Charles Jackson stacked and glued the foam panels and placed them. I later came by and applied a molding compound and hydrocal rock castings to fit, creating a steep granite mountain (simulating the Cascades mountains of the Skykomish, Washington area).

O-Gauge-Bridge from Silverbow to Butte

I am adding a small hill and bridge from Silverbow to Butte, Montana on the Medina Project. Dave Hikel and I made sure
that the catenary lines that will be added later will clear the bridge structure. I later adapted the grade of the road to be less steep.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Charcoal Drawing / Locomotive #26

This is an image drawn with compressed charcoals on hot press archival watercolor paper.
Drawn by Todd Gamble,Created in 1994. It measures 24 inches by 30 inches.
Matt Herzog of Redding, California is the owner of the piece.

Tiny Z-Scale Test Track Diorama

This is a Z-Scale Test Track Diorama built to fit on a tabletop. It has quick connectors for fast wiring to power source.
It travels great and easily stores away. It is lightweight because it is made mostly of carved foam to resemble rock.
It measures a mere 15 Inches wide and 22 inches long.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

8ft x 12ft O-Gauge Layout

This is an O-Gauge Layout I built for a client in Issaquah, Washington. The layout disassembles into two parts for
storage. Track lighting with remote on/off switch was installed. The well constructed benchwork was built by
Glenn Englund of Nordic Consult - Residential Services:
Electrical consulting was offered by Troy Taylor of Edmonds, Washington.
The completed project was delivered by Todd Gamble, Mike Antone and Glenn Englund.

HO-Scale "High Desert Scenery"

This piece of scenery was created in HO-Scale. There were three pieces of scenery that were joined
together to create one large layout.

HO RR Crossing (2 views)

These shots are from a diorama I built for a customer to display a "train".
It is HO-Scale. The diorama was later connected to an HO layout.

Terrain Variations

These are a series of images showing the variation of terrain we are creating on this O-Gauge layout in Medina, WA.
I have been subcontracted by Dave Hikel of to assist with and create scenery for the layout.
You can see more of my work at

Cascade Mt. Range

This is a section of the Cascade Mountain Range carved from extruded foam board panels and glued together with
vinyl adhesive caulking. I used Hot Wire Foam Factory's ProTools Router to carve the foam. I later applied a veneer of
hydrocal rock castings that were cut-to-fit.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Old Shack and Fir Trees

The old shack is only 5 inches tall and made of scrap wood. The corrugated sheet metal roofing was made from
the cardstock packaging used for light bulbs. The fir trees are all hand made and are 5 1/2 inches tall.