Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Nuremberg Toy Show Train Layout (Busch/MTH)

Another rural scene from the layout built for Busch of Germany and MTH of USA exhibit for Nuremberg Toy Show.
All scenes are built in HO-Scale.

Nuremberg Toy Show Train Layout (Busch/MTH)

This is a farming scene on the layout (HO-Scale) Using Busch products.

Nuremberg Toy Show Train Layout (Busch/MTH)

This is a village scene from the layout modeled in HO-Scale.

Nuremberg Toy Show Train Layout (Busch/MTH)

This is a scene depicting a rural setting on the layout. This is all in HO-Scale.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

AdventureAweek.com coming soon!

Here is a flyer I am working on that is in progress. Its for our (Jonathan Nelson and Todd Gamble) website launching in February 2012.

2011 Downtown Snoqualmie Tree Lighting

Here is a poster I just finished for the Downtown Snoqualmie Tree Lighting. It still needs to be proofed and approved but I am happy with it so far. It is designed to be non-specific about a particular holiday (Christmas). However, I like the traditional cozy sound of the word "Christmas" myself.

Friday, November 18, 2011


Jonathan Nelson and I are scheduled to launch our website in February of 2012.
What is Adventureaweek.com?
Adventureaweek.com is an amazing role-playing game adventure that never ends! Each week an original adventure is created and published for game masters. As a member you gain access to the adventures and may run them straight off the website.
We have also worked tirelessly to hand craft an extensive original campaign setting for you to use if you wish. We have filled our world with unique characters for your players to meet and interact with, amazing locations for your PCs to explore, and strange magical items for them to plunder and utilize. You are welcome to use as much or as little of our content as you wish.
Adventureaweek.com is statistically driven using both the 3.5 OGL (Open Gaming License) & Pathfinder RPG.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Skykomish Cascade Range gets foliage

Here Jennifer Theroux is taking over for me and beautifully adding sifting soil, forest ground cover and planting various sizes of
evergreen trees to the mountain range which I had carved from foam and added plaster rock castings and a base coat of acrylic paint washes. Jennifer sifted a 5 gallon bucket of soil collected from the Skykomish area into fine, medium and coarse grades.
She then paints over the mountains but not the castings with a 50/50 solution of white glue and water with a horse hair paint brush. While the glue is still wet, she sifts fine soil to adhere to the mountains. After dry, the excess soil that did not adhere will be recollected with the vacuum. More glue was added and a commercial mixture of forest ground cover was pressed onto the moistened surfaces. Once dry, trees can be planted and adhered with Aleene's tacky glue, one of my favorite glues. Dave Hikel's design calls for a combination of model tree types. They are made of wire and fiber and can poke well into the foam mountains for placement but if there is a plaster casting too close, a small drill hole will need to be predrilled and glue added and tree planted.
Smaller, finer trees are put in the back and onto the ridge to lend a bit of forced perspective to add depth to the area.

Eagle's Nest, Montana in O-Scale 1/4" scale

Snap shots around the layout

Here are various snap shots of the layout in Medina that Dave Hikel of Hikel O-Gauge Trains is building for a client.
I've been asked to work on scenery for the 3200 SqFt space.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Avery Tunnel complete (structures to come)

Here is the Avery Tunnel. A small railroad station will be constructed and placed in the flat area.
I will add many pines and shrubbery to this area of the model railroad next.

Skykomish (Cascades) with out trees yet

Here are some views of the state of the Skykomish, Washington area of the model railroad.
There are thousands of trees to be added to the mountains in this area.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Scenery: Clay Erosion / Part Two

Here is the clay erosion site (Abo Canyon) with soil added that was collected from the actual location.
I matched the color of the red clay dirt, Burnt Umber, Red Oxide, Titanium White and Yellow Ocre. Once I put a think
wash of Mars Black acrylic over the painted rockwork, the coloring seems to match perfectly. I have a lot of fun trying to
guess the colors I would need to replicate a real stone or soil and actually finding them and recording the ratio of the formulas so that I can make this again if needed and not have to figure it out again.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Moving a 2000 sq ft Model Railroad from Utah to Portland

Here are some images of a project I am working on in Park City, Utah. Dave Hikel of Hikel O-Gauge has contracted me and four other contractors to travel to Utah and disassemble a model railroad that occupies a space of 2000 sq ft.
I am cutting the scenery and track into sections that have been plotted out by Dave Hikel (plan as seen on image).
Other contractors are disassembling the wiring and documenting and labeling them. The home is in The Colony in The Canyons and is at an altitude of 9500 feet. Breathing is a bit more difficult than back home in Seattle. We get a bit of reprieve when we come back to our hotel rooms at 7500 feet above sea level. All the sections of the model railroad will be crated and packed away into 8 different PODS to then be delivered to Portland, Oregon, where we will then re assemble the layout for the client.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

finished scenery concealing a joint in the layout

Here are various views of the finished scenery concealing the seam between two sections of the layout.
The top photographs shows some of the plywood joints.

visual tutorial-building adjoining scenery at seam

adding base color to the rock face of coal generation plant

foreground geology for coal generating plant area

Here are some shots of the adjoining mountain range and the tail end of the California Zephyr.
After applying rock castings, I blended them together with Fiber Decor and Plaster. I will need to build the
adjoining scenery and then cut the two parts at the seam to insert a rip cord within that seam. The seam will be
finely patched and painted to be unseen.

Friday, April 8, 2011

lift off background mountain ridge

Here I have added a floating piece of scenery, a background mountain ridge. This will set on top of the existing mountains and serve as a cap over the tunnel that runs through the mountains.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Todd and SF PFE cars

This is just a photo of me posing in front of an area I am nearly finished with. This is designed to resemble parts of Montana.
Scenery here is also built as removable sections for emergency repairs or transporting. Benchwork sections are Dave Hikel's design.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Adding dirt to the surface

Here I am adding dirt from the actual location to my scenery. I am simply mixing 50/50 white glue and water and brushing it onto the surface. I then sift on the dirt and vacuum up any excess. We use a small portable shop vac just for this type of work and reclaim the dirt to reuse again.

Palisades, Nevada

Here I am continuing to work on the Palisades canyon portion of the layout. The river will be the final detail to complete this area.
I will have to wait for all the track and electrical work to be complete before this can be done.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

More views from around the layout

Here are a few various views of the layout. You can see how differing areas are melding together
with scenery. Also, some of the plastic laminate is going up along the profile boards.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Moving around the corner

Here are photos of areas modeled after locations in Nevada. There are several removable mountain sections in case of derailment in the tunnels or for moving the layout to a new location. The mine tunnel interior is about 12" deep and it peers into a tunnel so that viewers can see locomotives pass by. The soil is from actual locations in Nevada.

area for a coal generation power plant

Here I am recreating an area that will house a coal generation power plant. I am working from photographs to recreate it as closely as possible.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

More views of Royal Gorge after painting complete

Here are some nice views of the Royal Gorge area with painting complete. I will add more dirt and light ground foliage next.
I will also need to build some more of the canyon bank and then the river. The track has yet to be laid, however I placed the
passenger cars for scale reference.

Royal Gorge painted

Finally, the painting is complete on this area of the Royal Gorge. I've also added more alluvial fill, broken bits of plaster and real dirt from the location. After securing the rock with glue, I dried it with a heat gun so I could paint it right away.

Painting the Royal Gorge

Here I am painting the Royal Gorge plaster rock castings. I made special notes to imitate the colors in real life from a photograph. After recording the formula (needed for future repairs) I made a batch of three color tones and painted them in particular sequence to achieve the correct visual I wanted.

Cobbled castings for the Royal Gorge

Here are some steps I took to get the plaster rock castings in place. Adhering the broken rockwork to the foam using great stuff spray foam, modeling in between with a fiber decor and plaster mix, smoothening with a soft paint brush and water.

Plaster Rock Castings for the Royal Gorge

This area of the layout required plenty of plaster rock castings. As not to repeat the rock casting patterns, I broke the large castings up into smaller parts and rearranged them, adhered them to the foam and modeled in between with a fiber decor and plaster mix using a putty knife and blending with a paint brush and water.

creating a pass-through for a tram

This is a portion of a tram that is in Royal Gorge. There is not much room for the tram but I will force the perspective a bit to give the appearance of most of it (as seen in the prototype photograph). The trackwork and structures will be added later.

New Desert Mts to work on

Here is yet another area of the layout that needs to be created. This will be in Nevada, desert terrain, very barren with just a few
rock outcroppings here and there. First I carve the form of the foam with a hotwire tool, then I use a hand rasp the smoothen out the surface. Next, I smoothen the surface even more by adding a slip coat of Fiber Decor and plaster mix with a putty knife while adding plaster rock castings in the appropriate locations (as seen on the photos of the prototype areas).

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Modular Landscape Pieces

Here I have created four modular landscape pieces for a product display at a train show. Trees will be added for customers to see what the trees can look like in a natural looking setting. I have made many of these modular pieces for various miniature gaming companies and model railroaders alike. I will make custom pieces for folks, just contact me through my website: ToddGambleART.com Also, coming soon to my website, I will have several styles available to choose from in different geologic forms available in sets or individual pieces.