Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
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.
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Friday, October 14, 2011
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.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
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 22, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
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.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
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.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
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
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.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
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.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.