Friday, June 28, 2013

working with Fine Artist, Mildee Vetter on Jerry Franklin's O-gauge/HO-scale model railroad

Thanks to Mildee Vetter, most of the plastering of the base scenery is complete. Once it is bone dry, we will apply plaster rock castings to the surface and blend them seamlessly into the existing landscape. Mildee attended a course with Jackson Pollock in one of her art schools she attended. She also studied fine art in Sweden and is one of the more creative artist's I know. Thanks Mildee!

progress on Jerry Franklin's O-gauge and HO-scale model railroad layout June 28, 2013

Here are some progressive shots of the project so far. I love shots like these because they remind me of the work I put into it already. The next stage now is to match the rock patterns that the client wants. He has reference he will share with me on rock that is in Eastern Washington. Columnar basalt rock I believe, where the basalt crystalizes under extreme pressure and cooling and forms five sided columns that grow vertical side by side. They actually look like human made columns. You might want to look that up online to verify but I believe thats a good explanation.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

UPDATE: Jerry Franklin's O-Gauge / HO-Gauge Model Railroad

Today I finished a few more areas of the layout with the plaster cloth application, tomorrow, I get the honor of working with Mildee Vetter on the scenery. She is a European trained Fine Artist and very creative much like her husband Chris Vetter.

Monday, June 17, 2013

UPDATE O-Gauge Scenery on the Franklin's Model Railroad Project

I still have some more weaving to do with the cardboard strips but I wanted to start some plastering the armature today. I think its going to look really nice when its all covered in plaster and ready for plaster rock castings. Man, plaster is messy no matter how clean I try to be, the dust wants to linger.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

O-Gauge Scenery Base on the Franklin's Model Railroad Project

The mountains on this model railroad will be constructed pretty much the same way they did it in the 40's. I am weaving strips of cardboard "strips" to create the armature system that will support two or three layers of plaster cloth (plaster fused with gauze) when all the plaster cloth is dry and complete the result will be a thin and hollow yet very strong shell of a mountain. This allows us access inside the mountains for any derailments. I then willincorporate plaster rock castings into the hills to look just like rock outcroppings that one may see in Eastern Washington.

Thomas the Tank Engine site map 2013

I am updating the Thomas the Tank Engine site map for the Northwest Railway Museum. Each year they host a visit from Thomas the Tank Engine. Its always a sell out and the little town of Snoqualmie is packed for two weekends. Each year I update the site map for them.