Monday, November 24, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
Here are some close ups of the riverbed. The clear resin has just been poured and now it cures for 24 hours. After Buffalo grass is planted along the shores and some aspen and oaks, this will be a shady spot to get some respite from the hot summer heat in Eastern Washington.
Monday, November 3, 2014
My wife views Klickitat Junction on Jerry Franklin's O-Gauge Model Railroad. She was conductor and I was the engineer on our crew as we operated a local freight with two precarious stops near the mainline. She did a great job, being her first time throwing switches and operating the turntable. We had lots of fun as did Chris and Mildee Vedder operating a passenger train and a long freight that needed a helper engine lash-up to manage the steep mountainous grade.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
A very happy client! Jerry Franklin operating his model railroad in O-gauge. Today I helped Jerry clean up his "Train Room" so that it is prepared and ready for his operating session this coming weekend. I cleaned the upper On30 track and it tested out perfect.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I am working in Portland this week on Jerry Zaret's O-scale model railroad. These are images of some smalls falls that flow under a large trestle. Much of the "white" will disappear once it is dry but we will add some white froth to it later. Tomorrow we put a clear coat of clear resin over the entire river and falls to give it a shiny gloss "wet" look. I will post that when it is done. We are both also working on creating some really neat power poles which we will string with guitar string for a super realist look, and glass beads for insulators. I will post images of that project as well when it is done.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Yay, I finished laying out this years annual HISTORY magazine in only three drafts. Its full of awesome information from the past, some of it the not to distant past. All the authors are great people who have done many wonderful things in their lives and are now sharing their discoveries, memories and information for us to know and embellish our lives today. Thank you Gloria for being one of the best editors I've worked with.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Wow, I visited the Railroad Town of Skykomish with my friend and we discovered this awesome Train Museum and Live Steam Miniature Train Rides. It was a great discovery! I recommend this as a destination day trip. www.GNCRailway.org or www.facebook.com/GNCRailway
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
I'm practicing with muddy roads on the project in Portland this week. For the water in the tires tracks, I am experimenting with different materials, the best so far is diluted gel medium Gloss. I can't wait to go out tomorrow to see how it looks when its dry.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
...I made some railroad crossings for the town of Gunas today on the Portland project. Also, nearly finished with the dirt road for downtown. We had to move all the buildings to do it. Good thing the client took photos so we can put them back in the correct places, hee hee.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Here are more shots of the construction of the Depot Kit I am building for a customer. Next are the three bay windows. Lots of little pieces!
Monday, June 23, 2014
This is a project that is really unique and fun. I am restoring a diorama. The scale is HO and it was build really fantastic, however, the fiberglass resin warped the base of the diorama and the flat water. I am wet-grinding down the raised portion of the resin and I have removed the sides which will be replaced with stronger material. I am sandwiching the base with a new straight board using contact adhesive and clamps. I plan to remove all the dust and refresh the diorama with a very light spray of india ink and alcohol, glue on a collection of small parts that have come off over the years and finally, pour a deep layer of Envirotex clear resin. I'll keep you posted!
This is a cool kit by "BTS" and has tons of laser cut parts. The main structure is coming together. I built the staircase piece by piece with the risers and treads. The color scheme is an ocre yellow and dark brown trim. Of course, very weathered colors. The interior has a fresh coat of white paint. This is an O-scale kit.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014
I had fun today making young pine trees to use as "fill" forest or middle ground trees. The foreground trees have even more detail while far background trees are very small in comparison. Here is a chart you can follow if you want to make your own.
Update on the Roundhouse Kit: I added texture to the roof pieces and finalized the windows and other details. The doors on the kit are problematic but I will give it another try at getting them to swing open. I am building this kit without instructions since they were not provided.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
I finally came up with a formula or process of creating young ponderosa pines for Jerry Franklin's SP&S Klickitat Junction Route in O-Scale. Although the layout is O-Scale, the Fire Lookout model is HO-Scale and the trees reduced in size a bit to add a forced perspective. This model will be added at the top of the tallest peak on the layout. As I get closer to the lower tracks, I will create larger trees with more detailed branches. The sage was made from local lichen found near Snoqualmie, Washington. I will take photos of the installation and post soon.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
I finally finished this kit from JV Models, circa 1960's. It turned out pretty darn good. I do not know how they did it back then without ACC glue! This is a model commissioned by Jerry Franklin to go on one of his mountain peaks on his Klickitat Junction Route of the SP&S. The model was an all wood kit. It is in HO-Scale which will lend to a forced perspective effect on his O-Gauge Model Railroad. I am creating the scenery for this layout.