Friday, November 21, 2014

Beginning to add clear resin to the creek bed in an area which will eventually be a small wetlands

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.

Beginning to build the falls

Here is the first application of the "falls". I will add the splashes and clear resin at the last stage.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Jerry Franklin's first "Operating Session"

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.

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.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rushing Water Under the Bridge

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

Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum Magazine 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.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Great Northern & Cascade Railway Miniature Live Steam Train Rides

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

"Driving to Work" in the morning on a muddy dirt road.

I love this photo, It was a spur of the moment shot. It looks like morning with a bit of dew haze in the background and the cold muddy rutted roads.

O-Scale Grade Crossings

I spent a considerable amount of time getting these grade crossings to look "just right". I love them now. These crossings are in the town of Gunas on Jerry Franklin's, Stillson River Railway (O-Scale Model Railroad).

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Making Miniature Muddy Roads

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

The small oaks in place and looking good!

I'm liking the way the smaller oaks lend to a forced perspective look. I am making plenty more now to place in just the right locations.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Modeling Great Trees from scratch!

Making plenty of trees always adds realism to any model railroad. Here are super easy steps to creating your own from scratch!

O-Scale project in Portland, Oregon.

...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

O-Gauge Depot Interior Walls and Rooftop (kit by BTS)

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

HO-scale Diorama Restoration Project

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!

BTS Depot Kit / O-scale

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.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Crafting Realistic Looking "Young Ponderosa Pines" from bottle-brush type armatures!

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.

Part Four: The Roundhouse Kit (O-Gauge)

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.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Young Ponderosa Pines in O-scale

Here are the results of another round of trying to perfect Ponderosa Pines. I think I'm getting there. Too many tiny needles made their way on to the trunk of the tree but light agitation from a stiff very fine paint brush dipped in paint thinner will remove them. I think this natural tree armature has too much bark texture for a young ponderosa. Other than that, I would be convinced it was pine tree.

Experimenting with "embers" for a forest fire scene

Using full spectrum LED's, foils and color gels, I am able to give the impression of embers glowing in the dirt and debris from a recent forest fire (in O-scale). Now all I have to do is assemble all the components into a very shallow frame or box.

Part Two: Building a Roundhouse Kit by Ross Switches

Friday, March 28, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

HO-scale Oak Tree for foreground

This is an oak tree I created with a sage armature and locally collected lichen and coarse foam foliage. I am very pleased with the results!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Younger Ponderosa Pines, Sage and Fire Lookout ready for installation.

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.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Fire Lookout Tower Complete (in HO-Scale) from a kit from the 1960's

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.

More Gaming Maps for Game Masters I made in Photoshop! Day and Night versions!