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Dioramas / Re: Dave's Donuts
« on: February 16, 2020, 08:23:36 AM »
Looks really nice, love the scene.

Jim D

Scratchbuilding / Re: PUGWUMPS BROTHERS ..........DAY AT THE VETS
« on: February 14, 2020, 03:11:39 PM »
Hi Mike;

Great structure and scene. I think another reason for low comments is the web site is struggling with Gremlins. For example I can post short notes most times but only at night with a computer do I have a chance of posting photos. It is hit and miss and I am afraid some folks aren't stopping by this site as much because of it.

Jim D

The Official F&SM Layout Thread! / Re: 2020 FSM Pilgrimage
« on: February 14, 2020, 10:52:54 AM »
Dave I am in again;

Deb and I had a great time last year. Time for another gathering for sure. For us it was as much as getting together and making friends as it was to visit an incredible layout and meet an incredible modeler. We turned it into a trip to the area, visited southern Maine and meeting up with local friends as well. Deb said absolutely the minute I asked, she had a ball last year with everyone but especially the ladies. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

Jim D

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Friday, Feb 14 - Happy Valentine's Day
« on: February 14, 2020, 09:55:39 AM »
Well had 5 crowns put in yesterday and woke up feeling great. Nice start to the day. We apparently have already hit the high for the day and it will be down hill for balance of day, so a good day to stay inside and work on the layout. Stay warm folks.

Jim D

Dioramas / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Diorama
« on: February 13, 2020, 09:03:07 AM »
With the grass in place everything was put back on but this time each has some glue holding in place. I also decided the lightpole was just to 'nice' for this scene so it was removed and a telephone pole (1/8 dowel that had been roughed up and stained brown with Hunterline) put in its place.

So here is were we are now. Starting to come together.

Dioramas / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Diorama
« on: February 13, 2020, 08:55:43 AM »
I also applied to signs to the front retaining wall. One says No Parking and the other No Dumping, you can imagine how well that is going to work out.

While everything on the diorama was drying I worked on the lighthouse. Using brown heavy EZ string as vine stock I smeared Elmers glue on it. I then passed it though a tray of Scenic Express Super Leave. I had mixed a lite green color and dark green color together to produce variation. To cover any sections missing leaves I simply sprinkled leave over the line while holding it. When I made several lengths of the vines and let everything dry overnight.

Next day to add more color to the vines I airbrushed them just like I did the static grass. Using a toothpick I placed Elmers glue up the seam on the tower to cover it with the vines. I also had branches of the glue come off the main section so as to create a realistic pattern. The vine strings were placed carefully on the glue and worked into place. I made sure a couple hung down below the foundation so they could be continued on the front of the retaining wall. Here is what came out.

Dioramas / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Diorama
« on: February 13, 2020, 08:41:36 AM »
After the glue dried I used an airbrush to color the grass to match the time of year (late summer) and location (Upper Michigan on Great Lake). I also dusted the tips of some of the grass to make it look like dandelions and other flowers.

Dioramas / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Diorama
« on: February 13, 2020, 08:34:26 AM »
Working one spot at a time I used a disposable eye dropper to apply a 50/50 solution of Elmer's glue and water. I used to use Modge Podge but continue to find Elmer's works best for most applications. It and Hobby Lobby's Extreme Glue (super glue) have become my glue of choice. With the area coated I used the applicator to apply 2 mill 'spring color' static grass. I am not sure the brand, it came in a small packet with the applicator and I decided to use it up. After applying I took the scene out of cardboard tray, tapped the grass off into the tray and poured the unused grass back into a small container holding the unused grass. Next, using a sheet of paper to protect areas I did not want sprayed I applied a light coat of Spray Adhesive made for static grass and sold by WWS. This adhesive is a glue mixture designed to allow you to add to the grass already applied and not wait for the first glue to dry. I switched the hopper to a 4 mill 'summer blend' and  applied it to most but not all of the same area. This produced a nice mixture to uneven grass. With one area done I repeated the process for the next area. Took a little while but I liked the results.

Dioramas / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Diorama
« on: February 13, 2020, 08:14:31 AM »
Thanks Karl, it has been a great teaching project. Next up Static Grass. I have a small applicator bought from WWS which is designed for small area, like what I am doing. It works great with 2 mill to 6 mill grass. Due to the small hopper size it can not handle anything larger, but for what I am doing it is perfect.

I took the structures back off and placed the scene in a cardboard tray to keep the grass from flying everywhere when applied. Also, it allows me to tap it all back into a tray after each application and reuse what did not stick.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Thursday, the thirteenth
« on: February 13, 2020, 08:05:28 AM »
Good Morning;

My countdown clock to retirement has negative numbers on it and I swear they are increasing and changing faster and faster. Today the dentist, tonight a neighborhood social event. Have a great day folks.

Jim D

Dioramas / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Diorama
« on: February 12, 2020, 10:10:17 PM »
Thanks Greg and Tom. I am still hoping for the Boss and me to visit again, just time keeps flying by faster. Tom hope your MIL is doing better.

Dioramas / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Diorama
« on: February 11, 2020, 09:59:06 PM »
As a scene on a northern great lake it I wanted to paint a rugged, rural type setting. To that end I added gravel (fine ballast), brown turf and airbrushed both to make the colors more like the region. I used the following to accomplish this.

 I again masked off where the buildings are located and removed the textured paint from the area to be changed. I had previously airbrushed a section of laser cut sidewalk so as to look like a used but cared for walkway. I had bought the sidewalk as part of a kit from KC's Workshop. Using Tacky glue I placed the sidewalk across the front of the diorama.  For the parking area I applied modge podge thinly using my finger then, with a small strainer, I gently spread fine ballast over the modge podge. Using a disposable eye dropper I soaked the gravel with 'wet' water to help with applying spray adhesive, which I did next. I let the everything set overnight.  The next day I airbrushed the gravel and the fine turf previously applied so they had more of the colors for that region. Also, I wanted the parking area to look used and stained from use. When dry I put the structures in place to see the result.

More in a few.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Re: Tuesday - 2/11/2020
« on: February 11, 2020, 08:29:39 AM »
Wow, it is s sleepy day. Was able to get good sleep last night, been an issue lately. Today I have house chores and hopefully bench time. Hope everyone has a great day.


Dioramas / Re: Great Lakes Lighthouse Diorama
« on: February 10, 2020, 10:15:53 AM »
My first thoughts on the design of the scene was to have the lower section paved for most of it with dirt (sand) behind the food stand and along the right side. The upper section would be rugged dirt covered in grasses and some granite type rock showing through. First I masked off the areas were the structures would be (turned out some ended up in different positions but that is another story). I brushed down Mod Podge and water glue on the upper section. Using a tea strainer I dusted the top with Woodland Scenics Fine Turf. I know, you can get dirt from the back yard and I often do but here I wanted a very fine dirt and the turf works great. Using a disposable eye dropper, I took 'wet water' (water with detergent added) and gently wetted the entire area. Then I filled the dropper again with the mod podge solution and covered the entire top section. I left it to dry overnight.

For the bottom I decided to try the Rust-oleum Texture Spray Paint I have seen others using on their building to create a stucco effect. With the upper section masked off as well as areas on bottom where the food stand and staircase will be I sprayed the paint on the lower section.

I like the look, it makes for a pretty realistic beat up road. I airbrushed the bottom using light gray and working my way up to darker shades of gray as well as patches of brown. When I put the structures in place it looked good, just not the scene I wanted. So I did a do-over, but here how it looked before I went in a different direction.

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Monday Feb 10,2020
« on: February 10, 2020, 06:38:18 AM »
Good Morning. Getting blood work done the  back home for coffee. Have a great day.


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