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    In the last one month there is virtually no addition/progress to the layout, but I have spent quite a bit of time with it nonetheless. Had a few visitors to see the layout, spent time repairing and maintaining small small things that were kept neglected for some time - I am actually in that phase of the layout where the required activity level has reached its peak - A sharp increase in maintenance time and frequency as well as considerable new additions in the pipeline, given some parts of the layout is nearly complete it is also more interesting to do rail fanning, an increased knack to find more and more switching and operation challenges... overall this phase is demanding most time than it ever had before, or will, when the layout is complete.


    Now here are some shots and videos for the forum members to take part in all the fun - Operations in Wrightsville Port in a foggy and mystic night!















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    Beautiful harbor, I wanted this a year ago also to build so beautiful I find him.
    But it did not fit with my design what I had in my head

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    Nice videos, Nimo! Don't often see operations at night mainly because of the lighting difficulties. Do you have any tricks to filming night operations? Do you use any other lighting or is it just the lighting from the yard lights?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ger deguelle View Post
    Beautiful harbor, I wanted this a year ago also to build so beautiful I find him.
    But it did not fit with my design what I had in my head
    Thank you! I am really glad that you like it! and I do wish that your design builds a layout much better...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ngaugingnut View Post
    Nice videos, Nimo! Don't often see operations at night mainly because of the lighting difficulties. Do you have any tricks to filming night operations? Do you use any other lighting or is it just the lighting from the yard lights?
    Thank you very much! These videos are shot with a normal Sony handicam absolutely in the lights installed on the layout, there is no other source of light, and no special setting in the camera. In fact I close the doors of the adjacent rooms to ensure that there is no interference.
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    Though there are a lot of big projects that are pending in Wrightsville Port, it is sometimes a daunting task to be continuously involved in complicated, time consuming tasks - especially when this year started with a horrifying work pressure.

    So, since the beginning of this year, I have taken a more relaxed approach till things settle down a bit and I can concentrate on the bigger tasks. So here are the updates:


    First, I wanted to cover that ugly bit of white foam still peeping out beneath the Coverall Paint's factory and bring some more life to the layout. So I continued with the sea side retaining wall beyond the limit of the boat yard, sprinkled some greenery around, made a bench and added a couple of figures:





    After that I added a safety railing and a stair case to the scene (though the stair case is very hard to see from the normal viewing angles):





    Coming to the other side of the layout, I made some considerable progress to bring the trestle closer to finish. Painted the trestle still gray, applied heavy weathering strokes all over, and then covered the top with wood planks to model the walk-way. I also added a lot of bush, shrubs and undergrowth around the trestle to complete the scenic portion around it as well.








    The last bit of progress is one of the most critical one for this whole project and actually a part of a much bigger chunk of work. Given the scene is over 95% complete in the area around the lighthouse, I decided to get my hands dirty and start with the water!


    Now, I decided to dodge all popular methods of modeling water in model railroading world, and picked something that is used primarily in ship modeling side of the pond - Acrylic Gel. I started by giving the base a final coat of black, and a mix of gray, black and yellow occur for the edges. I used a shade of dark gray for the transition.


    Once the paint dried, Mouli started putting dabs of the acrylic gel on top of it - we used Liquitex high gloss acrylic gel - the product is very similar (might be even the same) to Woodland scenic's model water product, just a lot cheaper! After making a fairly uniform application, she started creating the waves. We went for a little bigger waves - simulating just the beginning of the high tide where water just strarted returning to the shore. You can see all the joy in Mouli's face given she got the job to dab some paint around!






    Once the gel dried, I painted the peaks and rises green, and added white paint to simulate foam. Once dried, added multiple coats of the the gel medium to make the surface more reflective.









    Though it looks decent, honestly, we don't think this is the best that we can do. We are planning and experimenting to bring more depth and realistic effects in our second attempt on top of this.
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    I used the same stuff for making water. its just like the WS realistic water at half the price

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    It may not be your best so far... but it photographs pretty darned well! Good work!

    And I really like the park idea, too. Very nicely done.
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    Yesterday added more bush, shrub and undergrowth around the lighthouse and the tunnel. Also added the froth and foam on the water - primarily along the shoreline. I added the railings on the trestle as well.


    These additions make the scene around the lighthouse complete. Next in focus is completing the grain facility, oil facility and coal discharge facility.













    By the way, I received my last order recently. Though it mostly contained detailing and scratchbuilding stuff, there is one that does stand out!







    This is Kato container handler. The model does depict a little older time, so works well with my theme. Decent model for it's price.
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    Well, more I fall in love with this hobby, more life takes me away from it!

    Can't believe that I am returning to this thread after 3 months! This is the longest break so far (and literally so, because there is absolutely no progress on the layout since February this year). I just hope that I manage to finish this layout now by this year end.

    However, there is one good news - our first publication in N scale Magazine. Thanks Joe Warren and Walt Huston for guiding me through the process.

    So, here it is - our brief history of falling in love with this hobby, and then a consolidated history of building Wrightsville Port - all in super quality glossy magazine paper! Published in two parts: July/August and September/October 2013 issues of N scale magazine: http://nscalemagazine.com/index.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by nimo View Post
    Well, more I fall in love with this hobby, more life takes me away from it!

    Can't believe that I am returning to this thread after 3 months! This is the longest break so far (and literally so, because there is absolutely no progress on the layout since February this year). I just hope that I manage to finish this layout now by this year end.

    However, there is one good news - our first publication in N scale Magazine. Thanks Joe Warren and Walt Huston for guiding me through the process.

    So, here it is - our brief history of falling in love with this hobby, and then a consolidated history of building Wrightsville Port - all in super quality glossy magazine paper! Published in two parts: July/August and September/October 2013 issues of N scale magazine: http://nscalemagazine.com/index.html
    Woah!!!!!! Congratulations and quite impressive!! I hope that you find the time to continue to work in this hobby to finish your current layout and to go beyond!!!

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    That's fantastic! Congratulations!!
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    Congrats! Nice to be published.


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    Good to see you posting again!!
    I just noticed though you have turnouts in concrete on your layout that look damn damn good. Any way we could get some close-up pictures and maybe a little info on your methods?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baronjutter View Post
    Good to see you posting again!!
    I just noticed though you have turnouts in concrete on your layout that look damn damn good. Any way we could get some close-up pictures and maybe a little info on your methods?
    Thanks so much!

    Here is a link to my blog that gives a detailed process of how I made the concrete: http://wrightsvilleport.blogspot.in/...r-service.html
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    Really great work you have both done , the papercraft is excellent

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    Yeah I've never seen better looking papercraft stuff. Your dock walls are amazing. How did you come about your dock height by the way? I was struggling trying to find out if there's any "standard" height to a port but came up with nothing.

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    Congrats on the published article!

    Yours,

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    A really wonderful layout. Love the ships and your waterwork.

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    Thanks guys! it would have been much more difficult without all your support and encouragements. I am really glad to be part of this wonderful community.
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