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    Quote Originally Posted by bobo1160 View Post
    I've been thinking about junking it up but struggling with what actual " good enough to keep around " junk they would have had in a early 50s mining camp
    I would recommend some loose tires and even a stack of them. Maybe you could have some old scrap metal waiting around for enough of a pile to be worth to take to the scrap yard? I could even see maybe some old appliances, broken down equipment sitting around for parts for the equipment still running, trash cans also a possibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RailKing50 View Post
    I would recommend some loose tires and even a stack of them. Maybe you could have some old scrap metal waiting around for enough of a pile to be worth to take to the scrap yard? I could even see maybe some old appliances, broken down equipment sitting around for parts for the equipment still running, trash cans also a possibility.

    I am really enjoying this thread, keep up the great work!
    well thanks , and great suggestions !

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    started to work on the front creekbank in front of the retaining wall ... I invested .79c in a blue piece of poster board for a quick temp backdrop. of course it looks fake, I'm well aware , but its better than the plywood sheathed wall behind it though until i can get something better figured out .

    it's a hot summer day down in red gap camp #2 the cicadas are loud and the skeeters are thick ... BMRR steeple cab rumbles by pulling an empty back to the tipple for more iron ore .

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    Very nice scene!

    If you spray paint the backdrop white or very pale gray it will look more like sky. Start at the bottom almost all white or gray and let the paint gradually become fainter and fainter as you go up,ending with pure blue sky. This will look more like horizon sky.

    Practice on a scrap of paper. It doesn't need to be totally smooth; a little irregularity is natural. I like a mix of flat white and Krylon Misty Gray. No matter how blue the sky, it pales as it nears the horizon.
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    I made a new front bumper for the F7A , the old old shattered into unrecoverable pieces when It dropped off the table last week . also gave it new paint to represent the L&N which served the BMRR , river ports , and surrounding foundries during the depicted time period .

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobo1160 View Post
    I made a new front bumper for the F7A
    You can even claim that it represents a real unit that got into a collision and had to have its pilot rebuilt. Hence why it doesn't look factory accurate; the good ole boys in the shop just cut up some steel plates as best they could. Maybe there was a giant log that rolled onto the track and the engineer couldn't stop in time, so the original pilot got all mangled.

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    I made side panels and a backdrop panel to fit the enclosure from some thick cardboard I had found , then glued on the poster board. each panel Is easily removable and fits in the gap between the foam baseboard and the wooden frame . i will be coming back later to start painting in the backdrop scenery .

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    Very dramatic scene!

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    three more cabins scratchbuilt , I may make a few more ..

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    pole barn built ....
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    I made another structure, another little pole shed . this one was made from 2 matchsticks split down and sheet scraps . the other photo showing the current state of the camp.

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    it's been raining a lot , everything's muddy on the farm and hard to make progress on outdoor projects . waiting for things to dry up so I can get out in the woods and go fell about a dozen hickory and oak trees for next year's fire wood supply . I've been killing time building a new loco shell ..

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    finished construction of the new shell and painted it . I may add more details and paint later but I'm pleased with how it turned out . also made 4 more trees and added them to the layout .



    finished construction of the new shell and painted it . I may add more details and paint later but I'm pleased with how it turned out . also made 4 more trees and added them to the layout .

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    I've been busy with real world stuff , but it rained today and rain day means train day and I need more trees so I started getting busy . it's going to rain more this week so I'm hoping to get more trees pumped out in my downtime . This batch is made from twisted floral wire with acrylic caulk smeared over it and painted , paint dyed sponge bits glued on for the foliage .

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    lots more trees made lately and added as well as more foliage and vegetation.. starting to look better ... still lots more to go . I suspect I will be focusing on the mountain top scenery and waterfall/creek area next . just wanted to share some updated pics I took this morning .

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    Good progress, and very dramatic with the backlighting!

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    thank you kind sir !

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    I spent a bunch of time trying to replicate vines dangling around the tunnel mouth , it looks o.k. I tried to glue scatter onto the threads and ended up with what looked like trees. very much out of scale . the bare painted thread looks believable but I may try gluing on some painted fine sawdust or wood ash to see how that turns out. to be continued ....
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    I like the vines and the concept. Have you tried ultra fine ground cover for leaves? Maybe comb out the fiber off layout, spray with hairspray, sprinkle fine ground foam, spray again. Then select the best ones to go on the layout.

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    I took scatter and shredded it down to a fine powder and rolled glue coated thread in it and it still was not good enough . I will try a few other methods later as I have more time . thanks for the suggestion .

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