Brindza Mine #2

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by George D, Feb 29, 2004.

  1. George D

    George D Member

    Here's a scene I finished about a year ago on our club layout. The mine tipple is scratch built using styrene walls and roof, Grandt Line windows and doors and it sits on wooden piers. The outhouses are Grandt Line and the gray stone building is an ERTL kit. The retaining walls and coke ovens are scribed on foam board and then painted. The viewer isn't close enough to tell the difference since the scene is about three feet from the isle.

    It's named after a past club president.
  2. George D

    George D Member

    For some reason I dropped the first picture.
  3. George D

    George D Member

    Here are some pictures I took during construction. The area between the two sets of track needed scenery. The plan was to have a coal tipple in this area.
  4. George D

    George D Member

    I built it as a diorama based on a piece of flakeboard (I think that's what it's called) I cut to fit the area. That allowed me to work on the scene at home where I had my tools and gave me much easier access to everything. I hot glued the cardboard scenery profiles and would later hot glue 1" cardboard strips between them to form the base for the scenery. The wooden blocks on the left of the scene are to form the hillside that holds the tipple supports.

    Notice the light colored squares of plywood next to the track. There are Tortoise machines under these that control the crossover switches. We changed from coil to Tortoise machines after the track was in and ballasted and things were too tight under the track to mount the machines in the traditional way. Anyway, little lift-outs had to be made for access to these machines.
  5. George D

    George D Member

    Once all the hillside was shaped and a cardboard road was in place I covered it all with plaster impregnated gauze. The space in the middle is where the coke ovens were to go. They are modeled as being abandoned and overgrown. The plaster was painted before the ground foam went down.

    One of the switch machine lift-outs is in place and one is missing.
  6. George D

    George D Member

    Here's a jump ahead to where I had most of the ground cover and trees down. There are some light spots where more scenery needed to be added. The tipple buildings go on top of the wood frames. This picture was taken at my house. Building this on the workbench made it much easier.

    The gray stone building is sitting in the middle of one of the lift-outs and is the handle for lifting it out.
  7. George D

    George D Member

    This view shows the completed scene right after it was put into place. It needs to be blended into the adjacent scenery.
  8. George D

    George D Member

    Here's a view from the southwest. The red chimney on the right is the handle for the second lift-out.

    All the scenery for about five feet on either side of the mine scene is now complete and we're working on the foreground.
  9. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Great looking layout & modeling, George!:thumb: :cool:
  10. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  11. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    It's interesting to see the steps used to create this scene. Nice work George.
  12. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Like your step-by-step. I esepcially like your results. :thumb: :thumb:
  13. belg

    belg Member

    George I can only echo the praises already posted and say that this WILL be how I do my scenery in the future instead of hanging over the layout. I guess you must keep good notes on what you used to scenick so the blending in is easier?Pat
  14. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    That looks great! How about pics of more of the layout?
  15. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    Very nice work - 4.5 brakewheels (out of five).
  16. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    :thumb: :cool: :thumb: :cool: :thumb:
  17. George D

    George D Member

    Thanks for the comments everyone.

    Ralph, here's a set of before and after shots. This one was taken about five years ago.
  18. George D

    George D Member

    This was taken two years ago.
  19. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Very nice work. FRED
  20. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Thanks for the additional pictures George! I always like seeing how projects looked in the beginning compared to the end. By the way, that's one of the larger water scenes I've come across. Neat details along the shoreline. I also see a barge and the hint of an ore dock to the I want to see more of that structure! :)

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