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Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by MadCoW1, Jul 9, 2006.

  1. MadCoW1

    MadCoW1 Member

    Hello Group,

    Just a quick note to introduce myself. HO modeler, have been for 35 yrs. Married and am retired. Model the fictional MadCoW Route based on a sell-out by the CNW of it's Wisconsin lines around the Madison Area. Layout is based in the mid 60' to mid 70's.

    For a look at some of my stuff,

  2. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Welcome to The Gauge:wave:

    With a name for your road like MadCow Route, I could tell you've been in the hobby that long. Remember names like Chucklehead and Ticklefoot, Cobwebs, Dust and Ashes or the great Gorre and Daphetid? Love the website slideshow...:thumb:
  3. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Yes, I've been following your model railroad for quite awhile...wonderfully composed, realistic shots, and where DID you get the funny song about Union Pacific?
  4. MadCoW1

    MadCoW1 Member

    Shaygetz, I do remember those names well. Much of the inspiration for the MadCow comes from the tongue-in-cheek titles of the model kingdoms

    And thank you for the welcome:thumb:
  5. MadCoW1

    MadCoW1 Member

    Miles:wave: Thanks for following, must be a good disguise as I never even saw yousign1 . Work will start to move forward on the layout as we move to our new home at the end of August. As for the UP song on the video, That is WAY old from the UP promo dept. I picked it up somewhere on the web.

    Thanks for the welcome!!
  6. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    The best way to put it is WOW!!! Are you sure some of those pics aren't real trains you claim to be models?
  7. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Hi and welcome aboard! Great looking photos!
  8. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    A W E S O M E!!! It's so easy to forget that you're looking at a model and not the real thing. Thanks for sharing.
  9. MadCoW1

    MadCoW1 Member

    Hello Les:wave: ,

    Thanks for the welcome and kudo's. Looks like a good group here. BTW I really dig the Clifton Forge area of your layout:thumb: .

  10. MadCoW1

    MadCoW1 Member

    Thanks Ralph:wave: . Still a long way to go, but by lurking in these forums it's amazing what a guy, or gal, can learn:thumb:

  11. MadCoW1

    MadCoW1 Member

    Steve, Thanks for the compliment:wave: . I can't wait to get started this fall. All of the dioramas you see will be incorporated into the new layout.

  12. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Wow that is some great modeling! More ideas in one shot than I've thought of on the whole layout. Thanks for sharing.
  13. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    :wave: welcome to the gauge:wave: did you also consider using Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy for your id ? :D
  14. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    Greetings. I am Gil Finn.
  15. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    Greetings. I am Gil Finn.

    That pic site is pretty awesome.
  16. MadCoW1

    MadCoW1 Member

    Herc, Thanks for comments. Sharing is what it's all about:thumb:

  17. MadCoW1

    MadCoW1 Member

    :wave: Hi Jim, Thanks for the welcome:thumb: You can call me BSE for short:D

  18. MadCoW1

    MadCoW1 Member

    :wave: Hi Gil:wave: , Thanks for the compliment and welcome:thumb: I agree with your site, It IS all about the fun:thumb:

  19. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Wow! Nice work. Those trees are especially great - how do you make them? I had to look closely at a few of your pictures to determine if they are models or not...! I think that stringing the utility poles adds a whole other dimension of realism.

    Welcome to The Gauge!

  20. MadCoW1

    MadCoW1 Member

    Hello Andrew, Thanks for the kind words. I like the way the trees are turning out as well. They are picked in the winter months at (above all places) Grand Crossing (BNSF/CP) in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Not sure what type of bush they are, but I cut them from a plant that grows about two feet high. They are hung to dry for a month to get the moisture out, then dipped in 50/50 matte medium/water mix and again hung to dry a few days. This step helps to keep them from snapping if they get bumped on the layout. They are then painted a light grey with cheap spray paint and , while still wet, sprayed with adhesive and sprinkled with ground foam. Hope this helps somewhat:wave:


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