some new pics of the pike

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by spurline, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. spurline

    spurline New Member

    Ok guys :
    As promised here are some pics of the new pike in progress,don't laugh to hard,photography is not one of my attributes,of course neither is spelling.sign1
    So here you go hope you enjoy.

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  2. Spurline, looking good, and keep up the good work.:thumb:
  3. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    Great ground cover, my next project.
  4. CNJ999

    CNJ999 Member

    Mike, nice start on that layout. If I may, however, just a suggestion to improve the scenes. Tone down/blend the bricks and motar lines on some of your buildings with several dark washes, so that the mortar lines are much less obvious. In the real world, on older brick structures, mortar lines aren't very apparent at any significant distance unless a section of the brickwork has recently been pointed-up. Don't fret about it, though, it's a typical error that most modelers make.

    By example of how to make things look closer of the prototype, look at the weak motar lines on the brick structure in the foreground at right to see what I mean. With age, the color of the brick generally stains the motar, giving it a hue not greatly different from that of the brick, plus there's a buildup of dirt and grime.


  5. stormfather

    stormfather Member

    I like it, especially that cement/brick industry behind the bridge.

    CNJ, could you go a little more in depth on how to make brick look like that?
  6. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Nice looking structures Mike! I like the tip about motar lines CNJ999.
  7. ROD J H

    ROD J H New Member

    looks great,iam still laying track but looking forward to adding buildings and scenry soon
  8. CNJ999

    CNJ999 Member

    I will typically start out airbushing the entire structure a "brick color", which I vary in hue from one occasion to the next. Once dry, I give the building a wash of highly diluted and "wet" Polly Scale Antique White, or perhaps a light grey, depending on the brick color. This fills in the mortar lines and fades the brick color at the same time. Once this is dry, I will weather the building by airbrushing it irregularly and lightly with diluted Grimmy Black.

    When all these applications are fully dry, I apply a final bit of dramatic realism. I strain regular light-colored dirt through a women's nylon hose. The powdery result I apply to the building (heavier toward the base, lighter higher up) using a women's large make-up brush. This softens all the colors just right, ages them and changes the scene from one composed of plastic models to, I feel, one of prototype structures viewed at a distance. The transformation is really quite striking in person.


  9. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    spurline-your layout looks like its coming along rather well.i cant wait to see its progress into a great work of art!

    CNJ999-WOW,i see more and more of your layout i just want to se it all! that city scene i amazing! and i definatley wil use your approach to painting brick structures.--josh
  10. cedarcreekrr

    cedarcreekrr Member

    Great job, I hope when I start laying track this fall mine will look as good.
  11. rhtastro

    rhtastro Member

    The bricks look real

    Nice job, even the bricks look real. Good start for sure. Bob
  12. wickman

    wickman Member

    It's looking really good Mike ,
    CNJ999 thanks for the how to where can we see more of your layout?

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