Yard progress

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by spitfire, Apr 20, 2005.

  1. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    I did a little "gardening" yesterday - getting some earth for my layout!! And a little baking after that.... model RR style that is.

    First I spread the earth out in a baking pan and "cooked" it at 500°F for 20 mins to kill all the little micro-critters that may have been there. It sure looked yummy when I got it out of the oven.

    Then I bashed it up to a fine powder with a hammer. Borrowed my mom's flour sifter to strain the result (pic 1).

    Nothing looks as much like real earth as real earth! I built up the ground between the tracks using spackle thinned to pouring consistency with water. Why not Plaster of Paris you ask? Because the stores were closed and I couldn't wait!! It dried overnight with no shrinkage so that's another one for the old bag of tricks.

    Painted it with my ground colour, but by the time I finished airbrushing the tracks to weather them, there wasn't much left of that colour. So... I just added the earth right over top. Brushed on some thinned white glue and spread earth over top.

    When dry, I used a dry paintbrush to sweep up as much of the earth as possible. I will also vaccuum the area, but I wanted to reclaim as much material as possible.

    Actually, I really like the way that earth got into the ties and dulled them down. Maybe before I vaccuum I should hit it with Dullcoat to keep that look.

    Pic 2 shows the overall yard.


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  2. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Here is a closeup of the earth, and a shot of the "Bridge to Nowhere". I must say I like the look of it there - will have to try to find a way to work it into the scene.

    (for some reason although I sized all my files to 640 x 480 I am getting a message that my file size is too big - hope this works.)


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  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Looks great Val! You are making good progress... putting me to shame :blush:

    As for the image size, I find that specifying the resolution (e.g. 640x480 @ 72 dpi) works better - or is maybe more predictable - than just using the "jpeg quality" slider to make the images smaller.

  4. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Slow down Val, you are moving too fast :p

    Seriously, you do good work, it is looking great. :thumb:
  5. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    That turned out great Val Looks just like what a yard should look like. Nice work. That's a big yard and should provide some switching fun.
  6. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    Nice work filtering the dirt down to size--it looks very tidy! Some grime and weeds and spare parts might be called for--or you could always suggest that the local yardmaster is fanatical about keeing his yard spotless!
  7. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thanks for the input folks!! Jetrock, it's not finished yet, but I like your suggestions.

  8. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Very nice Val! Add a couple of weeds and a little junk in that close up pic of the tracks and I wouldn't have known it was a model! I like the bridge to nowhere too. Nice effect!
  9. cabdriver

    cabdriver Member

    Val, we're watching your progress closely. We love your rail ballast work -- looks great! :thumb: We're particulary interested in your real dirt process. :) :thumb:
  10. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Very good work Val, looking great!
  11. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    I like the bridge to nowhere. In fact, that is good advice to the rest of us. Bridges get replaced or abandoned. Every layout could use an old rusty bridge with no approaches, or a few masonry piers from a previous bridge paralleling the current bridge.

  12. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

    Very nice

    Is this model after a real place? Proto-lance?

    Looks great

    Nice bridge too.
  13. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Looks nice Val. I just use a tea strainer and teaspoon to sift my baked dirt thru. And a piece of my wifes discarded pantyhose fastened over the hose on a shopvac works great at reclaiming material. Just use a rubber band to hold it in place. Can't wait to see it finished!
  14. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Val, before you vacuum, try the old nylon sockette over the vacuum hose trick.
    That way you suck up the loose stuff, but it is still in your nylon sock so you can put it back in your container for future use.
  15. t. alexander

    t. alexander Member

    Hum... I didn't do the "kill the kritter" step. That could be why my dogs started itching. Funny them things never bothered me though, what does that say?

    Looks excellent Val :thumb:
  16. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Aw, pay no attention. What do they say, "a messy yard is the devil's workshop"...:eek::D:rolleyes:

    Just kidding, it's looking great,:thumb::thumb: but yeah, a few weeds, an oil spill, a couple of boxes and parts here and there, not too much cuz the yardmaster could be a neat freak.:cool::cool:
  17. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Looking Good Val :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  18. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Thanks very much everyone!! And thanks Gary and Will for the shop-vac and stocking tip - I'll definitely use that next time. :thumb:

    Should have some more progress photo's this weekend. Interurban and the Traction Gang are coming over to help me put in my switch motors and dwarf signals. Alriiiiiight!!!!! :D :D :D

  19. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Ok, I made a little more progress last night and today. I airbrushed black all along the tracks. In the steam era, there was a lot of oil spillage on the outside of the rails, so that's what I'm doing. I also have diesels, so spillage between the rails works too.

    The first shot shows the rail stops in place. You can see that weeds have started to grow around the tracks. :)


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  20. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    This is a view from the yard light tower which is yet to come, but let's pretend I climbed up it for this aerial shot! :) :)

    It shows the black spray a lot better.


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