Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Demeritt Cannery Completed

I put the finishing touches on the Demeritt Cannery yesterday. The pictures show it sitting on my modeling desk on its Gator board "sub base." I will add some dirt/gravel grass textures to this when it's installed on the layout. 
The building is almost completely styrene. One of the freight doors on the can storage building (the gambrel roof portion to the far right in the photo above) is scribed wood. The rest of the structure is styrene. 
As I mentioned in a previous post, the covered "dump" pit was an interesting feature of the building. To capture the look of the steel grating that covered the pit when it wasn't in use I utilized some Tichy fire escape material. 
The freight doors have Tichy boxcar door hardware hinges with a small handle at the base made from wire. 

Paint is Vallejo "Blue Grey" with some other grays dry brushed to create the look of paint peel and cracking. Weathering is light gray, Payne's Grey, and black Pan Pastels with some rust tones on the metal hardware on the door tracks and hinges. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Randolph Coal and Ice

I arrived back home last night after a great weekend at the New England RPM to find this sitting in a box on the front steps.
Some weathering on the roof and a little coloration (some washes or perhaps Pan Pastel) to give just a slight reddish tone to the siding and it will be ready for installation in the revised Randolph scene.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

New England RPM - Day 1

Up in Enfield for the New England Railroad Prototype Modelers meet. The meet is as good, if not better, than ever. The new venue in Enfield, Conn., lacks some of the "charm" of the former site in Collinsville, but more than makes up for it with a facility that truly enhances the experience. 
Jack Ozanich leaned over to me during Chris Adam's presentation (above) and said "This guy has his s#$t together!" Those who know Jack realize this is very, very, high praise!
I attended a couple of other clinics - Chris Adams did an excellent presentation on his New Haven Valley Line layout, Neil Schofield covered the tale of getting one scene on his layout from "under construction" to "Finished" in a short time. Neil's thoughts on focusing efforts were extremely well thought-out. Jim DuFour covered line side details on his B&M Cheshire.
I presented my clinic on Model October Scenery. Other than a slight "glitch" - the connector for the projector accidentally walked out of the room and had to be chased down. I was sweating it until Tony Koester told me "As long as you have an hour's worth of jokes, you'll do fine..." Yikes!
I didn't get a head count, but the room seemed full. 
I realized after presenting my clinic (I was on after Jim) I'd spent the entire day in one clinic room and hadn't seen anything else of the meet!
A tour through the massive model display room was cut short by the dinner bell. Then, after dinner I went to Randy LaFramboise and Mike Spark's presentation on their HO Rutland. 
Randy had some interesting slides...Here's his take on "givens and druthers":

ALL the clinics I saw were excellent and showed excellent modeling. 
Today I'm going to try to get through the model display room!