Monday, December 21, 2015

Model Railroad Vlog Post 12

Last vlog post of 2015.  Time to turn off the camera and do some model railroad work!

Happy modeling!
Tom

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Finally Finished

Reaghan Feed Mill (Railroad Kits)




I finally got around to finishing this craftsman structure kit from Railroad Kits.com. I started it back in September of 2010.  Why did it take so long to build? It certainly was not the kit's fault! I found myself getting busy with other model railroad projects and this kit found its way on the back burner.  I decided a few days ago it was time to finish it.  I started adding final trim pieces on Thursday and finished weathering it this afternoon.

This was a great kit to build. I really enjoyed the process.  I will also be building a diorama to house this kit and plan on finishing it before the end of 2015...at least that's the plan!!!

Oh, a little info about the name, Murry Christmas Feed and Seed. Murray's wife insisted on the building being painted red with green trim. She thinks it's a cute idea since their last name is "Christmas."  Murray has no comment since it's best to keep the peace!

Happy modeling!
Tom

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Model Railroad Vlog Post 11

Adding to the benchwork and possibly changing from HO to On30.



Happy modeling!
Tom

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Model Railroad Vlog 10

Tom's Model Railroad Vlog #10

Scraping off the track and scenery material from the old 4' x 6' Owensville Terminal Railroad domino sections, and getting ready to build a new layout!



Happy modeling!
Tom

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Model Railroad Vlog Post 7

A review of a recent operating session on my Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout.


Happy modeling!

Tom

Monday, August 3, 2015

Operations on my Micro Layout

I have created a new video series on YouTube,  and the first video features operations on my Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout.  A few glitches here and there, but overall not too bad!



Happy modeling!

Tom

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Model Railroad Vlog Post 6

Some thoughts on a new model railroad video series and a shout out.



Happy modeling,

Tom

Monday, July 13, 2015

Model Railroad Vlog Post 5

Adding ground foam and static grass to the layout base.



Happy modeling!

Tom

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Model Railroad Vlog Post 4

Practice Makes Perfect!

A new vlog post for this week! 



You may also want to view my Painting and Weathering Track Post for more details.


Happy modeling!
Tom

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

New Podcast Episode

Episode 20 of my model railroad podcast is now available for download!

TerminalTalk Podcast

Happy Modeling!
Tom

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Model Railroad Vlog Post 2

A new structure kit arrived last Friday. Here's a video preview of the kit.



These vlog posts will now be done on a regular basis.  They will post to my YouTube page on Mondays and here on Tuesdays.

Happy modeling!
Tom

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Model Railroad Vlog Post 1

I have created a new model railroad video log series on my YouTube page .   Here's the first one!



Happy modeling!

Tom

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout Update 5

Scenery Work Begins
Started adding scenery to the layout by applying a base coat of paint to the ground and track.   I also filled in the foam core roadbed sides with Sculptamold.  I like to add some earth-colored latex paint to the water before I add the dry Sculptamold.  Adding this color tones down the stark white of the Sculptamold.   I used a palette knife to mix, apply, and smooth the Sculptamold.






The road through the scene was made with a foam core base and Woodland Scenics' Smooth-It applied over it.  I applied the Smooth-It with a palette knife. I used an old freight truck, screwdriver, and Bright Boy track cleaner to keep the flangeways and rail tops clear of the plaster.



Happy modeling! 

Tom

Thursday, February 5, 2015

New Video Post

Model Railroad Basics: Using Real Dirt for Scenery



Nothing like real dirt to model dirt!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Painting and Ballasting Track


Next to wiring, ballasting track is not a favorite part of the hobby for me.  I have not been real satisfied with my earlier attempts at painting, ballasting, and weathering track.  After watching several videos on this subject by Dave Frary, Joe Fugate, and Mike Confalone, I believe I am now ready to tackle this subject once again!
I am using the hidden staging section of my Wetterau Food Services Micro Layout to practice some new techniques.  This allows me to practice without ruining a visible section of the layout.  At least that’s the theory!!! 






I used Unbleached Titanium, Payne’s Gray, Raw Umber, Raw Sienna, and a Rail Brown Paint Pen to paint the ties and rails.





The track sections were painted with different colors to see which color has the best look (see labels in photo).





Next, I used a Floquil Rail Brown Paint Pen to paint the rails (inside and out).






After the paint on the rails dried, I painted the individual ties a variety of colors (see labels in photo). I used full-strength paint, straight from the tube.








I really like Monster Model Works’ Diorama Dirt.  I use a strainer to sift out the fine dirt (for roads and such), and the larger pieces make excellent ballast.  I also noticed Woodland Scenics’ Fine Buff and Fine Gray ballast mixed together is almost an exact match to the Diorama Dirt.  I used the Woodland Scenics mix for this demonstration (see photo below).












Ballast bonded in place with 70% Isopropyl Alcohol and Scenic Cement.  Wait for the glue to dry overnight before moving on to the next step.









AIM Weathering Powders were used to add a dusty look to the rails and ties.





AIM Weathering Powder combinations used on each section.








Highlights added to the track with a drybrush technique.  Be sure to wipe off most of the paint with a paper towel before applying to track.


Final Results:




Lessons Learned:
  • The initial paint color had little impact on the final look.  I like to paint this initial coat to give the rails and ties some “tooth.”
  • Take your time when applying dry ballast.  Be sure to keep the ballast grains off the top of the ties.  If any grains float on top of the ties while applying alcohol/glue, wait until the glue is dried, then use a small screwdriver to scrape the stray grains off the tops of the ties.
  • When applying weathering powders, less is more.  Use a stiff bristle brush to apply the powders to the rails.  Rust colors tend to be too orange for my taste.  Rusty browns look more realistic to me.
  • Drybrushing white highlights to the top and sides of the ties breaks up the flat look caused by the weathering powders. 

Happy Modeling!
Tom