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

Thursday, June 11, 2015

New Podcast Episode

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

TerminalTalk Podcast

Happy Modeling!
Tom

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

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