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 Posted: Thu Dec 7th, 2017 09:44 pm
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W C Greene

Joined: Fri May 4th, 2007
Location: Royse City, Texas USA
Posts: 8283
While "under pressure" to post something "worthwhile", I decided to show something small but mui importante to what I am trying to portray on this layout. Down in "The Bend", life was/is rough and humans exist the best as they can. Here is a photo from the book "Big Bend-A history of the last Texas frontier" which is a guidebook for those who want to visit the area. As I explained earlier, the Bend borders Mexico in SW Texas, the Rio Grande River runs through the rough, wild terrain. Folks living there found unique ways to build homes.

This family built their adobe home between 2 large boulders near Polvo, TX in about 1916. It looks rough but I am sure it was pretty cozy when it got cold and cool when it was hot! This photo is from the book and has no credits so I assume it is public domain.

Here's my "take" on the prototype. The 1:35 scale model is built from blue styrofoam sheets that I cut on my bandsaw and a couple of foam "chunks" that got carved a bit to resemble large boulders. This was then covered with Durham's Water Putty (a wonderful thing for most everything) and when dry, it will be "massaged" and stained with appropriate colors. I will try to carve the adobe bricks into the walls but won't obsess about it if I can't make it look OK. The idea is to include this on my model of the Big Bend Two Footer. I believe the folks who lived here harvested the candelaria plants which can be boiled down for their valuable wax-still used today in candles, etc. for the "upwardly mobile hipsters" with loads of spare cash.
I wanted to include a wax factory on this layout but space availability is at a premium and besides that, the industry seemed to be more of the "bootleg" variety, the railway hauls silver and gold ores.

Back to the model, I have become a big advocate of using styrofoam for most everything, from the layout itself to the scenery and most of the structures. And thanks to friend Dave Cox, the bandsaw is the best modeling tool I have...that and a supply of sharp, new razor blades and Xacto #11's.

It doesn't matter if you win or lose, its' how you rig the game.
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