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Modeling 'The Gilpin Tram' - pt.II
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 Posted: Wed May 15th, 2019 02:30 am
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FILLING IN THE CORNER

My model railroad is comprised of modular sections that are 12" wide, with the exception of the "big" Black Hawk segment which is 18" wide. 
There is an interior corner where I decided to combine 3, 12" x 12" sections to create an "L" shaped section 24" long on each side.






This is the corner section, with Peco HOn30 track laid, rigid extruded polystyrene foam ("Styrofoam") glued down, and a start on carving mountain scenery





I took my inspiration for these scene from the Pine (formerly Pine Grove) area in Platte Canyon in Colorado.
This area was along the Denver, South Park & Pacific's mainline up through Platte Canyon.
About a 1/2 mile west of Pine is this rock formation locally known as Sphinx Rock.
I became acquainted with this area because a friend has a summer cabin nearby,
and gave me the grand tour of the canyon.






Near Sphinx Rock is a locality called "Bucksnort", the centerpiece of the area being the Bucksnort Saloon, parts of which date back to the 1800s





The rocky mountain terrain is very confined in a narrow creek bed here, and rocky outcrops protrude up dramatically above the creaked.
This is a summer cabin vacation area, and there are small cabins built on top of rocks as shown here,
sandwiched between spires, or shoehorned in against the creek






Scenes like this became my inspiration for this corner scene, so I decided to model "Bucksnort".


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 Posted: Wed May 15th, 2019 02:41 am
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BUILDING BUCKSNORT

So, Bucksnort would be the name of a small, freelanced town scene loosely inspired by the real location. 





Here is an overhead view of the Bucksnort section, a whopping 24" x 24".
The scene is simple - the Gilpin, James Peak and Middle Park HOn30 mainline makes a 90 degree turn in the corner,
and there is a short spur for a team track behind the small depot
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I finished carving the extruded polystyrene into rock shapes, and coated them with Gesso -
a paint-like material with calcium carbonate in it that artists might use to prepare canvases for painting,
On my model railroad, the Gesso covers the raw foam,
and the dried white surface is really absorbent and accepting of washes to color the stones.
The treatment of the foam is similar in many respects to coloring plaster rock castings, but a whole lot lighter!






Additional washes were added to the carved foam racks and things were looking better.
The "road" was Cellu-Clay with mixed-in paint.
This material seems to be a mixture of paper mâché and plaster, and is easy to work with.
I carved in wagon wheel ruts before the material dried.
Parts of the hardboard module surface were cut and foam glued beneath the base level for the creekbed
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The creek bed is a painted bed of runny plaster poured into the bottom, then painted with artists oil colors to get the colors I wanted.
Acrylic gloss gel was then painted on - the thick material is easy to whip up into ripples and waves around the "rocks". 
The really quick and fun part is adding vegetation -
I used premade Heki pine trees that had added foam glued on and were airbrushed to mix of the colors, and a bunch of purchased florist plants -
some preserved and real plants, some plastic imitations, that were also all airbrushed different colors and ground foam glued on.






Here is a closer view of some of the terrain with a mixture of low plant growth , flowers, and trees, both alive and dead.


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 Posted: Wed May 15th, 2019 02:51 am
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BUILDING BUCKSNORT, continued





With much of the scenery completed, it was time to start mockups for where buildings might fit.
I decided to re-use buildings from previous layouts, instead of scratchbuilding anything.
This assured the town of Bucksnort would go together quickly
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Decades ago, I had one of these Vollmer shanty kits - I lost it somewhere over the years,
but was able to purchase an inbuilt kit locally, and decided this belonged on the Bucksnort section
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The depot was a kit, too. This is a Kennebunk Models (long out of production) kit of the Sandy River  & Rangely Lakes Madrid depot.
I like it's simple design, and thought it belonged in Bucksnort.
I put LED lighting in most of the buildings -
the depot has a dim kerosene lamp in the office portion, and there is a pole-mounted kerosene lantern on the outside platform.
The platform was kitbashed from an old Revell freight house kit, which I had picked up an estate sale.






The Bucksnort is more or less done, and in service on the layout.
I need to paint the board around the light switch -
I use these oversize pushbuttons to turn on the LED lights, because my grandkids like them that way.
The remaining town buildings can be scene, and include a Wild West Scale Models Tommy Knockers cabin,
a Wild West Earl Lee store kit modified into the "National Saloon",
and a grocery store modified from a Rusty Rail kit
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I still need to add a harp switch stand to the turnout, but Bucksnort is otherwise completed.


Keith


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 Posted: Wed May 15th, 2019 02:58 am
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Keith,

Looks like it turned out great!   :2t:

I really like that name Bucksnort. 

Just might use it on my layout somewhere if you don't mind.




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Really looking good Keith. 

Colors and texture are right on. 






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