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 Posted: Sat Feb 24th, 2018 09:01 pm
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Thanks again for the kind words.

I think most of us that model the desert become connoisseurs of dirt,
as it is such an important part of the desert scenery.

I know some of my earlier efforts at modelling were doomed to fail from the get-go,
as I used soil that was too coarse, or too brown or too grey (this includes soil taken directly from the prototype).
The soil I used for the Keeler/Southern Pacific narrow gauge sections is a fine-grained calcium carbonate,
from a mine along the highway south of Mt Shasta.
Like most fine soils, it is a little hydrophobic,
but with a bit of extra water with the white glue, it will mix without too much of a fight.

To back up a bit.
I first covered the scenery base (foam) with a layer of latex paint,
then sprinkled on the first layer of soil while the latex paint was still wet.
This secures it to the scenery base better than diluted white glue.
I used an off white paint that nearly matches the soil.
After that has dried I apply a few layers of the soil.
I also apply a few light washes of water color/acrylic paint in areas,
to avoid the monochrome look.
Go lightly with the washes,
you can always add more color later, but can't take color away.

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That sun bleached weather-beaten look is really great!  You can see the paths were men, horses, cattle have traveled.

Hobby Lobby carries some very fine sand that is used for sand art.  Was planning on using some on my salt flats. 

Been trying my hand at making your tumbleweeds.

Just need to attach them really good to my layout since it's outside and I don't want them to 'tumble' away.




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Hi Duane :wave:



I'm a bit late to the party ... as usual ! ;)

This module or section for your Owens Valley & Keeler theme, is just AWESOME ! :mex:



Too much to like here ! :bow:

But the 'Real Wood'(TM) corral is just a total jaw-dropper ! :shocked:



What I wanna know is ... Why hasn't anyone picked your brains about the stock-car yet ?

It looks GREAT ... and seems to have that 'special' kinda 'Real Wood'(TM) look as well.


What's the story on that there not mooodern but wooodern stock wagon Cowboy ? :cb:

Got any 'close-ups' ? ???



:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:



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I love it, Si.

I think my modeling is going to have to be something like this.
That is a small diorama size.

The funny thing is, I've come to a point,
where I like the photographs of model railroads,
better than I like watching them run.

For me, once everything gets moving, the realism is lost.
But photo realistic models...

Now that's cool!




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WOW.

I've been to that area, but never having seen the former SP lines there.

You nailed the look perfectly!





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 Posted: Tue May 1st, 2018 02:56 pm
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" I think my modeling for is going to have to be something like this.
That is a small diorama size.

The funny thing is, I've come to a point,
where I like the photographs of model railroads,
better than I like watching them run.

For me, once everything gets moving, the realism is lost.
But photo realistic models...

Now that's cool ! "



Hi Mike :wave:



I know exactly what you mean. :thumb:

'Modules' like Duanes, are I suppose 'dioramas', but also part of a bigger picture. L:



I figure that is the thing about 'Micro-Layouts' as well.

They are for sure 'dioramas' I guess ... BUT they CAN run a bit as well ... Which is  C :cool: :cool: L  !


AND they are do-able ... Within THIS lifetime ! :old dude:

You don't have to have the 'New York Central' in a basement, to have fun modeling !



Modeling & running-trains, are really 2 quite different things, when it comes down to it.

Personally I may start to build a layout at some point ... but I'm NOT tearing my hair out over it ! ... :f:

( Oh but wait ! ... actually I HAVE started building a layout ALREADY ! ... They need ROLLING-STOCK & LOCOS right ? )

... but making train models of one sort or another, is what I spend a bit of time on EVERY day ! :bg:



It takes all sorts   .   .   .   :P



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Morning all, hope everyone's new year has started out OK.

I'm still struggling with the "new" way to post pics here on Freerails...
would like to share more but the only process that seems to work with my computer,
is resizing them and posting them one at a time.
Either that or pay Photobuckets extortion fees...

This is a pic of one of two modules,
that represent the small community of Keeler, California on the SP narrow gauge:







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Is that Railroad Avenue running by the station?






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 Posted: Sun Jan 20th, 2019 10:58 pm
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Michael-you have a good memory as I didn't remember the street name,
but yes, according to Google Maps that is Railroad Avenue in the foreground of the last pic.
The old state highway is the road on the other side of the tracks.

And Eddie, thanks for the detailed info on posting. I'll try again.

This angle shows Railroad Avenue at the top, with the old state highway on the bottom,
and the Keeler station, which still stands, in the middle.







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