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Posted January 29, 2014 - 09:45 AM

Just a neat little hint that helped me, while everything is drying add some rocks to the side and build up the front side a little with a wallow or burm on the bigger rocks and paint black/dark grey fading outwards to brown green, after adding ground cover, the underside and wallow can be sprinkled with a little very light green ground cover (i used very fine light green tree foliage or grass) to imatate moss coverage and add depth to the hillside. Gluing a little to the underside of the rock if it protrudes into a ledge. Also adding a few fallen branches and or dead tree with a stump adds a lot of reality and detail.


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 08:07 PM

Thanks trowel!


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 08:25 PM

Here are the pictures!

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Posted January 29, 2014 - 08:27 PM

Sorry! One picture was on it's side! Here's the correct one.

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Posted January 29, 2014 - 08:30 PM

You are doing a great job with your layout. 

 

I am in to the HO scale trains as well. I did have a temporary table setup down in the basement but took it down to build an around the room shelf layout but haven't gotten too far. I should probably start a thread sometime on mine. I have often though about N scale also just because of being able to fit more in a smaller space. I like to run long trains and even with HO scale that can be hard to do.


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 08:35 PM

Thank you! It would be nice to see a thread on yours!
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Posted January 29, 2014 - 08:40 PM

Here's what is underneath.

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Posted January 29, 2014 - 08:54 PM

Great hobby ! Looks like you've got a solid start, green and red both represented at the farm  :thumbs:  

We took ours down when we started the new house and have yet to get any of it set back up. Now that my boys have made me a grandpa I'm thinking that will be some good incentive to start again. Last few years we just have had a LGB around the tree. This year because we traveled to the boys on different weekends for Christmas, momma and me just set up a 3 footer with a couple train ornaments.

HO was my favorite but each scale has it good points. At least one of the members on here scratch builds some "AMAZING" O scale buildings :worshippy1:

Check the past threads on some of his buildings, they are inspiring. I hope I'm right, I think it is jdcrawler?


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Posted January 29, 2014 - 09:23 PM

Yes , im sure it is jdcrawler.

His work with everything is great, detail is everything, amazing stuff.

 

Gabrial,

Let's talk trees for a moment, to fool the eyes a little, after the hill/mount has been detailed making sure some spots are left a little bare for the heavy tree cover, stating at the base of the hill/mount for the first few rows you can put up scale trees with trunks showing details or twigs/toothpicks and put heavy undergrowth using foliage covered lichen or what ever, from there up (unless you leave some bare spots use twigs from outside as trunks) you can only use the top foliages and make your own trunks using toothpicks or twigs, start shortening the trees as you go up the hill/mount and not so big around or close together, this is were you can detail the ground such as fallen dead trees, rocks, bushes, whatever you mind feels. Near the peak of the hill/mount only use a few short trees and bushes seeing a it would be a hard place to grow anyways. Would be a nice place to have a old tree teetering from a rock holding a eagles nest or something cool.

 

When making the tree tops i bought large bags of lichen, the brown ones could of been fine but i took it further, would pull apart and cut out the lichen until the insides had 4 to 6 main branches thicking out to like twigs. Glue on a stick/twig from outside or if you are doing thick forest were the trunk will not be seen, use short toothpicks, paint the trunk and large branches grey/brown lightning to light brown at the twigs. Spray the lichen with diluted matt glue and roll in foliage.

Bushes and heavy undergrowth can be made the same way only without the trunks and use a slighly different color foliage.

Pictured below was my favoret kind to use for up close to the buildings and rail tracks.

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Posted January 30, 2014 - 05:13 AM

That's a cool hobby, gets the creative juices flowing.  It gives your brain a workout and is fun at the same time.   I like it. Thanks for sharing and keep the pictures coming....


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Posted January 30, 2014 - 11:01 AM

Thanks trowel! I will definitely keep your advise in mind! This has been great getting suggestions! I know my mountain is not to scale for it, but I would like to paint snow on top.
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Posted January 30, 2014 - 11:24 AM

Gabriel, I edited your title, as there was an earlier thread by Sawdust with almost the exact same title.  Might have made for confusion, as they both are active threads.


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Posted January 30, 2014 - 11:35 AM

You are doing a great job with your layout. 

 

I am in to the HO scale trains as well. I did have a temporary table setup down in the basement but took it down to build an around the room shelf layout but haven't gotten too far. I should probably start a thread sometime on mine. I have often though about N scale also just because of being able to fit more in a smaller space. I like to run long trains and even with HO scale that can be hard to do.

 

Very nice work and cool layout!

 

I have always wanted to do a Coffee table layout built into the coffee table and have a glass top on it.


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Posted January 30, 2014 - 11:39 AM

Thanks trowel! I will definitely keep your advise in mind! This has been great getting suggestions! I know my mountain is not to scale for it, but I would like to paint snow on top.

You can play with scale to make it fit, no such thing as wrong, what it come down to is your imagination, let it go were it wants.

Try not to be too narrow, let it flow and happen.

I will try not to bury you in too much, i am not the only one, sawdust just posted some pics of his amazing coal set.

Others will be coming out soon, there are many model makers on this fourm.


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Posted January 30, 2014 - 11:58 AM

Nice Job Gabriel.  You and Sawdust are doing a great job.


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