Discussion in 'Freelance' started by dboone74, Mar 2, 2021.
Thanks! My plan is post a video every couple of weeks of my progress.
Drew, you asked for some feed back So I’ll offer a little. I think the car looks really good.My only thought to improve would be softening the edges of the dark wash here , if that was softened up so it made the rivets the darkest part to me it would be spot on. Maybe some damp toothpicks and remove the hard edge. I love that you mixed your own boxcar red. I never use a color with out changing it a little. I thought it was neat you mixed your own take on such a “common” railroad color. The video was good. Hope to see more of your projects.
Thanks for the feedback. Those “tide lines” are difficult for me with the acrylic paints and they are what I’m least happy about on this model. Good idea with the toothpick. I’ll try it.
Regarding the boxcar red. It’s funny because I looked at just buying some. Our local hobby store has very little train stuff and I didn’t want to have to wait for an online order to arrive. I figured I could just make something myself. I’m pretty happy with it.
Drew, damp toothpicks will do the trick. Just gently rubbing away that hard edge. Companies like Golden sell a surface tension reducer that helps. Or a drop of dish soap in the diluted wash will do the same.
I use oils more than acrylics for washes because they leave a little less edge. But still often need the same touch up. The toothpicks work there too. I also use them to “straighten” rust streaks sometimes too.
Keep it up, show us the next ones too.
Thanks, Steve. I'll probably get around to playing with oils at some point soon. I modeler I follow on YouTube uses them a lot and the seem like they give you more working time and are easier to modify. I'm particularly interested in try thing them for fading.
Got a nice haul of old magazines and books from the widow of a friend of mine. He mostly did O and G scale, but I got a lot of great reference material here. Interestingly enough, and unbeknownst to me he called his garden railroad the Frisco and White River.
My new video is out about layout and track planning. This video doesn't show the changes I've incorporated based on the suggestion I got from all of you. That will come out in a later video. Hope you guys check on the vid.
Saw these today and thought of you:
Thanks, Robert. Some good ideas there.
Great video today. Appreciate representing for the Chiefs!
Well, I've been doing a few revisions on my track plan. Let me know what you think.
Put a passing track at the Downtown loop in lieu of Passenger Service stub.
If you turn the yard a bit, you might get another car length on each track.
Agree with a passing siding out there somewhere.
Good idea on the yard. I'll tinker with it.
Also, I will mention the Micro Engineering Yard Ladder System, if you are inclined to use manufactured turnouts.
These are the ones I plan on using. I'm not sure I have the skill at the moment to build my own. Although I considered giving it a try. I'm also considering having some curved turnouts. Any recommendation for brands on those. ME doesn't make curved turnouts.
I have used one Peco code 83 turnout on my layout, because it happened to be a good fit. Otherwise, I have used FastTracks ones with something like 26/30 inch radius combination most commonly. The FastTracks ones work great. I have a few Shinohara/Walthers ones as well (from the previous layout) with similar radius, but they rely on points contact to the stock rail and need to be modified (old ones) to work reliably. Let me know if you need any, once you have a final design, as I have a few from my prior layout, mostly code 83 rail.
I pretty much planning on sticking with code 83. I don't really want to have to deal with varying codes at this point. I've got enough other learning curves to navigate that adding that one seems unnecessary at this point. Most of my radii are 22" and that is the problem I'm running into with placing curved turnouts. Thanks for the recommendations and your might take you up on the offer for those extra turnouts you have once I get my plan finalized.
More tweaks. Still contemplating...
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