1522 is done

Discussion in '4-8-2 Mountain' started by skyraider, Feb 17, 2019.

  1. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    The 1522 arrived from the painter last week after nearly 11 months. For some reason, I can't get a decent photo of it (after about 2 dozen attempts). This thing seems to soak up light!!!!!!!!!

    It started out as a basic PFM Toby 1500 class. It was painted, the cylinder faces were plated, bell and whistle pulls and stanchions for the bell pull added, boiler lagging clamps, constant light etc. It looks pretty
    good. The only thing the painter did wrong was not dull coating the smoke box. I don't like smoke boxes with any gloss ...just my preference.

    Paul Moore
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  2. jmoore16

    jmoore16 Member

    Hey Paul - best stream I have seen in the bottom pic. How did you do it?
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  3. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Hi John,

    Pretty simple. First, I painted several shades of paint to simulate the bottom of a real stream that I found. The key is to do gradual color changes as the water in the center of the stream gets deeper. The actual water is nothing but a very thick coat (several coats) of clear, gloss, water based polyurethane. It was the cheapest polyurethane my wife found at Walmart.

    To make white water, ripples, etc., I took the clear polyurethane, mixed a tiny amount of white and green to color it, and carefully dabbed and stippled the stream to simulate white water below rocks and things. Included are a few more shots so you can see them. It was pretty simple, cheap, and quite a bit of fun.

    Go out and study streams in your area. I bicycle---quite a bit. I take LOTS of reference photos while I'm riding that relate to anything regarding model railroading and scenery.

    Thanks, and talk to you later,

    Paul Moore
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  4. jmoore16

    jmoore16 Member


    The ripples and white water effects are really, really good.


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  5. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Thanks, John.

    Today I went for a ride in Stonewall County (TX) just west of where I live. Quite a bit of the time was spent studying land forms and the Salt Fork of the Brazos, which I crossed twice. It was fun--both fitness and a railroad mission in the same ride. Fairly soon I will be starting a new layout and it will be based upon West Central TX where we live. The QA&P traversed a few miles north of us, so I'm planning how to incorporate as much of the locale into the layout as possible.

    Have a great rest of your January,

    Paul Moore
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  6. jmoore16

    jmoore16 Member

    I think it rather odd that we share nearly the same pic for our account (Quarter Century pin) and same last name...
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  7. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Our internet was down for a day (life in rural Texas) and I just found your post. Yes, life's ironies are fun.

    My familial connection to the Frisco RR is through my maternal grandfather. He was a lineman for most of his working life on the QA&P operating out of Quanah. As a result, my mom grew up in Quanah, about 80 miles north on highway 6 from where my wife and I now live. Granddad gave me all of his railroad memorabilia, including the quarter century pin.

    My wife and I have done quite a bit of historical research on this area of Texas. Another irony involves both of my parents and the history of Quanah Parker--namesake of the town Quanah, TX. Quanah's mother was Cynthia Ann Parker, a 10 year old anglo girl captured by a Comanche raid on her family's property in Limestone County, Texas (about 100 miles south of Dallas) in 1836. Cynthia became a Comanche and married a chief named Peta Nacona. She and Peta were the parents of Quanah.

    In 1860 the Texas Rangers attacked a group of Comanche Indians southeast of Quanah and discovered Cynthia Ann Parker and repatriated her. The battle was named the Battle of Pease River and occurred about 15 miles southeast of present day Quanah. She died a few years later in Ben Wheeler, TX. The man Ben Wheeler was a relative on my father's side of the family and the town named after him was the next town south of my father's hometown, Grand Saline, TX.
    So, my mother grew up in Quanah, named after the famous Comanche chief, and Cynthia Ann Parker died in a town named after a relative of my father, only 10 miles from my father's place of birth. Another bit of interesting trivia to me.

    Talk to you later,

    Paul Moore
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2020

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