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4 years 2 weeks ago #151 by Xtr3meNZer
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Just blows me away each time I see it.

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3 years 8 months ago - 3 years 8 months ago #152 by Grant
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So I'm apparently showing this at the Big Little Train Show in a month's time. :ohmy:

I guess It's time to finish it then. I just spent two hours gluing bushes and listening to bluegrass:



This will probably affect my progress on other things unfortunately. :unsure:
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3 years 8 months ago #153 by grover
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Good luck getting things finished mate.

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3 years 8 months ago #154 by Flying_Kiwi
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and he still kicks my ass as an aero modeler :-0 mate exceptional.... man one day i want to give it all away and build something like this!! :-0 i think i'm a secret choo choo fan??

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3 years 8 months ago #155 by Wally
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Bluegrass or not your 'Canyon Diablo' layout is a SYMPHONY in model train and diorama building ...
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3 years 8 months ago #156 by Xtr3meNZer
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Very cool - Where is the show mate?

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3 years 8 months ago #157 by Grant
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Xtr3meNZer wrote: Very cool - Where is the show mate?


Pioneer stadium in Christchurch on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of October. I'll start a thread about it.

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3 years 8 months ago #158 by Xtr3meNZer
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Oh I thought that was the 1st and 2nd? I was looking at coming since I wont be going to Cambridge this year... but it falls on my wee ones birthday weekend.

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3 years 8 months ago #159 by Grant
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Xtr3meNZer wrote: Oh I thought that was the 1st and 2nd? I was looking at coming since I wont be going to Cambridge this year... but it falls on my wee ones birthday weekend.


Haha, you're right, it is on the 1st and 2nd. Only Three weeks to get everything together. :lol: :pinch:

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3 years 8 months ago #160 by Xtr3meNZer
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Damn... I was hoping it was the week after, then I would have been able to make it

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3 years 8 months ago #161 by Grant
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So I've been going hard at this. There is a huge amount of work to do. This is the side that needs finishing. The plaster is new and is for the industries in this area. This is going to be a desert scene, so I have lots of cacti to make. I also spent several hours making sure the train run smoothly (and modifying a couple of sections of track).



I also visited Acorn today and got pretty much everything I need. Foliage, grass, plaster cloth, rolling stock, vehicles, a couple of buildings, fences... :pinch:

I also picked up a new sound locomotive. It's s very nicely detailed and sounds great, but really needs weathering (as does most of the rolling stock).

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3 years 8 months ago #162 by Grant
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These are lots of fun to make. They don't need to be perfect for three foot scale.



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3 years 8 months ago #163 by F1xena
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All you need now is a mini Roadrunner being chased through the cacti by Wylie Coyote on an Acme rocket propelled skateboard! Beep beep :P

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3 years 8 months ago - 3 years 8 months ago #164 by Grant
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F1xena wrote: All you need now is a mini Roadrunner being chased through the cacti by Wylie Coyote on an Acme rocket propelled skateboard! Beep beep :P


Very tempted to do this. :lol:

Bit of an epic weekend. I got most of the plastering/surfacing done. Now I need to let it dry and painting it and ballast the track, probably next weekend. Cactus are painted and weathered.



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3 years 8 months ago #165 by Tiger
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She's a big job mate.
Looking good Grant :)
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3 years 8 months ago #166 by Xtr3meNZer
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Looking great Grant. Bet Acorn was happy with all that purchase :P
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3 years 8 months ago #167 by Grant
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Some further progress. Getting the basic painting of the plaster done. I paid a bit of attention when I was plastering the road to get the flow through the scene correct. I'm reasonably happy with how it is coming together.



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3 years 8 months ago #168 by Viperbuilder
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Your landscaping and scenery is top shelf Grant. Just beautiful.

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3 years 8 months ago #169 by Bishop
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I love coming back to this thread and seeing the progress. Great stuff. I wish I could get to the show to see it in the flesh... well, the plaster and stuff

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3 years 8 months ago #170 by Kiwimav
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Really really enjoying watching you put this together Grant, awesome mate!





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3 years 8 months ago #171 by Grant
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Cheers. I was meant to be showing the layout this weekend, but I've decided to pull the plug on that. I'm just too exhausted from the million activities I've been doing lately. I think I need a bit of a rest. :S

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3 years 8 months ago #172 by dcrfan
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Sorry to hear that as you've made so much progress. I ran out of time completing the scenery on a small exhibition layout once and just made up an 'under construction' sign and plonked it down in the centre of the bare foam and plaster etc. Surprisingly it generated lots of interest as the public could see the stages of construction and the sort of materials we use.

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3 years 8 months ago - 3 years 8 months ago #173 by Grant
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dcrfan wrote: Sorry to hear that as you've made so much progress. I ran out of time completing the scenery on a small exhibition layout once and just made up an 'under construction' sign and plonked it down in the centre of the bare foam and plaster etc. Surprisingly it generated lots of interest as the public could see the stages of construction and the sort of materials we use.


That's a great idea. I may get the chance to show it next year. I'm current living with one (borrowed) kidney and the last couple of weeks have been really fatiguing. But I also find it impossible to step back from things and relax.
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3 years 8 months ago - 3 years 8 months ago #174 by dcrfan
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Grant, My late wife lived with kidney failure for five years so I totally understand you feeling fatigue. I'm even more amazed at what you have achieved.

Here is picture of my unfinished section.

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And yes the next year people did remember and say they were pleased that i'd finished the layout.
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3 years 8 months ago #175 by Powder
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Good decision Grant.
The layout is too good to rush things and this hobby should be (mostly) relaxing so when things start becoming taxing it's definitely time for a break.
When was the last time you made a jigsaw puzzle? :P
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3 years 8 months ago #176 by Grant
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Working on this again. :dry:

I've finished the ballasting and moved onto some of the structures and details. Here's a Walthers' kit of a storage shed that will sit on one of the sidings. First time trying the hairspray technique. The layout is set in the early eighties so I looked for a colour that might have been used in the sixties or early seventies and had a suitable amount of weathering. This is yet to have washes etc. The roof will be patchy and rusted.






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3 years 8 months ago #177 by Bishop
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That's the idea. The wine helps too heehee

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3 years 8 months ago #178 by Grant
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Bishop wrote: The wine helps too heehee


Yeeeah. I'm not allowed too much, but the odd glass doesn't hurt. B)

I ended up checking out the train show down here. It would have been fun to show the layout, but I probably would have needed a long stick to stop the kids grabbing at the trains given some of the behaviour I saw. :ohmy: The actual quality of the modelling at the show was pretty average. A couple of very good layouts but a large amount of "toy trains." I also think I got informal agreement from my girlfriend to build a proper display layout if I sell the current one. :whistle:

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3 years 8 months ago #179 by Tiger
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Crikey, so sounds like from your last comment once this is finished we can expect to see another :woohoo:
Look forward to it.

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3 years 7 months ago #180 by Grant
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Tiger wrote: Crikey, so sounds like from your last comment once this is finished we can expect to see another :woohoo:
Look forward to it.


It might not happen for a while. I want to step things up a bit, so think "large diorama" more than layout.

I've done a bit more over the week. I finished the plastering and surfaced the road and then painted it all. This is now ready grasses, bushes and some cactus. B)








That van needs a bit of detail painting and weathering.
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