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Grant's HO Scale Layout: Canyon Diablo 3 years 5 months ago #151

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Just blows me away each time I see it.

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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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Good luck getting things finished mate.

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Bluegrass or not your 'Canyon Diablo' layout is a SYMPHONY in model train and diorama building ...
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Very cool - Where is the show mate?

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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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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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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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Damn... I was hoping it was the week after, then I would have been able to make it

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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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These are lots of fun to make. They don't need to be perfect for three foot scale.



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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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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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She's a big job mate.
Looking good Grant :)
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Looking great Grant. Bet Acorn was happy with all that purchase :P
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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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Your landscaping and scenery is top shelf Grant. Just beautiful.
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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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Really really enjoying watching you put this together Grant, awesome mate!





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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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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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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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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.



And yes the next year people did remember and say they were pleased that i'd finished the layout.
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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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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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That's the idea. The wine helps too heehee

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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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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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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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