Monday, March 29, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
What a night we had at the Richlawn Railroad! Tonight was labeled "Delicate Demolition" as we were removing a wall right next to the railroad.
In attendance were:
Glue Bob & his guest Brian
Band Camp Mark
Here's the gang all serious and everything. The gentlemen next to the door is Bob's friend, Brian. He also is from the Great White North and a model railroader (and a very nice guy!) Mark is out of the picture in the lower right. We split into two teams with Keith & Ken inside the train room and Mark and Steve in the closet. I ran tools to the guys, took pictures, and provided moral support.
Here Keith gets right at it tearing out the drywall inside of the room. Ken mans the trash bag and the team made short work of the wall.
Bob & I gave Brian a tour of the railroad while the de-construction when on and it was great talking to Brian. He is the proud owner of Bob's previous layout, which has been sitting dormant for a few years. Bob is going to visit him and get it back in working order.
What's this? Me working? In a rare moment Bob snapped this shot after the guys "forced" me to do some cleanup work. So this is what it feels like to work!
Wall.....what wall? The guys are putting the finishing touches on the demo.
The Wrecking Crew! After the wall was down the plastic was removed covering the track and we ran trains.......without problem! This was a testament to the great care and workmanship of the team. If I had attempted this project by myself it probably would have taken a week and something (or somebody) would have been damaged. Thanks, guys!
Friday, March 26, 2010
NOTE: To really see the detail you will need to click on the pictures and use the zoom in feature.
Here's a completed tree with poly fiber covered with various shades of green ground foam.
This is a different tree using the same method.
I tried applying the poly fiber and foam using two methods: 1.) Apply the poly fiber to the tree first, spay with adhesive, and then sprinkle with the foam. The problem with this method is that some of the spray adhesive gets on the limbs, so you end up with "leaves" directly on the branches. 2.) I made little clumps of poly fiber first, sprayed them with adhesive, sprinkled on the foam, and then applied to the tree. I'm still debating which I will use.
A shot of some of the armatures and finished trees. I coated the trees with a mixture of plain white glue, concrete liquid concrete color (gray) and a thickener (secret ingredient). After the coating dried I scribed lines in the material and then dry brushed on dark gray.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
It is with pleasure that I reply to your request about having the number one operating group in Georgia, the North County Interchange Operating Group provide the Division with a raffle layout for 2011. Our team has met and decided that we would be most willing to help in this endeavor, and in fact, have already finished!
We feel that one thing that could help sell tickets, other than the quality of the layout, is the notoriety of the layout. Often the layout is not finished in time to do any real marketing. The layout we propose to the Division is not only complete, but has its own fan club!
We will be providing the Heart of Georgia Layout....most commonly known as the HOG!
This trend setting layout design has been made popular all over North America, published in Scale Rails, discussed in the http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HOGRR/ egroup, written about on the http://hogrr.blogspot.com/ blog, and has become quite popular nation wide. You won't find a more famous layout anywhere and we already have the photos with which to market it.
The layout is owned by member Steve Berkheimer who has so kindly agreed to part with it for the Division. While there is extensive costs in the layout, Steve is willing to accept $1,500 for materials of construction. The only thing missing will be the DCC system which Digitrax donates every year. Because the layout was not build as a raffle layout, we do not have receipts. Rest assured that much more than $1,500 went into it, especially on the highly custom locomotives.
Our team will spruce up the layout and maybe add some additional detail over the next year and will have it ready for the next train show. It is in great operational shape and has been shown at two Piedmont Pilgrimages where it ran flawlessly.
If the Division is amenable to this offer, please let us know and we'll begin work immediately. Photos are attached.
Scott G. Perry, CPM
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Cost: around $22 each. High quality Outer Banks polo with embroider art charges, freight, etc
Scott: XXXL, 2 shirts
Rick: XL, 1 shirt
Bob: XL - 1 shirt
Paul: XL - 2 shirts
Keith: XL - 2 shirts
Ken: XXL - 1 shirt
Steve B.: L - 1 shirt
Mark: XXL - 2 shirts
Steve R.: L - 1 shirt
Total: 12 shirts
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
A lighter than normal turnout due to Glue Bob's sister being in town and Packrat Paul crossing the pond.
And our newest member! (drum roll please...)
Mark "Band Camp" Weiss!!!!
Tonight was tree night! We sat around a craft table and tried our hands at various tree techniques. Here's how it went:
Here's Scott putting the drill to a tree winding up the jute fiber. And yes, we did have to sing a verse from the Beetle's song "Hey Jute".
Ahhh! You are such a beautiful little tree!!!
Rick started us off with a tree that he bought on Ebay from seller EVERYDAYGOODZ. Apparently he sells a lot of trees. This one was a bit bright for my taste but it had a very nice structure to it. Check him out on Ebay...
It was kind of like an old quilting bee...bunch of old ladies sitting around talking about Louis Armonstrong, old movies, Rick's lack of hair, and Mark's days as a flute player. Yes, the knickname will stick!
Band Camp tried his hand as well. He built several nice trees including a jute twist conifer that will look nice on an N-scale layout.
The table was a wreck, but we had a ball. Glue Bob gave me some pre streteched and colored jute for the twist trees. My first two were horrible as there are some tricks to twisting them. But the last one look fantastic!
Here are some of Ken's colorful fall trees in N-scale.
Here is Scott's last twisted tree. A little blurry here, but it looked good.
A more full twisted tree and two nice armatures made by Steve who really seemed to get the hang of working with florist wire. I never did master it.
Armatures, Scott's first twist tree and a few of the Joe Sullivan trees.
Rick's trees turned out really nice. He had a great balance of limbs and color. We kill him last.
Mark or Ken's (I forgot who) made some very colorful trees. The one on the right looks incredible.
It was a great evening now that it has warmed back up a bit. Scott got to show everyone the progress on the Dixie Central, the lack of progress on the Swamp and a few projects in the shop.
Coffee's still hot if you want some.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
My schedule will be a bit up in the air over the next month and a half, so I apologize right now if I miss a train show, Friday meeting, or whatever is planned. You just don't know.
But I'll be sure to post the new addition's picture here! And here's hoping its a boy!!!
It looks just like the real thing! And then to get to watch a 50 car train go around the layout!
Always fun to visit Bob and Halina!