Tuesday, 18 September 2018
|This is the "before" appearance of the diorama featured in today's post. Dust is still visible on the water surface. The monochromatic look of the old ground foam is apparent, and the lichen bushes really aren't up to current standards.|
By Peter Mumby,
with photos by George Dutka.
Over the years, George has built a lot of models - locomotives, rolling stock, structures, layouts, dioramas - and several of these models have eventually migrated to my personal collection. Such is the case with the diorama featured in this post.
So, how old is this particular piece of George's modelling history anyway? He wrote an article entitled "Modelling a Trestle Bridge in HO" which appeared in the short-lived publication "Trackside Modeller" in its August, 1995 edition. The trestle unit was assembled as part of a module which was retired in 1985. He continued to use it as a display piece for several more years before trading it off to me. It sat on my shelf as an equipment display base for more than twenty years, until the accumulated dust became more prominent than the featured rolling stock. The single shade of green ground foam had turned fifty shades of grey, and the lichen shrubbery had morphed into something resembling scouring pads. As the politicians like to say, it was time for a change.
The offending Iichen was cut away, and the dust was removed with a vacuum cleaner and some soft brushes. The original water surface had been replicated using high gloss varnish; this was refreshed with an application of gloss medium. It was applied with a stippling motion to impart some added life to the surface. The biggest single change came about with the application of several shades of static grass. A boxcar shed, outhouse, and handcar set-off were added for the use of the local bridge maintenance crew, and some appropriate signage was installed at each end of the trestle. A pair of hopeful fishermen completed the scene. Once again, I have an attractive display base for some of my favourite pieces of rolling stock.
CP 5001 tip toes gingerly across the George's Gorge trestle with a van hop, adhering religiously to the posted 10 m.p.h. limit.
This drone shot demonstrates the "after" appearance of the refreshed diorama.
With the vast majority of the added structures and details, this is the "business" end of the diorama.
A pair of local fishermen try their luck as a CP local creeps past. Their canoes have been carefully beached, although I don't see any evidence of paddles. For their sake, let's hope this body of water isn't the infamous Schitt's Creek!
Monday, 17 September 2018
|Tichy offers a package of sides which make up 8 crates. I have six completed but the two smallest are really small and I decided to use them as lids that have been taken off and scattered around a dock loading site.|
|The boxes are spray bombed with a camo olive colouring that I picked up in Home Hardware. I then used some PanPastels to highlight the colouring. The photo shows the sprayed box and one weathered.|
Friday, 14 September 2018
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
|My new addition to the WRD fleet...an older Atlas engine weathered and rusted up. More on it shortly.|
|Another hobby shop closes down due to retirement. I stopped by Beamsville, Ont. last Thursday to find this hobby shop closed and empty. I had heard it was closing, but it happened quickly.|
|This is a recent before and after. I purchased it built for a dollar and went to work detailing it a bit.|
|Curator John Kastner was shocked - to add new exhibit !|
|The roof weathering is kind of neat.|
|Note the swayback seen in the roof line.|
Monday, 10 September 2018
Saturday, 8 September 2018
|The prototype photo, Pikestuff panels and an Accurail model that I will use to replicate a CV hopper.|
I also have a package of Pikestuff raised panels # 4000 which I applied using Walthers goo. For some reason some of the panels are missing so I cut some of the full panels to size. That is what you get when you purchase parts at train flea markets. The car is now ready for painting and lettering. It will not get into the paint shop till my boat comes out the end of the month.
CV raised panel hoppers were rebuilt from straight metal sheeting in 1936-1937 a second group was converted in 1941-42. The second group was painted boxcar red. The earlier group was black.CV 20030 falls into the latter group being red. Conversion back to straight side hoppers began in 1946 with the last converted in 1953. Many of the hoppers retired by the late 1950's with the last hopper being taken out of interchange service in 1977. Some remained longer in company service...George Dutka
|The panels are installed and the old style brake system has been changed out with a resin wheel and housing. I am thinking the wheel looks a bit thick. I may change it out with a Kadee model before painting.|
|Note all the nice grabs and wire details that Bob had added to his model. He has also added all the piping to the brake system.|
Friday, 7 September 2018
Thursday, 6 September 2018
|The roofing is a light wash of Floquil grimy black while the gas sign is Floquil reefer white with PanPastel white streaking. The signs are included in the kit although a couple are from my stock sheets.|
|Some boards are pulled up and nail holes applied.|
|I added the post braces which are not in the kit. The licence plates are reduced from a FOS O scale kit. Newspapers and a few detail pieces from my parts box are also applied. Everything is applyed using Canopy glue. The gas pumps are rusted up also.|
|The ground foam and weeds are Scenic Express.|
Tuesday, 4 September 2018
Monday, 3 September 2018
|Most of the structure is together and will be stained shortly. The signage and only photo to work from is seen in the background.|
|The gas pump is together now. The walls and roof is next on the list. Lots of test fitting to make sure it was going together right.|
|The main structure is together. The side building is next on the list. I am thinking this inside wall that makes up the main box should have been cut for the end wall. I left it as you see it to better support the building...wood is cheap.|
|New Free Kit offering from FOS this week only.|
Sunday, 2 September 2018
|Two Tichy models ready to roll on Don Janes Green Mountain Route.|
Saturday, 1 September 2018
|A favorite stop on my way to New England over the past three decades.|
|One of my West Shore Line kits completed. Check out my blog post from Sept 8 2016 for more information regarding this kit.|
Friday, 31 August 2018
|Kind of a neat old garage.|
|These kits come without instructions but are easy to build. That is why FOS can give them away.|
|The doors and windows are laser cut and a neat gas sign is included for the roof. The signage is also included. One wall is missing while inspecting the kit but a very simple addition from my parts box...hey what do you want for free.|