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    • July 31, 2020 1:44 PM EDT
    • This is the prototype picture that inspired me to try scratch building the Linville Depot on my On30 rendition of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina RR.



      In the early 1920's it was a setting out point for tourists escaping the cities and getting in to the beautiful North Carolina Mountains with transportation provided by the "Varnish" of the ET&WNC RR.

      For the past 6 months I have been using spare time to try and recreate this classy picture.



      And a few more shots in 21st century color:









      Here is how the little depot fits in to the Linville Layout Design Element (LDE).



      Thanks for looking. Dr Tom


    • May 26, 2020 9:54 PM EDT
    • Got Milk?

      Well maybe if the cows relax after the whistle shrieks of the steam engine calling for the river crossing fade away and Geraldo can get his tiresome children to do some milking chores today.







      Doc Tom

    • May 23, 2020 10:04 PM EDT
    • No More Excuses.

      These two prototype pictures of the Depot inspired me to build the Linville LDE,
      on my On30 homage to the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina (ET&WNC) Railroad.










      With the track painted and ballasted, the water tank and shed in place, trees and grasses planted,
      there are no more excuses to get on to scratch building the Linville Depot as it was in the early 1920s.





      With Evergreen Styrene and San Juan Details on order,
      I will be taking the plunge to replace the foam core mock up over the next several weeks.





      Hopefully a nice model will be ready in the near future.

      Fingers are crossed and nerves need steadying. 
      Did I mention scratch building makes me real nervous?

      Thanks for following along so far.

      Doc Tom

    • May 15, 2020 8:00 PM EDT
    • I got a static grass applicator in the mail recently. I thought I would give it a try. A little bit of a learning curve and You Tube Vids certainly helped.



      I have always liked this effect in "O" scale.

      I used a mix of Woodland Scenics 4 mm grass. I think the effect is rather nice. Thanks for looking. Doc Tom



       

    • May 10, 2020 8:49 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      Doc Tom,

      Isn't it basically going to be about color?  Whether you use doll house shingles, generic balsa wood or cardboard, cut to look like shingles, isn't it going to be the final color that makes the depot look like the prototype?  I'd think a smokey grey brown if the shingles were unpainted and the structure had been out in the weather for a couple of years.  The longer it has stood out in the weather, the more grey to dark grey it will all become.  If painted, then its just whatever color it was and its all about the texture of a shingle.  But in the 1:48 scale, how much is going to show?

      Yes color and texture are the main components to focus on in model railroading.

      A fellow modeler on another site even recommended pieces of crepe paper.I thought that was a nifty idea.

      Doc Tom

    • May 10, 2020 8:57 AM EDT
    • Doc Tom,

      Isn't it basically going to be about color?  Whether you use doll house shingles, generic balsa wood or cardboard, cut to look like shingles, isn't it going to be the final color that makes the depot look like the prototype?  I'd think a smokey grey brown if the shingles were unpainted and the structure had been out in the weather for a couple of years.  The longer it has stood out in the weather, the more grey to dark grey it will all become.  If painted, then its just whatever color it was and its all about the texture of a shingle.  But in the 1:48 scale, how much is going to show?

    • May 9, 2020 7:19 PM EDT
    • Here's a little more to add to the story of the railroad in the Blue Ridge.

      A chestnut tree at Linville on the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Rail Road in the early 1920’s before the chestnut blight wiped out these magnificent trees in the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge. Chestnut bark siding was used to cover several structures in Linville including the ET&WNC depot.





      Now to find a suitable product to recreate this siding for the depot (in foam board mock up in the picture).

      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

    • May 8, 2020 9:05 PM EDT
    • Electricity was extremely rare in the rural Blue Ridge Mountains in 1920-1924. Geraldo’s kid “Sparkie”rigged up a crude generator to harness the water power in the creek out back of the farm. This allowed a simple light at the barn to turn night in to day.



      Cy Crumley stopped the train to catch a view of this new fangled invention of Sparkie’s.





      Old man Geraldo prefers the kerosene lantern in his cabin and doubts that ‘tricity’ will ever catch on in these parts.




      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

    • May 4, 2020 9:32 PM EDT
    • Rooster is making me blush............ When It was in blue foam Ric I had a general idea of what I was aiming to do. It just takes forever to bring these models to fruition.

       

      Doc Tom

    • May 4, 2020 7:45 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      Great picture!  I wouldn't have thought that the picture with the blue foam was the same location.  When it was just blue foam, did you invsion how it would look after all the scenery was in place?

       

      Wow....that is a pretty personal question! What the man does behind (currently) closed doors really should not be any of your business Ric !

    • May 4, 2020 8:03 AM EDT
    • Great picture!  I wouldn't have thought that the picture with the blue foam was the same location.  When it was just blue foam, did you invsion how it would look after all the scenery was in place?

    • May 3, 2020 8:53 PM EDT
    • Having decided that the trains would not derail on the freshly planted On30 track on the Linville LDE it was time for some groundcover, ballast and grade crossings.






      Everybody loves a train and here's a picture of the little people at a grade crossing.



      Here is the same scene when it was in the blue foam stage.



      A bit of a difference.

      Thanks as always for looking.
      Doc Tom

    • April 24, 2020 9:24 PM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      That looks great ... can we get a refresher pic of how the other side came out ...

      Hi Sean. Thanks for the (+) feedback. I have started making some simple videos of the layout. Here is a "pacing" video of all completed trackwork so far.

      https://youtu.be/SuQ7kHS-Msc

      Doc Tom

    • April 24, 2020 7:07 AM EDT
    • That looks great ... can we get a refresher pic of how the other side came out ...

    • April 23, 2020 6:35 PM EDT
    • Thanks for the very nice comments. I really appreciate it. Here is a little more of the new RR.

      It was time to weather the bridge over the Linville River and put in some water. We went from this:



      To this:



      Using an interesting product called ModPodge you can make a shiny water surface on flat painted hardboard.







      Here are some classic railroad pictures of a train passing over a through Truss Bridge in the Blue Ridge.





      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

    • April 21, 2020 9:12 PM EDT
    • Your work always makes me smile, Doc.  Your ability to make a scene come alive is impressive.  Great video, thanks for sharing.

    • April 21, 2020 10:50 AM EDT
    • Looks great Tom!  The ultimate compliment from my wife Marilyn watching over my shoulder, "is that real?"  I had to point out the ceiling in the video :D  Your work is paying off!

    • May 15, 2020 9:35 PM EDT
    • Tom Grabenstein said:

      I likes it!!! You will enjoy a full immersion in the wonders of On30 modelling. Come on in the water is fine.

      Doc Tom

      Indeed it is fine!

      What isn't know here because I've not said is my first two On30 kitbashes were done in mid 1980s with a new body for an Athearn SW7 and some new bodies for Athearn 40 and 50ft boxcar frames.

      Those models are no longer with us.

      Yet I've built the occasional On30 models on and off since then.

    • May 15, 2020 7:58 PM EDT
    • I likes it!!! You will enjoy a full immersion in the wonders of On30 modelling. Come on in the water is fine.

      Doc Tom

    • May 11, 2020 4:49 PM EDT
    • After all these years with Trainz I'm still uncertain whether what I'm doing is a reskin or a recolor, and it's going to be a little different color pattern from the physical On30 models,
      (which are still not finished and may never be) but, hey, can certainly get the character to come through, and I'm happy with that!

       
      For it to truly work there would have to be more divided color segments in the Trainz model than currently exist.

      Model is the "30 in Davenport (Reskinners Template)" by david111767, which is based on Bachmann's On30 model, which I have and is in black and silver instead of my freelance company's green since it is in their forest products division and they paint things their own way.

      On30 model is a bit greener than it looks on camera, so was the semi tractor which provided a reference for the hue.
      Eventually the bare black plastic sideframes will be aluminum, silver, or some hue of that nature.
      Pilot sheets are red and white striped like the side sills but I don't know where the image I used for the GP38s I did for Trainz 2006/2009 is, it is around, I've seen it on a CD or in this Windows 10 box. Eh, will get to it later if ever.

      Since these things sit out in the sun all the time in the hypothetical location of the On30 line, it figured that the engine hood top and cab roof would be a both faded and grimy version of the overall hue.

      Speaking of hues, the 'read me' says "gold.tga and gold2.tga are the main body colors. Make sure they are different from each other." but not why that is desirable.
      Guess I probably ought to get around to contacting the author with an inquiry about that.

      I swore I was not going to get in to 30 inch gauge on TANE, standard gauge was enough ...


      Well, so much for the reliability of my sworn oaths!
      Night before last and yesterday I downloaded a quantity of 3ft6in, 3ft, 30in, equipment, track, and layouts.
      What's that famous thing about never say never ...?

      [img]https://live.staticflickr.com/7416/26974475156_f42dd01ef7_z.jpg[/img]

      [img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49881336352_621e776e81_z.jpg[/img]

      Oh, yeah, lets add the reference for hue used for WCT ...

      ... although the hue was decided upon about 20 years before I encountered this semi.   It was rather greener hue to the eye, camera didn't pick it up, probably related to why greenscreens are used for special effects work.

      --> Which illustrates a common pitfall of using film and/or digital photos for color reference.

      [img]https://live.staticflickr.com/7215/26402224954_e162db136b.jpg[/img]