Well today was a big day, managed to get the frame for the upper valance installed (the block rail to which the MDF secures to) finished, installed the ceiling panels (which are also 3mm MDF), and install two section of upper valance.
Firstly thanks for all the feedback on the colours, and thanks to Prof Klyzlr for the animated GIF too. Next I'll post some picks of the installation today and how it all went, followed by a few photos of the different colours I'm looking at.
Firstly a corner shot showing the two section of upper valance installed.
Next shot is the internal corner and how I secured it to stay tight and also make it easily removable.
Next is the brackets that will keep the MDF straight to the backdrop and hopefully resist warping (for Alan).
Next shot shows the height (for me) to be able to reach in, hopefully this will give everyone some perspective of the actual opening. I'm 6'2 and at this height (its actually 60" - 5' from floor to top of fascia) it works well for me, I'm setting the layout to me, and if there are shorter people well they will have to "step stool it".
I can probably open up the opening maybe another 2" (50mm) but anymore will allow the framework & top of the backdrop to be visible to me which I do not want.
Next shots are a few of the next section of L&T that has had the upper valance installed, thus framing the scenes.
Next series of photos show the overall corner scene with 3 different coloured renders, Dark Grey, Dark Green & Black, the voting is open...
Well today I decided to finally start installing the L&T Fascia & Upper Valance. I have been thinking about the materials and method to install this for awhile.
Firstly I wanted something easy to install, relatively light in total weight, easily removable and easily painted. I had thought about masonite, plaster/drywall, styrene and a whole range of different materials.
So today I went down to the hardware store to see what they had. I finally settled on 3mm MDF they have pre cut sheets 1200mm (4') x 600mm (2') and this works out perfectly for the two sections I require. The fascia is 120mm (5") and the upper valance is the remaining 480mm (19"), this has worked out to be an ideal ratio for the viewing window too.
Its amazing the difference once the scene is framed, the lighting with the fluorescent lights towards the fronts is near on perfect and it is so nice to not see any framework anymore or wiring & lights.
And this is the eye level view (my 6'2" eye level) from directly in front of the L&T Branch (JL&T Module)...
Next step is to continue on around the corner and along the L&T Branch. I'll post some more photos of how I have achieved the installation of the ceiling, placement and the securing of the brackets for the upper valance.
Here is a little alteration to the fence at the rear of Allied Warehouse & Storage, Alan reminded me the other day that I had forgotten the top cross bar. So the other day I added it, and the corner diagonal cross brace too.
Well yesterday and today I finally bit the bullet and tried my hand at weathering a piece of rolling stock. I'd been putting this off for some time as I was unsure if I was going to be able to achieve the standard I wanted.
My idea is to be able to get one piece done in a hour or two (and down under an hour with practice), I also want a weathered look that is in line with the "good enough principle".
So with the catalyst of wanting a few pieces of rolling stock for layout photos showing completed stages I decided to start with a Atlas 50' Yellow "Railbox" Boxcar.
I've been reading just about every thread on MRH & the internet about weathering rolling stock, and decided for the first attempt to use my newly acquired Vallejo Model Washes. First step was to remove all the couplers, and wheels. This was followed by several coats of Dullcote to flatten the plastic sheen, and give the boxcar some tooth for the washes and oils.
One the Dullcote had dried I started with the roof, first off was a good coat of grey model wash. This was allowed to almost dry and then a coat of dark brown model wash, as this was drying I lightly wiped off some of the areas on the peaks of the roof panels with a cotton lint free cloth.
I then dried these series of washes with a hair dryer, then it was a coat of rust coloured wash, and finally a black wash to highlight the seam and details. As this was drying I again using the cotton cloth to dab this time to give a mottled look to the dirt & grime. Once this was nearly dried I again lightly wiper some of the wash off the higher panel sections.
This was the outcome of the roof:
Next was to move onto the sides & ends of the boxcar, I used a similar principle for the sides as what I had used on the roof. I again firstly applied a coat of grey model wash to all the panels, once this was applied I used the cotton cloth to wipe most of the excess wash off, trying to leave a little in the panel seams and around the areas that would naturally collect dirt & grime.
Then once this had almost dry using a fine flat brush the same width of the panels, I soaked the brush in water and thinned out the remaining wash and blended any pools of wash so that they looked like downward streaks from rain. Again when this was nearly dried I used the cloth again to form the streaks towards the bottom of the panels.
I then dried this whole step with a hair dryer making sure not to disturb any of the wash that was sitting in the door tracks or areas that need to be highlighted. I then went and applied a second layer of wash but this time dark brown, again using the same method as the first to thin out and distribute the wash to the required areas and form the streak effects on the panels.
Lastly I went over the areas that needed highlighting and extra dirt & grime with a thinned wash of black. Once this was dried the entire boxcar was coated in Dullcote.
This is how the panels/sides came out:
The trucks were painted with PS Grimy Black and then dusted with AIM Dark Rust & Black weathering powders. The wheels were painted with PS Railroad Tie Brown & dusted with Dark Rust weathering powder.
Next stage will be to weather the finer details (rust, more grime, and highlights) with oil paints using dry brushing.
Overall very happy that I had a go, and with the results. The photos actually don't show it to well, but it actually is a little darker in the flesh and is exactly the level that I wanted to achieve.
The new L&T structure Allied Warehouse & Storage is almost complete. The windows have been installed after being sprayed with Dullcote to "frost" the windows out, the weathering is complete and all that remains is to add some signage and LED flood lights.
Then onto ballasting the remaining track work around the structure and installing the chain wire fence at the rear and re-installing the backdrops.
Again the finer weathering such as the rust streaks from the window frames was achieved with oil paints & dry brushing...
The latest structure addition to the L&T Branch has started (well the shell has been complete for quite awhile...) and in two days is actually almost completed.
This structure is associated with the Appliance Manufacturing Plant and will be used as a warehouse for storing raw goods and materials for the various sections of the plant. It will mainly be served by boxcars with the odd flat car load with a special freight such as machinery or large machine parts.
The kit is a Walther's Back Shop Building Flat and is completely out of the box except for the scratch built styrene concrete floor. It has been painted with Vallejo Model Air - Sand Yellow, this was my first time using these and I'm really impressed. Straight into the airbrush and went on really well.
The weathering was accomplished by using Vallejo Model Washes, the colour was Rust. When this was dried I then applied ready made plaster filler to highlight some of mortar in the brick work. This was further blended using a extremely thinned down mixture of rust weathering powdered, followed by more dry powdering once dry.
The internal floor has been airbrushed with Polly Scale - Concrete and weathered with Vallejo Model Washes in Dark Brown & Lamp Black.
Well today I added the last of the weathering to the unloading gantry, pipe work and vertical storage tanks. I've decided that this enough as it works for me, and to spend anymore time on it is not going to finish the remainder of the L&T Branch...
The level of weathering is going to be my standard, and also the cut off. To do anymore is not going to add much more realism or prototypical elements to the scene. I've studied the photos over the last few hours and close up I'm happy, and they won't be viewed at the closeness when operating anyhow.
The only thing left to add is the windows for the brick storage building, some more signage on it, and maybe a floodlight (LED) or two over the loading dock. Apart from that this is scene is done...
Enjoy the photos...
Pipe Unloading Gantry (Well used and not so shiny anymore)...
Vertical Storage Tanks... In all their grimyness!
Looking down on top of the facility and the actual space used... (and yes the holes in the tanks are being filled).
My favourite shot of the Chemical Transfer Facility...
If I can get the time I'll post up a tutorial on some of the key elements that have helped create this scene, also on how I have achieved the look & weathering (although most is from this very forum!) too.