Mini Diorama

Mini Diorama

Postby Bernd » Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:08 pm

A while back I built a small 6" by 29" (15.24cm by 73.66cm for our metric friends) diorama to test out my resin cast track. The original plan was to leave it flat. Now that I've started on a module of larger proportions I discovered I needed something to practice scenery on. What better than this diorama to practice on. A couple of pictures of what I started with.

Laying down of the first resin cast track.

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Spray painting the ties a brown color.

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The first rolling stock to apply the tracks.

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Used HO scale spikes to hold the track down while the glue dried.

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I used blue foam roughly shaped into hills. Covered them with a thin coat of plaster. The left over plaster I poured onto some crumpled aluminum foil to form the rock formations. This technique was written up in Model Railroader many years ago. It was called "Foiling Rocks". Still works great today and is cheaper than buying rubber molds.

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I still need to make more rock castings. In the next post I'll show how that's done. The rock formations that are in the pictures are still sort of wet, they call it the leather stage. I'll have to wait till they are fully dry before gluing them to the plaster covered foam.

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Re: Mini Diorama

Postby AstroGoat760 » Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:05 pm

Looks good so far!
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Re: Mini Diorama

Postby Bernd » Fri Nov 20, 2015 5:48 pm

AngrySailor302 wrote:Looks good so far!


Thanks Angry.

Here's a few more with the roughed in scenery. I gave the plaster a wash of "Country Grey" from the Apple Barrel brand of acrylic paints.

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Now I wait for it to dry for a couple of days. I can see from the pictures there's more work to be done before calling it good enough.

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Re: Mini Diorama

Postby AstroGoat760 » Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:40 pm

Definitely looking forward to seeing how the rock work is done on your layout diorama.
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Re: Mini Diorama

Postby richardedmonds » Sat Nov 21, 2015 10:29 am

AngrySailor302 wrote:Definitely looking forward to seeing how the rock work is done on your layout diorama.


Me as well Angry they look great don't they
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Re: Mini Diorama

Postby ConducTTor » Sat Nov 21, 2015 2:01 pm

:thumbup: :wave:
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Re: Mini Diorama

Postby Bernd » Sat Nov 21, 2015 2:07 pm

richardedmonds wrote:
AngrySailor302 wrote:Definitely looking forward to seeing how the rock work is done on your layout diorama.


Me as well Angry they look great don't they


Thanks Richard & Alex

A few more scenery photos. I added some more color to the rocks and had to fix one "OPPS".

Here's the "OPPS". The track gang caught hell for this one. It was fixed by the "Scenery Gang" and all is well. :grin:

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I did a bit of photo magic and got rid of any distracting background.

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Coming through the cut.

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Still a tight fit. I've seen close clearances on the prototype like this in Penna. on the YS RR https://www.flickr.com/photos/john_leopard/8560889436 and Vermont on the Green Mountain RR. I've got a slide somewhere showing a boxcar door hitting an embankment retaining wall. So I'm ok here. There's at least 1/10" (one foot) clearance.

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I guess the next step is to add some greenery, like grass, shrubs and trees. Time for more research on a how to.

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Re: Mini Diorama

Postby ConducTTor » Sat Nov 21, 2015 2:40 pm

That's a pretty big OOPS lol
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Re: Mini Diorama

Postby Bernd » Sat Nov 21, 2015 8:50 pm

ConducTTor wrote:That's a pretty big OOPS lol


There was quite a discussion going on between the track crew and the scenery crew, almost to the point of a brawl. But it was the scenery crews fault for where they put the scenery. All is better now after a few stick of dynamite were used to removed the offending rock. Trouble was the paint crew had to come in and repaint the rocks to match. Now management won't pay for the over time. At least now they can get a car to the yet to be built structure.

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Re: Mini Diorama

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sat Nov 21, 2015 9:33 pm

That is a real tight fit, but hey it looks nice thus far.
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