Here is the result after four different color washes on the rock work. I added coats two and three on Friday and coat four on Saturday morning. Each one completely drying before the next. I also painted the bare plaster and added dirt from my bucket o' dirt from Gunnison. The tunnel portal was to be scratchbuilt, however since the Woodland Scenics portal was close to what I was going to build, I went that way instead. I did cut it down so it would fit Sn3. I painted and installed it before I started the rockwork. I will eventually add the inside of the tunnel, building something out of strip wood. It's easily accessible from inside the helix. While it is nowhere near being finished, it certainly looks way better than it did a few days ago. All the basic scenery is now finished on the upper level. I hope to start adding ground cover, rocks and trees soon. The water tank in the photo is a stand-in. It's a model of the tank at Telluride. It will be replaced once I get around to building one of the several tank kits I have from Crystal River.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
After a very busy summer, with the wife and kids back in school, I got to head down to the basement. The goal before the narrow gauge convention was to get the rockwork and other scenery finished on the upper level. I started the last section of scenery last June and I wanted the upper level done.Here is just a grab shot. I thought I'd try out my new phone for the photo, as you can tell I still need more practice. However, since I haven't posted anything in quite a while, it's better than nothing. This is just the first paint wash, I will do three to four more to get the final color. Right now it looks a bit leprous. Once the rockwork is finished I will start adding ground cover and trees.