Category: Construction

Earth Tone Static Grass 1/20/19

“Edison’s Lab” ! It takes a lot of trial and error experimentation to dial in a color with powdered dyes. The sheet of paper on the right is where I mix the dyes with a knife blade. There has been a lot of interest in my earth tone static grass experimentation. At this point I…


Earth Tone Static Grass – Jan. 16

Experimentation continues with producing the earth toned grasses. My kitchen table looks like Edison’s lab at this point. I’ve established a few things: -The fibers will in fact accept the coloring. -The composition of the Woodland Scenics fibers seems to work best. -Grays are relatively straight forward to create which is great. My biggest hurdle…


Earth Toned Grass

The importance of a model railroad scenic feature can often be measured by the layout surface area it covers. By that measure, grass falls at the top of the list. Given it’s importance, it’s odd that it isn’t talked about more. For the most part it gets a passing treatment on layouts at best. One…


Finally, Some Water!

I wanted to get one of the water scenes in as it takes away some of the guesswork as to what the overall composition is supposed to be.  Aerials indicate the bay is essentially a teal hue which I created using a 50/50 mix of blue and green acrylic craft paints.  When that dried, I…


Brooklyn Terminal October 29

Time to start replacing the temporary Peco flex track with the permanent hand laid code 40.  Once you get the hang of it, scratch built turnouts aren’t that hard to do.  They also give you more flexibility in terms of shape, cost less, and are ultimately more reliable.  I started by photo copying some Peco…