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    • August 30, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

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      Pete;

       

      Perhaps you could use some of the Woodland Scenics small rock molds and Hydrocal plaster pre-mixed with a reddish clay colored powder paint.  Once the Hydrocal sets, you could soften some of the harder angles with a file.  Kind of leave some of the dust from filing.  Use an "El-cheapo" hair spray to hold it in place.  Should look pretty much like dollops of clay from a steam shovel scoop.

       

      Just a thought, David Meashey

    • August 31, 2020 12:19 PM EDT
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      All great ideas - thanks guys. Sculpy looks like a good one: anyone familiar with the figure classes knows that it can do.

       

      But I think I have to experiment with Jerry's natural clay first!

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      Add a wheel on the side for an automatic dump mechanism:

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    • August 31, 2020 12:40 PM EDT
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      Pete Thornton said:

      All great ideas - thanks guys. Sculpy looks like a good one: anyone familiar with the figure classes knows that it can do.

       

      But I think I have to experiment with Jerry's natural clay first!

      I did not have much luck with Sculpy outdoors here in Virginia - it eventually just crumbled, in spite of the fact that it was painted.   Since then, I had switched to Magic Scuplt - it's a two part epoxy and also needs paint to stand up to UV, but I found out it stood up VERY nicely - no deterioration at all.   It was also nice not having to bake the model.  

       

      You can find out about it here:  http://magicsculp.com/ and it IS available on Amazon.

       

      Edit:  Add the web site.

      This post was edited by Bruce Chandler at August 31, 2020 12:42 PM EDT
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    • September 1, 2020 8:28 PM EDT
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      Bruce Chandler said:
      Pete Thornton said:

      All great ideas - thanks guys. Sculpy looks like a good one: anyone familiar with the figure classes knows that it can do.

       

      But I think I have to experiment with Jerry's natural clay first!

      I did not have much luck with Sculpy outdoors here in Virginia - it eventually just crumbled, in spite of the fact that it was painted.   Since then, I had switched to Magic Scuplt - it's a two part epoxy and also needs paint to stand up to UV, but I found out it stood up VERY nicely - no deterioration at all.   It was also nice not having to bake the model.  

       

      You can find out about it here:  http://magicsculp.com/ and it IS available on Amazon.

      Magic sculpt does not need paint to hold up against the UV's.  Because of it's makeup compound it is COMPLETELY durable to the outside elements.

      I have been using Magic sculpt for many years outside, with no effects except the paint does not stay bright with out a UV protector yearly. 

      IMG_3904 by Dennis Rayon, on Flickr

       

      Edit:  Add the web site.

       

    • September 4, 2020 11:03 AM EDT
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      Anyone have any of these Trail Creek kits on their shelf ?  Now to figure out how to weather them. The loads can come later.

       

      This post was edited by Pete Thornton at September 4, 2020 11:06 AM EDT
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    • September 6, 2020 10:28 AM EDT
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      Weathering tests.  I had a couple of planks left over (one kit had 12, not 9,) so I wiped a 50-50 'zinc'-colored acrylic paint and water soltuion over them. The RH plank got an extra brush of undiluted paint on top, to see if it looked like clay residue! I think a 50-50 wash with a slightly darker shade of grey will work well. Then some more paint on the bottom of the tipper box where the clay would be.

      I went outside and collected some sandy dirt from our path, which I think will do for bits of dirt left behind.

       

      This post was edited by Pete Thornton at September 6, 2020 12:12 PM EDT
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    • September 6, 2020 10:31 AM EDT
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      The dirt rub is exactly what I was going to suggest. The right hand plank with the extra zinc looks best for sun weathered wood.  I'm not familiar with using zinc. How do you purchase it?

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    • September 6, 2020 12:11 PM EDT
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      The right hand plank with the extra zinc looks best for sun weathered wood.

      Ah but you are in New England so anything that looks like driftwood is right for you. Not that I disagree, but I am more used to black coal dust weathering from PA.

      I'm not familiar with using zinc. How do you purchase it?

      I wondered if I should add a description. It's regular acrylic paint from Michaels Crafts, a "zinc" color.

       

      This post was edited by Pete Thornton at September 6, 2020 12:57 PM EDT
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    • September 10, 2020 3:41 PM EDT
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      I slapped a lot of dilute grey-black paint on the clay tippers this morning. Came out a bit darker than I intended but still fine. The 'dirt' is an added mix of sand+glue+paint pushed to the corners with a brush and then swiped out with a rag.

       

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    • September 10, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

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      Pete Thornton said:

      The right hand plank with the extra zinc looks best for sun weathered wood.

      Ah but you are in New England so anything that looks like driftwood is right for you. Not that I disagree, but I am more used to black coal dust weathering from PA.


       

       

       

      Then why not weather with coal dust from PA?

    • September 11, 2020 12:29 PM EDT
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      Rooster said:
      Pete Thornton said:

      The right hand plank with the extra zinc looks best for sun weathered wood.

      Ah but you are in New England so anything that looks like driftwood is right for you. Not that I disagree, but I am more used to black coal dust weathering from PA.

       

      Then why not weather with coal dust from PA?

      Because this is not an EBT car from PA. It's a clay tipper from Georgia. Stay with the program, Roos...

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      Pete Thornton said:
      Rooster said:
      Pete Thornton said:

      The right hand plank with the extra zinc looks best for sun weathered wood.

      Ah but you are in New England so anything that looks like driftwood is right for you. Not that I disagree, but I am more used to black coal dust weathering from PA.

      Then why not weather with coal dust from PA?

      Because this is not an EBT car from PA. It's a clay tipper from Georgia. Stay with the program, Roos...

      :giggle:

       

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    • September 11, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

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      Pete Thornton said:
      Rooster said:
      Pete Thornton said:

      The right hand plank with the extra zinc looks best for sun weathered wood.

      Ah but you are in New England so anything that looks like driftwood is right for you. Not that I disagree, but I am more used to black coal dust weathering from PA.

       

      Then why not weather with coal dust from PA?

      Because this is not an EBT car from PA. It's a clay tipper from Georgia. Stay with the program, Roos...

      LOL....SORRY ....Then why not weather with clay dust from Georgia? PA has some great clay dust but I bet Georgia's is better!

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    • September 21, 2020 5:14 PM EDT
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      Today was my first chance to run the tippers on a railroad, in this case the SC&M of Naptowneng.  First the Mighty Mac took them for a spin while my shay built up some steam.

       

       

      Then the Shay took over. (The little bulkhead flat was/is also a Trail Creek kit so I loaded it with ties going back to the quarry for track repair.)

       

       

      Finally, Jerry decided it needed some loads, so we put the dried clay (used for baseball diamonds) in some of the tippers.  He also found some stones which bumped themselves to the unguarded side and kept trying to fall out.

       

       

      Now I have run out of space again on my shelves, so I guess these will have to go. Anyone want a bunch of tippers?

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    • September 21, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

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      Infield clay

    • September 21, 2020 7:16 PM EDT
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      Pete Thornton said:

      I slapped a lot of dilute grey-black paint on the clay tippers this morning. Came out a bit darker than I intended but still fine. The 'dirt' is an added mix of sand+glue+paint pushed to the corners with a brush and then swiped out with a rag.

       

       

       

          Perfect.

       

       

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      Those look great Pete! 

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