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    • January 9, 2020 7:12 PM EST

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      John Caughey said:

      From South Park to Jurassic Park!

      It's captivating!

      I think the purple palms colored my comment ... still...

      It works.

       

       

       

       

       

      How could it not ?

       

      Note the Rooster talon plant (talons removed) dead center !

    • January 9, 2020 8:51 PM EST
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      I would love to have this picture on canvas ....... hint, hint ........ John P 

       

       

      Those are some beautiful photos, Jim.  Thanks for sharing.

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    • January 10, 2020 11:32 PM EST
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      Got more planting and finishing work done today, notably in the logging area and and adjoining areas to each side of the original tunnel.

       

      Here's the logging area:

       

       

      The Durango side between the logging area and the rock fall:

       

       

      And the similar area on the Jasper side of the logging area:

       

       

      While Nancy et al were doing that planting, I was building a tunnel portal for Durango end of the new rock fall tunnel.

       

      Here's the skeleton of the portal being checked for height clearance:

       

       

      And width clearance:

       

       

      And with planks.

       

       

      Lots more to do here: build internal walls to hide the ugly interior, add rocks around the exterior, build telltales. And then ditto for the other end of the tunnel.

       

      Cheers!

       

      [edited to add some pics I forgot the first time. doh!] 

      This post was edited by Jim Rowson at January 22, 2020 7:58 PM EST
    • January 10, 2020 11:58 PM EST
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      Between the rocks, plants and portal, that scene has tuned into one of my favorites, Jim. That last picture with the climax coming out of the tunnel is another canvas quality shot. 

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    • January 11, 2020 9:19 AM EST
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      Jim, the portal looks fantastic, looking forward to to the finished product.

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      Dan DeVoto

      P-Town & West Side R.R.

      Pleasanton, California

      https://www.youtube.com/danstrains

    • January 21, 2020 7:31 PM EST
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      Made a bit of progress on planting last Friday, finally getting around to posting some pics.

       

      On the portal, more rocks around it:

       

       

      But still needs some around the top:

       

       

      And on the other side of the rock slide, a bit of tweaking to the side of the track to add a bit of height as it was feeling a bit flattish:

       

       

      And finally added some finishing cover to the sawmill area:

       

       

      Cheers!

       

    • January 21, 2020 10:27 PM EST
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      Man, Jim, adding the rocks around the portal made a world of difference.  Once the wood weathers like the retaining wall, it will look like its always been there.  I like the added height on the other end of the tunnel, adds some additional structure between the track and landscaping.  Thanks for sharing the photos.

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    • January 22, 2020 6:25 AM EST
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      Looking great Jim

    • January 22, 2020 9:45 AM EST
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      That's the fun part. Adding the plants and shrubs to the layout. Like Dave said, it comes alive. 

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    • January 24, 2020 8:42 PM EST
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      Got some cool trees planted today, along with more finishing details, and some rocks around the portals in the new "rock fall" tunnel. Getting to the point where there's maybe one more day of Nancy time and we'll be declaring this phase done. I can't believe how much better the railroad looks (imho) with even these new plantings, not filled in yet. I bet it will look great after 6 months. I promise to post pictures as things fill in a bit.

       

      OK, here's the progress today. First up: trees!

       

       

      And some progress on the tunnel portal (both ends), though the Jasper end of the tunnel still needs some work:

       

        

      The rock fall continues to get little tweaks and it is looking darn realistic to me:

       

       

      After next week, Nancy tells me that I'll get a map of what all has been planted and where. I'll see if I can get that info posted here so there's more details about the various kinds of plants. At least 90% of the value will be for me so I can tell what the heck I have here. But maybe it will be useful to somebody else too...

       

      Cheers!

       

      [edited to add the note about getting a map describing all the plants]

      This post was edited by Jim Rowson at January 27, 2020 9:13 AM EST
    • January 24, 2020 10:23 PM EST
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      Jim, Nancy and her crew have done a fantastic job.  I hate to hear she is almost finished.  I look forward to each of your updates about her most recent plantings.  Now get some RR operations going and you will have a living, breathing empire.  Great work.  Tell Nancy we all said thanks.

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    • January 25, 2020 9:52 PM EST
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      No idea and don’t want to know, but you really got your $$ worth by having her do your layout. Hope to steal some ideas and incorporate them into my layout when planting time comes. Thanks for showing us everything, Jim!

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    • January 26, 2020 9:00 AM EST
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      Jim, the portal and rock fall turned out great.

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      Dan DeVoto

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    • February 1, 2020 7:35 PM EST
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      A video of a training coming through the tunnel portal for your consideration:

       

    • February 1, 2020 7:46 PM EST
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      Cool video.  I never get tired of seeing your railroad, Jim 

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    • February 3, 2020 8:04 AM EST
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      So is Jim going to make his own workers? Like a train engineer ...

       

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      The light in the tunnel might not be an engine , but a light in the caboose of my own train on my Roundy Round Rail Road !    My empire is complete...I think...

    • February 3, 2020 9:15 AM EST
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      Sean, you noticed my phantom engineer! Drat!

       

      i am interested in learning how to make peoples but can probably buy a couple of engineers, eh?

      This post was edited by Jim Rowson at February 3, 2020 9:16 AM EST
    • February 3, 2020 11:01 AM EST
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      Jim Rowson said:

      Sean, you noticed my phantom engineer! Drat!

       

      i am interested in learning how to make peoples but can probably buy a couple of engineers, eh?

       

      Before I joined the scale, over at the other group Chris Walas an artist with Disney, who offered a class on figures back 2003 I believe...

       

      https://1stclass.mylargescale.com/mikereilley/Figure%20Class/Figure_Class_Ch1.pdf

       

      Ready Set Go!

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      The older I get, the less I know, please don't make me prove it.

       

       

    • February 3, 2020 11:05 AM EST
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      John Caughey said:
      Jim Rowson said:

      Sean, you noticed my phantom engineer! Drat!

       

      i am interested in learning how to make peoples but can probably buy a couple of engineers, eh?

      Ooops bad link (below this edit) try this link;

       https://smallgardenrailroad.blogspot.com/2019/03/sculpting-figures-chris-walas-way.html   

       

       

      Before I joined the scale, over at the other group Chris Walas an artist with Disney, who offered a class on figures back 2003 I believe...

       

       

       

      Ready Set Go!

       

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      The older I get, the less I know, please don't make me prove it.

       

       

    • February 3, 2020 11:41 AM EST
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      Thanks John! I had already downloaded those PDFs on figure sculpting and they look pretty straightforward in theory (my fumbling fingers may disagree). I'm going to pursue an alternate path first and see if I can do some 3D sculpting and printing. I've started to learn Blender and have purchased a tablet with stylus so I can sculpt in a more natural way. I'll start a topic on that when I get serious (i.e. after I retire and have more consistent time to spend on it).

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