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First finished scene
« on: February 03, 2011, 06:46:34 PM »
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After two years of benchwork, track and wiring, I finally got to do some scenery and now have a finished scene,


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Re: First finished scene
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2011, 07:02:18 PM »
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Outstanding as usual, Bernie.  That ground cover looks incredible.  Just one problem; where are the trains?  ;D

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Re: First finished scene
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2011, 07:38:59 PM »
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Outstanding as usual, Bernie.  That ground cover looks incredible.  Just one problem; where are the trains?  ;D

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I imagine it feels really good. I always enjoy a major high when I get to complete a scene the way you did.

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Re: First finished scene
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2011, 12:58:10 AM »
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Nice .. needs some rifles stacked in a teepee :)

http://www.google.com/url?source=imgres&ct=img&q=http://pics4.city-data.com/cpicc/cfiles33136.jpg&sa=X&ei=YU9LTfudHI7QgAfhva3dDw&ved=0CAQQ8wc4NA&usg=AFQjCNGdZZHnX5y8wfFDuIu80YnkGaizZw

You're right. I need to find some loose rifles for such a stack. I don't want to scratch build them, though I have done that in the past.

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Re: First finished scene
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2011, 12:59:32 AM »
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Outstanding as usual, Bernie.  That ground cover looks incredible.  Just one problem; where are the trains?  ;D

Check the blog for the orientation of the scene to the tracks. It's what you would call trackside. I doubt tired soldiers make good rail fans though. Wooooo - wooooooo!
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Re: First finished scene
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2011, 01:53:54 AM »
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Very nice Bernie.  Looks just like a museum diorama.

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Re: First finished scene
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2011, 01:36:15 PM »
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Outstanding as usual, Bernie.  That ground cover looks incredible.  Just one problem; where are the trains?  ;D

This one shows some tracks.... still no trains though. But it shows how guys cut a brownie.

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Re: First finished scene
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2011, 02:26:36 PM »
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Okay... um, this picture actually raises more questions than it answers.   ;D

On another issue, your trackwork is beautiful, but I think, in O scale, you really ought to consider a minimum of four spikes per tie.  The missing spikes are really noticeable to me in your scale.  Sorry.

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Re: First finished scene
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2011, 02:46:44 PM »
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Dave

I would normally agree about the spikes but it is a Civil War era trackwork and they built them as fast as possible to get them running supplies and troops. 

Could add some Sherman  neckties (bent rails) laying around the scene.

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Re: First finished scene
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2011, 03:04:12 PM »
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I agree, I am adding 4 spikes per tie. In the finished sections you will see that. First the track goes in with a four spikes every couple inches. Once it is all tested and tuned, we go back and drive the remaining spikes. Several folks are helping with that, but you must be careful as it is easy to knock off the gauge. There are over 10,000 spikes in or going in the whole layout.

The brownie shot is an unfinished area. This photos shows a finished area:
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Re: First finished scene
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2011, 03:12:24 PM »
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Dave

I would normally agree about the spikes but it is a Civil War era trackwork and they built them as fast as possible to get them running supplies and troops.  

Could add some Sherman  neckties (bent rails) laying around the scene.

They had to spike 4 rails per tie even if laying the track fast. Where they took short cuts was in grading and ties. My prototype is built on the road bed of the RF&P, so it was well graded with stone abutments at the bridge sites. Also, in my prototype, the USMRR brought in new ties and they are actually quite good. Not the usual flatted logs that were sometimes used in hasty repairs etc.
For example, see this photo from my prototype. Note how regular the ties are;


In the prototype I am modeling, there are no Sherman neck ties around. My prototype RR was destroyed 4 times and rebuilt 3 times  during the war, but they pulled up the rails. The USMRR even disassembled the buildings the second time they pulled out.

One thing I do need to add to the scene is a telegraph line.
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Re: First finished scene
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2011, 03:51:01 PM »
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Need to have Col. Mosby sneaking into some generals tent to steal his clothes ;)

You ever think about doing the mortar on a flatcar I've seen so many photos of?

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Re: First finished scene
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2011, 03:56:40 PM »
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Need to have Col. Mosby sneaking into some generals tent to steal his clothes ;)

You ever think about doing the mortar on a flatcar I've seen so many photos of?


So that's where my uniform went!  :)

I did build a model of the "Dictator" Mortar car in 1/32nd scale. BTS now sells HO and O scale verisions of the mortar. I don't plan to have one on my RR because I have no record of it's use. It was used in the Petersburg campaign for sure.

 This is a photo of my 1/32nd model on a small diorama. At one point I was going to build a 1/32nd scale ACW layout. But then the SMR O Scale engines came out and well....
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Re: First finished scene
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2011, 07:41:39 PM »
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Bernie,

Thanks for sharing this with us here and on your blog. This is a "Museum Quality" scene in my opinion, and it reminds me of the hours I spent as a kid examining the dioramas at the local museum.

Best wishes, Dave
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