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Here is my submission for the small photo diorama challenge.  This is a simple Tehachapi scene set on a very small 12"x18" footprint.  The base construction is pretty straightforward, using carved EPS foam covered with plaster cloth and a layer of Sculptamold.  My main goal for the scenery was to try to achieve a finer level of "granularity" than what I built for my Tehachapi Loop layout, which used a lot of standard, OTS/commercial elements, such as flextrack, ground foam, plaster rocks, and plastic accessories.  Here are some of the things I did differently:

 - Code 40 rail on top of @narrowminded  's excellent concrete tie strips.
 - Finely sifted dirt and ballast materials (starting from S+S Limestone ballast, #60 screened).
 - 1mm and 2mm static grass (applied in layers)
 - Line poles turned from wood dowels, with @rodsup9000  's outstanding 3D-printed crossarms
 - Silk Fly-tying thread (18/0, 30D) for the power lines
 - Natural materials (stones, sagebrush) in various places.

Some things I would change for 'next time':

 - The grasses and trees are a too dark/green for springtime Tehachapi.
 - Pandrol clips need to be better painted... as-done, these here nearly disappear
 - Tire ruts in the dirt/gravel areas are not as apparent as I hoped
 - Track is not weathered quite as darkly as the proto sometimes is.
 - More definition to the rock embankment
 - The sage/shrubs look too blah.
 - Grass on the foreground slope is overdone and not standing up very well.
 - Maybe add some kind of ranch fence with a gate.
 - Detail and weather the pickup truck.

Since this ostensibly is a photo diorama, I didn't pay much attention to the layout of the scenic elements - my thought is that the dio should be sort of understated, and not distract fro the primary subject, ie the rail cars placed on the track to be photographed.  I only have indoor pics, since I am too busy lately to drag everything outdoors for a photo shoot in the sunlight (and the weather has been spotty anyways).  I didn't pay much mind to how it plays with the photo backdrop, and I did not have time to add a fascia (so sorry about the barenaked blue foam in the pics <sheepish>).

Another thing I have to do is learn photo stacking, but that's a project for another day.

words aside, here are the pics:






























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Re: Challenge #5 - A Small Tehachapi Photo Diorama (large photos)
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2020, 02:05:36 PM »
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That looks great Ed as usual.
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Re: Challenge #5 - A Small Tehachapi Photo Diorama (large photos)
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2020, 02:58:17 PM »
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:homesick:

Great modeling, Ed. I know that knoll you're representing - or, rather, my back knows it - having unrolled my sleeping bag on it a half-dozen times for overnight trainwatching marathons.

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Re: Challenge #5 - A Small Tehachapi Photo Diorama (large photos)
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2020, 04:27:45 PM »
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Very nice, Ed! 8) 

I still have 6' of the revised tie bed for your review, ready to ship at your request.  Also, turnouts are progressing, Code 40 and Code 55.  All indications are they're going to be very accurate, smooth running, and nicely detailed. 

« Last Edit: April 04, 2020, 05:25:16 PM by narrowminded »
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Re: Challenge #5 - A Small Tehachapi Photo Diorama (large photos)
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2020, 01:48:31 AM »
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Beautiful!  I aspire to such quality some day.  :)


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Re: Challenge #5 - A Small Tehachapi Photo Diorama (large photos)
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2020, 02:06:56 AM »
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WOW!
. . . 42 . . .

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Re: Challenge #5 - A Small Tehachapi Photo Diorama (large photos)
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2020, 10:20:51 AM »
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Ok. New challenge.

Take a photo on it and get it added to Railpictures.net

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Re: Challenge #5 - A Small Tehachapi Photo Diorama (large photos)
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2020, 06:51:22 PM »
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Just send them this one:

Yah, 4710 has been asking for a LokSound upgrade lately.... :D

Thanks all, for your feedback, much appreciated!

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Re: Challenge #5 - A Small Tehachapi Photo Diorama (large photos)
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2020, 08:56:36 PM »
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Mind blown.  @GaryHinshaw , You're going to need a smaller layout to be able to achieve this level across your whole railroad!

But you can do it.

Great stuff.
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Re: Challenge #5 - A Small Tehachapi Photo Diorama (large photos)
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2020, 10:23:57 PM »
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Just send them this one:

:lol:


I thought about it, actually. But it wouldn't pass: "poorly cropped".

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Re: Challenge #5 - A Small Tehachapi Photo Diorama (large photos)
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2020, 11:54:58 PM »
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I thought about it, actually. But it wouldn't pass: "poorly cropped".

Any better? 




Since no one has mentioned it, I'll ask:  what do you think of the Code 40 rail?   Does it seem oversized, undersized, about right, ...?

I think it does help make the models look larger.
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Re: Challenge #5 - A Small Tehachapi Photo Diorama (large photos)
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2020, 05:22:17 AM »
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Since no one has mentioned it, I'll ask:  what do you think of the Code 40 rail?   Does it seem oversized, undersized, about right, ...?

I think it does help make the models look larger.

The scene looks quite excellent, Ed. 8)  It's exquisite in these closeup views and I think the rail size contributes to that but, the excellent weathering of the loco as well as the scenery textures and colors contribute a LOT to the overall appearance.  8)  The whole package, rail included, makes a pretty realistic representation of a loco on a railroad track. :)

With that said, I wouldn't necessarily trust my eye as much as some others. :facepalm: :D
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Re: Challenge #5 - A Small Tehachapi Photo Diorama (large photos)
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2020, 08:19:22 AM »
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Mind blown.  @GaryHinshaw , You're going to need a smaller layout to be able to achieve this level across your whole railroad!

But you can do it.

Great stuff.
Lee

That thought has occurred to me.  Many times.

The code 40 looks great Ed.  TBH, I'm not 100% sure I would bet my house that is was c40 in the photos that don't have trains, but the trains do look massive on it.  Very well done.  Props to @narrowminded .

Actually, the thing that stood out most to me was the rock work.  You've really nailed the look of the exposed boulders in the upper Pass, both on the rise and (with more subtlety) in the cut.  Could you say a bit about how you went about that?

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Re: Challenge #5 - A Small Tehachapi Photo Diorama (large photos)
« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2020, 11:13:33 AM »
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Mind blown.  @GaryHinshaw , You're going to need a smaller layout to be able to achieve this level across your whole railroad!

But you can do it.

Great stuff.
Lee

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