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Classwork before Modeling
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Things have been really busy for me lately, a 20 page report tends to take up a lot of time.  I am really looking forward to the end of June when I will be done with my degree and will have more time for modeling. In the spare minutes that I have had lately I have been working some of the new Rivarossi Skeleton Log Cars,...

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Begining wiring after the scenery is mostly in place
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I went back to my first module and started wiring…probably something that I should have done before the scenery. I have all of my machinery parked on the module, they are all from Rio Grande Models. More wires in front of the ice house…and a new sign for the ice house.  I used the Model Builder software to modify it from the gif file...

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Rock castings, waterfalls, and trestle.
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Here is a picture of one of my tunnel portals in place and one of the rock castings from Bragdon ent.  This will be the only place where I used the entire casting in one piece, I will break different pieces off and reassemble them for the other rock faces. Here is more of the rock casting used in pieces to create one side...

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Update on model forest.
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Here is a picture of the tree making machine I have been using for a little while.  While a very simple machine it has the ability to create very realistic model trees with moderate effort and little cost. Here is a picture of the armatures ready for painting: The next step will be hanging them upside down and painting brown.  After that I will...

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Can see the forest for the trees…
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I have spent the last couple of days working on trees.  I borrowed a tree making machine and have started making armatures for evergreen type trees.  The machine helps in making the bottle brush type of trees.  It helps by twisting a pair of wires around fibers cut from hemp rope.  After twisting the wire the armatures get cut into tree shapes.  So far...

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