Re: Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles
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Very cool and creative modeling. And no you have not lost your marbles in working in a small scale with older eyes. Doc Tom
On Mon, Aug 24, 2020 at 8:07 PM Dean Smith <smithfive@...
I first tried to use HO scale apples painted gray. They ended up
looking like, well, gray apples and were way too big. I then tried using
Woodland Scenics white flower material. After scratching out the marble circle,
I wetted the area with scenic cement and sprinkled on individual flakes of
flowers. I shaped them to be as round as possible. When everything
dried, I scrubbed the area around the marbles with a bit of fine dirt so it
matched the rest of the ground. To highlight the area, I made that area of
the parking area a shade lighter than the rest of it. The marbles are not
perfect, but I think they look pretty good, especially in person. There are some
advantages to aging eyes. At the same convention that Jim Hobbs told me about
playing marbles, he also recommended switching from HO scale to G scale.
He told me that by the time I was his age at the time, I wouldn’t be able to see
the HO models anyway. A true gentleman!
Sent: Monday, August 24, 2020 7:33 PM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles
scene with HO marbles (Ball Bearings???) at that!!! I have no idea how you made
those little things. Doc Tom
Great scene....well done!!
(BTW...I really enjoyed your
clinic on your outstanding ET&WNC layout, during the 40th NNGC ZOOM
meeting last Saturday.)
Narrow gauge modeling in N.C.
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