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Re: Mock-up structures at Cranberry

gftolhurst
 

Wow, that is going to be spectacular!


On May 15, 2020, at 8:16 AM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:

I haven't actually constructed my Cranberry buildings yet, but Doc Tom asked if I had plans for my space, so I thought I would post photos of the mock-ups I have done for the Cranberry buildings. I don't visualize well, so it's really important for me to mock something up before actually investing in materials and time. It was necessary to selectively compress everything, but I hope I captured the essence of the scene.  I am happy with the operation, and the role of Cranberry Yard Master is a busy one during operating sessions. I also added ITT sound modules for the water tank and the ore concentrator, which are pretty neat.  Not sure when I'll get the buildings done, but I already own the Cranberry Store Kit and have an order in for the Depot, so they may be built sooner than later.  Thanks for looking.

Dean
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Re: Mock-up structures at Cranberry

Dean Smith
 

Tom,
    I had pretty good success using a photo of a model as a backdrop. I think I’ve posted this before, but I can’t find where I did, so I’ll include it here.  I didn’t have room for the Iron Furnace in Johnson City, so I hit upon the idea of using a photo of the real furnace as a backdrop.  I didn’t have much luck, until I thought of using a photo of John Waite’s furnace instead.  Since it is a model, it seems to fit right in.  I’m not sure this will work in your case, but it’s an idea.
 
Dean
 

Sent: Friday, May 15, 2020 7:35 AM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Mock-up structures at Cranberry
 
Incredible!!!! Thanks for sending these beautiful pictures out. I am saving them for planning of my future build. I have room for the “ore concentrator” in O scale. It could be that 2D backdrops are behind this with a large pile of tailings to tie it all together.
Doc Tom

On May 15, 2020, at 7:08 AM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:
 
I haven't actually constructed my Cranberry buildings yet, but Doc Tom asked if I had plans for my space, so I thought I would post photos of the mock-ups I have done for the Cranberry buildings. I don't visualize well, so it's really important for me to mock something up before actually investing in materials and time. It was necessary to selectively compress everything, but I hope I captured the essence of the scene.  I am happy with the operation, and the role of Cranberry Yard Master is a busy one during operating sessions. I also added ITT sound modules for the water tank and the ore concentrator, which are pretty neat.  Not sure when I'll get the buildings done, but I already own the Cranberry Store Kit and have an order in for the Depot, so they may be built sooner than later.  Thanks for looking.

Dean <Pump house.jpg><Engine house.jpg><Mine complex.jpg><Ore concentrator.jpg><Town area.jpg><Long view.jpg><Long view.jpg>
 


Re: Mock-up structures at Cranberry

Tom Grabenstein
 

Incredible!!!! Thanks for sending these beautiful pictures out. I am saving them for planning of my future build. I have room for the “ore concentrator” in O scale. It could be that 2D backdrops are behind this with a large pile of tailings to tie it all together.
Doc Tom

On May 15, 2020, at 7:08 AM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:

I haven't actually constructed my Cranberry buildings yet, but Doc Tom asked if I had plans for my space, so I thought I would post photos of the mock-ups I have done for the Cranberry buildings. I don't visualize well, so it's really important for me to mock something up before actually investing in materials and time. It was necessary to selectively compress everything, but I hope I captured the essence of the scene.  I am happy with the operation, and the role of Cranberry Yard Master is a busy one during operating sessions. I also added ITT sound modules for the water tank and the ore concentrator, which are pretty neat.  Not sure when I'll get the buildings done, but I already own the Cranberry Store Kit and have an order in for the Depot, so they may be built sooner than later.  Thanks for looking.

Dean <Pump house.jpg><Engine house.jpg><Mine complex.jpg><Ore concentrator.jpg><Town area.jpg><Long view.jpg><Long view.jpg>


Re: Mock-up structures at Cranberry

Mark Lewis
 

Dean,

1 word...WOW!

Mark Lewis 
Narrow gauge modeling in N.C.

On Fri, May 15, 2020, 8:16 AM Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:
I haven't actually constructed my Cranberry buildings yet, but Doc Tom asked if I had plans for my space, so I thought I would post photos of the mock-ups I have done for the Cranberry buildings. I don't visualize well, so it's really important for me to mock something up before actually investing in materials and time. It was necessary to selectively compress everything, but I hope I captured the essence of the scene.  I am happy with the operation, and the role of Cranberry Yard Master is a busy one during operating sessions. I also added ITT sound modules for the water tank and the ore concentrator, which are pretty neat.  Not sure when I'll get the buildings done, but I already own the Cranberry Store Kit and have an order in for the Depot, so they may be built sooner than later.  Thanks for looking.

Dean


Mock-up structures at Cranberry

Dean Smith
 

I haven't actually constructed my Cranberry buildings yet, but Doc Tom asked if I had plans for my space, so I thought I would post photos of the mock-ups I have done for the Cranberry buildings. I don't visualize well, so it's really important for me to mock something up before actually investing in materials and time. It was necessary to selectively compress everything, but I hope I captured the essence of the scene.  I am happy with the operation, and the role of Cranberry Yard Master is a busy one during operating sessions. I also added ITT sound modules for the water tank and the ore concentrator, which are pretty neat.  Not sure when I'll get the buildings done, but I already own the Cranberry Store Kit and have an order in for the Depot, so they may be built sooner than later.  Thanks for looking.

Dean


Re: HO scale Cranberry depot

Tim Smith
 

Looking to order one of these soon Ken.   Do you know what the footprint of the depot in O scale is?  

Thanks

On Sun, May 10, 2020 at 2:21 PM kaa196212 <kaa196212@...> wrote:
I apologize there is an O scale version also.
Ken Anderson



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Re: A Chestnut Tree before the blight.

Tom Grabenstein
 

Hi Bill. Crepe paper might work particularly for some of the irregular/small shapes on the prototype. Thanks for the idea.

Doc Tom


Re: A Chestnut Tree before the blight.

Tom Grabenstein
 

Hi Dean. The tree is from JTT miniatures with a plastic armature that I painted and weathered to try and imitate a Chestnut tree.
I also am looking at possibly using cedar “shingles” from doll house suppliers to stand in for the Chestnut Bark siding.

Here is the restored Linville Depot and I really like the unique wood siding.


Here is a photo “back in the day” that I also really like :


All Saints Episcopal Church in Linville also looks pretty sharp in Chestnut Bark siding:



I’m getting up the courage to model the depot in styrene soon………I hope.

Doc Tom


Re: A Chestnut Tree before the blight.

William Uffelman
 

How about cigar wrapper or crepe paper? Years ago an evergreen tree kit had  a stiff textured paper for bark.

Bill Uffelman 


On Sat, May 9, 2020 at 7:26 PM, Tom Grabenstein
<tomgmd@...> wrote:
Here's a little more to add to the story of the little railroad in the Blue Ridge.

A chestnut tree at Linville on the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Rail Road in the early 1920’s before the chestnut blight wiped out these magnificent trees in the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge. Chestnut bark siding was used to cover several structures in Linville including the ET&WNC depot.





Now to find a suitable product to recreate this siding for the depot (in foam board mock up in the picture). Any ideas?????

Thanks for looking. Doc Tom


Re: A Chestnut Tree before the blight.

Dean Smith
 

Beautiful job!  When I hiked the AT three years ago, I saw so many chestnut sprouts growing out of stumps. So sad.  I know there is an attempt to cross an American Chestnut with the Chinese Chestnut to make a hybrid that can survive the blight.  I saw a small grove of these experimental trees on the trail.  Is the model a natural growth or an armature?  You did a great job on it.  BTW, my Linville station is also a cardboard mock-up until I can get around to building the actual structure. I have an old Webster Scale Models kit in HO that includes cedar shingles by Evergreen Hill Designs for the siding.  It looks like it should work well in HO.  I don’t know if such a product is available for O scale.   
Dean
 

Sent: Saturday, May 09, 2020 6:26 PM
Subject: [ETWNC] A Chestnut Tree before the blight.
 
Here's a little more to add to the story of the little railroad in the Blue Ridge.

A chestnut tree at Linville on the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Rail Road in the early 1920’s before the chestnut blight wiped out these magnificent trees in the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge. Chestnut bark siding was used to cover several structures in Linville including the ET&WNC depot.





Now to find a suitable product to recreate this siding for the depot (in foam board mock up in the picture). Any ideas?????

Thanks for looking. Doc Tom


A Chestnut Tree before the blight.

Tom Grabenstein
 

Here's a little more to add to the story of the little railroad in the Blue Ridge.

A chestnut tree at Linville on the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Rail Road in the early 1920’s before the chestnut blight wiped out these magnificent trees in the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge. Chestnut bark siding was used to cover several structures in Linville including the ET&WNC depot.





Now to find a suitable product to recreate this siding for the depot (in foam board mock up in the picture). Any ideas?????

Thanks for looking. Doc Tom


Re: Electricity down on the farm.

Dean Smith
 

Tom,
    This looks great!  Thanks for the idea about “Sparkie.”  I have lights in my gas station at Hampton, which is actually a model of my grandpa’s station from the ‘30s, and also in a church.  I  know it’s not exactly prototypic, so I can now tell people that Sparkie came to Hampton to help out the locals. I also have a “kerosene” lantern in the nearby hunters’ cabin. I guess ET minds think alike.  Thanks for sharing.
 
Dean
 

Sent: Friday, May 08, 2020 8:32 PM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Electricity down on the farm.
 
Really coming along! Looks great.
 
Bill Uffelman


On Fri, May 8, 2020 at 9:09 PM, Tom Grabenstein
<tomgmd@...> wrote:
Electricity was extremely rare in the rural Blue Ridge Mountains in 1920-1924. Geraldo’s kid “Sparkie”rigged up a crude generator to harness the water power in the creek out back of the farm. This allowed a simple light at the barn to turn night in to day.



Cy Crumley stopped the train to catch a view of this new fangled invention of Sparkie’s.





Old man Geraldo prefers the kerosene lantern in his cabin and doubts that ‘tricity’ will ever catch on in these parts.




Thanks for looking. Doc Tom


Re: Electricity down on the farm.

William Uffelman
 

Really coming along! Looks great.

Bill Uffelman 


On Fri, May 8, 2020 at 9:09 PM, Tom Grabenstein
<tomgmd@...> wrote:
Electricity was extremely rare in the rural Blue Ridge Mountains in 1920-1924. Geraldo’s kid “Sparkie”rigged up a crude generator to harness the water power in the creek out back of the farm. This allowed a simple light at the barn to turn night in to day.



Cy Crumley stopped the train to catch a view of this new fangled invention of Sparkie’s.





Old man Geraldo prefers the kerosene lantern in his cabin and doubts that ‘tricity’ will ever catch on in these parts.




Thanks for looking. Doc Tom


Re: Electricity down on the farm.

Tweetsie12
 

Wow! That's pretty cool! Keep up the great work Tom! I can't wait to see what you have planned next!


Electricity down on the farm.

Tom Grabenstein
 

Electricity was extremely rare in the rural Blue Ridge Mountains in 1920-1924. Geraldo’s kid “Sparkie”rigged up a crude generator to harness the water power in the creek out back of the farm. This allowed a simple light at the barn to turn night in to day.



Cy Crumley stopped the train to catch a view of this new fangled invention of Sparkie’s.





Old man Geraldo prefers the kerosene lantern in his cabin and doubts that ‘tricity’ will ever catch on in these parts.




Thanks for looking. Doc Tom


Re: Dirt, rocks, and grade crossings show up in Linville.

Dean Smith
 

Great job!  Thanks for sharing.


Re: Cranberry Depot Kit Coming

Lee Bishop
 


Re: Cranberry Depot Kit Coming

Tom Grabenstein
 

WOW!! It just keeps getting better. Will need to save up some coin to get the O scale beast.
Doc Tom


Re: Dirt, rocks, and grade crossings show up in Linville.

William Uffelman
 

Looking good sir!

Bill Uffelman


Re: Dirt, rocks, and grade crossings show up in Linville.

Tuhr
 

Excellent Tom...I very much enjoy seeing your journey...

Take care


Tuhr Barnes


From: ETWNC@groups.io <ETWNC@groups.io> on behalf of Tom Grabenstein <tomgmd@...>
Sent: Monday, May 4, 2020 10:56:37 AM
To: ETWNC@groups.io <ETWNC@groups.io>
Subject: [ETWNC] Dirt, rocks, and grade crossings show up in Linville.
 
Having decided that the trains would not derail on the freshly planted On30 track on the Linville LDE it was time for some groundcover, ballast and grade crossings.






Everybody loves a train and here's a picture of the little people at a grade crossing.



Here is the same scene when it was in the blue foam stage.



A bit of a difference.

Thanks as always for looking.
Doc Tom

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