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NG convention?

Lee Bishop
 

I see they just pulled the plug on the NMRA convention in CA (for the second time only, they didn't even stop them during WW2).
I wasn't going to the NG convention this year anyway, but I wonder what the latest on if there'll be a life one or virtual again? No doubt this is being discussed somewhere...
--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: Number 11 leaving the Doe River Gorge.

Tom Grabenstein
 

Great photos. Thanks for sending these out to the gang. Dr Tom

On Jan 19, 2021, at 5:04 PM, Lee Bishop <leebishop1944@...> wrote:

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Here are a few of the real tunnel portals today.
Great job on your model!

--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: Number 11 leaving the Doe River Gorge.

Lee Bishop
 


Here are a few of the real tunnel portals today.
Great job on your model!

--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: Mini Bridge in the Mini Gorge. Doc Tom's On30 rendition of the ET &WNC.

Tom Grabenstein
 

Thanks Curtis. I really appreciate this letter. The layout room I’m working with is 11’ x 14’. I chose O scale because of the fine running 10 wheeler’s by Bachman. I think O scale is best for close-up photos of the equipment and people in action and that’s what I’ve been trying to do.I am trying to replicate some real scenes from old photographs that can be captured close up. Thanks for looking and more to come. Here is another shot I have of a 10 wheeler entering my mini Doe river gorge. Dr. Tom



On Jan 19, 2021, at 11:33 AM, Curtis Brookshire via groups.io <curtis.brookshire@...> wrote:

You've done a fantastic job using backdrops and selective compression to make your scenes look larger. I can't tell by the photos that it's a small layout. Please keep up your fine craftsmanship. 

Curtis


Re: Mini Bridge in the Mini Gorge. Doc Tom's On30 rendition of the ET &WNC.

Curtis Brookshire
 

You've done a fantastic job using backdrops and selective compression to make your scenes look larger. I can't tell by the photos that it's a small layout. Please keep up your fine craftsmanship. 

Curtis


Re: Mini Bridge in the Mini Gorge. Doc Tom's On30 rendition of the ET &WNC.

Tom Grabenstein
 

Thanks guys. My layout is small to modest and it limits the size of my scenes in “O” scale.  Dr Tom

On Jan 17, 2021, at 6:06 PM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:

Great job!
 
From: Lee Bishop
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 8:37 PM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Mini Bridge in the Mini Gorge. Doc Tom's On30 rendition of the ET &WNC.
 


Re: Mini Bridge in the Mini Gorge. Doc Tom's On30 rendition of the ET &WNC.

Dean Smith
 

Great job!
 

From: Lee Bishop
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 8:37 PM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Mini Bridge in the Mini Gorge. Doc Tom's On30 rendition of the ET &WNC.
 


Re: Mini Bridge in the Mini Gorge. Doc Tom's On30 rendition of the ET &WNC.

Lee Bishop
 


Re: Mini Bridge in the Mini Gorge. Doc Tom's On30 rendition of the ET &WNC.

Tom Grabenstein
 

Hi Tim,

I'm glad you liked the photos. The river was done using painted hardboard(masonite) and a product called Mod Podge was applied using a fan brush. Several layers are built-up using this product. When it is swirled with the fan brush it takes on the appearance of rushing water.

Here is a link to a great video by Dave Frary on how to do this:  https://youtu.be/wnOE-qWhGVs

Do not use any kind of water products on painted foam board. It continues to “outgas” and will ruin the water effect in a few weeks. Don’t ask me how I know. Use a masonite base or “gatorboard” as Dave reccomends. 

Hope this helps.  Dr Tom

P.S. This my Linville River on the layout using the same technique.

 

On Jan 16, 2021, at 5:16 PM, tfillion182 <tfillion182@...> wrote:

 
The scene looks great. I am especially impressed with your river.  How did you get such realistic rapids under the bridge ???
Tim Fillion


Re: Mini Bridge in the Mini Gorge. Doc Tom's On30 rendition of the ET &WNC.

tfillion182
 

 

The scene looks great. I am especially impressed with your river.  How did you get such realistic rapids under the bridge ???

Tim Fillion


Re: Mini Bridge in the Mini Gorge. Doc Tom's On30 rendition of the ET &WNC.

William Uffelman
 

Well done. Thanks for sharing.

Bill Uffelman 


On Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 5:03 PM, Tom Grabenstein
<tomgmd@...> wrote:
Hello,

For the past month I have been cobbling together an iron truss bridge in what I'm calling my mini gorge on the Doe River. It was built in 1902.

It is 1920 and the bridge has begun to rust and loosen. Workmen have done the best they can to fix it up and now management wants to take a look.




They figure that the bridge is good for several more decades and the train is ready to proceed.

The “backstory" is that this bridge was constructed from multiple HO bits from Walthers,and Central Valley Models. The curve at the bridge required  quite a wide structure. The colorful foam is where I will carve the cliffs of the gorge. Hopefully it will be a small homage to the real thing.



Thanks for looking.

Doc Tom


Mini Bridge in the Mini Gorge. Doc Tom's On30 rendition of the ET &WNC.

Tom Grabenstein
 

Hello,

For the past month I have been cobbling together an iron truss bridge in what I'm calling my mini gorge on the Doe River. It was built in 1902.

It is 1920 and the bridge has begun to rust and loosen. Workmen have done the best they can to fix it up and now management wants to take a look.




They figure that the bridge is good for several more decades and the train is ready to proceed.

The “backstory" is that this bridge was constructed from multiple HO bits from Walthers,and Central Valley Models. The curve at the bridge required  quite a wide structure. The colorful foam is where I will carve the cliffs of the gorge. Hopefully it will be a small homage to the real thing.



Thanks for looking.

Doc Tom


Re: Number 11 leaving the Doe River Gorge.

William Uffelman
 

Layout is getting better every day. Thanks for sharing.

Bill Uffelman 


On Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 9:28 PM, Tom Grabenstein
<tomgmd@...> wrote:
Number 11 is blasting out of a tunnel and leaving the Doe River Gorge behind.........At least that's what I am trying to portray on the On 30 ET&WNC layout. Tunnel just recently cut from pink and blue foam, carved, painted with acrylics and acrylic and india ink washes. Thanks for looking.

Dr Tom


Re: Number 11 leaving the Doe River Gorge.

 

My goodness that’s glorious! Thanks for sharing.

Todd P


On Jan 12, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Tom Grabenstein <tomgmd@...> wrote:

Number 11 is blasting out of a tunnel and leaving the Doe River Gorge behind.........At least that's what I am trying to portray on the On 30 ET&WNC layout. Tunnel just recently cut from pink and blue foam, carved, painted with acrylics and acrylic and india ink washes. Thanks for looking.

Dr Tom

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Number 11 leaving the Doe River Gorge.

Tom Grabenstein
 

Number 11 is blasting out of a tunnel and leaving the Doe River Gorge behind.........At least that's what I am trying to portray on the On 30 ET&WNC layout. Tunnel just recently cut from pink and blue foam, carved, painted with acrylics and acrylic and india ink washes. Thanks for looking.

Dr Tom


Re: Hello

Ryan Rice
 

Lee,
Their website says it is a type of screen printing.
Here is their explanation https://blog.bonfire.com/optimizing-designs-screen-printing/

Thanks,
Ryan

On Wed, Dec 30, 2020 at 4:53 PM Lee Bishop <leebishop1944@...> wrote:
Just curious, how do they print these shirts? It's not screen printed and not that new printing process directly to the shirt (like the Avery County museum did with their caboose 505 shirts a while back). It's not iron-ons either, but sort of has that feel.
Don't get me wrong, I do like it, just wondering how best o care for it. For now, I'll just wash it inside-out as I do all my printed shirts.
Man, this is a golden age for ET&WNC fans for good swag!
Has anyone gotten one of the hats? Just curious for first opinions... I assume they're also printed and not embroidered?
--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: Hello

Lee Bishop
 

Just curious, how do they print these shirts? It's not screen printed and not that new printing process directly to the shirt (like the Avery County museum did with their caboose 505 shirts a while back). It's not iron-ons either, but sort of has that feel.
Don't get me wrong, I do like it, just wondering how best o care for it. For now, I'll just wash it inside-out as I do all my printed shirts.
Man, this is a golden age for ET&WNC fans for good swag!
Has anyone gotten one of the hats? Just curious for first opinions... I assume they're also printed and not embroidered?
--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: Hello

Ryan Rice
 

Awesome! Thanks for letting me know.


On Mon, Dec 28, 2020 at 5:33 PM Lee Bishop <leebishop1944@...> wrote:
Just got my to t-shirt today.
Love it!

--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: Hello

Lee Bishop
 

Just got my to t-shirt today.
Love it!

--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: A shoe horned HO bridge for an On30 railroad.

William Uffelman
 

Looks good sir!

Bill Uffelman 


On Sun, Dec 27, 2020 at 8:22 PM, Tom Grabenstein
<tomgmd@...> wrote:
ET&WNC #12 heads up a freight train deep in the Doe River Gorge. The iron truss bridge is a modified Vollmer HO bridge I found on eBay. Everything ON30 squeezed through after the mods. Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

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