1943 model train layout

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Re: 1943 model train layout

Post by Lee Bishop » Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:28 am

I moved the civil war memorial into some trees, and I think it looks way better there.
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Adjacent to that, I just completed a cow field, complete with hay pen, water bucket and cow pies. All I need to do now is to finish painting the two cow figures I have for it:
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Re: 1943 model train layout

Post by Carolinamv » Sun Jun 04, 2017 5:09 pm

Amazing!
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Re: 1943 model train layout

Post by Lee Bishop » Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:56 am

It’s not exactly an update on the layout itself, but I consider the room as part of it, as the layout dominates the room instead of being a little part of it. For over a year after the layout took shape, the back wall in the room was totally bare. Before the layout was there, this room was mostly for housing/displaying my WW2 collection and looked like a small museum, so for me it was odd to have a bare wall for so long. With that in mind, I got some RR-related stuff (added to 1940s-related stuff as the layout takes place then) over the past few months and decorated the place to look more display-friendly.
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The 'war job' poster is a reproduction, added to the wall yesterday. The number plate on the right of that was nabbed very inexpensively off eBay. It’s made from a plastic-covered foam substance. It's as light as a piece of like-sized cardboard and was easy to hang up and looks great on the wall (I assume it will fool a few people who see it without knowing the story ahead of time) and is a great replica of the ET&WNC's # 9 number plate. The reproduction 1939 poster to the right of that came from the Avery County Museum in NC. It dropped right into an inexpensive frame I bought on the following morning and it was up on the wall in a few minutes. Dir3ctly below that is an original 1880s ET&WNC stock certificate. The certificate to the right of that is an original stock certificate from the Linville River, an ET&WNC subsidiary. The painting above that is a Howard Fogg print. The 1943 builder's plate to the right of that is an inexpensive aluminum reproduction which I painted and weathered. And to the far right is a frame with various pins from railroads, museums and various places I've been (including unit insignia from my Army days on the bottom row).
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Re: 1943 model train layout

Post by Lee Bishop » Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:22 pm

I took these a couple of hours ago with my cell, noticing the afternoon light...
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Re: 1943 model train layout

Post by Lee Bishop » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:22 am

I finished these figures yesterday, one 1940s boy scout and two GIs in their Class As and a pilot. The pilot, I really don't think works on a stateside RR in the South during the summertime, but I have to remind myself that plenty of non-Air Corps people in the Army wore A-2 jackets anyway. I think I'll keep him on the front of my Whitcomb locomotive for now...
The painting was done with the smallest brushes I could find but I might go back and re-try to the SGT stripes on the two eventually.
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