Summer Evening and the ML401

Summer Evening and the ML401
Conrail ML401 rolls west through Central New York farm country in Onondaga County, September 1994.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Bit More Scenery

I am working lately to continue to develop techniques for scenery, among a busy summer of family activities!  I'm also playing with photo angles and lighting in advance of finalizing scenery - it's amazing how much tighter angles get when suddenly there are 'big' trees that suddenly spring up.  On the M&E, modeling a Central New York forest scene was always the plan, so that's where I am starting scenery in earnest.   Here's a photo presented in 'black & white' that shows the recent progress.  Compare this to photos from the last few months!



This weekend will allow for some additional 'field time' to take a look at prototype scenes in Central New York - can't get enough of that.   Happy Labor Day to all!

~RGDave 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Scenery Musings

As the summer draws to a close - hard to believe - I have been able to spend more time on scenery.  Note that spending time on scenery, at least at this early stage, does not mean spending time building scenery!  Much time goes into trying ideas and into dreaming up how a scene should look.  I am using a small part of the M&E mainline near Skaneateles Creek to test some ideas for scenery construction and materials, and so far, the results have been educational, with some being good enough to be used systemwide.


Looking railroad-North along the right-of-way, we have a quick grab-shot from the iPhone allowing us to see some of my newly-modeled cliffs, including overgrowth, and some lineside vegetation.  I am going to take my time with overall scenery so as to make sure it has the effect it should - deception.  I still have a ways to go.  The track here is a work-in-progress, and needs better weathering and finished shortline-style ballast.  And in fact, since this photo was taken, I have added several layers to the area at right.  What is seen here, though, are cliffs made from aged locust tree logs, accented with polyfiber ground covering from Woodland Scenics.  Future additions include highlights with leaf particles from Noch, as well as some paints to add variety.  The trees here are commercially-made, and soon will be joined by handmade trees.  Like most northeastern layouts, I will need many many more trees!

Comments are always appreciated - feel free to comment here or drop me an email.  I want the scenery to be as effective at setting the locale as the signals are.

Best wishes for a safe, happy Labor Day weekend!
~RGDave