February 29th, 2012
I am always looking for alternate methods of creating something. With regard to road material, I have used Creatology Fun Foam, card stock, styrene. For foliage I have used pot toppers, moss, lichen, various Walther’s products, dirt, etc.
When it comes to buildings, kits are nice but sometimes I need something different. There are few kits to represent taller buildings, so I went on a path to create some of my own structures out of different materials. There are a few buildings that are paper-sheathed over FoamCore:
And sometimes I need something made from PlexiGlas:
This is a reasonable and inexpensive way to create a city and not too time consuming. If you have questions about how these came to be, email me at joppaironworks – AT – yahoo – dot – com
February 17th, 2012
Here are a few pics I took of my Creatology Fun Foam roads. I am looking to put together an article for MRH about this.
Below is a bridge that I recently created so that one of my roads didn’t terminate into thin air. It is foam core, wood, Faller railings, and Creatology Fun Foam (UNWEATHERED):
Another close up – not weathered yet:
This is somewhat weathered but uses Highball Cinder to create a look of crumbled macadam:
Patches in the macadam courtesy of a Sharpie marker:
Un weathered but striped with a paint pen from Michael’s Crafts:
A little weathering and more highball cinder for crumbled macadam:
Weathered. Garbage courtesy of my wood stove, shredded paper, and clipped up blue grocery bags that seem to be ubiquitous in the urban landscape:
February 16th, 2012
Per the Yahoo post, here are pics with decals for graffiti.
February 12th, 2012
Web site is being recovered after a crash. Here are pictures that used to be here. This is an ingot buggy that I created from scratch with metal wheels and McHenry couplers. It tracks reasonably straight and rarely sees actual service. It looks just fine in photographs.
This is a detail of the undercarriage of the ingot buggy. Not pretty, but it is functional.
Outside of rolling mill:
A 1960’s type shot of the small diesel that switches cars at the mill.
This shot is complied completely of color prints. The roll up door, the image itself were all printed from PhotoShop and glued to the side of the rolling mill in an area that I though needed an additional detail.
Another shot of the look inside of the rolling mill. The JIW logo was created by Adam Peszel on Rick Rowland’s steel board. That can be found at: http://todengine.websitetoolbox.com/ You will have to sign up for the site, although the resource is an excellent one.
February 8th, 2012
There have been a lot of posts on the Yahoo! boards, and rather than clog the boards with my post, I have added a post to my own page with pics of the buildings that I have built. The building with the RC logo on it is Plexiglas as are the other two with strong white vertical stripes. The three tallest ones are photos over FoamCore made with pics downloaded online.