Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Gavilon's greening up

I would hope so since they ARE a fertilizer distributor.  

Several years ago I used some grout for the parking lot at Heavy Metal and was pleased at how it looked, much finer than any commercial made gravel.

When I was planning Gavilon I wanted to use grout again, but this time I thought I'd use more of a white color to represent limestone.  I found a good color from Blowes called Frost.  It was almost white and figured I could tone it down with a grayish wash.

Today I got the itch and was able to get the grout down at Gavilon.  It was white that's for sure but was able to tone it down using some gray and brown craft paint that I mixed into a small spritz bottle so I could spray it on rather than brush it on as I was afraid it might not go down even and I'd see the overlay.

Once it dried for a few hours I started adding ground foam for the first layer of weeds.

You can see that it's just a bit Off-White and if you look close you can see where the glue leached into the grout when I glued the weeds in place.  In time I think I'm going to try to play with some weathering powders to highlight different areas where the limestone has sunk into the mud?

Sunday, June 9, 2019

This time I caught the NB Winnfield local #774 at Haskell

After catching the SB #773 at Haskell the other day I caught up with the NB #774 at the same location the following day, but this time it was working at Gavilon Fertilizer and swapping cars on the W&OV interchange track.

Two days, two trains, a good catch in my books!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

I caught the SB Winnfield local at Haskell, AR

The morning forecast told of more stormy weather headed my way around noonish, so I grabbed my gear and jumped in the truck hoping I could catch up with #773 before the floods came again.

Shortly after grabbing my morning foamer snacks at the local Quicky Mart, I heard'em calling out track warrants for work in Haskell!  Just as I got set up I seen a headlight peeking around the curve as they reached the North end of Haskell siding, perfect timing.  

Todays power consisted of three old Warhorses: two GP18's - #1351 & #1346 and F7 #120.

I took a bit of a break from scenery and got the tracks cleaned up and decided to run a few trains to see how well things worked.  While I was at it I figured it would be a good time to shoot a video and play around with the new editing software I picked up a while back.  

After getting a new computer built last December and installing Win10 I realized much to my dismay that MS had decided not to include their Movie Maker program with this version of Windows.  So I did a little research and picked up the Power Director 17 software.   So far it works better than Movie Maker.