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  1. For the record, this was done in roughly 1:73 scale. It measures roughly 14x14. The semi is another project thats been underway for years with the hood, sleeper, cab interior, and engine ready. As for the huletts, that scale is to be determined. Those things are huge and want to build 4 of them. Thank you for the kind words. Peace
  2. You nailed these most recent pix. Have you ever considered compiling this into a picture story book? Not suggesting what you have built or written is a children's book but all the makings of an adult orientated thomas the tank engine so to speak are in place. A hitchcock like suspense story is begging to make itself seen and heard in my opinion.
  3. Like Anglia, it has been a while since I checked in on this project. WOW! You are proving the old proverb practice makes perfect. Not as if I'm an expert and certainly wasn't asked, but it seems to me is as if some sort of hurdle was overcome a year or so ago and the quality/realism jumped exponentially. Keep it up! It is truly a pleasure to watch this world appear out of thin air. Peace
  4. Oh to be a bear, hang out the "do not disturb" sign, and rest peacefully all winter! While imitating my hero's demeanor, appearance, and odor are easy enough, not much else comes easy. And so it becomes a matter of finding a relatively non-destructive way to maintain sanity. In boredom (desperation?), I began dabbling in "foreign" substances like balsa, foam, paper, and cardboard in addition to styrene. Seeking "easy" topics to begin with and inspiration, I happened across an old "coffee table" type book filled with B&W railroad photos from the late 1950's. O. Winston Link was a tru
  5. This will likely be the last post for a while and wanted to let those interested see the projects to be tackled over winter. I like to do things in 3's and now have them far enough along to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Bits and pieces have been shared under other posts/threads recently. This is an effort to mop up those loose ends and summarize before hibernating and (likely) off the grid for the next several months. Apologies are offered for any redundancy. “Sod Buster” is a box build Roden kit. The plow is scratch built/freelance. For the prairie grass I started out using paint
  6. That's the plan. I picked up a 2 foot long "full wig" from the dollar store today in the Halloween costumes section. It is MUCH easier to cut than a paint brush and have enough to cover 20 acres. Its going to take some practice to get ta technique down for to reduce stray strands. On the plus side, using the wig hair, my beard trimmer seems up to the the task of clean up duty. Having found a "dirty blonde" colored wig, painting becomes less vital and mix up the hairs. It works works well for dry prairie grass "as is". Hopefully the airbrush and acrylics will work to handle highlights. Id
  7. Those are incredible! Thanks for sharing.
  8. David, Have you or anyone ever had much luck using photographs as a backdrop when it has to be so close to the primary subject and cannot be curved? The idea of using the night shot below would be nice and have the truck passing thru a truss bridge. Me wonders if the ironwork of the bridge would aid in the transition and hide some of the damage to the truck. Eyes would be drawn to the bridge work first. Your dark red shot as i called it at Hooper provided the inspiration as it leaves much to the imagination and keeps me from rivet counting....though on an open girder bridge i
  9. Great ideas. Very inspiring.
  10. Old paint brush used for grass. With halloween, plans are to try a cheap costume wig next....or offer to sweep the floor at the barber shop. Wood glue used to hold in place. Peace.
  11. Thank you. If Yordan did the landscaping and you did the lighting and photography....
  12. This is a 1/16 I've been piddling on for years. It's been banged up pretty bad over several cross country moves but remains a personal favorite. Other than tires and wheels and the air cleaner, its scratch built. Anyway, I limit myself to no more than 12"x24" for size. That's what the "road" is. Want more to provide a setting but with so little space have not been able to come up with the right thing. Suggestions welcome.
  13. Thank you for the kind words.
  14. One of these days I'm going to have dig deep and go to static grass...or figure out a way to develop something suitable. Instead of static, I wonder if magnetism might work. Remember the kids toy where you drag a magnetic pen over clear plastic to create a fuzzy face? Wooly booby or something like that was the name if memory serves.
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