Today I managed to make a start on the next video tutorial On creating a waterfall. It's going to be a big project but even with the very basic landform taking shape I can already envision a very cool looking scene.
The hardest part for me I think will be getting just the right riverbed color and the transition from the deeper sections at the base of the waterfall to the more shallow sections just down stream of the falls.
The image above is what I'm using as a reference for my waterfall, I like how there is a small alcove shape that fans out as the river flows further down stream.
And the image below shows the very first stage of creating the basic land form for the diorama.
From what I can see in the reference photo is there is a lot of greenery which is expected near a large body of water however I will also need lots of rocks to form the cliff sections of the waterfall. You can never make too many plaster rocks! I don't anticipate using them all but have more than you need is much better than not having enough.
Oh and by the way... this is just the first batch of molds! I plan on doing this about 3 or 4 times.
It's finally here, volume 10 is a complete in-depth tutorial on creating an awesome looking bridge from nothing to a fully completed scene.
It's not a short video but there's a lot to cover so sit back and relax as I take you on a journey making this cool little bridge.
If you're interested in replicating this exact bridge I've included all the measurements and dimensions as well as a list of materials and a link to Australian Modeller where I purchased all the items.
Build an AWESOME Bridge Files - Includes corelDRAW templates
For those of you who are curious about the train, here it is.
The locomotive is a Bendigo Rail Models P-Class
The carriages are N Passenger Car set from Auscision Models
Both items are available from https://www.australianmodeller.com.au/
As a companion piece to the upcoming video on building a small trestle bridge I have made a list of the specific materials I used as well as a PDF template of the bridge in HO scale available here:
The tutorial video will be published to YouTube very soon (approximately 6 hours from the time this blog update was posted) however for anyone who is a current patron you have an early access pass and have a chance to view the tutorial now.
It's a long video (27 minutes) and full of tips and tricks, if you want to get a head start on the specific details on the bridge prior to watching the tutorial you can check out the Bridge Files page.
A quick update... Bridge deck is complete minus the paint!
I spent a good portion of the afternoon completing the deck of the bridge for the upcoming video. So far I'm quite happy with the progress and now that the wheel track reinforcements have been added I'm liking what I see.
From the images I had of the prototype bridge I couldn't actually see the top of the bridge so I had to use a bit of guess work to imagine what it may have looked like.
Where I grew up as a child there were a number of old wooden bridges crossing rivers, some had tarmac right across the top of the bridge while others were simply wooden slats and a few looked similar to what I have modeled in the photo. I chose to model this type of bridge deck mainly due to the visual interest it generates.
In addition to finishing the main construction of the bridge I have also been experimenting with how to paint the bridge.
I originally wanted to use the sweet and sour method (Steel wool and Vinegar) however because the bridge is made up using a number of different wood types (Bass wood, pine and bamboo) the stain worked vastly different and the color variation was too great for the effect I wanted to achieve.
The recipe I eventually settled on was a four step technique:
Once you've finished it's a good idea to either take the model outside to see how the color looks under natural sunlight or if the model will be viewed indoors, check to see how the color compares under layout lighting.
The bridge deck will be painted using the same techniques.
Before I start filming I generally test out a few different techniques, today I have been testing out the difference between either having the small bolt details on the trestle or possibly not having those details and I think the results speak for themselves.
It's only a tiny detail however in the big picture it makes a massive difference.
The packet of bolts I bought came with 96 bolts and by my calculation I'll be needing every last one of those bolts and possibly more to finish this small trestle bridge!
The templates for each trestle have been draw up to scale in CoralDRAW, basically any drawing program could work however having access to a good one like CoralDRAW or Adobe Illustrator will make getting the dimensions and angles set precisely much easier.
Some things I may possibly change on this current iteration is to have a larger angle of divergence on the two outer posts, it's currently set at 4 degrees but I think 5 degrees may be a little better... Time will tell.
So if you're trying to decide on whether it's worth adding fine details to a model you might consider doing a test and comparing one with details and another without details to see which looks better and whether it's worth the extra time and effort adding those details.
However if you ask me... I'll almost always decide to add those extra details!