The M-K & Eastern RR

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Airbrush artist
I've started with the plaster work on the mountains.
I use a mix of WS moulds, home made latex moulds and alu foil.

The plaster is regular plaster of Paris.

I prefer to cast in situ. I wait until the plaster shows small wrinkles in the mould before placing it on the mountain.

I carve the surface with WS rock carving tools.
May need some more plaster in places.


Airbrush artist
I test painted a mountain...
I use regular acrylics and WS earth pigments.

First an ochre wash.

Then a light wash of burnt sienna.

And finally (?) gray stone earth pigments.
As it is supposed to look Colorado-ish, I hope this is the way to go.
It will lighten when dry.
Then some dry brushing.


Plucked Tailfeathers
Staff member
You are doing it great!
Just remember that colors in nature are really lighter that our eyes perceive then to be.
I think someone told me that back in the last century - I think he was trying to tell me that we darken up our creations more than we should? Does this make sense?


Airbrush artist
Tunnel portal in wood.

Instead of staining the wood, I'll paint it to look like wood. This was due to the strange veins in the wood which did not look good with stains.

I use Vallejo's wood weathering kit. In the pictures I only just primed it with IDF-grey primer.


Airbrush artist
Painting of my tunnel portal. I used Vallejo's "Old & new wood effects" color kit.

IDF gray.

Painted concrete lightly and then random boards in IDF sand gray.

Some boards painted light brown.

Dry brushed with ivory sand.

More dry brush with IDF sand gray.

Dark gray wash all over.

Airbrushed soot with weathered black.


Airbrush artist
My solution of current pickup on brass locomotives.

They pick up one pole on one side of the locomotive and the other in the tender.
And it's via spring blocks .... It doesn't work well on digital.
I replaced the gearbox cover with a piece of circuit board laminate.
There is not enough space on the underside, so I had to sand the laminate 1 mm.
The holes next to the gear are filled with epoxy for strength.
The pickups are phosphor bronze which has a small spring coil made by wrapping the wire around a 0.7 mm drill bit.
The power cables are soldered to the old pickup points.
Now you have full power pickup on the locomotive, now the tender trucks will receive the same treatment. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.