The Model - Scenery
My favorite part of model railroading is constructing structures and scenery.
In this section I'll lightly discuss my methods, procedures, and why I chose certain ways of doing things to attain the effect I desire.
As construction progresses, I'll add photos of my work as it appears on the actual model railroad itself, in this Scenery tab.
My first portion of scenery is illustrated below, showing the beginning of the painted backdrop and some minor scenery construction in front of it to hide where it joins the benchwork. Updates will be periodically provided depending on how successfully I am able to represent the scenery along the fictional Turquoise Line between Santa Fe and Madrid, New Mexico, where I now live.
I'm using my favorite method, once again, consisting of Styrofoam for the basic shapes, followed by plaster cloth and Sculptamold. I have been experimenting with the unique scenery in this location, and I'm still working on the best way to represent the desert scenery, junipers, grasses, and unusual rockwork. I expect the scenery will be my greatest challenge, as it's a whole new type of scenery for me. Luckily, I can look out my window and see it; but seeing it and modeling it seems to be two very different domains.
On subsequent postings, I'll add updated photos as the scenery progresses, but will not delete all the previous photos (some, not all) to show the progress.
Below you see the namesake for Perro Blanco, our dog Giordi.
He is shown at full scale.
Panoramic View of Perro Blanco
Bella, the source of the town's name of Bella Gato.
Main road through town of Bella Gato.
Looking toward Cerrillos Turquoise Line in the distance.
Future station and warehouse site on the left.
Structure on right is division superintendents kit-built home (Sears style) with new shiny auto on the left.
(He does seem to be "resting.")
Red Light District
Galt's Gulch - Panorama
Galt's Gulch - Bridge and Trestle
Galt's Gulch - West
Galt's Gulch dropleaf at entrance to studio
Galt's Gulch - East
Cerrillos Turquoise Mine
Outskirts of Bella Gato
Panoramic View of Town of Bella Gato