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Sunrise Division Meeting Mar 09 Minutes
Volume II     Issue 2                             RMR Division 2                             Aurora, Colorado                             March 2009

NMRA Notes

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Rocky Mountain Region Notes

Trains, Planes, Cars, & Boats 2009 RMR Convention

  • Convention dates: May 21 - 24, 2009
  • One tour includes the Cheyenne Shops, UP Challenger, and UP 4-8-4 #844
  • Convention Hotel: Greeley Clarion Hotel and Convention Center, (970) 353-8444. Mention Rocky Mountain Region National Model Railroad Association to get convention rate of $79.00/night.
  • Early Registration ends 4/30/09. Registrant & Family charged an extra $10 each after 4/30/09.
  • Several details on the convention are available at the Convention website (

  • Sunrise Division Notes

    February Meeting
    We had 21 attendees to participate in our first meeting of the year, a great turnout! We watched a video of the Golden Spike and had Passenger cars for Show and Tell.

    Members Report

  • 21 snail-mailings were sent out to 23 members.
  • Nate, Don, Jim and Bill volunteered to call members to get e-mail addresses.
  • Recruiting efforts by Rich Flammini during the Estes Park show and Great Train Expo.
  • 2008 Roster was 80. Currently, we show 93 members on the roster, up 5 from last month.

    Sunrise Modular Layout Group

  • No update.

    Upcoming Events
    For details and more events, check our home page calendar and on-line at: 2009 Calendar (

  • Monthly Meeting Show & Tell Themes
    Jan*HOLIDAY BREAK*JulBuildings
    FebPassenger CarsAugSteam Locomotives
    MarDiesels & ElectricsSepVehicles
    AprTrack StructuresOctMOW Cars
    MayCaboosesNovFreight Cars (Closed Loads)
    JunFreight Cars (Open Loads)DecPhotos/Slides/Videos

    5 March 2009 Meeting Activities

    March Clinic #1: Modeling Water with Don Francis
    (Click on Image for Enlargements* Photos by Gary)
    Don used 1/2" thick foam on 1" foam with basic shapes for a starting platform,
    cut with a back saw with coarse teeth. The area is typical of western Nebraska
    & eastern Colorado. It was painted a latex brown, sprayed and ground foam added.

    Don Francis
    The poured blue water used about 1 1/2 oz of resins and blue latex paint stirred
    into the resin - just a little blue, 6-7 drops, to give the water depth. Envirotex
    Lite results in a high gloss finish. Some creep and wicking occurs. A gloss medium
    can be applied to the water and rocks. Build up the Envirotex in layers (~1/8").

    Blue Lake
    For the water base, the ground was painted brown, with flat black in middle for a lot
    deeper. Don't paint all the way to shore. The darker the more depth. Envirotex will
    expand more for temperature changes as compared to surrounding scenery, so use care.
    Mix equal parts of resins Part I and Part II. Stir well, don't worry about bubbles.
    Approximately 1/2 hour working time until tacky. Throw away mixing cups and stirrers
    they cannot be reused. Some reused mixing cups resulted in water staying tacky 2 yrs.

    Deep Lake
    For cleanup, use industrial soap (lava). Make sure area is well sealed, envirotex
    will drip through very tiny openings. There is very little odor with this brand. Use
    a small propane torch to remove the bubbles in the resin by applying heat, holding 6"
    away, or can burn up a lot of layout. The bubbles are removed when mixed with carbon
    dioxide (CO2) from the flame, or, by using a straw, you can blow on the "water" to
    remove the bubbles. Remember to blow!!

    Adding CO2
    The edges will bead and be rounded. Use straw to breathe on to flow out the "water"
    by spreading it out, which will clear it of bubbles and smooth it out. In the photo,
    you can see the "hole" created by blowing the resin around. Use different shades of
    brown, going lighter towards shore. Always pour resins in multiple layers.

    Making an impression
    Pour in first layers, add people/boats, then additional layer(s). Add color little
    by little. Each layer with another drop of color will darken the water a bit,
    starting with only a drop or two. The next layer will cover. Always pour small amounts
    with 1/8" maximum, right on top of previous layer.

    Smoothing out the resin
    For ripples, dry brush with white paint. Envirotex designed to be flat. Use Woodland
    Scenics or Art medium on top for ripples. Note: Torch does not speed drying time-only
    removes bubbles. Drying time is approximately 2 hours.

    "Water" is totally clear
    of bubbles.

    March Show & Tell: Diesels & Electrics
    (Click on Image for Enlargements* Photos by Gary)
    Rich Flammini's HO Scale GP35, 1 of 2 in existence. New Brighton Connection from his old club back in Minnesota.
    Glenn's S Scale GP9. After market cab & heater. Originally undecorated. Painted and decaled, including striping. American Models GP9: Burlington, Rock Island and Western Chicago. From Des Plaines Hobbies.
    Gary Myers' HO Scale F7 ABBA upgrade project. Two RTR Athearn F7AB pairs, to be upgraded with new Detail Associate side screens, American Model Builders Window Kit (makes window openings smaller), Detail Associates grab irons kit, and NWSL wheel kit for 40" wheels.
    Bill Johnson's HO Scale GG1 and Thalys Bullet Train.

    March Clinic #2: Static Grass with Tom Frerichs
    (Click on Image for Enlargements* Photos by Gary)
    Static grass is very uniform, but needs a ground foam foundation to 'stand' on,
    applied with a diluted matte medium. Note that a plaster coat will soak up water.
    Woodland scenic ground foams will be used to model spring in the Rockies.

    Tom Frerichs
    Matte can be applied with an airbrush, 5 psi, by misting overhead and letting it 'fall'
    onto the ground (avoid spraying directly). In this case, without an airbrush, Tom
    applies some woodlands scenic cement directly with a brush.

    applying matte medium
    Here turf is applied by Tom by using a strainer. Adding fine turf at first, various
    sizes are added. The coarser the material, less is added. Rule: The more coarse the
    material, the less is used. Complete the area with ground foam before adding in the
    static grass.

    sprinkling on ground foams
    Use Woodland Scenics Grass Flock, which are rayon fibers, for the static grass. Wind-
    Hurst generator can be used to make static. Tom is using a NOCH static grass shaker,
    which uses a new 9v battery (low current).

    filling grass into static maker
    A pin is inserted in the wet matte medium, with a wire alligator clipped to it and
    connected to the static shaker. The shaker is shaken or tapped by hand, to let the
    grass flock through the screen onto the wet ground foam. The static causes the fibers
    to stand on end, and eventually 'glue'permanently as the matte medium dries. To apply
    near buildings, wrap them first in a damp paper towel, or mask with cardboard. Here,
    a plaster overcoat of the ground before scenicing helps distribute the charge well
    when soaked in water.

    Making standing grass
    Scenery takes 3 elements: 1) Color - even zip (plaster & pigment) is the first piece.
    2) Form - adding shapes with hills, castings, rock faces, etc. 3) Texture - adding dirt,
    ground foams, then grasses give the 3 dimensional look to add depth. Use a cheap,
    disposable camera to take pictures of ordinary scenery in natural lighting, to keep as
    reference material. Textures: Dirt roads are not flat, add weeds, deadfalls, trash in
    the city, bushes - all add 'texture'.

    terrain with texture
    Railroad rooms are usually dim places with uneven lighting. Since incandescant lights
    generate so much heat, fluorescents are often used, but result in 'blue' light. The
    room can be brightened by replacing some fluorescents with 'red' bulbs.

    Tip: Contact solution bottles can be used for diluted glue/matte medium.

    Don tries to give
    Tom a 'shoulder' check
    into the kidneys
    Scenery layer order: base, ground, exposed rock, masonry, bridge abutments, dirt, foam,
    grass, small weeds, larger weeds, bushes, disturbed ground (excavations, graves, gopher
    holes. Details: longer grass along fences and signposts, middle of roads, shoulders.
    Final ballasting should be applied after the scenery next to the track is done. Industrial
    sidings should have grasses.

    Tom 'taps' the grass
    through the screen
    Texture & color recedes from the viewer. Farther from view, color and texture is lighter
    and bluer. Toward the horizon, you look through thicker atmosphere containing more
    moisture, which creates a haze and fades colors at distance. Over 18" away from viewer,
    reduce textures, less browns, less dark color, more cerilion blue, less yellows.

    Hobby liquitex acrylics can be used in place of Woodland Scenics.

    Static grass
    along shoreline
    Scenery paint colors: Titanium White, Mars Black (Black+White=Grays), Burnt Sienna,
    Raw Sienna, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Ochre.
    Paints can be blended with water and other colors. Mist spray matte medium to seal.
    Spray upwards & let it rain. The matte finish cuts down sheen- it flattens and seals.

    Yellow Ochre,
    Burnt Sienna
    Lighter colors on top, yellow static grass atop greener static grass, to simulate
    blossoming. Layer dark colors first (on bottom), -dark earth, then add grass (where
    water gathers). Always work dark to light, and lighter further away.

    Burnt Umber &
    Black added

    Attendees: 20
    Jerry, Nate, Karl, Rich, Don, Tom F, Wayne, John G, Dick, Al, Bill, John K, Jim, Gary, Byron, Mike, Steve, Glenn, Tom L, & Ernie

    NEXT MEETING: April 2nd
    Clinic: Signalling, with Stewart Jones.
    Show & Tell Theme: Track Structures.

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