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"Wrong side of the Tracks" Diorama part 5

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Since part 4, I’ve sanded down the driveway aprons, cut in the sidewalk cracks, and finally put some paint on this thing.

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Illustration for article titled Wrong side of the Tracks Diorama part 5
Illustration for article titled Wrong side of the Tracks Diorama part 5
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This was done mostly with a different bottle of black, which turned out to be thinner. That’s right, I burned through 1.5 bottles of craft paint doing a single coat of black.
This was done mostly with a different bottle of black, which turned out to be thinner. That’s right, I burned through 1.5 bottles of craft paint doing a single coat of black.

This was the first coat of black, done with some semi-gloss craft paint I had lying around. Semi-gloss is definitely the wrong final sheen, but it was very effective at showing me every single bad spot in the plaster job.

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Illustration for article titled Wrong side of the Tracks Diorama part 5

Some of it is going to get fixed, some I’m not goign to worry about. But the biggest thing is I need to clean up the edge where the asphalt meets the sidewalk. It is too soft and blobbly in too many places.

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So knowing I was going to have to do a bunch of sanding & some re-spackling, I did the only logical thing and put more paint on.

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Wanted to see if the transfer terminal parking lot would work in concrete, I’m leaning towards no.
Wanted to see if the transfer terminal parking lot would work in concrete, I’m leaning towards no.
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Illustration for article titled Wrong side of the Tracks Diorama part 5

Obviously no detail painting has been done in these except the quickest of drybrushes on the dirt areas. But it is coming along. It will still need a lot of work to get to where I want it to look.

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And here are some pics with buildings & vehicles quickly put in place to give you an idea of what is coming.

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the attached driveway is coming off the shop on the left, and the garage on the right is getting mirror imaged(lean-to moving to left, wall w/ garage door moving to right)
the attached driveway is coming off the shop on the left, and the garage on the right is getting mirror imaged(lean-to moving to left, wall w/ garage door moving to right)
Tow company building is temporarily put together with hot glue. The last set of windows on the long wall will probably be replaced with a rollup door.
Tow company building is temporarily put together with hot glue. The last set of windows on the long wall will probably be replaced with a rollup door.

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