As some of you know, I've been interested in Brett's kits for many years but never took the plunge into this level, wood craftsman style, of modeling. However, a couple years ago, when I switched to On30 to help my dad with his return to modeling and new layout, I decided I would try to push my level of modeling up a notch or two and try to achieve the quality of craftsmanship I always told myself was impossible for me. At the 2010 Craftsman Structure Show, I finally had the pleasure of meeting Brett in person, watched his clinics, and found myself coming home with the O-Scale Tool Shed. This year at the Expo in Peabody, I came home with Blue Sky Co.. Unfortunately, both still sit in their boxes.
However, today I took the plunge and decided to try texturing and coloring some scrap pieces of wood and wanted to share my initial results. The wood I am using is some inferior quality scale lumber that my dad and I ordered last year for his projects. We were very unhappy with this particular manufacturer as, in addition to the poor quality, it is not scale lumber at all. Despite ordering O-scale lumber, what they sent doesn't scale to any dimensional lumber in any scale. So, I now have plenty of scrap lumber to practice on.
In the following photos, I cut the stripwood to 8" lengths using a razor saw to break the boards and tried to add texture with a brass brush as Brett describes in his manuals and clinics. I then applied a wash using 408.3, 408.5, and white chalks. I think I should have added a little black as I didn't get them quite as dark as I wanted. I'm not sure about the texturing either as I don't see as much wood grain as I do in photos of others work.
What do you guys think? I'm definitely going to practice more before I start building a structure. Once my confidence level is up a bit more, I think I will start off with the O-Scale Lineside Shed as my first wood structure.
I appreciate any and all comments.