Yesterday we accomplished alot on the tree. Here you can see Brian finishishing up the bark texture.
Now we’ll let it sit so the cement can setup. We’ll then begin sculpting the knots and and putting the finishing touches on this part of the sign.
Stage 1 complete!
Painting and Finishing is so much fun. this is where we get to see the work come alive. Brian and Mark have primed everything and have some extreme painting to do…
Railroad Ties: Insanity has set in – we decided to paint everything as if our faces were pressed against the sign – here is a single railroad tie – only 47 to go!.
Brian used several layers and faux painting techniques to create the wood color, the steel of the rail bracket and the rust.
Terrain and Rails: Once the ties were worked out it was on to the large terrain pieces, the rails and the letters. It’s really coming together!
The Engine: We knew from the beginning that this would be the most important element of the sign – the WOW factor. So after assembly Brian spent a considerable amount of time testing different finishes to come up with the perfect “black steel” look of the train.
After doing more intense painting techniques and aging the steel Brian began adding the little details to really make this engine come alive. Here you can see him adding brass and steel bars.
So here is engine #1 ready to go into final assembly.