Blackfoot RC - Scale Park

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A small update.

The town site is coming together with a few shrubs, some bark and a gravel road. We also have in production a general store and gas station to finish it out. Well maybe a few more plantings and some cement work and then it will be complete. Complete until we decide to add more; like street lights, grave yard behind the church and other little details.


This area is kind of temporary as we will be continuing the rock and cement work, I like to call this Blue Rock Trail (for future referance). We kind of piled the rock in to look better for the big event rather than have it piled up some where else. We have also removed the hideous green carpet and stained the wood underneath.



A couple action shots won't hurt::2thumbs

For now this is it, we have done a few things since but I need to take pictures next time I'm out.

Cheers for now!
 

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Well I have some more to share and am super excited about it. Had I known it was this easy and quite fast to make natural looking rock formation from cement I would probably have half the park done by now. In an hour and a half and with six bags of mortar we created two large formations. I can hardly wait to break out the oxide dye!


Its a little hard to tell from the photos, kinda looks like giant grey blobs but the detail is outstanding. Im going to call these test blobs a great big success!!!
 

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Almost forgot this one.

A little mine shaft entrance. I will probably paint the cement tube black so it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb, also plan to stick some moss in to fill the cracks around the edges and who knows maybe a gate and some signage in the future as well.

Cheers!
 

tossedman

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Brendon that mine shaft is a good place for some of that G Scale railway track. Then you need a couple of beat up, wrecked mine cars.
 

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Alright, some more updates to the park have been completed.

More mortar work and then oxide dyes applied. I don't have pics of the second section of mortar work previous to the dye being applied but I can tell you I picked up mortar but not the same as the first batch. The first batch dried almost white in colour, no shrinking, cracking and we thought being white would take the oxides better; also cost twice the price per bag as the original batch. The second batch of mortar was less costly, drier a grey colour but we experienced some shrinkage and some cracking. The shrinkage and cracking may have been caused by us mixing it think and applying it thick and possibly cure to fast. Im no cement expert, its really just an experiment. We will try the second type of Type S mortar again just because of the cost and maybe apply it a little thinner, we shall see what happens!

In regards to the oxide dye and the difference between the two mortars. The white mortar didn't seem to accept the dye as well as the darker grey mortar but again this may be due to mixing the dye and how much it is watered down, we have many more projects to do so Im sure we will get better as we go. That being said for a first attempt we are pretty happy with the outcome.




 

MrCommaD

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Wow it?s coming along very nicely. I can?t wait to come back next year!!!


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Wow it’s coming along very nicely. I can’t wait to come back next year!!!


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It has been a pretty constant evolution this year and is coming along great! Should be lots of new trail and more detail by next year. I personally can't wait to see what you bring next year.

Cheers Dion!
 

klako

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Wow, this park is really getting finer and finer, you did a very good job with the mortar ! Keep up the updates ::2thumbs
 

ShopGTR

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WOW!!

Just read through this...sorry I missed it!

Great work. Great ideas. Looks like a blast to work and play on.
 

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WOW!!

Just read through this...sorry I missed it!

Great work. Great ideas. Looks like a blast to work and play on.

Thanks for the compliments. It is pretty fun to play and equally as fun to build. Only keeps getting better too!

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Too bad I'm deep in the heart of Texas otherwise I'd make the trek to this beautiful site.

Who knows you may find yourself here one day::2thumbs
 

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It's that time of the year again and we are back at it. We have been hard at it for the past month at the park and have made great progress on the general park area. We share a border to a Rocks and Logs trials bike park and the edge of our park is near their drop down area. It WAS piled with big timbers, tires and other items the use to build their courses. It WAS a huge eyesore. It has been cleaned up and makes our property much more presentable, win win!!

The 1/5 scale track is undergoing some improvements and new fencing, 1/10th/1/8th scale track is ready for curbing and has a temporary drivers stand. Getting there finally!

The scale park itself had suffered a loss over the winter of almost every shrub we planted due to the coldest and longest cold snap we have had in over forty years. Damn you mother nature!! Thankfully 2/3 of what we lost had warranty still.

Enough chatting; time for pictures!!

This will be a continuation on the badlands type theme of last years cement work and border the scale town site. We chose to use Roxul as backer underneath the stucco mesh to reduce the amount of mortar sinking into big voids. The stucco mesh is secured to the ground with large spike nails and washers. Part of what you can see here has already been cemented in, however the rest is covered in plastic and has been for a couple weeks. Damn you mother nature!! I'll take some phots as this progresses, maybe even a couple with the whole area, who knows?


And some rocks, BIG rocks, three dumptruck loads of BIG rock. These will be used mainly for retaining walls and mountainous scale back drop in areas and a trench or two :cool:

Anyhoo that's it for know; I'll be sure to keep you all posted!
 
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