Desert Mountains - N-Trak Module in progress

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Bikerdad, Nov 25, 2003.

  1. Bikerdad

    Bikerdad Member

    Attached are a few photos of my first MRR project, an N-Trak Mojave Desert module.

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  2. Bikerdad

    Bikerdad Member

    More mountain shots

    Here is a shot that focuses in on the main mountain. The only scenery work left on these is to remove all the loose sand, put down a dusting of very fine sand, and then put down some scattered scrub. Top it all of with a spray of clear matte sealer and bobs yer uncle!

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  3. Bikerdad

    Bikerdad Member

    Another shot of main mountain...

    Aerial view of main mountain. The scenery is plaster soaked paper towels over beercooler EPS foam. All the plaster was tinted with craft paints, and I put additional plaster where I felt it was needed. Additional washes of paint were applied.

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  4. Bikerdad

    Bikerdad Member

    Last one - Quarter view

    Here's a quarter view. I take no responsibility for any resulting neck-cricks that may attend viewing... :eek:

    Any feedback is appreciated...

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  5. Bikerdad

    Bikerdad Member

    musta stunned them all into silence... :rolleyes:
  6. TiVoPrince

    TiVoPrince New Member

    After the second picture, all I want to know is where are you planning to get a N scale cyote and roadrunner....

    Looks great, a lot like New Mexico along Interstate 10...
  7. Cinnibar

    Cinnibar Member


    Looks like good old AZ to me. Now all you need is some cacti and yuccas. Keep us updated!:)
  8. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    (Holding a big spoon full of mashed potatoes and looking at the mountain) This... This means something. :eek:


    Looks like a good start. Reminds me of the area around Grand Junction, CO. :thumb:

  9. Agatheron

    Agatheron Member

    Count on a fellow GenXer to come up with the Close Encounters Reference ;)

    I'm looking forward to this one taking shape!
  10. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

  11. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    An interesting module Bikerdad
    Looking forward to future steps.
  12. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member

    Great progress. Keep the pictures coming! :)
  13. Hoss

    Hoss Member

    Lookin' good!!

    I gotta admit...I'm scared to death of why my scenery is gonna look like when I get to that stage. I wish I could design my track plan, build the benchwork, put down the roadbed and then let someone else lay all my track and do all the scenery. My comfort level with tracklaying and doing scenery is not good. :rolleyes:
  14. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Nice!!! You've nailed the look of those rugged Southwestern mountains. I expect to see Leaphorn and Sgt. Chee drive by in their Navaho Police vehicles! (Tony Hillerman reference there....:) )
  15. Bikerdad

    Bikerdad Member

    Roadrunner & Coyote

    Thanks guys. The Roadrunner is out there, but unfortunately, between being N-Scale and my lack of experience with the borrowed camera, he's kinda hard to see. :D Coyote is impatiently waiting at the freight terminal in the next town up the line for the track to be laid, along with his latest shipment from Acme. :wave:

    I have all of my materials now, so tonite I hope to either a) get the scrub down, or b) put the roadbed and some track down.

    I think next I'll do a dry lake module. Take a sheet of Masonitetm, paint off-white, and lay track across it! Sometimes deserts have their advantages. String a bunch together, painted a light tan, and call it Saudi Arabia. (Gotta come up with camels for that one though...) :thumb:
  16. TiVoPrince

    TiVoPrince New Member


    Consider that crackle paint to make the cracked surface of the lake bed then another light coat to seal it.

    Would be VERY cool...

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