Desfiladeiro do Vale do Sol

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by nalmeida, Nov 15, 2003.

  1. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    Hi there, my name is Nelson Almeida, 28 yo, and I've been reading this forum for almost 6 month, I started a N scale layout a year ago but only recently I bought a good digital camera so I tought it was time to share my work with rest of you. I live in Lisbon, Portugal (that little and sunny place in south Europe) and since this was my first layout I didn't go for historical accuracy, despite that I tried to model a central Europe railroad somewhere around the eighties. I live in an appartment so space IS a problem, that was one of the reasons I went for N scale and the size of the layout is 60*120 cm (24*48 inch), one of the objectives is to put as much variety as possible without "overpopulating" the layout, to start this first photo is an overview of the layout, I added recently a new branch that goes to a coal mine facility. (Sorry about the quality but I had to shrunk the photos to fit in The Gauge requirements)

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  2. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    This is one of the areas that is almost finished, it still misses a name thought (It's a shame that we can't post pictures with more quality :(

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  3. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    A closeup of the area above

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  4. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    On this one I need some advice, I built this bridge of a Vollmer kit, as you can see it's a blue colour that doesn't seem very real, what colour should I use to make it look real? I think weathering n scale bits is the most challenging and sometimes frustrating part of the hobby, I mean the bits and surfaces are so small that most of the times the washes and the drybrushing don't have any effect on them :(

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  5. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    Well this is the last one for now, are these little people so occupied that they can't see the ufo aproaching? then again it may just be the lenses of the digicam :)

    Oh, I forgott to add, I'm a big admirer of Robin's scratch&batch work, and more amazing it's the scale he uses, I mean I even have dificulties assembling a n scale kit let alone make it from scratch. Cheers also to Shamus wich work must be considered art for sure, Val's work also stand from the rest and her's website is really great. Finally thanks to eveyone who contributes to this forum for the inspiration I gathered here.

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  6. rguyett

    rguyett Member

    welcome to the gauge. Your layout looks good and is coming along nicely and I enjoyed the pics. keep us posted as you progress we sure like to be kept updated.
    Yes you mentioned a few of the really true artists on this site and i also admire their work and craftmanship
  7. TR-Flyer

    TR-Flyer Member

    Hi Nalmeida:

    Welcome to the posting/public side of the gauge. Enjoyed seeing your work and look forward to seeing more as the coming months go by. Don't know about European standards, but most steel bridges in the U.S. are black, gray or a charcoal color.

    BTW, it's probably a good thing the LPBs don't notice the UFOs, if they did, they'd probably notice us and then they'd REALLY freak!

  8. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member

    Welcome to the gauge!

    Your layout is really coming out nicely! You are right in that the first pictures don't seem to do it enough justice! I am glad you included that closeup! Very cool indeed!
  9. Cinnibar

    Cinnibar Member

    Great looking little railroad! Looks like you are off to a good start. Nice pictures............lots of color. Have fun!!! and keep us updated.
  10. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Neat pics! I have GOT to get a digital camera! Any way, you layout is coming along nicely. I like your backdrop painting.
  11. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Hi Nelson, your layout is looking very nice! Please keep posting as you progress. BTW welcome to the Gauge!
  12. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Bonito! (the only Portuguese work I know :D :D :D ) Welcome to the gauge! You may know we have at least 4 Portuguese modelers here, including yourself. Thankyou for sharing your wonderful work!!!
  13. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Welcome aboard Nelson!
    The layout looks FANTASTIC!!
    :cool: :) :) :cool:
  14. Xaniel

    Xaniel Member

    howdy-ohhh! Anoter portuguese modeller! Great. N Scale!!! Even more great. 2x4 foot layout? this is getting better.

    Great layout, it's pretty colored!

    3 things to ask:
    - Rolling stock? what do you have?
    - From what part of lisbon are you? (I live next Parque das Nações)
    - How did you find The Gauge?

    Welcome!!! Please keep us posted!!!
  15. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    First of all thanks to everyone for the positive feedback. As to questions made by Daniel, well, since I started in this hobby only a year ago I only have one loco, it's a diesel one from the series V200 from Deutsche Bundesbahn (DB) painted in the beige/blue scheme. I also have a mix of freight cars and a fuel one. I would like to buy a Rail Bus from Fleishman (74000) for passenger transport since this is a small layout, but it'll have to wait since prices are very high.
    As for the second question, I really live a bit north of Lisbon in Castanheira do Ribatejo but I work in Olivais very near Parque das Nações, I commute in Gare do Oriente.
    Finally I found The Gauge trough a search in Google and I found it to be the reference in the web for railroad modelers.
    Some previous photos from the layout can be found here:
  16. Congratulations on your layout, Nelson.

    Apesar de eu não trabalhar com a escala N, gosto muito de ver os modelos e de ver o que se faz nessa escala.

    Com que então, Olivais?

    Conheces o ISEL? Eu trabalho cá dentro no Núcleo de Modelismo. Talvez um dia destes possas aparecer para a gente conversar um bocadinho....

    And now, before our friends from The-Gauge say I'm speaking in a language they don't understand...:D

    Despite I don't work with N Scale, I enjoy very much watching the models and everything done in that scale.

    So, Olivais?
    Do ypu know ISEL? I work there, in Nucleo de Modelismo. Maybe one of this days you can drop by for a little chat...
  17. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Very Nice!

    That is an excellent piece of work, Nelson! Thumbs up to you! [​IMG]

    I would recommend painting the bridge a "light" black (add a very small bit of flat white) colour, and then give it a rusty drybrushing. The "light" black allows for better viewing of details, and easier photography.

    Keep in mind...I'm no expert. :)
  18. Xaniel

    Xaniel Member

    Hey Nelson, passo lá todas as semanas... A minha namorada mora no Carregado :) e costumo ir por Estrada Nacional.

    How about some pics of your rolling stock? I would like to see them.

    You can see my site at :

    There's some pics of my layout...

  19. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    Some more pics

    Hi there, I've taken some more photos, but first of all:

    Ricardo: Of course I would like to visit your "nucleo" maybe we can arrange a date that serves both, I work in "2ª Divisão da PSP" from 9 to 5 so during this period would be great.

    Daniel: I liked the pics in your site, I think later I'll ask for some tips on weathering track.

    Lighthorseman: At least two persons saw the question, thanks a lot for your advice, I'll give it a try.

    So let's start first with the trackplan:

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  20. nalmeida

    nalmeida Member

    The Loco

    As for rolling stock this is my only loco in the present, it's from Roco and is the V200 from DB.

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