Don't laugh too hard...It's my first attempt!

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by Nazgul, Jan 31, 2006.

  1. Illus

    Illus Member

  2. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Looks good so far Steve, keep updating us, its been a while
  3. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    First of all..I knew that yardstick was going to get me in trouble!:D
    second...Steven, it only been 2 days since my last post! I know I talk a lot but it hasn't been that long:D However it's been a while for you...what you doing on your layout? Are you going with the last plan posted on your thread...I thought it looked great!!!!:thumb:

    Now to the viaduct:
    Since I now am going to have a small ravine that the bridge towers will land in, I think I will go back to the 4 sided version (modified for sloping ground)
    If my benchwork allows (that's a BIG if)

    My "simple" drawing shows what I'm talking about:
    Top drawing shows single support towers
    Bottom drawing shows modified 4 sided towers

    bridge supports.jpg

    Of course going to the 4 sided version requires more gluing (oh boy!) and some bashing to fit this tight area.
    So back to putting the towers together....see ya after the new year!!!!sign1
  4. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    I haven't even touched the layout. Not sure why though, because I do want to get it going soon
  5. 91rioja

    91rioja Member


    Your work continues to astound me! Everything looks great and I really like the new viaduct. Was that the 150' or 210' kit?

    You know, I haven't seen a wooden yardstick like that since I was in first grade; the music teacher used to have a pink one that she would pop the crap out of us with.

    Keep up the good work!
  6. fsm1000

    fsm1000 Member

    That's the type of yardstick I use to make my curves. I drill a hole every inch except near one end where I drill 3 holes close together to get half inch measurements. Put pencil in two holes and draw.
    Work wonders :)
  7. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    Great to hear from you. I hadn't seen a wooden yardstick in years either until I started this. I used one to layout my curves just as Stephen describes. To answer your question, this is the 210' version. Had I went with the shorter bridge, I could have made it without curving the girders, on as tight as a 18" radius.
    Wrestling all day today, working 12 hrs tomorrow...not much going to get done this weekend:cry:
    Have a good weekend everyone
  8. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    Forget everything I said in post #563:oops: My bench frame and river position won't allow the towers to be built like that (should have know better), so.....It's back to single sided supports:rolleyes: ...Don't worry, I may be slow but I'll get there:D
    On a positive note, I glued the bridge shoes on! Not bad for a week's work eh?
    Hope to get moving this weekend and then I'll post some pics:thumb:
  9. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    GREAT STEVE!!:thumb: cant wait to see some more progress pics!;)

    :D -Deano
  10. fsm1000

    fsm1000 Member

    Can't you just tap it in place with a ha,,er or sumthin' ? :D
    Might work you know :D LOL
  11. fsm1000

    fsm1000 Member

    OOps meant "hammer"
  12. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    Ahhh yes, THE HAMMER!...believe me, I was seriously thinking about using the hammer on this bridge:curse: but.....I think I finally have sorted things out:thumb:
    I got some work done:) today:
    The far end of the bridge in this pic will sit on "cement"
    Scenery 376 small.jpg

    While the near end in this pic will sit on a flat "natural rock formation"
    Scenery 368 small.jpg

    Also you will notice how I cut the center towers uneven to land on the non-existent sloping terrain.
    Scenery 373 small.jpg

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    Look Galen... BRIDGE SHOES!!:D
    Scenery 375 small.jpg

    I will post more pics as I go.....hope everyone is having a great weekend!:thumb:
  13. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    WOW!!!:eek: the bridge is coming along absolutely FANTASTIC!!!:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: i knew you would be able to pull it off without fail;). GREAT shots of the layout too Steve!!!:thumb: i am FLOORED every time i see your rock work, and river:thumb:. OUTSTANDING JOB STEVE!!!:D

    :D -Deano
  14. fsm1000

    fsm1000 Member

    Ah yes, floor to layout cement piling. SHould go over good with the misses LOL :D
  15. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    I wanted to make mention here of a recent addition to my "fleet" of engines (I only had one!) and boxcars. Many of you probably read Deano's (UP SD40-2) thread in the "photography, books, etc" forum and know about this...but for those of you that don't:
    In short, I did a desert background scene for Deano's new diorama as a thank you for all of the help he has given me on this layout (mostly through PM's and some IM's). A more detailed description and better pics can be found here:
    Deano's artistry, hard work, and generosity can not be over-stated.
    He received a desert scene for his diorama, I received two highly detailed dcc-sound equipped F-units and two beautifully weathered boxcars. Most importantly though...we both made a friend.....see, model railroading is LIFE!!:D
    Here are some pics I took:

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    Thank You DEANO:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb::thumb: :thumb: :thumb::thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  16. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    WOW, Steve, that curved viaduct is lookn AWSOME.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

    Great job on it.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  17. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    THANKS STEVE!!!:D glad your happy;), because I SURE AM!!!:thumb::D. BTW, your photography looks FANTASTIC!!!:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:, I...:cry: ...COULDNT...:cry: PROUDER!:D the last pic slap KNOCKS MY SOCKS OFF!:D i can see i am going to have to tie my shoes on tighter when viewing your pics nowtooth1, AGAIN GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY!!!:thumb:. THANK YOU my friend,

    :D -Deano
  18. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    You both do excellent work, and this was a great trade-off.

    Steve - that bridge is looking great in there. Look forward to seeing how you suport those legs hangin off the edge of the world though
  19. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    I got SHOES, you got SHOES, all God's bridges got SHOES!!...uh, I mean chilluns...

    YESS!!! The bridge and the locos look great! And kudos to Deano for using what looks like real black paint with a nice glossy sheen. What sort of sound system have you got there?

    As for the bridge pilings...nice choice to make them uneven. I bet that'll be some purty rock work beneath them. And it's especially nice the way it opens up the vista down the river and up toward the mine. Can you give us an overall shot of that end from a few feet away? Maybe when its further along.

    Again, great work! And a great expression of friendship and collegiality.

  20. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    WHOA! Galen, I THANK YOU! for the complements:D, but i DIDNT paint the whole F3, just the add on parts i put on it;). but still, THANK YOU!:D

    the F7 has an MRC brilliance sound decoder in it, the F3 has the NEW style MRC Brilliance sound decoder in it:thumb:. :D -Deano

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