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

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

  1. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    Steve:wave:...WOW!!!...WOW!!!...FANTASTIC JOB!!!:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: that is really turning out AWESOME!:thumb: will there be water at the bottom? cant wait to see more pics! :D -Deano
  2. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Steve. I can only repeat myself: you are an artist. That is absolutely AWESOME. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: How long did it take to build this slope? I think I would need three months to do this and the result would never be as good as this. Anyway Merry Christmas and a happy new year
    to you and all my fellow Gaugers.
  3. Illus

    Illus Member

    That dropoff looks awesome, I can't wait to see it with color!!!
  4. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    Thank you everyone:) :) for the kind words!
    Deano...I don't plan on water at the bottom but I do see some type of scene to catch people's interest (just not sure what exactly) I have a few things in mind:thumb:
    Kurt....Thank you, my friend, for all you have said about my work. It means a lot to me:thumb: . To answer your question: I did this in about 3 evenings (total hrs: about 6). Sculptamold really makes it easy. It will take 4 or 5 days for the SM to dry in the thickest no painting for about a week.:cry: I have some more rock work to do and then I need to paint the bridge and finally connect the track back up:thumb:
    I want to run Deano's F-units sooooooooo badly, I can taste it!
    I have a question: What about the bridge color?
    Should I make the obvious choice and paint it black (dark, dark, gray) or choose some other color? I've noticed that some others paint them a brown color (Doctor Wayne's come to mind) and I've seen a few painted a dark green color that looks cool.
    If anyone has a preference or would like to make another suggestion, I would like to hear it.
    I hope everyone is having a great Christmas.....take care
  5. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

    That is going to look super cool when it is painted. Very nice indeed.
  6. 91rioja

    91rioja Member

    Looks great! I would leave it black and weathered.
  7. Illus

    Illus Member

    Like a B.A.S.E. jumping event gone bad???sign1 That would really test your detailing skills!!
  8. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

    Or you could do a bear raiding a camp site with some one hiding in a tent while yogi goes through the pic-a-nic basket. sign1
  9. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    Scene ideas - since it's at a lower elevation, perhaps something kids will really go for? (read: kids of all ages) How' bout a prospecting scene or old mine complete with mine entrance? Maybe a herd of Elk?

    That Burt still cracks me up...I gotta bookmark that post so that I can get back to it whenever I need a good laugh.

    As for the bridge color, did NP have a standard color? Careful, contacting the NP historical society may lead to more fun...

    And if I remember the plan correctly you can run the F units...out of the yard, up the hill, around the reversing section opposite the mine and back down the hill. Since you've got two, set em up end to end and you can just run around your train in the yard without having to turn 'em.

    Merry Christmas, btw.

  10. insinu8

    insinu8 Member

    curved bridges?!?!

    I wanted to finally join in the accolades for Steve and his layout. I've been watching this thread for several months now as I prepare to begin my first track layout. So many of the things you've worked out, asked about, puzzled over and gotten help with are on my mind as well. This last piece about the curved viaduct bridge finally pushed me to paroxysm and I had to post.

    Your progress gives me hope AND trepidation ;)

    Could I ask for a clarification on how you managed that curvature on the viaduct? My layout has a very similar curved bridge over water part, but it's an interior area. Did you somehow curve the sections? Are there small angled gaps between each? I've been trying to wrap my brain around that and it's driving me nuts!

    Cheers to you and all the others who have helped throughout your efforts. You've certainly given me a lot of enthusiasm and inspiration. I'm thankful that there is such a helpful and humorous community to interact with.
  11. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    Thanks guys
    And thank you cyclingshane73 and Dominic for a couple of scenes i never would have thought of!....LOL
    Galen: I like the mine/prospector idea:thumb: that I was thinking of was an old wrecked engine at the bottom....only partially visible (semi-buried through the years) ...a rusted hulk.
    insinu8: thank should have posted months ago:thumb: I/we don't bite...often.
    Before I answer your question....what is the radius of the curve you're talking about? Also, how long is the bridge going to be? A lot of what you can do or can't do depends on the answers to those questions. If you're not sure at this time...I be glad to help anyway I can!
  12. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Steve, rather than a rusted away engine, put a rusted car down there, maybe with some bullet holes from target practice
  13. insinu8

    insinu8 Member


    The curvature of my intended bridge is 22" as are all of my turns. Let me see what the length is 3 x 9" (more or less) bridge sections long. I was trying to post the picture of my layout on it's own thread to beg/borrow/steal some input, but it seems to have not worked somehow. I'll try again, but not on this thread.

    Thanks for the welcome, btw. I'm looking forward to the months & years of communal effort ;)
  14. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    I like the idea of a wrecked engine or car, it would make a great scene. As for the bridge color I back Galen’s idea to find out if NP had a standard color.
  15. Illus

    Illus Member

    ^^^ +1

    Maybe some remnants of the wood bridge & bents that the Girders replaced?
  16. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    Old logging roads would often cast off rusted out balloon stacks. They rusted away because of the water/ash interaction producing an acid that ate away the metal from not rusted out in the usual sense. Sounds like you've got plenty of good ideas.

    There are some neat mining parts in a detail set from Builders in Scale (now owned by CC Crow).

    Also check here for more info (if you haven't been there yet...a neat site)

    Happy modeling!

  17. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    Thanks for all the ideas everybody!
    In the mean time...
    I'm posting 2 pics of the places where the bridge will land:

    Scenery 430 small.jpg

    Scenery 436 small.jpg

    I will be painting the abutment in the 2nd pic concrete color.
    I have also decided to add some more real rocks to the entire scene and then I will need to add some more sculptamold to blend it all in. I just thought I was rushing through this and needed to slow down and add some more detail:oops:
    I have joined a NP modelers group on yahoo and I am waiting on an answer to my bridge color question....I have found a photo of a NP truss bridge and it was if all else fails, I will go with black and add a little weathering (much lighter than the other bridges on this layout)
    I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas!!:thumb:
  18. prodigy2k7

    prodigy2k7 Member

    i still dont know how u did all that....
  19. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    Tell us again how you affix your rocks to the scenic base?

  20. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Wow Steve! This is looking great! I can only hope my layout turns out as nice as yours is! Swing by my page, I just updated it

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