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

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

  1. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Hi...Some of you may have seen pics of my mine (El Diablo). It's a three spur affair. One for the tipple that'll hold a couple of regular hoppers or 4-5 little ore cars; another to hold empties to be moved to the tipple once the tipple's empties have been filled; and a third to hold the ones filled & ready to ship out. The third track will have a little platform to unload the once-in-a-while boxcar that brings supplies to the mine.
    It's in approximately 8 square feet of real estate.

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  2. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    After my long post, here's a shorter one. Say Steve, what are your thoughts on all this? Are you leaning towards larger or smaller, changing configuration of your tracks, prototypical or representational, or what?

    btw Gus, cool mine.
  3. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    Thank you everybody for the input and thanks Gus, for the awesome pics!!!:thumb::thumb::thumb:

    What are my thoughts???
    In the end I decided to go smaller than the mine I currently have....but keep the look of it. I am doing the "turtle creek coal" kitbash from MRR:
    Model Railroader Magazine - Model Railroading, Trains, Track Plans - A coal mine and details for the Turtle Creek Central

    Model Railroader Magazine - Model Railroading, Trains, Track Plans - Turtle Creek coal mine video

    I will keep the three tracks but only two will be going under the mine. This should open things up a little and look a little more convincing. It should also allow for more scenic details around that area.

    While I've been thinking...I have been working on finishing one of the stores I put together a long while needed window treatments, signage, and a wood deck out front:

    I cut and glued pieces of a manila folder for the shades (white paper for the store front shades):

    next I used ribbon for curtains:


    I used wooden coffee stirrers with an ink-wash for the planks on the deck:

    follow this link to the finished pics:

    I made the signage on the pc (except for the "open" sign...came with the kit)
    ..........There ya go!

    I am waiting for the back issue of MRR that has the mine kitbash in it...when it arrives, I will get started.:thumb:

    Take care:wave:
  4. fsm1000

    fsm1000 Member

    I think I am going to blatantly steal your idea here Steve. :D Very nice work there. :)
  5. RonP

    RonP Member of the WMRC

    Holy crap it took a week and a few fights with the ol lady about how long i was on the pc for but i read the whole layout story you have here.

    I hope to have the assistance you have received over the last year and a half. I will use many of the idea's you and your assist ors provided here thank you very much.

    Actually sometimes i felt sick at how much work you have got done and realized that a camera to provide updates to the layout fans is an integral part of procuring such a thread. I will purchase a new camera ASAP (my son threw my last one in with the dishes).

    Anyways great work and thank you for all the entertainment.
  6. thumsup

    thumsup Member

    :flush1: Dude, sorry to hear of your camera's demise. After working for Canon U.S.A. as a camera repair tech. I do feel your pain.. May it rest in peace.

    :thumb: Joe
  7. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Was it dirty..??? :mrgreen:

    This thread is a treasure trove for beginners and old hands alike. I've been keeping an eye on it since Steve started it...there's a world of good ideas and it's an inspiration to many of us "all-thumbs" guys.

    This is one guy (among many others here) that you gotta take your hat off for. :thumb:
  8. RonP

    RonP Member of the WMRC

    My hat is definatly off to Nazgul. After the first 5 pages the wife said "Are yoiu going to watch this movie with me or what?" when i didn't reply she came over to see what i was doing. I had the same look on my face that whole time :eek:
  9. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    Stop it guys! You're embarrassing...............somebody:gaptooth:

    Seriously though, it is nice that we can all learn and share together. I haven't done much that is "new" here, but I can tell you that I have spent hours and hours reading and looking at hundreds of threads on the Gauge and hundreds of sites online for "how to's" and ideas:winker:.

    I needed the issue of MRR with the coal mine kitbash (couldn't read the measurements online)...just got it, so I will be starting it soon:thumb:

    I have finished the other store I made....a couple of pics:
    The last pic is both structures

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  10. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    2 buildings and he's doing the fancy lacy curtains already! OK, Steve, how did you do it?
    (The ribbon is a nice tip - I've now got a bunch of apartments to re-do.)
  11. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    The boards on the sidewalks are an excellent addition! I can hear footsteps cathunking along with the occasional plank creaking.

    Are you planning for interior lighting?
  12. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    Fantastic Job!!!

    Steve:wav: , WOW!!!:eeki::eeki::eeki: TOTALLY AWESOME JOB on "Kurt's General Store"!!!:thumb::thumb::thumb: EVERYTHING LOOKS FANTASTIC ON IT!:winki::mrgreen: , the weathering, window shades, planks, and signs in the windows(the Indian one is my favorite:winki::mrgreen: ). WELL DONE, MY friend, WELL DONE!:bravo:
    :deano: -Deano
  13. thumsup

    thumsup Member

    :confused: Steamhead, the camera or the fight?:rolleyes:

    :thumb: joe
  14. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    Thanks guys:thumb:
    Gus...MY hat is off to you and all of the awesome work that YOU do!:thumb:
    Galen...the kits came with lights but I don't have plans to use them:oops:
    Deano...thank you!...the sign is a mailpouch tobacco sign

    If you mean, and I'm sure you do, the curtains in the upper left window...they are a pic supplied with the kit, one of many on a printed page of window treatments and interior be honest, they are the only ones I liked on the entire page.
    photos 059 small.jpg

    The other curtains are cut from a cheap white paper napkin (the kind that are folded in half and then half again) When unfolded, they have texture and a semi see-thru quality........alright, they're CHEAP!:twisted:
    photos 068 cropped small.jpg

    photos 068cropped 2.jpg

    It was an experiment...:winker:

    Had to work all day today, so nothing got done:cry:
    I will try and start the mine this week...hopefully
    take care:wave:
  15. fsm1000

    fsm1000 Member

    I continue to be impressed. What else can I say :)
  16. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    Um...technical question, so delete this post after you answer it, if you want. How come you got the three photos embedded in the message as well as three 'attached thumbnails' at the end (but before your signature)?
  17. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    Galen... I up-loaded pics directly from my pc. I used the paper-clip icon to insert the attachments into the reply where I wanted them. I previewed the post and all looked well. After posting, I looked at it again and it looked fine, but...the next day, the thumbnails appeared. This happened when the Gauge first changed months ago and I haven't tried it since. Apparently the problem persists...i used to do it this way all the time but now it won't work. This only happens when I up-load DIRECTLY from my pc. If anyone knows what the problem is or what I'm doing wrong, let me know.

    I have started to cut and sand the parts for the Mine kit-bash...will post when there's something to see:winker:

    Take care:wave:
  18. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    Steve:wav: , the OLD way we used to upload pics to a POST was to click on the paperclip to upload it, then we would click on the paper clip AGAIN, and click on the attachment to put it in the post:winki: , NOW, just do the same as before, but DON'T click on the paperclip to finalize putting it in the post, now after you upload the pic, it automatically goes to the bottom of the post:winki: . i Hope that helps:smilie: .
    :deano: -Deano
  19. ocalicreek

    ocalicreek Member

    Steve, sounds like you're doing it just the way I have been. I too upload directly from the pc using the paperclip to pull up the upload menu. SO I'm not sure what the difference is. Looking forward to the mine shots, but no hurry, take your time and enjoy it!
  20. 91rioja

    91rioja Member

    Only a few pages to catch up on. . . .


    Glad to see that you are back at it again. Nice idea on the NRV Mine. I too got a second kit to work with. You are, as usual, doing great work. Keep it up.

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