First Pics of the layout I am working on

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by rsn48, Jul 19, 2003.

  1. rsn48

    rsn48 Member

    If this works, this should be my first pic of my layout I have ever shown in public. The photo was taken with an 18 Mil lens so the room is somewhat distorted in appearance. The back of the room looks about 4 feet wide, but is 7 feet wide. On the far right hand corner of the photo, you will see the wall starts juting in (for another 2 1/2 feet becoming 9 1/2 wide) into my nolix area.

    The idea of this photo is to show the Faller's backdrop I used, two different scenes that fits right into the BC landscape here in Canada, but of course, is really somewhere in Europe.

    In the bottom scene, I have the backdrop - on hardboard - standing out from the wall about 4 inches; on the top, the backdrop, still on hard board is attached to the walls directly.

    Also the L brackets you see on the wall jutting out are home made jobbies I did with rather thick MDF.

    So the layout pictured here is larger than it looks, but its still in a small room. The piece on the left that will house a reversing loop is 10 feet long; in the pic it looks about 6 feet long.


  2. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Nice looking layout Rick!:cool:
    The backdrop looks great!
    How is that upper-level benchwork supported?
  3. SD90

    SD90 Active Member

    Good looking layout so far Rick, I like to see other peoples progress on thier layouts! The backdrop looks real!
  4. rsn48

    rsn48 Member

    I made my own L brackets from MDF. If you look carefully you can see the bracket extending on down behind the backdrop. On the left side which will have a reversing loop as well, I will have one tall structure with a taller chimney which extends all the way to add support to that one area on the left; the remainder of the shelf layout needs no additional support.

    The L brackets were made with a band saw with a curve at the intersection to give them a little more support. I used a coffee can lid to provide the curve. So the L brackets are all one piece. The benchwork is all butt glued together with liquid nails and it makes it amazingly rigid without even being screwed in. In essence, I have a "floating" layout much like the floating floors you can buy that aren't attached to anything. MDF is so amazingly heavy that the benchwork top doesn't budge.

    I have all the benchwork done for the upper level but because I am starting to lay track, life is easier with it off. Also I have had a number of questions about my support system so I thought I would leave the upper level off so folks could take a look at it.
  5. Tileguy

    Tileguy Member

    Rick, Your everywhere ;)
    Still looks great:D
  6. SD90

    SD90 Active Member

    How are you going to light the first level Rick?
  7. rsn48

    rsn48 Member

    I have bought rope lighting that if "snaked" instead of put across in a line, gives good coverage....BUT....I am worried about heat (small room with people + lights = heat). So if heat becomes an issue with the rope lighting, I will replace it with flourescent lighting.
  8. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Looks great so far Rick. I like that backdrop. Rope lighting?? emmm. I am not to sure about that.
  9. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    That's looking real good Rick! :cool: :D :)
  10. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Hi Rick. I think I have 3 pieces of that Faller backdrop somewhere. ;)
    Went to a clinic on lighting and got specs for all sorts of bulbs that can be used. (well, I will when he sends me the handout).
    Incandescent bulbs are great in Canadian winters, where they supplement the heating system. Fluorescents give weird colour shades unless you get special ones that give off a larger percent of the spectrum.
  11. rsn48

    rsn48 Member

    There are now full specturm flourescents that work quite well and don't need to be compensated for in photography. A buddy of mine took these pics and he also took pics of a mutual friends of ours layout. The chap who owns the layout only lights with full specturm flourescents; no compensation was made for the lighting and the pics turned out fine (additional lighting still had to be added to boost the room lighting to get good pics however).
  12. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    It's good to see your progress Rick. Now I can finally see the backdrop you have been talking about. It looks great
  13. hemiadda2d

    hemiadda2d Member

    Awesome looking backdrop! I only WISH mine looked that good! Great progress on the layout!!
  14. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

    Shitzei! I only see an "X" do you have another link to it?
  15. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Rick. All I see is the dreaded X also
  16. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    It is unfortunate that Railimages has closed down so Ricks and many of my photos will not show. Trainboard is hoping to fix the problem as soon as they can.

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