It's MONDAY 12-6-04, weekend modeling accomplishments!

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by TomPM, Dec 6, 2004.

  1. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    What a weekend! My daughter had here cheerleading competition on Saturday. We spent the entire morning and afternoon at the gym. In the end it was worth it. The Drexel Hill Raiders Midget Cheerleaders are the champions of the Midget Division. First time my daughter has been part of a championship. We also did a bunch of Christmas shopping. We stopped in Mitchell’s and I picked up some odds and end detail parts. I also got Woodland Scenics road building supplies. I know my wife got me a locomotive for Christmas. Not sure what it is but she told me that my son insisted that they try it out in the store before they bought it. The kids had their Christmas portraits done and they saw Santa.

    No modeling. There wasn’t any time. I did help my son set up the Lionel trains under the tree, however.
  2. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    I spent most of Saturday afternoon trying to wire up the layout (I'm starting to see what you guys like about DCC!) After I was halfway through (six hours) I found that I had more of a rat's nest than a wiring job so I riped it all out and started again. On Sunday I wired everything for the one cab, now I'm waiting for a friend to come over and help me with the soldering.
    I want to get the wiring done quickly since it's my least favorite thing so I can get back to modeling.
  3. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    I spent my modelling time working on freight cars. I had several partly finished and 4 Athearn blue boxes to build and add metal wheels and Kadees, as well as 3 Intermountain RTR tank cars to weather. Bought some Bragdon's weathering powder to try out - and found that it's better than chalk in some ways - it's actually adhesive, which is cool. It works well on wheels (over a coat of paint) and great on the trucks, but for the tank cars I prefer my original method - it looks more like metal when finished. My original method is to use ground conté stick (rust colour) and dry brush all over the tank car. Then I added streaks with alcohol/india ink mix, which looked too contrast-y, so a final all over wash of the alcohol mix. Turned out great! Will post photos later.

  4. trains1972

    trains1972 Member

    This weekend I did alot of work on my new layout. I started on some rock work on the mountian. Here is a picture of it.
  5. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    Well we started painting the office on the weekend, so didn't get as much done as I'd like (which is all for the good anyways, as a lot of the office stuff is currently in the crew lounge).

    I did find some time to continue work on the Bull Gap / Rim Rock Canyons of New Mexico, however. Still some more work to do (and need some more of that scenery cloth stuff whatever it's called), but it's coming together pretty good.

    Doubletrack Bridges over the Canyons
  6. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    I managed to make room in the living room for the X-mas tree, but this required taking the N scale layout down temporarily.
    I also did some ballasting in the HO yard.
    I may have to replace some track in the yard that have fiber ties. They didn't react well to the ballasting process and warped.
  7. billflis

    billflis New Member

    trains1972 ---- interesting photo. is that all done piece by peice?? hard to tell from the photo. looks like it could be real rock done pc by pc, or is it a foam look alike or something to that effect?

    i wish more guys posted photos so you could get ideas.

    also, as far as HO scale goes, what is the largest incline you can get by with and not effect your system? is there any general rule to follow?
  8. seanm

    seanm Member

    Finished removing the old layout. My old layout is now GONE!! I can now start the benchwork for the new.. Yeah!
  9. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Started klugeing together a new On30 loco.....lots of card stock mock ups, I like to design in three dimensions (or maybe that's "dementians"). I have to figure out how to apply power to the drivers, gear/belt/chain/rope?, it couldn't be rope......,and then determine what form of articulation I'll use. Also, added some detail to an HO, steam era, Clinchfield go with the Athearn Challenger.
  10. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    I put the finishing touches on a couple of buildings (bashed and scratched) and took a few photos. Here's a link to a gallery of pics I took:

    Here's the overall view. Since the last time I took photos I added a third yard track to the foreground yard, painted the Blue Diamond building (the brick and white one) and built the other four buildings.


    And yes, my garage is kind of a messy mayhem...
  11. trains1972

    trains1972 Member

    The way I did the mountian is by breaking ceiling tiles and putting them in pieces by piece cutting and shaping them to fit. It takes a long time to build but the look is worth it.
    Here is a closer pictures

    This picture was taken during the work on Saturday

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