kevin's layout party

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Model Railroading' started by nachoman, Feb 2, 2006.

  1. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    I want to complete the last remaining area of my layout showing any bare wood. I want to get the track hooked up to theturntable, and create a little scene here.


  2. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    here is some photos of the area I intend to complete. I need to somehow shoehorn a switch off the mainline, either by modifying a shinohara or makng my own. As you can see, this is the last part of bare wood on my tiny layout.


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  3. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Great looking layout, Kevin! :thumb: HOn3 I'm guessing?
  4. Technocrates

    Technocrates New Member

    Size wize, it looks very compact.
  5. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    VERY cool, Kevin!
    :thumb: :cool: :cool: :thumb:
  6. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    yes, that is HOn3. The overall size is 3'x6', but it is still plenty of laout in HOn3!!

  7. JAyers

    JAyers Member

    Issat hand laid track? Looks very nice.

  8. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    nope, it is all commercial code 70. i just followed malcom furlow's techique of painting each tie a different color. On a small layout like this, weathering each tie seperately doesn't take that long!!

  9. CNPhil

    CNPhil New Member

    " i just followed malcom furlow's techique of painting each tie a different color"

    Hello. I'm laying track on my new On30 layout and would like to paint it.
    I'm using foam for the landscape and roadbed so I can't use an aerosol paint.
    I would rather use a brush on anyway.
    Do you know where I can read about Malcom's technique?
    Is it in his HOn3 layout book? I have that if it is.
  10. JAyers

    JAyers Member


    please please show us more of that nifty turntable and the progress on it. Looks just like something I want to do in my grindstone quarry layout I'm going to build.

  11. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    Okay guys!

    first, the tie painting. This is from Furlow's "San Juan Central" from the early eighties MR, also sold as a book "HO narrow gauge layout you can build" I just mix a few colors of paint in film canisters until I think it is a good tie color. Observe real ties to see variations in brown, gray, and reddish brown. Mix 3-4 colors, and randomly paint ties with a small brush and have fun. for the rails, paint them first. you can either use a spray can or brushpaint them as well. If you look at the prototype, rail color also varies over the length of the rail. It definitely consumes time, but for small layouts, it is no biggie.

    And for the turntable, this is another idea borrowed from the san juan central. It is a cheapie atlas, 9" long. Not very useful for standard gauge because it is short, but is ideal for HOn3. I glued some wood strips between the rails using walther's GOO to cement the scratchbuilt bridge to. The bridge is entirely scratchbuilt using basswood, and the HOn3 rail attatched using PCB ties and either GOO or CA. I built it a few years ago and don't have photos of the construction.

    anyway, i am starting to feel recovered from this stupid strepp throat and may actually make progress tomorrrow! (before the super bowl)

  12. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Glad you're feeling better, Kevin...


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  13. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    ooh, I need to get going! between schoolwork and a new girlfriend I havent had much time! I've taken an old shinorhara turnout that had some warped ties and was out of gauge, and tried fixing it and modifying it with PCB ties. I still havent quite figured out how i can lay this turntable lead track. On such a small layout, squeezing in sidings and turnouts can be tricky!!

    photos coming tonight, hopefully.


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