Las Cruces & Portales Update

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by steamhead, Jan 7, 2007.

  1. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Ok guys,

    Here's a few pics of what's been keeping me busy the last couple of weeks. The're from the line leading from the main yard up to the El Diablo mine, crossing over the line to Portales. It's about a 3.2% grade which I thought might be a bit much but my 2 "road" engines (B'mann 4-8-2 & 2-8-0) handle it without breaking a sweat...

    For starters, some pics of "fleshing" out the area from the mine level to the lower level.

    As always, comments & suggestions are welcome...!!!announce1

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  2. joesho

    joesho Member


    nice work keep up the progress :D:thumb: :thumb: :D wow that scenery is awsomejawdrop bounce7
  3. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    That's foam covered with cast plaster cloth and Sculptamold on top. The bridge will span the cut over the line to Portales.

    More pics...

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  4. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    And lastly...a pic with a different perspective. It was taken by my son (who appropriated my camera, so I got a new one and have yet to get the hang of it...)sign1

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  5. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Another "perspective" pic that didn't fit in the previous post...

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  6. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Wow! Lots of construction and some pretty spectacular looking scenery, too.:D It looks like you've got a pretty fair-size layout there, Gus, and on some very solid-looking benchwork. I look forward to seeing more as you progress. :thumb: :thumb:

  7. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Thanks guys, you're too kind.

    The benchwork is sturdy enough to stand on. I'm a carpenter by nature so I do as much of it as I can...The layout is approx. 14' x 17' around the walls with a peninsula in the center (yet to be built).sign1
  8. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Gus, I envy you for your layout space and your trackplan :) . And you are doing a great job on your scenery. I hope you keep on posting pics of the progress you make.
  9. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Thanks guys...I'm flattered that the likes of you fellas should think I'm doing something worthwhile. Thanks again.:D
  10. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: from the bench-work up...everything about your work is top notch!:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
    I love the bridge...sure beats my Atlas truss:D
    I also like the way you carve the foam to make joints:thumb: ....never thought of that.
    Question: in the pic where the carving is green...what am I looking at? Is that the foam painted to allow the plaster/sculptamold to adhere to it? I ask because it looks like modeling clay. However you did it...the end result is AWESOME!!!
    What are you using to color the mountains?
    Final thoughts......
    announce1 Don't make us wait so long to see your great work!:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  11. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    Gus:wave:, WOW!!! that is REALLY LOOKING GREAT!!!:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: i am GLAD you posted the pics!:D i cant wait to see more of your layout;). THANKS!:D -Deano
  12. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I'm going to take a wild guess that the green foam is the stuff that florists use.
  13. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member


    Thanks for your comments. Russ hit the nail on the head...!!! Since I needed some big blocks to build up that part of the mountain, it was the only thing I could find, and I'm glad I did...!!! That stuff carves like butter and takes the plaster/Sculptamold without any problem, but it will require a couple of coats to prevent it from getting nicked too easily.

    Steve, I paint the scenery with diluted craft paints from WM or Michaels.

    Thanks again guys.:thumb:
  14. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Gus, this is looking pretty darn cool. Making some nice progress, and I like the scenery a lot too. Come check my page out in my sig
  15. EngineerKyle

    EngineerKyle Member

    Good idea on the florist foam... looks GREAT.
  16. Beautiful work and like how you illustrated how you made the various levels of scenery.

  17. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member


    Jeff - Thanks for visiting and your comments.
    Steve - Checked out your latest progress on your layout...It's coming along real good- Keep it up & post pics as you go along.
    Kyle - Glad you dropped in...Saw your switching video the other day...Cool...!!

    Here a link to my track plan, courtesy of Steve (Nazgul):
  18. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Wow!!! Really nice. That backdrop is great too.
  19. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Thanks Herc. Been meaning to ask...Has anybody used the Atlas backdrops? If so, how'd you like them?

    The one you see in the photos is one my ol' man had (I think he had the whole "series" of the forest). I've been thinking of maybe using the southwest series.

    Any info out there...???

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