Latest Layout Pics

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by msh, Apr 2, 2003.

  1. msh

    msh Member

  2. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hiya Michael, coming along real well, I see you made good use of the Pink foam

  3. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Hi Michael.
    Loved those pictures. You are doing a fantastic job there.
  4. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Looks like you have been making great progress! I forget now, what scale is this?
  5. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Nice! I like the mountains and that curved bridge. You're making great use of raodways on your layout among the structures too. Wish I'd planned mine out as well. Lots of road crossings add interest. Very cool! Neat web site organization too, btw!
  6. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Great website Michael. Enjoyed viewing your progress. Well done.
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Hi msh...

    Just a quick question... is the curved bridge a replacement for the matchstick trestle? And how did you make it?

    Ok, that's two questions...

    Thanks for sharing your work!

  8. msh

    msh Member

    Thanks guys... appreciate the support on the layout and the site itself.

    Tyson - still running HO

    Mason - that bridge has replaced the match-stick trestle (thanks for remembering) for two reasons. 1. the trestle is nearly 3" tall - too tall for the grade, and 2. it wasn't compatable with my idea to run a street through that area. SO....

    I snagged the two sides of the new bridge from my Son's el-cheapo LifeLike set we don't use any more. Since they were straight and the track curved, I had a dilemma. I solved it by drawing the shape of the curve on to a piece of 1/8" masonite and then cutting it out. Next I attached each side to the masonite using (of all things) staples and Elmer's. After everything dried I removed the excess staples and trimmed those that had to stay, sprayed it with a little flat brown paint, ran a sanding pad over it for fun and, voila! A curved bridge for about 17 cents. The abutment holding it up is a piece of foam sanded to shape and painted gray - probably needs more sanding.

    here's a closer look....

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  9. msh

    msh Member

    and another....

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  10. msh

    msh Member

    and another...

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  11. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Looking good.

    The curved bridge looks great and thanks for the narrative on how you did it.
  12. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    Thanks for the additional pictures. I have two (2!) places where I will require curved bridges - both on a grade too! Such are the limits of the 4x8 I guess.

    I will have to check for "garage sale" bridges that I can slice up - have never seen anything as cheap as $0.17 though... ;)


    Edit: Speaking of foam and sanding and so on, you can get nichrome wire from the LHS. It is the same wire that is in the WoodLand $cenic$ foam cutter (and others). The wire itself only costs a few dollars, and can be powered by an old transformer. You can rig up a cutter with scrap wood or even a coat hanger and some telephone wire. Plug it in turn it on, and smooth cuts in foam result.
  13. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Hi msh, love watchin your railroad unfold, and I love how you have it documented... very nicely done indeed! It's also good to know we can fax you cat in the train room if we have an urgent message for him. I'm sure he will move up to e-mail soon. :D :D :D
  14. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Making some good progress Michael, like the new bridge
  15. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    It sure is fun watching the layout progress on your website. You've done some great stuff there, and I especially like your roadwork technique. Keep up the great work!

    :D Val
  16. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Very nice Micheal.:)

    And a neat web page.

    Keep up the great work.
  17. msh

    msh Member

    Thanks again, Fellas.

    NOW - here are a few questions posed vis the attached picture.
    1) How can I get some fake water into my water tanks on the roof? It seems like it should be simple, but I'm not getting it.
    2) What would you suggest I put in the large, open area behind the packing facility? Lots of room there and I would like a bit more than just an open, grassy area.

    I will also add two more pics of the road progress - to follow this entry.

    Thanks again!

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  18. msh

    msh Member

    As promised, here is one of the two road completion project status pics. An over all shot. (notice the bridge is down!)

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  19. msh

    msh Member

    And here's one of my favorite part - the crossings.
    MAN this was a pain in the pa-tooty!

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  20. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Nice job on the grade crossings!

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