Layout Progess

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Herc Driver, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Great Photo's.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  2. tverskaya

    tverskaya Member

    Hmm.. instead of having sand paper as track cleaner, why not mount a graphite dispenser (pencil) under the car (I believe I read about using that to clean tracks to improve electical conductivity)

  3. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    One of the most sensable track cleaner ideas I've heard of uses a soft cloth and TV tuner cleaner. I have not personally tried this on tracks, but I can attest that it works really well on the old clunk-clunk TV tuners. Mounting a pad under a car, spraying it with the cleaner and running it over your track should keep things running smoothly. It should still be available at any electronics supply house. The clunk-clunk TV tuners are long gone, but there are still mechanical switches that are cleaned using it.
  4. sputnik

    sputnik Member

    While I haven't inspected a Brite-Boy close-up, the Peco eraser type cleaner is made with material that isn't going to "dig in" like sand. I personally wouldn't use 600 grit even. Some people report success with metal polish, which smooths the rail well beyond 600 (and then occasionally clean it with a rag and solution like track cleaner, alcohol, TV tuner cleaner, or whatever you prefer or can get a hold of). If metal polish makes a difference, then it would seem to me that 600 still causes some issues.

    Besides, even one lap around my small tabletop layout, and that 600 grit will be more than used up, and need to be changed/adjusted, while a cloth/pad with solution will last longer before needing to be re-wetted or changed/adjusted. And, using any grit of sandpaper will still leave some dust/residue behind. While that can easily be wiped off if you use sandpaper by hand, it doesn't make for a good hands free cleaning system on the bottom of a car.

  5. 2-8-2

    2-8-2 Member

    Nice layout, indeed! :thumb:

    What brand of automobiles did you use? Those show suprising detail for N scale compared to the ones I've seen in person. Or does anyone else know maybe?
  6. nutz4trainz

    nutz4trainz New Member

    dude I am so glad to see someone use the ez track didn't know if anyone used it.I use ez track and power loc and also haveing tough time to get the ballest to stick ,thanks for the tip on the carpenters glue and great job on the layout.Pics of my layout to follow soon.
  7. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    For those who asked...

    The vehicles are mostly Atlas and Wiking, some bought very recently while others are over 20 years old. The Davidson Repair building is from Pike Stuff. Their kit went together really well. The only difficulty I had was cutting in new doors into the platic. Even with an Xacto knife, it still turned the color of the plastic from blue to white, which was easily solved with some light sanding with fine grit paper. The other buildings were bought over time, and already completed by others so I won't take credit for them. There is still a lot of road work to do to get them looking just right. And more ballast work to accomplish.

    More pics to follow.......
  8. tonphil1960

    tonphil1960 Member

    Very nice job Hurc, can you give us a track plan too??

    Tony :)
  9. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    I will work on getting a track plan on line...
  10. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Couple of pics

    Here's a few of some recent additions to the layout...

    Atlas Dash-8
    Kato BN SD70MAC
    Life Like Proto N GP60

    Actually, notice the detailing on the Life Like...compares well if not better to the new Atlas Dash 8-40B

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  11. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Just one more

    Atlas Dash 8-40B passing a BN Heritage Scheme SD70MAC

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  12. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Great Pictures.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  13. tonyevans

    tonyevans Member

    :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: Very Nice:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  14. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Just some pictures

    Passing coal train ties up traffic for a bit.

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  15. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Nice work Herc.

    One comment though, Carolina looks a lot cleaner than where I live. :D
  16. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Thanks. I'm working on getting rid of the "antiseptic" look of everything looking too clean and orderly. I've been noticing more of the tracks around my area and trying to incorporate what I can, the variation and least, that's the plan. :) Now, if I can just figure out how.........
  17. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Herc, the easiest/fastest way to get things looking slightly dirty is to use the old "India Ink and Rubbing Alcohol Wash" technique.

    The fellows up here use roughly 1ml of Ink for every 125 ml of alcohol. Also, they get the Dollar Store alcohol as it is not as strong as the drug store brands.

    Hope this helps.

    Edit: for the metrically challenged that would be 0.034 oz. to 4.2 oz. OR 0.1 oz. in 12.6 oz.
  18. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    I have heard about that technique but not the desired mixing quantities, thanks for the tip. Anyone have any pictures of the "before and after" using the ink/alcohol?

    I've noticed that here around the Charlotte, NC area, Norfolk Southern keeps the tracks and surrounding right of way pretty neat and tidy. The ballast is in good repair, there are no old tracks pieces or ties left about, not even too many areas of tall grass or overgrowth. I'm going to try to get this same "look" throughout my layout. Incidently, we see quite a number of "guest power" in and around the city. It's not unusual to see BNSF, CSX, UP, LN and others mixed up together pulling unit trains through Charlotte. Which is good since I've bought several engines from various RR's without really checking into what RR's operate around this local area. I guess sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.:thumb: Thanks again for the tip.

    Metrically and alphabetically challanged :D
  19. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

  20. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Just learned what you probably already know

    Yep...just proved it to myself...sometimes, less is more.

    I've been trying to figure out why the layout doesn't look right...and I finally figured out what you better experienced gaugers' already know. Take away pounds of lichen, too many trees, too many ground covers, and wouldn't ya know it - there's your layout. Simply put, I discovered that too much lichen is just too much (unless you're modeling kudzu here in the south which does in fact take over anything not moving too quickly). I had created a hill in the middle left of the layout with a saddle that was obliterated by too much greenery. Take it out and things seemed to improve. So I went around removing instead of adding. I'll go back now and add only what is needed to ease the transition from hill to grass.

    Suggestions? Critiques? This is my first layout and I'm still very much learning and will listen to the more experienced voices of reason.

    (Next on the list is to improve those roads...need lines, dirt, etc.)

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