Layout Update

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Mastiffdog, Jan 1, 2004.

  1. Mastiffdog

    Mastiffdog Member

    Well, I think I've got my 16 year old hooked, he decided that he wanted to work on the layout instead of going out with friends for New Year's Eve.

    Here is the first Mountain and Portal we've ever built... Gentlemen tell us if we are even close at our first shot at this, does the mountain look correct?

    We are clueless about scenery, we watched a video and read a couple books. Just slopping stuff on and guessing all the way. At least its fun. We had enough brains to mask all the track.

    DOG and DOG Jr.

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  2. Mastiffdog

    Mastiffdog Member

    Here's a few more shots displaying our award winning scenery!

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  3. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Hey Dog and Son.
    it sure looks like you are on the right track, er, method, er, idea.
    It just looks pure great.:wave: :wave: :thumb: :thumb:
  4. pttom

    pttom Member

    Looking good. Keep the pictures coming.
  5. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    According to your location on your id you are from Camarillo. Just look outside. If I remember Camarillo correctly, it is backed up by mountains to the East, and the Pacific Ocean to the West. Model your hometown scenery and you won't go wrong. By the way, your scenery looks great.
  6. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

  7. geep15

    geep15 New Member

    Looks good to me! Can't wait to see the finished product.

    :thumb: :D
  8. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Yep, thats okay doing it that way with what looks like the plaster gauze bandage called in the UK(Modrock). I don't myself use this anymore, (I Used to) I now use "Blue-hawk" undercoat plaster.
  9. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

  10. Mastiffdog

    Mastiffdog Member

    Here's some new shots. We were admonished by our geological superintendent on our portal blasting and were told to remove the overhanging rock:

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  11. Mastiffdog

    Mastiffdog Member

    I am not sure how smooth the coat of hydrocal should be before texturing, so we're just winging it. We also colored our plaster with household latex flat and some raw umber liquitex acrylic.

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  12. Mastiffdog

    Mastiffdog Member

    A few more looks of the beginnings of the "flatlands"

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  13. Mastiffdog

    Mastiffdog Member

    All experts please chime in, we need all the help we can get:

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  14. Mastiffdog

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  15. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    It is shaping up there.:wave: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  16. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hi Dog & Pup

    That`s the way I would do it. For your first attempt you look like a pro!!!! You make a good team, and that`s great .

    Don`t smooth it to much,, if you want rock outcrops in the Hill and falling land scape Now is the time to do it.
    Keep up the good work you to.:thumb:
  17. Anachron

    Anachron Member

    hehe im 19 and I stayed inside and worked on my layout til the clock was 6 in the mornin ;)

    wish I could show more people in my age how fantastic this hobby is :) :) :)

    I havent made any scenerey for my mountin yet so I will be watching this thread :)
  18. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    masking the tracks before applying the goop :thumb: - sounds like you have been doing this for years. Good looking start for your scenery. Adding color to the plaster - another veteran trick. are you sure you are just beginning?;) :) :) :thumb:
  19. Mastiffdog

    Mastiffdog Member

    I love to read and learn. I bought Dave Frarry's book that uses the water soluble methods. We also purchased a few videos to watch on scenery building. All I can tell you is to read, read and read. Also, find the best modeler at your local hobby shop, give them some business and listen - they'll tell you everything they know and then some. Find out if they are members of the local club too.

    We just stay as clean and organized as possible and pre-purchase the tools and suppliers we will need to do the job correctly. We researched Hydrocal. There are dozens of hydrocal products, but we found out that the correct one is "Hydrocal White". I am sure other stuff works well, but why tempt fate? We used Scultamold is certain places too. We also mixed in our latex flat into our plaster. 1/4 cup ice cold water, 1/4 cup latex color (1:1) and 2 cups plaster.

    Figure if we're gonna learn, we'll try to do it right. If we make some mistakes, we can always tear it out and try again. One thing we have learned is that scenery is more forgiving than track laying and wiring up the DCC.

    All best of all, we're having fun planning and building as we go along. It's a great father and son experience - one we can hold onto for life.

  20. Mastiffdog

    Mastiffdog Member

    Dog Jr. and I have been busy over the holidays...

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