New Desktop Layout

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by jesso, May 27, 2008.

  1. zachary

    zachary Member

    jesso nice work on the layout keep it up
  2. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    Neat. I like the Tehachapi like loop action.
  3. jesso

    jesso Member

    A little progress. I have put the wood paneling edge on the layout, and caulked it and drywall mudded it. I covered up the track with tape to hopefully protect it. I also roughed in where the tunnels will be. I sanded the mud and painted it honeycomb.


    I also raised the floor inside the one loop and have started to shape mountains.


    So far I am happy with it, will see how it goes.
  4. zachary

    zachary Member

    nice work jesso its lookin good
  5. ScratchyAngel

    ScratchyAngel Member

    Nice, much more ambitious than the first one. I'm looking forward to seeing more. Thanks for sharing!
  6. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    Can you elaborate on the wood paneling? So far, I've used sound board for my fascias and backdrops and have found that it won't bend much tighter than about a 16" radius. Yours looks like it would handle a much tighter curve.
  7. jesso

    jesso Member

    I found it at Lowe's. It is basically flooring strips that are 4'x4". They are less than a dollar a piece. I guess it is linoleum made to look like hard wood flooring. If bends really nicely and cuts fairly easily once it is scored and then use a hobby knife. Also it has a sticky backing so that helps to hold it in place while getting it nailed on and glued.


    The nicest thing is that it is almost the exact same color as the desk that I put it on.
  8. woodone

    woodone Member

    Looking Good!

    That is one find looking set up. Looks like a fun project.
    Keep us up to date wth more photos.
    BTW what is the weather like there in St George?
  9. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    And they let you have this at work..??

    Nice going....Can't wait to see it finished..!!!
  10. jesso

    jesso Member

    Ten years in now so they know that I get my work done, plus everytime an upset child is in the building they bring them in my office and they instantly quiet down and get fairly happy. Kids don't get to see trains in St. George, no tracks around here, so it is something new.

    Hit 100 today for I think the first time (this year seems to be the coolest that I have experienced here). However, all week is supposed to be over 100.
  11. nscaler711

    nscaler711 Member

    are you using flex-trac?
    or regular snap track?
  12. jesso

    jesso Member

    It is just regular snap-track, didn't want to chance it on my curves this time around. Maybe next layout.
  13. jesso

    jesso Member

    Just a small update. Covered the side hill with plaster and made quite a few rock castings. Seriously doubt that I will be able to use the large ones, but they might be good for painting practice.

  14. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Coming along well, looks super!!!!!!! :)
  15. mooreway

    mooreway Member


    Your layout looks great, glad to see it is progressing so nicely

  16. zachary

    zachary Member

    scott your layout is looking awesome
  17. redmans

    redmans New Member

    It is looking good!

    It is amazing how well these layouts take shape from humble beginnings.

    I've been inspired by your layout and it has helped getting mine underway.
  18. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    My compliments! You've made some great progress in such a little time and it looks great.
  19. jesso

    jesso Member

    Thanks everyone!

    I am experimenting a little here, I have never done this before, I am using strips of cardboard to form the underside of a mountain. I hope it works, anyone here done it this way. Any suggestions on doing it? I am planning on soaking small pieces of paper towels in plaster and covering up the hills. That is what I covered the outside of the hill with in the last pictures. Also, should I paint my tunnel portals before I put them on or do it when the mountains are all together. I am gluing black construction paper to the inside of the cardboard that is making the tunnels, haven't done that yet, but will sometime today. Any suggestions are appreciated.

  20. redmans

    redmans New Member

    The cardboard taped seems the way to go with shaping hills, that and using newspaper bunched up.

    With the plaster, I was going to use that plaster cloth that you put in water then stick on the layout. Sounds nice and easy.

    Not sure on some of the other things as I haven't got that far with mine.

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