NTrak module 98% complete - phew!

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Bill Pontin, Jan 20, 2004.

  1. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    It has been hard finding the time to complete my new module for the upcoming Winterfest 04 show. So much holiday stuff had to be done first, well at least in the family's agenda it came first. Last big item is purchasing the plexi glass face. Cannot decide if I should go with the required Lexan for public viewing safety or 1/4" thick Lucite plastic. A 24" x 22" piece of Lucite is very flimsy and I think the 1/4" Lucite would be a lot more rigid and provide just as much public safety. Here is a front view of the module.

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  2. Bill Pontin

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    Back view. Cut in tunnel access openings in the skyboard and provided myself with a little work surface. Should point out that the work surface is actually the cover to provide protection for the module when I move it. You can see the hinge halves on both the module skyboard top and lower edge of table surface. I just pull the hinge pins and the "L" shaped masonite cover comes off and forms the support table.

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  3. Bill Pontin

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    My electrical drops are in place and the chinch connectors are set to go. Do have to final check the wiring, should be okay, the wide pins are all on the forward rails. Find that a terminal block makes things much easier to correct wiring errors and to trouble shoot problems.

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  4. Bill Pontin

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    Had my step-son paint the skyboard with the continuing mountains. He's the artist in the family and he added so much to the depth of the module

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  5. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    few close up of some of the details, lots of eye candy. Think this group is waiting for the next east bound freight

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  6. Bill Pontin

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    here is the abandoned mine and cabin. The sow bear and her cub are watching some canoeist on the river bank below them. Also is the one on the mountain trail about to run into a mule train. The mine "Notchurs Mine"

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  7. Bill Pontin

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    I messed up in pouring the enviortex water. Tried to put some ripples in the mixture to simulate a current, but I started playing with the pour too late. The marks from the tool stayed in place with the edges remaining sharp. I was up to maximum on the pour height so adding an additional layer was out of the question. Forgot about the adage "Fudge with something long enough you'll break it". Used some of the Woodland scenics "Water effects" and filled in the bad areas and also provided a wave crest to show a current. Just dry brushed the high points with some acrylic white. I think it's passable.

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  8. Bill Pontin

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    The darn speeder station. Thought I was good to go on this area. A fellow club member asked me about my tunnel clearances. He loves to run long stackables loads and has had problems on other people's modules with height clearances. I borrowed one of his stackables to double check my heights, even though I made them higher than the required minimum standards. Since the tunnel entrances were on curved sections of rail thought it best to check. No problem, plenty of height and side clearances. Good thing I did check a problem came with the speeder car and it's lead in rails. The husky stack car was so long and so low that on the slight curve it hit the parked speeder and bottomed out on the lead in rails. Quick fix, unglue the speeder and move it back further into the shed and dremel grind down the speeder lead in rails. Think its set-to-go now. Bought a package of the new Woodland scenics checker player figures, fantastic detailing. They do not show up in this picture but they are on the front porch, guess the work day is over.

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  9. Secret Weapon

    Secret Weapon Member

    Very nice work!!!!!!!!!!:thumb:
  10. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    I put a small mirror on the gorge to give it depth and an endless look. Don't know if it shows up that well in this pic.

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  11. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Your step-son is a very talented artist but so are you Bill! :cool: The module is totally stunning! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: Your engineering also amazes me. Congrats on an outstanding job! :)
  12. Hoss

    Hoss Member

    Very nice work. I only hope that I can do such a good job of modeling scenery some day. :thumb:
  13. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    On the last picture, the dead tree fall hides the mirror edge and my artist son extented the background scenery onto the mirror further hiding the edge.

    Well that's about where it is now, just have to figure out the plastic facing and maybe fudge the scenery some marry this module to my other ones to give a continuous look.
  14. pttom

    pttom Member

    Very nice, I like all the detailing you've done.
  15. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Fantastic work...:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  16. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    That is VERY impressive modeling, Bill!:eek: :cool: :thumb:
    The rockwork & water look FANTASTIC!!
    :cool: :thumb: :thumb: :cool:

    p.s. The module looks like it might be fairly heavy...?
  17. Jim Cullen

    Jim Cullen Member

    Great work and the attention to detail really shows. Excellent! Color of the rocks looks just right; what was your technique? Jim
  18. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    Superb modelling Bill and excellent photography.
    Truly a delight to behold! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
    The rocks are absolutely terrific as are the small details.

  19. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    That's beautiful work Bill!
  20. jmarksbery

    jmarksbery Active Member

    A fine job if I may say so. Luv it.
    :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

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