OK... I Admit It.... I'm Cheating.

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Cannonball, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    I suppose some might have been wondering what was up with all my questions about Western buildings and N scale people.

    Had a garage sale a few weeks ago and got rid of a bunch of old stuff. Sold off a bunch of old speakers, power amps and a mixing board that I wasn't using and got a really nice check as a result.

    Since I had that Athearn passenger set lying around from the fiasco with my buddy, guess where the money went?


    Wife told me I had to go smaller this time than the 3x6 Scenic Ridge. :(

    Spent more money but we came to a compromise and I landed an unpainted Terrains for Trains layout from Product Zoo/ American Plastics and a track pack with remote switches on the way. 2-1/2 x 4 ft. If I go any smaller I'll have a 2x3 loop.... :rolleyes:

    Here's pics of the layout sans paint and track plus a few of the buildings in various states of completion.

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  2. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    Cannonball:wav: , i wouldn't really call that cheating, you will be adding your own touches to it:winki: . the IMPORTANT THING IS, at least its a size that your wife can live with, and hey, YOUR MODEL RRING AGAIN!:thumb::mrgreen: .
  3. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Cheating??? LOL so what if you have your benchwork "out of the box" :) :D :) We want to see what you do with it now.. :) :)

    Take pics as you go along! We'll be watching and waiting :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  4. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Sorry,but,I gotta say it or bust..sign1

    What a ugly looking brown!!! :eek:
  5. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    I will be.
    Not sure how often I will get in to post them but I will keep a running log on my computer to update when I get the chance.

    My buildings are about 1/2 done and I've got several trees already made. Woodland Scenic pigment has been bought for dying the mountains along with two shades of rough turf and bushes. I'm thinking about getting some tunnel portals to put over the molded ones just for a little more realism.

    There's also a container of ballast waiting for some track to go on. If there's one part of this I"m not looking forward to, it's the track ballasting.

    I need to figure out a good way to do dirt roads.....
  6. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    Kinda looks like poop, doesn't it?
  7. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Makes you want to get going on it really quick so you can cover it up.peasoup
  8. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Anything that gets a model railroad going is OK by me! :)
  9. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

  10. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    I'm pretty sure that's what they based it on. :D
  11. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    It's a great track plan. Look forward to see what you do with it!
  12. BobGui

    BobGui New Member

    That color is going to leave a lasting impression on my retina's for the next little while yet. Takes me back 15 years ago to when my son was in diapers.

    Neat design but got a question as I'm not familiar with these types of bases. Is the back or bottom of the layout left open for access or how do you lay the track? Also, what is it made out of. Looks like plastic but could just be the color.
  13. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    It's made from polystyrene.
    There is a separate piece on the inside that is molded with the inclines and there are openings in the back to have access in case of derailments or crashes.

    Here is the website of the manufacturer: http://www.terrainfortrains.com
  14. jesso

    jesso Member

    2 or 3 bottles of honeycomb will cure that wonderful color of layout.
  15. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    Jeeze, guys!
    Don't worry! It's going to get painted! sign1

    On a sadder note, I paid an extra 35 dollars to have the guy build my trestle bridge and UPS destroyed it. I tried to take it apart and rebuild it from scratch but only broke more pieces and made matters worse. I'd call the guy about a refund but we would never get a claim out of UPS now that I tinkered with it. :(

    I think I'm going to get a couple more truss bridges and hook them together. The two that were sent for the front of the layout just fit the span over the back canyon where the trestle bridge would go. The supports from the trestle bridge look enough like steel girders that I can paint them and use them for supports on the truss bridges.
  16. BobGui

    BobGui New Member

    Just got back from that site. All I can say is "neat". Sorry to hear about the trestlebut part of the fun is making things work when stuff goes wrong.

    Keep us up to date with pictures please and thanks.
  17. Hoghead

    Hoghead Member

    You did better than me, I bought the one already painted! The one thing I did find with it is that you can spend more time detailing it. I have had mine for the last 5 years. I plan on selling it on EBay soon though. I model the DRG&W and my fleets of freight cars and engines has grown so I plan on building a larger layout to accomodate the larger trains.
  18. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    When you got yours, how well did the inside tray line up?
    I suppose being already painted they had trimmed up everything nice and neat but the unpainted one is going to take some work.
  19. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    First coat of paint on the limestone in the mountains.
    It's a mix of Yellow Ocher and Burnt Umber.
    Once it's dry, I'll hit it with a coat of flat clear.
    I have a darker shade of mostly Burnt Umber with a touch of Yellow Ocher I pre-mixed and thinned down to rub into the cracks and crevices for weathering and more natural earthy tones.

    The great thing about the painting part is I can slap it pretty much anywhere and know it's OK because the mistakes will get covered up with rough turf and bushes later. :D

    The pic is dark because I cranked the contrast so you can really see where I slopped the paint.

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  20. ok, now you guys have me looking into getting one of these kits, but dang they are kinda pricey.... and not even coming with anything . just molded base. no track or anything.

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