progress on my layout

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by viperman, Aug 27, 2006.

  1. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Galen, I have been wanting to rebuild the abutments for a while now, but no idea how to build the shoes.

    Lynn, I am thinking of using a black wash to add on top of the boxcar red ties, just to darken them up, and give them a grimy look as well. As far as a tunnel, I'm not planning on putting one on that outer loop there. The only place I'd have for one is in the top left corner of this following pic:
  2. wickman

    wickman Member

    Great idea Steve and your access being from the corner would give you good reach in eather direction :wave:
  3. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    I was thinking of putting a deep cut in that corner with a road under it going to the lumber mill, then on into the town. Maybe I could do a tunnel, and have the road going over the tracks instead
  4. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Sweet progress pics Steven, I like the embankment under the bridge and the color of the ties and rails you did!! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  5. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Josh, thanks for the compliments!
  6. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    The curves have a gentle, smooth look to them. I bet they'll look great with scenery added. Boy, do you have lots of potential for businesses, towns, industries.
  7. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    I can't wait to get the scenery started. Still not sure how the town area will look, but I have some ideas for the lumber mill, which is the big part of the layout
  8. wickman

    wickman Member

    What worked for me was start stacking foamboard or something to open up your imagination for elevations next thing you know you'll be adding hills with vehicle bridges and all kinds of stuff you never thought of before. :wave:
  9. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    It is always great to see your progress pics!:thumb: You are doing a super job:thumb: :thumb:
    I agree with Lynn...sometimes you just have to go for it and things will become clear. As relative new-comers, it is difficult for us to plan everything out in advance (due to a lack of experience). There's nothing you can do that can't be un-done if you don't like it.:thumb:

    BTW, you can get bridge shoes by Micro Engineering. Ask your LHS to order them for you and save the shipping. There are other manufacturers that make them too.

    Keep up the great work:) :wave:
  10. wickman

    wickman Member

    Oh how true that is Steven
    For the bridge shows you can also make them out of plaster of paris and weather them up , beat em up make them look like they bin there for a while
  11. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Thats an interesting colour for ties.
  12. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    I think I will order those bridge shoes, eventually. Some bills have to be taken care of first though. I can always just weather them to look used.

    Another thing keeping the building planning as slow as it is, is the fact I don't really have any. Again with the money thing. But the first buildings I want to get are the lumber mill buildings. I do have some, but not enough.

    MadHatter, I am actually thinking of mixing up a blackwash to put over the ties, to give them a darker/dirtier look. I do like how they are now, but I think that would really set them off
  13. wickman

    wickman Member

    Steve hows the layout coming :mrgreen:
  14. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Sorry to have kept everyone waiting so long!

    I was having a lot of problems logging in to the site when it was switched over to Zealot, but it appears to work fine now! Lots of things have been going on in the last 6mos since I posted. I'm renting a townhouse (moved in 6-24, day after my b-day) with my wife (as of 7-7-7) and son. At first we were trying to figure out where to put the layout, but with all the furniture we have, and limited room we have, it had to stay at my parents' house. The past few weeks we've barely even used the garage, so I want to move it here and put it in the garage, but I know as soon as I do that, shell want the garage for her car, so we'll see.
    I also lost my job back in early-ish July, and have only been able to find a part time job, netting me about half the money I was getting at the other place. So modeling is the least of my worries, with rent, utilities, car, credit cards, food, etc.

    As for layout progress, I really haven't made any in a long long time. Only thing I've really done is to paint some ties here and there, and do a little bit of work forming some small hills.
  15. wickman

    wickman Member

    Sounds like a run of unfortunate luck Steve, family should always come first. There's many things you can do on your layout when you have the time with natural products that don't cost anything.:wave:
  16. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    I have things I could be doing, with the supplies I already have, or with things found outside. But like I said, I don't have my layout at the new house *yet?*
  17. wickman

    wickman Member

    fair enough Steven:wave:
  18. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    I do miss it though
  19. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    I have gotte some work done over the past few weekends. I put some big foam blocks down to build the base for where the tunnel will go through.


    After that, I was able to to put some more foam down around that area, to start building the contour of the land, or at least the base for the countour.


    I also applied some drywall putty in the bridge area, to build the slope down from the hill to the river.


    I also got some ties painted where the tunnel will go, to prevent future problems that would come up if I forgot to paint them before closing the tunnel in. Although this picture isn't in that particular area, it shows the difference.


    And now for a general shot of the area that I was working on.

  20. Layout is looking good,viperman,I like the way the tunnel is coming along.Keep the photos and updates coming.

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