Started Scenery on the BAD Western

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Doc Holliday, Nov 26, 2006.

  1. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    I finally took the plunge and started some scenery using ceiling tiles for rock formations. I've gotta long way to go but it sure is nice to have something other than white foam to look at.:thumb:
  2. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    SWEET! Looking GOOD, nice to see someone doing an old west timed layout.

    Need an engineer?? :wave:

  3. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    I love it, I've allways loved those old units.
  4. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    Yeah, nothing prettier than a 19th century 4-4-0 or 4-6-0 with the fancy colorful paint, gold trim and all that brass.

    I LOVE 'em!

  5. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    that is an awesome start.....looks great!!!:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: I've never used ceiling tiles...can't wait to see how it all comes together.:thumb:
    I also agree that it is cool to see an OLD west layout...4-4-0's RULE!!:D
  6. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    That's looking real good Doc! Tiles seem an effective way to represent that western scenary!
  7. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    :wave: :wave: Lookiing good Doc. That was my first engine when I started back to RR modeling. I still have it but for static display only as it will not go through switches:thumb: :thumb:
  8. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    That looks SWEET Doc. Those tiles really look AWSOME and I love that curved trestle bridge. Keep it up:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  9. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Sure looks like some mighty nice rockwork there
  10. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Thanks for the kind words. I appreciate the feedback.

    Dick, you're right about my engines having trouble going through switches. I've got plans to upgrade their pick-up capacity but it's a long way off.
  11. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I'm presuming that your rocks are meant to look like those found in Northern Az, Northern N.M., & Ut. If so, you "nailed" them. Looking good Doc.
  12. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    I think Hminky did a tutuorial of wiring better pickups on an HO 4-4-0...check it out! Are you HO or N?
  13. Old_Bob

    Old_Bob Member

    Dumb question from a newbie, but why ceiling tiles instead of foam plastic? I guess they are cheap, for one thing. Are they about the same as Homasote?
  14. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    I'm modeling in HO. I've seen Hminky's website and his 440 upgrade. He does some prety good stuff. I'm not at the point I want to go and disect my enginees though.

    I'm using ceiling tiles for a couple of reasons. First I got a whole case free from a contractor I know. I've seen it used several time online and it seemed perfect for the sedimentary rock formation of the Old West as depicted by Hollywood. I don't know if foam plastic would work or not. As for Homosote, I've never seen it in real life and am not even sure I can get it in my neck of the woods. From what I know of it, I think homosote is more dense.
  15. Doc, you're a man after my own heart! I love those rock formatiions. Keep iy up, and you will have an awsome layout!
  16. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    Hey Doc, not that it matters *now*, but apparently you *can* get Homasote in our neck of the woods, as two layouts I know of in Lodi have it, but they probably had to go to Sacramento to get it. Come to think of it, the layout at Railroad Junction that Roger built is Homasote underneath the scenery. Think of a board like MDF, but stiffer and a little rough finish, it's somewhat soft and absorbs sound really well. Great stuff for layouts, but dang if I can find it here in Stockton. I've NEVER seen the stuff for sale anywhere since Grossman's Lumber (remember THAT place over on Kelley Drive and Hammer that's now an In Shape City??) went out of business in the late 80's. They carried it, but it was pricey. Other than that, I gave up looking for it, and prefer foam now anyway.

    I wish I would have known 2 months ago you were going with celieng tiles for rock formations, I threw away a pallet of used (but in great shape) tiles at my old office building. I was going to keep a few cases worth for the new layout, but got carried away in the move out. The landfill over on Lovelace threw a fit when I tried to dump it, the lady there thought it was haz-mat of some sort, so after arguing with the manager that it is simply a gypsum product and no haz-mat, they reluctantly let me drop the pallet near where they store the old paint so they can look through it closer. I'd have rather have just given it away to someone who could have used it than deal with our goofy county.
  17. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Thanks for the thought about the tiles. I've got a case which shouyld last me awhile. Not sure if I'm gonna do the whole thing that way or not.

    I've only been here about 10 years so I don't know Grossman's. I asked Roger about his homosote and he said he'd had it fo a long time, didn't remember where he got it. You say you prefer foam. Are you refering to the dreaded white stuff or did you manage to find pink or blue nearby?
  18. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    I found the blue stuff at Home Depot (on Hammer Lane, never see it at the March Lane store). It was in 2' x 8' sheets.

    I did a website for a guy that was doing his layout to look like the ATSF in New Mexico, he used the tiles quite a bit. Here's the website for photos and how he did it:
  19. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Thanks for the link, looks like a cool layout!

    I've looked and asked for blue or pink foam at both HD's as well as at Lowe's without any luck. Finnaly went with the white stuff. Bummer.
  20. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I haven't looked for it lately, but Home Depot usd to sell a light brown foam with aluminum foil on one or both sides that would be a good sub for the pink or blue foam. The foil is easily stripped off the foam leaving a light brown foam to work with.

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