Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by justind, Jan 7, 2002.
Here are some pics of my first try at model railroading.
View from a slightly different angle:
From a different angle and a little more work done:
The finished product...well, not finished, but a lot further along than before...
Thanks for sharing your efforts with us Justin. It's fun to reach the point in the last photo when everything starts coming together.
What material are you using to create your landscape?
Is the mine a kit or are you scratcbuilding it?
The mine is model power, the basic scenery shell is plaster-cloth over cardboard and then ground foam, lichen and fine ballast for sand, medium coal ballast for the track (which doesn't carry power yet...needs a lot of help). But it was a first effort, something for fun. Oh, the detail work on the landscape is Sculptamold.
Looking GOOD friend, what a relief when your first loco runs around the loop without stopping eh.
Now you have some scenery, the sky is the limit as to what you can accomplish when you get your brain into gear.
Keep it up.
Looks like you're off to a good start, Justin!
Are you wiring your track before you do your scenery? (that's the best approach)
Is this a small module you're working on? I think that's a great idea...I wish I had started out that way!
Keep the pics coming, & keep us posted on your progress!
BBBRRRRRR........ A snow scene!! hehehehe
Actually Charlie, the track was Life-Likes Power-Loc. It isn't really intended to be used as I did, but it was all I had at the moment. I painted the rails and ties after it was already glued to the board, and may have accidentally allowed the paint to get onto the little contacts between track sections. If that didn't do it, the glue from ballasting probably did (This track was definatly not intended to be ballasted ). But I haven't cleaned the rails yet, so who knows, they may actually carry power yet, though it is unlikely.
The bare white plaster (snow scene) was later covered completely with Sand colored Arcylic paint and then sprayed down w/water and India Ink (came out a sort of green color, as can be seen in the last picture). Then I laid ground-foam grass on the left side, and sand ballast on the right side by the building and over to the mine (across the overgrown section of track). Still a lot of work to do on it, but it was a good (cheap) learning experience and a lot of fun. Can't wait for the day when I can actually find space for a layout. (Thinking I may purchase one of the built-up N-scale layouts, track and train set, though everything I own is in HO scale, and that is what I prefer )
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