Columbia Basin/Blue Mountains Freelance

noob express Sep 28, 2019

  1. noob express

    noob express TrainBoard Member

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    So working on my first layout modeled after the trains I grew up watching and loving along the Columbia river and into Portland, Oregon. Nothing specific just wanted to explore and learn how to model and enjoy doing it. Hopefully I can get some tips and tricks along the way from like minded people. Below is what I have so far...

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  2. noob express

    noob express TrainBoard Member

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    Everything uploaded backwards lol


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  3. Carl Lawson

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    I don’t know... doesn’t look like “beginner” level work to me. I’d say you’ve skipped “beginner” and are cruising through intermediate on your way to advanced.

    Nice job so far.
     
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  4. Des Moines Rocket

    Des Moines Rocket TrainBoard Member

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    Nice! Love the trestle work.
     
  5. noob express

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    Haha I have never been one to “start small”


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    I spent a lot of time trying to figure this out, didn’t like a lot of designs and directions I came up with but today something just kind of clicked!


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  7. C. Giustra

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    Fabulous work and I love the design. I can offer this tip: I looks like you used particle board as the base for your layout. Particle board is very unstable as it is susceptible moisture and loses its structural integrity over time if not reinforced (e.g. over large spans). With smaller scales this can be significant as a deviation to the joints in the track of minute amounts can wreak havoc. Scenery can be affected. Of course all of this is affected by how you have secured the foam to the particle board, roadbed, etc. I can't see your benchwork underneath. If it isn't reinforced you may want to consider it.
    Again, beautiful work!
     
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  8. Kurt Moose

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    Dang!
    Lookin' good so far!!(y)
     
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  9. noob express

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    I did use particle board because it’s what I had on hand and to save money, I do have a lot of reinforcement underneath. Thank you for that because now I can be on the lookout for possible deterioration!


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  10. noob express

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    Hoping to finish this bridge today!

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  11. HemiAdda2d

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    Welcome aboard! I love what you have started so far. Should be a great layout! I love mountains, but have you bought stock in a tree company? :p
     
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  12. noob express

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    Haha right?! Good thing the wood is cheap, keep having to go back to the hobby shop and buy more! Luckily it’s only 30 cents for 3 foot sticks.


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  13. BNSF FAN

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    The wood work on the bridges looks great and I like the track layout. Nice work so far.
     
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  14. noob express

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    Not as far as I would have liked to have gotten but happy with how it is turning out!

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  15. noob express

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    Coming along!

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    Little start to my scenery... :/[​IMG][​IMG]


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    Calling it a night. Out of scenic cement!
     
  18. noob express

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    Thoughts?


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  19. MK

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    Yeah, I'll give you a thought! Stop making us look bad! :ROFLMAO:

    You are progressing really fast and really good for a noob. I think you need to send a PM to a moderator to get that name of yours changed! :D

    Oh, and I'm really liking what you have done so far!
     
  20. noob express

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    Haha thank you! I just spent two years obsessing and watching too many videos. But then again I’m my own worst critic so I look at it and think I’m doing something wrong!


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