Door Knocker's Delight

rsn48 Jan 21, 2005

  1. Ed M

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    Thanks, but it's only a 3' x 6'- 8" layout built on a standard hollow core wood door.

    It's small because I'm space challenged. But also, by being small, it gives me hope that I may actually get it to some degree of completion within my lifetime. It's already farther along than any of the few attempts I've made at layouts earlier in my life.

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  2. up mike

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    Looking good Jeff How's the bridge coming????
    Ed keep Up the great work!!!
    Here's the ballast job and some of the trees I planted I still need to get the buildings painted and roads put in.

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  3. Monon64

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    UpMike, looks great. Question, in the 3rd picture where you have the bend and the steep rock cliffs, were the rock cliffs molds or some other method? They look really nice. If molds, were they all created from a single mold or did you use several different molds?


    This party seems to be pickin up steam....PowerSteamGuy will like that.........
     
  4. N_S_L

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    pics of my painted supports:
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    will need a 2nd coat...but I'm pleased :D
     
  5. Fluid Dynamics

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    Oh yeah, show it to 'em, N scalers! Great progress everyone. [​IMG]

    Mike, all I've done on the bridge is remove the parts from the sprues and clean them up. I had to order more 40' girders so they're on the way.

    I've been keeping myself busy with the grade. It's about done now, and it took a little time to get the superelevation and grade angle where I wanted them. I ended up using a bullseye bubble level to set the superelevation. The bullseye has to be the best $2 tool I've bought.

    Here is some progress of laying out the roadbed:

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    The last pic hopefully shows the superelevation on the bridge approach. It banks right, then left, with a transition in between.
     
  6. Grey One

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    I'm taking Monday and Tuesday off next week. My table is not built but I will be doing a mockup on a 4 foot x 2 meter table with no legs. If I don't have photos worthy of this thread by Tuesday night put me on ignore. [​IMG]

    Expect to see a wide variety of the unexpected.
     
  7. Jim Bernier

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    I will not get much done this week-end. I have another train show/fleamarket to attend/sell stuff. I did very well last Saturday at the La Crosse 'Rail Sale' and I bought a Digitrax Zephyr for my work area upstairs. I already have a Chief for the layout. Before you say this is 'over-kill', remember I got a real 'deal' on the Zephyr($121, new in the box). I just could not pass it up! I did get 2 more engines 'decoder-ized' this week, and just about have my Walther 'power plant' and 'canning plant' all finished up. Just the roofs need to be painted/weathered.

    Jim Bernier
     
  8. BALOU LINE

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    Finally, something besides strofoam! With my daughter's help the pink is gone too. She loves sprinkling the ground cover. I still need to lay the second track and finish the crossover.
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    I am concidering a siding for cattle loading, but I do want to stay mostly scenery. I'm already working on a piece to transition the 18" depth of the existing shelf and the 12" of the new.
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    This has already proven to be a great family project.
     
  9. Fluid Dynamics

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    Permanent installation of track on the bridge approach, using contact cement:

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    I reduced the superelevation a little in a couple areas with shims.
     
  10. Ed M

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    Couple of comments on stuff you guys have posted here recently:

    upmike - I really like the look you've achieved with your scenery. I've walked around areas that looked just like that.


    nscale_lover - that bridge is really coming along nice. The supports look great now that they're painted. I've been following the bridge saga since the beginning. It's been an interesting story.


    John - nice scene to go with the work in progress on the second line. Watch out you don't sprinkle foam down in that keyboard.


    Fluid_D - I've also been following your layout since you started stacking foam and rough cutting that hillside. That last shot with the train on the track really shows how good that will look when it's finished. I wish I had enough space to get a sweeping curve and gentle hillside like that.


    Later, got to get back to my surform rasp and sandpaper.

    Regards
     
  11. Wolfgang Dudler

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    Progress report!
    It's weekend, I'm building benchwork.

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    Compare with the pic from posted January 24, 2005 16:39 (page 3).

    Wolfgang
     
  12. atsf_arizona

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    FD, looking good! Keep us posted.
     
  13. Ed M

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    Geez, Wolfgang. I almost had a heart attack when I saw that section of layout gone. I'm assuming that was the section you said you were going to sell? I sure hope you didn't destroy it. It was great, and very close to the look that I've got in mind for my layout.


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  14. Wolfgang Dudler

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    I've sold only the Pulpwood loading module. My 3'-bridge and the working oilpump is still in the basement, but under the layout storaged. I will take it with me to the next FREMO-meeting.
    That's the good with modules, you have not to scrap it.

    Wolfgang
     
  15. N_S_L

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    Ok, I got paint on the wood portions of the bridge itself...
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    but now I need to decide if I need 1 support or 2... your thoughts please!!!

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  16. Grey One

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  17. Ed M

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    Definitely at least two. I'd almost be tempted to see if you could aqueeze in a third one between the left abutment and the first track. Looks good.

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  18. Wolfgang Dudler

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    Two,

    it's a curved bridge! You must support the bridge.
    Think two straight beams from one abutment to the other. The rails should be between this beams.

    Wolfgang
     
  19. Monon64

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    Absolutely 2 minimum, I agree that 3 might look better
     
  20. Rob M.

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    Progress for this week:Area 53's parking lot is now completed.

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    It's inkjet-printed paper, liberally covered with Dull-Cote on both sides to protect it, and glued to 40-mil styrene. The Dull-Cote had an odd effect on the black ink from my Epson printer, lightening it and making it somewhat mottled-looking. But the overall effect can be passed off as weathering, so I'm considering it a success.

    In this picture are also the first test printings for the road around the building. (The tests are being done with a laser printer, since printing out large areas of 80 percent black is rather expensive on an inkjet.) It's a good thing I prototyped them, because when I did this test fitting, I found I'd made the road half an inch too narrow! The white strip near the right side of the picture shows how wide the pavement should be. Time to fire Corel Draw back up and do some editing... :)
     

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