Rehabbing or Revamping Your Present Layout

BarstowRick Jul 13, 2014

  1. BarstowRick

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    The guys and gals at Model Railroader, have started a series on How To, Rehab Your Model Railroad.

    Let's look in to see what they are up to. Then let's take a look at what you are doing. Slide shows, videos, or those infamous pictures will all do the job nicely.

    Ok, lost the address I'll be back in a minute.

    [video=youtube;SOrAvyoz4uM]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOrAvyoz4uM&list=UUjmaP4EtTKf7J44EPlqwFPA[/video]

    So, Let's get started. Remodel My Railroad or Remodel Your Railroad.

    What is your latest project?
     
  2. BoxcabE50

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    A good topic. Many of us have paused and wondered. Probably a lot of layouts which could have rolled on, were dismantled instead.
     
  3. JimJ

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    It just so happens that I'm revamping my HO layout to On30.
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  4. BarstowRick

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    I will be looking forward to your sharing this with us. Wish I could be there in person.
     
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    Here's one of the first of what I hope will not just be, my submissions. The Crescent Model Railroad Club, Louisiana.

    [video=youtube;ZBAotO6SbNc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBAotO6SbNc[/video]

    I don't know about you but I'm starting to get motion sickness just watching this video. Sorry, I thought we would be viewing something to do with wiring in the DCC...not a tour of the layout. Still worth a look see and the message here is clear. Don't be afraid to revamp or remodel as in update your model railroad.
     
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  6. BarstowRick

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    I gather the next video is in answer to a series of questions posed by Matt. I like what I saw and heard and felt it was worth sharing here. HO, The Grande Pacific.

    [video=youtube;TA5sCYjwj-o]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA5sCYjwj-o[/video]

    Courtesy of ArthurHuston3,
    Published on Jan 21, 2014
    Layout Design to a space. The Grande Pacifc was first created to fill the room 20 x 50 next create the longest mainline run. Then 4.5 ft asiles. Then how many industries could be put in . This is operational layout. Cities and country side are not in my thinking. It about moving trains. and cars.

    Should be some helpful tips you can use when you revamp a layout.
     
  7. BarstowRick

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    Here is a video of a model railroad club, about to do some major revamping. Courtesy Richard Haworth.
    Guessing from the train equipment this maybe N scale or HO. Looks like I have a 50/50 chance of being right.

    [video=youtube;39Kjv6U54ck]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39Kjv6U54ck[/video]

    Take a look at...well...you decide what to call it.

    [video=youtube;4aRN9ASNRgs]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aRN9ASNRgs[/video]

    Thank-you Richard. Keep us up to date.
     
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    You took a look at your present backdrops and just didn't find them as exciting anymore. Or maybe you don't have any backdrops and it's time to consider adding them. Here's an idea for you.

    [video=youtube;Q27xcKyM50A]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q27xcKyM50A[/video]

    Published on Jun 30, 2014
    http://mrhmag.com - Bill Geiger show how to make accurate photo-quality backdrops using a computer, terrain generation software, and geo data from the area of interest. Using this technique, you can easily duplicate the terrain from just about any location, taken fron any vantage point you choose. As submitted by Bill Geiger.

    This is from another model railroad resource and wig wag.

    I like what I see.
     
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  9. BarstowRick

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    Here you are about to tear out some track or a whole section of the layout. For whatever reason you aren't happy with your results. Then it hits you wait a minute just how much money does this represent and how much am I loosing?jj You can hear the cash register going (we used to be able to hear it, even an adding machine made noise, computers no noise unless you oop's).

    Here's a tip that actually looks do able. Courtesy Chuck Baker.

    [video=youtube;M-PF0f9i01E]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-PF0f9i01E[/video]

    Published on Jul 4, 2014
    If you do model railroad scenery, this video will save you money, as submitted by Chuck Baker.
     
  10. BarstowRick

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    About half way through this next video I realized I just bumped into the Model Railroad Psychologist. He's good.

    I think you will find his advice both interesting and compelling. Courtesy of DJSTrains.com

    [video=youtube;y19NJuse8Do]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y19NJuse8Do#t=85[/video]

    Published on May 23, 2014

    http://www.djstrains.com
    I can't name one person who hasn't tore up their layout. I am on layout #30. as submitted by DJS.

    That goes ditto for me except I've lost count. Ran out of fingers and toes. Grin!
     
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    Tips For Making A How To Video

    Caution, not everything you will see in a homemade movie will be good advice. Some of these movie makers are enjoying the fact they can make a movie. Wow, you can turn yourself into a movie star and be recognized...well...I best leave this alone. Actually I'm thankful that some of these fine folk are trying desperately to help other modelers. A real positive in my book. Something I didn't have when I first started.

    If you are going to make a home movie of your layout and you want to make a How To. Here are some helpful hints.

    Lighting, have proper lighting so details can be seen. No shadows.
    Mike-up yourself and other participants so that all can be heard clearly. No talk over's.
    Camera, needs to be of high quality. Make sure it is pointed at the work you are doing. Not at some lonely spot with nothing going on. Have someone who is a amateur photographer help you set up your shots and handle the camera. A good camera person can make all the difference in the world.
    Pan the camera slowly. I don't know how many times since I started posting You Tube videos here I found my self wishing they'd slow down.
    Do, do make sure if you are talking about something on your model railroad the camera is pointed at it.
    Write a script or brief notes of what you want to say or talk about. Some sort of step one, step two, and etc.
    Use as much as possible the verbiage or lingo of the modelers. A uniform communication hopefully helps keep the line of communication open.
    "And", you knew there had to be one of those. "And", when dubbing in sound and you are operating a steam engine, don't dub in the sound of a Alco diseasel. Sigh!
    Just some thoughts and you may have other's as well.:cool:

    Where is your submission and no I won't critique it. Grin!
     
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    Train Layout Fascia Board Installation - Tips and Tricks

    Let's say your layout is coming along nicely and you want a bit more of a finishing touch to it. Humm...what's missing. Fascia Board around the layout. Oh yeah, I've been putting that off because I don't know how to install it. Help is on the way.

    Courtesy of, HO Scale Model Trains & Colorado's Joint Line Layout

    [video=youtube;Xbu5qoEyS8k]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbu5qoEyS8k[/video]

    Published on May 6, 2014
    Video explanation on how I installed fascia board on my HO scale model train layout. Technique described here can be used for any scale.
     
  13. BoxcabE50

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    I've managed to do this in an OK fashion. But never mastered it.
     
  14. BarstowRick

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    I used door skin and I do mean door skin. Not so flexible but does add a finishing touch to my layout. Watch out for the splinters. Dang those hurt.

    I've tried several times to post an image from my computer and nothing, nada, zippo. Once from Attachments and the other times from the Insert Image. Any suggestions? I just discovered the exclamation mark and when I directed the pointer at it up jumps an error message...to big a picture. Oop's

    Besides no one really needed to look at it, it would only convince them to use something else. Grin!
     
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    What about those toyish looking buildings on the layout? Tired of those silly paint jobs or false fronts? Maybe it's time to ramp it up and try your hand at constructing some new buildings?

    Courtesy ModelerManMike,

    [video=youtube;UmnpeVo4Xoo]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmnpeVo4Xoo[/video]

    Published on Apr 23, 2014
    Hello, welcome to my YouTube Channel. I have produced several build video's over the past several months with great response and so I have continued this adventure with the Design Preservation Models Townhouse #1.

    If you liked that one then check out this one.

    [video=youtube;Np1L2Z2KwSg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np1L2Z2KwSg[/video]

    Yep, I'm going to have to get busy and build my DPM and Walthers kits. Nothing like a little inspiration.

    Ok, so those building look great but when I shut the lights out then what?

    [video=youtube;DJlT0ZIQiO8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJlT0ZIQiO8&list=PLWqFp-c5n-UJPFAPzh8ezB6WZBIV3FjlU[/video]
     
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    Photography is a great way to discover things about your layout you won't see otherwise.

    Going back a minute or two to Tips on How to make a How To Video. In this next video you will find tips on how to set up a photo shoot.

    Included here is some tips that may actually lead you to revamping a number of things or items on your model railroad.

    Star of the show, did I mention the bridge he will be highlighting? Nice!

    Courtesy Ken Patterson

    [video=youtube;YYAOVZ1NwiA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYAOVZ1NwiA[/video]

    Published on Apr 30, 2014
    http://mrhmag.com - MRH What's Neat columnist Ken Patterson looks at Dirk Reynolds' HO model of the Fountain, IL levee railroad bridge. This is one sweet bridge, with 4 different kinds of bridges in one span! Nothing like the prototype to create something that we'd say was just wrong if it was a model.

    Let's see if you look long enough....yep, I thought you'd get that.
     
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    How to hand lay your own switches. Who in the hell would want to spend all that time on one switch? Let me put it this way. You are tired of all the store bought switches never mind you can't get the ones you want. Electrical contacts and alleged power routed switches are cause for dismay. Espeacilly when you have to hard wire everything in so it will work right. The points won't close on a regular basis. And the switch machines are the worst. Maybe, it's time to take things up to another level. Darn if they don't use that danged "T" word. Those engineering types are as bad as the rivet counters. Grin!

    Scratchbuilding a turnout for your model railroad


    [​IMG] Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine


    [video=youtube;F_POUtKO5qQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_POUtKO5qQ[/video]

    Published on May 31, 2012
    http://mrhmag.com - Model Railroad Hobbyist editor Charlie Comstock shows how he scratchbuilds turnouts for his HO scale model railroad. Charlie uses only a pair of homemade jigs, a few PC ties, rail, and solder. Learn how you too, can scratchbuild special trackwork, save precious hobby $$, and get the satisfaction of having your own. It's easier and quicker than you think! As submitted by Charlie Comstock.
     
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    We've enjoyed a previous presentation by Ken. Today Jeff is sharing his diorama and once again the emphasis is on photography, with so much more.

    Whats neat Jeff Meyer | Model railroad locomotives and cars | Model Railroad Hobbyist | MRH

    [​IMG] Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine

    [video=youtube;VvXVDzB6bS0]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvXVDzB6bS0[/video]


    Published on Mar 30, 2014
    http://mrhmag.com - MRH What's Neat columnist Ken Patterson reviews the work of modeler Jeff Meyer. Jeff has built a superb yard module to use for taking photos, and we get to see some great models being photographed. If you like inspiring photos and video, then this month's what's neat video is for you!
     
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    Let's Build a Bridge...or two.

    We've seen some bridges and I'm wondering if you are at the point you want to build one? Yeah, that old pre-fab or plastic kit bridge looked good at first but now the newness is wearing off. It just doesn't fit the bill anymore.

    Part 1: Preparing and cutting the wood and using a template by Lex Parker


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    [video=youtube;6-2bwC6snxA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-2bwC6snxA[/video]

    Uploaded on Dec 17, 2011
    A series on how to scratch build and install a wooden trestle into a model railroad layout, add scenery material, trees, backdrops and finally a river with waterfalls. Full series on my website at www.drgwrr.com under "Clinics"

    [video=youtube;_BRCK-d_pQs]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BRCK-d_pQs[/video]

    [video=youtube;qnLrhg9aD84]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnLrhg9aD84[/video]

    [video=youtube;PhK8I9-sOkI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhK8I9-sOkI[/video]

    [video=youtube;045fLsTU2cY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=045fLsTU2cY[/video]

    [video=youtube;NxjsGxMaXv4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxjsGxMaXv4[/video]

    Thanks Lex for posting on You Tube.
     
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    Trees?

    What about making some trees? Yep, those store bought trees look to perfect to be real. Unless someone trimmed that way on purpose.
    Here's a How To for making Furnace Filter Trees.

    [h=1]Making Furnace Filter Trees[/h]
    [​IMG] Landrel Brown


    [video=youtube;ClCwvzT2VG4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClCwvzT2VG4[/video]
     

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