The central VA door layout progress

Caleb Austin Apr 14, 2009

  1. Caleb Austin

    Caleb Austin TrainBoard Member

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    Ok. I thought that I would start my own "layout progress thread" since the layout is now getting more interesting.

    Layout overview: My layout is based loosely on the C&O Mountain subdivision or the CSX North Mountain Sub, same line, different eras. However, I have chosen not to model the depots and buildings accurately to the C&O since I am often tempted to model Norfolk Southern and encase I someday cave, I don't want to have to rip out all my buildings! :tb-ooh:

    The layout built on a 3' by 7' door with a backdrop running through the middle. The other side of the backdrop from the C&O will be the ATSF's Glorieta sub. I have not begun modeling that and will not until the C&O part is finished. I'll probably start a separate thread when I begin construction on that side.

    So! I have been focusing on the left hand side of the door. This side is the more scenic end, rolling hills, a river and some winding track.
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    I just added that stark white hill today and will be a pasture that rolls down to the river. There will be a line of trees along the water and at the top of the hill where the track go's into the backdrop.

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    I need to add some backheads to this bridge...
     
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  2. Caleb Austin

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    Yeah, I posted this one in the weekend update too...:pbiggrin:

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    Questions? Comments? Criticism?
     
  3. mtntrainman

    mtntrainman TrainBoard Supporter

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    Love HCD layouts !! :thumbs_up:

    Just wish my scenic-ing skills where 1/4 of what you did :thumbs_up::thumbs_up:

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  4. Powersteamguy1790

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    Nice work dude....:thumbs_up:
     
  5. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Very nice! Keep these reports and photos coming.

    Boxcab E50
     
  6. CraigN

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    Very nice looking so far.

    1 question:

    Are my eyes deceiving me or is there some ties suspended in midair at the ends of the bridge?

    Craig
     
  7. gregamer

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    Real nice scenicking. I love the dirt.
     
  8. Westfalen

    Westfalen TrainBoard Member

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    Very nice, shows you don't need a basement or an abandoned wharehouse to build a nice looking layout.
     
  9. Caleb Austin

    Caleb Austin TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks guys.

    Craig, yes there are ties in the air there. I need to add some wooden backheads at the end of the bridge and some strips of cork between the backheads and the subroadbed.

    If you look at the 2nd photo you can see the gap that I'll be filling in along the top of the abutment.
     
  10. CSXDixieLine

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    Looks GREAT! Your scenery work is outstanding. I also hope I can get the same results that you have achieved. Jamie
     
  11. Caleb Austin

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    Ok, I just uploaded this video.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEPWDuzJjbQ&feature=channel"]YouTube - The N scale Central Virginia door layout. Scenery begins[/ame]
     
  12. GaryHinshaw

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    Great sound dub! Nice scale speed run-by too, but how about putting the train in the center of the frame? ;) The layout is looking good.
     
  13. Caleb Austin

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    Heh heh, if the train was in centerframe you would be staring at my insanely messy room.:rolleyes:
     
  14. CSXDixieLine

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    Haha I know what you mean--I have to shuffle all the junk from one side of the room to the other so it will be out of sight when I do photos or videos. Well done on the videos and I have subscribed to your YouTube channel. Jamie
     
  15. Caleb Austin

    Caleb Austin TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks man. :)
     
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  17. Caleb Austin

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    Alright then. I've got this done yesterday...

    The white hill has been textured. I painted on some tan paint and then sprinkled on a little dirt. I then brushed the two together with a wet brush.
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    Same deal with the dirt by this bridge abutment.
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    This riverbank was made by pressing the dirt into full strength white glue and then painting it.
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    Enjoy! Got any questions, ask 'em.
     
  18. CSXDixieLine

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    I take it the dirt cracks along the riverbank occurred naturally from pressing the dirt into the white glue? That is a very nice effect and looks very realistic. Jamie
     
  19. Caleb Austin

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    I think the cracks came from the paint going on a little thick on the dirt. Purely an accident but I think it turned out pretty cool.
     
  20. Mark Watson

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    As stated, nice scenery work! I've herd in the past many warnings against using dirt on a layout because of tiny metal debris that can make its way into the engines. Are you taking any precautions on this like sifting the dirt through magnets to capture the metal?
     

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