May 18, 2017
Finally a locomotive in the engine house.
Wow! I am excited! All looks superb.
I've started on the trees.
Definitely going to need a LOT of trees for the layout....
Some new pics.
C-25 at the engine house.
K-27 filling water.
The town of Holy Cross.
The mining company presidents residence.
Your backdrop painting fits perfectly with your modeling
Great little details everywhere too!!
Installed lights in some of the buildings today.
The General store.
The Pool hall.
It is great with LED lights.
I installed lights in more of the buildings and connected them on the layout.
Now I'll have to see what else needs lights.
I installed the new lights over my layout today.
I use 6 W LED bulbs with 2 feet gaps in between them.
It's a LOT brighter now!
Lighting looks natural. I assume LED bulbs have no heat?
Not much heat. They get warm, but not hot.
Tested the new turnout control. I'm really satisfied.
All excellent. I love it when a plan comes together.
I made some utility poles today.
It's an Auhagen kit.
I installed them temporary on the layout.
I will add E-Z line later.
I made a retaining wall out of Depron foam that I scribed with a pencil before painting it with gesso and some paint.
I glued it in place with hot glue.
I surrounded it with my homemade Sculptamold.
Gotta' watch that erosion. Sudden gully washer...no more level area.
I made a bridge for the road to the tunnel.
3D printed sides and cardboard/wood subframe.
I've just graveled the road, so the bridge is a little wet ...
Sylvan car I also built recently.
Had some time to spare today.
I've painted part of the fascia, it looks so much better in black.
Done a bit more rockwork as well. I use ordinary plaster in aluminum foil.
Then I found an oil pump on Thingiverse that I printed on my resin printer last night. I'll see if it can be motorized.
There's a lot more to do on the layout.
Painted the new rockwork today.
I have now soaked the surface with diluted Modpodge so I can add the black/raw umber wash.
Excellent work Graff. Really like the color.