Would like to get back in the hobby

thetramp Mar 14, 2022

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    Looks good jeepfan but too small for my clumsy hands. Here is a close shot of the Cajun Freight Station.

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    Looks good jeepfan but a little too small for my clumsy hands. Attached is a closer look at the Cajun Freight Co. building. Cajun freight.jpg station
     
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    here is a shot of the Yardmasters Office with an old broken down caboose on the side.

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    Another shot of the yard.

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    Another view with a piece of cardboard in the center bottom. I took off top layer of cardboard, painted it brown and was going to use that as planted garden. I was going to glue greenery on the rows, but I never got that far.

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    Another view of the layout in progress.

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    So tramp, have you decided to jump back in the hobby? You definitely have the talent to build a nice layout. If space is a problem, you can find all kinds of ideas for either a shelf or a smaller layout. You can even operate your layout on a small scale. It is amazing just what you can do. I suggested earlier a couple of layouts you can find online. Add to the Patch and Red Dirt and Rails is the Gateway NMRA web page. They have produced some small layouts for their train shows in the past and I believe they even have one that is on a 4 x 6 table. Again, you will only be limited by your imagination. I hope you decide to get back in the hobby, I think you will find it very enjoyable.

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    Dale, I haven't decided anything yet. Been having some medical test done and that is keeping my mind busy. These old bones are not what they used to be but will continue posting past pictures. I have 6 large plastic containers of trains, buildings and track and 1 large container of scenery material. When I was young, I had a 4X8 table with Marx trains. As I grew older and interest shifted, my mom gave away all my trains - wish I still had those. I would go to neighbors houses and set up trains for their young kids. Those were great times.
     
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    I don't remember what I used as a base for the hedges along side the graveyard. I think a piece of balsa wood and glued green ground cover on it. As a base for the buildings, I cut out a very thin piece of wood, maybe 1/8" thick, in the shape of the building and screwed that to the layout than added a light in each building.

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    A corner of the layout.

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    Another shot of the yard tower.

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    Around the curve scene.

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    Another shot of the rail yard in progress with salvage material along side the rails.

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    I was watching videos on how to make rock molds so today I thought I would try my hand at it. They came out ok for the first time trying.

    A little off focus but picked up a rock from the flower bed as a base.

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    Covered that with hot glue. As it dried, I put more hot glue.



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    After everything dried, I reinforced some places, pulled the mold off the rock and this is what I have. When I get some plaster, I will try it out and look for a better rock as a base.

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    Than I tried with a wood chip.

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    Not sure about this one. Will have to clean it up.

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    The results of my home made molds. The larger mold I had to cut open to get the plaster out but I can put hot glue over the cut and use the mold again if I choose. They came out ok for the first time but I will look for a better rock with more detail for other molds.

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    Overhead shot of the rail yard.

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    Lots of detail!
     
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