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jbvb Posted - 01/31/2008 : 8:10:46 PM
I'm modeling the Boston & Maine's Eastern Route in HO standard gauge in my 207-year-old house's attic. The attic has its pluses and minuses - plenty of space, just up the stairs and finished, but the combination of the sloping ceiling and a 36" minimum radius meant I could only do an around-the-walls plan. Also, it can get a bit hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

The layout incorporates my Rowley MA modules, presently the only finished scenery, in the rural northern half of the attic. The southeast corner is where I'm building my compressed version of West Lynn, MA including the General Electric River works and the West Lynn creamery.

This photo shows the mainline curve passing the future creamery (spur under the file) and the Saugus Branch (long staging tracks) coming in from the left. I'm spiking rail on the branch, building the switch comes next. The flying plywood is actually pretty rigid with the flange below and the backdrop partially installed, it will get better when I bring the backdrop around to the left edge of the photo.
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Frank Palmer Posted - 03/19/2020 : 7:14:39 PM

James nice progress.
deemery Posted - 03/19/2020 : 2:20:05 PM
I got mine from Amazon.

Orionvp17 Posted - 03/19/2020 : 12:02:28 PM
Tamiya has a spray flat finish that has been recommended on the Forums. Good stuff, but needs a well-ventilated area, and yours might not fit that description.

Please let us know what you decide!

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 03/19/2020 : 11:31:02 AM
Interesting, though I don't know if it would be available any closer than the big art supply place in North Beverly, MA. I've tried a widely available FolkArt acrylic matte but found it ineffective. When I can airbrush, I've found that Scalecoat clear flat is extremely effective - one coat and the shine on a Bowser boxcar is completely gone. But you do need to dig the ground glass out of the airbrush after.
deemery Posted - 03/18/2020 : 11:12:22 AM
James, consider this stuff to flatten the shine on your stones: http://usmrr.blogspot.com/2020/03/crisis-mode.html I tried it, and REALLY like it. I brushed it on, but Bernie thins it 50% and airbrushes it.

jbvb Posted - 03/17/2020 : 10:39:00 PM
Thanks, Mike and Michael. For a while I was working on 28 Winter St., then I shifted to landforms. Things went slower after our school closed and we had both my stepson and a girl from down the street here (her mother works in an O2 mask plant and there's no way they're closing that down). But tonight I tried out a couple of new views.

Looking from the US 1 overpass across the Pond St. spur to the Winter/Washington/Strong St. area. If I do it right, I'll have a long shot where the aisle is invisible. Note 28 and 32 Winter St. both have foundations, and 32's has been lowered a couple of scale feet.

Looking from High St. near the City RR underpass toward US 1 and the main line. The low area next to the City RR will be a kettle hole pond. Newburyport is built on a glacial moraine which provided several. My model is on the opposite side of the City RR from the prototype's.

Tomorrow morning we're plowing a field but probably time for the layout after that.
Michael Hohn Posted - 03/01/2020 : 08:47:02 AM

Good photo. Your scene is very railroady.

By the way, “DynaCompuTronAMatics” doesn’t show up on Google but does on DuckDuckGo. If we all used “ DynaCompuTronAMatics” in a post it would probably spread as fast as electrons.

Tyson Rayles Posted - 03/01/2020 : 08:20:26 AM
Good looking scene!
jbvb Posted - 02/29/2020 : 10:25:48 PM
Bror, I agree, the Bexley Depot stonework in particular does need a gray wash plus something to take the shine off the black paint if the wash doesn't. It doesn't stand out to standing viewers 3-5 feet away, but it's conspicuous in the photo below. I need to play with white paint on hand and see what takes dilution well.

I gave up trying to hand-control the camera in this placement and got out the manual. Much sharper with the self-timer, though it suffers from not getting the tower in-frame. The railings and rail guard were worth the effort, so were the interior lights.
bror hultgren Posted - 02/29/2020 : 9:01:18 PM
James, point taken. Though as an artist, and looking at the pictures you cite I feel that the white mortar is too stark and the same as are the granite grays. My eye is drawn to them instead of the railroad. Maybe somewhere in between will be close to the core of the 40s and 50s?
deemery Posted - 02/29/2020 : 2:15:11 PM
Originally posted by jbvb

DynaCompuTronAMatics is unknown to google! I will research sources and remedy this soon.

They were bought out by Dunder Mifflin!

Orionvp17 Posted - 02/29/2020 : 1:37:26 PM
Looking Good, James!

"Unknown to Google?????????" I'm shocked!

I thought Google knew everything about everybody by now!

in Michigan
jbvb Posted - 02/29/2020 : 1:26:28 PM
A little photogenic progress:

The future DynaCompuTronAMatics HQ building (Rix Vicky's Fashions kitbash) fills in its corner of the Approaching Bexley Depot Westbound scene nicely. Now I need to finish it, build the actual pedestrian bridge, add the inter-track fence, station signage, one more background building facing Depot Sq. and finally, fill in the backdrop with paint or photo prints.

DynaCompuTronAMatics is unknown to google! I will research sources and remedy this soon.
jbvb Posted - 02/29/2020 : 1:06:40 PM
The closest granite quarries to Newburyport when the line was double-tracked about 1880 would have been Rockport, MA, but I've no idea whether that was the Eastern's actual choice. In this area, it could have come by barge or rail.
deemery Posted - 02/29/2020 : 1:00:37 PM
James, where was the stone quarried from?


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