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David Clark Posted - 01/07/2017 : 10:35:22 PM
I have abandoned the thread "Dave's First On30 Layout" to start this one as I had figured out a name and want to keep a dialogue and record going of the build.
Having secured a place in the basement, I need to relocate some furniture and a (rarely used) treadmill belonging to my mother-in-law.
I started by building the benchwork out of 1/2" plywood, with 3/4" plywood gussets in the corners for stability. I pre-drilled holes in the girders for wiring. Each module is 78" x 30" as per the layout in my first post.
The modules are nice and light, I think the heaviest single piece will be the 1/4" piece of hardboard that will be the surface of the water. Legs were built up from 1x2 and 1x3 boards and long enough to put the module at about the 4' height. Since I'm building a shadow box, I think this will be a nice height for my 5"8" body.
I had some cool stuff arrive over Christmas - some manual turnout controls from Fast Tracks called Bullfrog turnout Control that require assembly. Check them out at www.fast-tracks.net. They weren't too expensive. I also picked up some "suitcase" connectors from Lordco, an automotive supply store, two packs of 15 came to $7.00 - definitely less expensive than a model railroad retailer (sorry).

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David Clark Posted - 03/13/2018 : 01:06:40 AM
I found some time to put a loading dock on Chant's and to give it a new roof. I weathered it a bit but haven't fastened it down yet.
I think it looks better.

quartergauger48 Posted - 03/09/2018 : 2:22:54 PM
You got it Dave', Glad to lend a hand'..
David Clark Posted - 03/09/2018 : 12:18:38 PM
Philip, does it come with Chinese food? there may be a down side. LOL
Thanks for the tip, I will check it out.
Philip Posted - 03/09/2018 : 12:10:57 PM
I use this product, the medium gauge
I think most better craft stores stock it.

brucet Posted - 03/08/2018 : 5:50:00 PM
Dave I did the same thing. Works fine. My 'only' er but is making the paint stick. Next time I would suggest washing the foil first in soapy water to get all the surface clean. I use acrylic paint and find that on many areas of the foil the paint wont bite.

Mind the sharp edges as well. I found that the red paint was actually coming from the cuts in my fingers!!!

David Clark Posted - 03/08/2018 : 2:57:06 PM
Thanks for that input Ted. I would have thought a grey primer would adhere the best, but I can see that if I use the clear coat instead, then I can just weather the natural colour instead of trying to adjust the grey.
quartergauger48 Posted - 03/08/2018 : 2:39:46 PM
Good use of aluminium Dave'. and perfect corrugated sheets'.. I'd pray them with a clear coat, gloss or flat, first, to give the spray paints more bite. I found the paint adheres better for some reason than just the paint alone..
David Clark Posted - 03/08/2018 : 12:12:28 PM
Philip, that was my wife's response...."now we need to order in more Chinese food!"
Philip Posted - 03/08/2018 : 10:25:51 AM
Looks great, Second helping

David Clark Posted - 03/05/2018 : 6:37:45 PM
We had Chinese food last night and I thought I would try my hand at making some corrugated steel roofing panels. I cut out the bottom and rubbed out any ridges to flatten it out. Then I used a bamboo skewer to press the ridges in using a piece of plastic sheet that was labelled as "O scale corrugated sheet".
I cut the aluminum into scale 6-foot sections, pressed in the ridges and then cut those strips into 3-foot wide pieces.
I think I will paint them with grey primer to look like galvanizing and then perhaps spray a bit of Rustoleum camo brown for old rust and add some chalks for brighter rust. Maybe instead of spraying the dark rust brown, I will use a sponge to daub brown and rust patches. We'll see. Any tips, hints, suggestions, and comments are, as always, welcome.

Hopeless Posted - 02/13/2018 : 9:16:56 PM
Always trust your wife. Mine is the best critic I have and is right most of the time. I think it looks fine.

quartergauger48 Posted - 02/13/2018 : 4:13:26 PM
Looking pretty good Dave'..Don't be so hard on yourself'...
David Clark Posted - 02/13/2018 : 3:32:07 PM
Jerry, my wife thought it too pink, as well.
TRAINS1941 Posted - 02/13/2018 : 3:03:16 PM
Dave this really is looking nice.

I think the roof should be shingled if you had more brown on the one you have I think it would look a like better!
Philip Posted - 02/13/2018 : 12:42:17 PM
Not hip on blue, but I like it!


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