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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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BigLars Posted - 02/03/2019 : 10:33:42 AM
Dave, they are great little engines. Congratulations.
TRAINS1941 Posted - 02/03/2019 : 10:15:33 AM
Nice looking Engine Dave.
Frank Palmer Posted - 02/03/2019 : 10:07:10 AM

I like the look of those funky engines. We don't always cook the leaves but we try to cook the dirt. Blenders make great rock crushers too.
Rick Posted - 02/02/2019 : 7:23:30 PM
Congrats on the new addition.
David Clark Posted - 02/02/2019 : 2:13:08 PM
Unfortunately my bench time has been thwarted, first by injury and then by a vacation over Christmas (can't really complain about that - we went to Argentina - amazing!) and then by 1:1 project to construct a built-in unit on either side and over the fireplace before end of Feb!
I did manage to find time to order a new Heisler - something I didn't need but I always like the look of.

Thanks for looking. Hopefully I will have some better progress in March...
BigLars Posted - 11/30/2018 : 5:38:04 PM
I bought a used microwave to nuke stuff. That will kill the bugs but be careful as they could catch on fire. I also use the microwave to dry stained wood to speed up the process. 30 - 40 seconds, no more.
David Clark Posted - 11/30/2018 : 1:07:35 PM
Philip, don't use your wife's blender! I bought mine off Facebook Market place. Local guy - $15.
Frank, I was going to check out a thrift store but was too lazy to shopping. I met the guy selling this on the way home from work. Did the transaction at Starbucks.
Do you you "cook" yours before applying? I've heard that people do that to kill any living things that might be in the leaves. Not brave enough to stick organic material in our oven yet.
David Clark Posted - 11/30/2018 : 1:03:34 PM
Originally posted by David J Buchholz

In the picture with the red building there is a regularity to the trees that you might want to consider breaking up. Just a suggestion not a criticism.

Dang. I never noticed that but now that you've mentioned it, it's all I can see .
I'm hoping that when I put some foliage, etc in front, it won't be so noticeable.
Thanks for looking in.
Rick Posted - 11/30/2018 : 09:45:31 AM
Thanks for the tip.
I've got lots of leaves and an old blender.
Philip Posted - 11/30/2018 : 09:01:33 AM
Great idea! My wife would be irritated

Frank Palmer Posted - 11/30/2018 : 08:42:46 AM
David, my buddies and I have wrecked more blenders and food processors than you can shake a stick at. One of my favorite places to buy them is at the Salvation Army thrift store. We even process small sticks and stones, remember they won't hurt you.
David J Buchholz Posted - 11/29/2018 : 11:09:20 PM
I learned that when painting my backdrop to watch out for symmetric even spacing of elements. Random chaos is better.

In the picture with the red building there is a regularity to the trees that you might want to consider breaking up. Just a suggestion not a criticism.
David Clark Posted - 11/29/2018 : 10:59:47 PM
Last year I collected some leaves with the idea that I would crush them down for ground cover but my scenery progress was slower than I anticipated. I finally found a cheap blender that I could use to grind up the leaves and went to town on the Tote I had full of leaves.
This is what I started with.

A blender full of leaves

The storage bag starting to fill up

Here is what I ended up with!

I found that shaking the blender around while it was "whizzing" helped to grind up the leaves faster. I still haven't gotten around to sifting the pile. That will come in the near future.
David Clark Posted - 11/06/2018 : 1:06:10 PM
Originally posted by Michael Hohn


You’re a brave man painting individual trees. Yes, they look better. A veritable jungle. Nicely done.


Thanks, Mike. I actually didn't paint individual trees. I just dabbed my 1.5" brush, making bushes/trees starting with a darker green and adding yellow for highlights. Then I painted some tree trunks in the dark areas to push the lighter stuff closer to the front. I'm glad the effect worked!
friscomike Posted - 11/06/2018 : 10:24:23 AM

It's looking terrific. I do like the technique you used on the backdrop. It is convincing.

Have fun,

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