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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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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!

David Clark Posted - 02/13/2018 : 12:35:44 PM
I found this printed roof and printed it off on a laser printer, sprayed it with matte clear coat. Not sure if I like it. Seems very busy. May still opt for rolled roofing.

Thanks for looking.
David Clark Posted - 02/13/2018 : 12:33:52 PM
Thanks Dave. I will take a look.
Guff Posted - 02/12/2018 : 8:22:58 PM
Building looks good! I like the looks of the blue Chant sign.
A shingled roof would look good on the building. (If interested I show a SBS on page 4 of the Dimone Shoe Factory build on 8/9/2016 under Guff...I'm still trying to figure out how to load a topic.)
robchant Posted - 02/12/2018 : 5:02:56 PM
Hi Dave,

You didn't make me feel older ... trudging 25km delivering mail today after being off 2 weeks made me feel older and decrepit ... LOL.

Take care,
David Clark Posted - 02/12/2018 : 4:58:54 PM
I'm not happy with the windows. It was my first time using Rusty Stump windows and, while they went together well enough, the trim didn't seem to fit well around the outside. Of course, it was probably me but without any instructions on how to actually install them I was left to my own devices.... always a scary thing. I am hoping that the bloopers will disappear into the back ground once the scene is complete.
Thanks for looking. Sorry I made you feel older, Rob.
robchant Posted - 02/12/2018 : 4:39:44 PM
I ain't splurging for no slate roof ... LOL.

That overall shot looks very good ... nice weathering too ... love the blue.

David Clark Posted - 02/12/2018 : 4:33:00 PM
I weathered the walls with some chalks, and added some signs I printed off the internet. I added some dark brown and dark rust paint on the signs to simulate rusty tin plate. The colours I used were Games Workshop Rhinox Hide and craft paint Burnt Sienna because that was what I had on hand. The chalks I used were Doc O'Brians dark earth and some dark rust and some green for mildewy spots.

This is a view of the "water side" or what the viewer will see immediately to their front.

This is the left side and will have a loading dock on that side that will allow goods to be passed through to the rail side.

Here is the rail side which will only be seen at an angle by peering down the length of the track.

I stuck in a view block using black pastel drawing paper. This way one can't see through from front to back. I also sprayed the backs of the windows with clear matt spray paint to make it look grimy.

Now I need to figure out a roof covering. Anyone have ideas? I was originally thinking slate but then I thought that might be a bit rich for these guys and rolled roof would be more appropriate.

Any thoughts, ideas, comments are welcome.
robchant Posted - 02/12/2018 : 4:23:27 PM
This is exactly how I feel today ... aged and decrepit ... starting to look good!
Rick Posted - 02/12/2018 : 4:23:02 PM
Very nice!
David Clark Posted - 02/12/2018 : 4:10:33 PM
So I finally got brave enough to try adding signs to my building walls. I tried to print a reverse sign on some tracing paper and rub it on to the wall while still wet but either it dried too fast or the wall siding was too rough. Anyhow I didn't get a dark enough or legible enough print. I ended up taking a pencil crayon and drawing over top of the print.


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