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p51 Posted - 02/08/2018 : 4:55:50 PM
Well, it's been a long time since I posted here.
My layout's gone through what I call it's "initial completion" for well over a year, took about 2.5 years to get it looking like this. It's had a feature article in the 2017 On30 Annual, online Trackside Model Railroading, will be in the NG/shortline gazette in March and also the 2018 Annual...
Here's a before shot of the first day the sections were bolted into place in the room, and 3 years later to the day:

And a few more:

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Guff Posted - 11/18/2020 : 7:11:28 PM
Top notch modeling and photography! I enjoyed viewing your postings.
Michael Hohn Posted - 11/18/2020 : 6:19:02 PM
Iíve enjoyed seeing your latest photos. And Iím in agreement with you on precautions.

p51 Posted - 11/18/2020 : 1:22:42 PM
Like many (most?) of you, my layout has been sitting idle for most of 2020. I had an op session scheduled when COVID wasn't on anyone's radar in the US yet and found it conflicted with another one I didn't know about, and nobody signed on. Then the pandemic hit and all I got was emails from people saying, "I wish I'd signed up then..."
Here we are, several months later and no end in sight. A friend of mine yesterday on the phone mentioned coming by 'sometime' and running trains. I didn't have the heart to tell him there'll be no op sessions for a very long time.
This thing isn't going away soon. The earliest I'll have an op sessions will be the summer of 2021, and I don't expect even that to happen.
I hear it all the time now, "I can't put my life on hold like this..."
YEAH, you can, and you're supposed to.
I had to study infectious diseases when I was my unit's Nuclear/Biological/Chemical officer in the Army (among my many extra duties) and I already had an idea what was coming when COVID got a grip here and it became clear how virulent it is...
So for now, I run trains myself from time to time for the heck of it, keep adding trees and details (because you can never have too many of either) and taking new angle photos.
Tyson Rayles Posted - 11/17/2020 : 08:26:34 AM
p51 Posted - 11/16/2020 : 6:29:52 PM
A few random close-in shots around the Buladeen depot over the weekend...

Rick Posted - 11/11/2020 : 4:33:59 PM
Thanks for your service and all the vets.
p51 Posted - 11/11/2020 : 2:52:27 PM
On my layout, veterans are never forgotten:

Lee Bishop
Captain, US Army
TRAINS1941 Posted - 11/10/2020 : 08:11:56 AM
Very nice. Great scene.
Tyson Rayles Posted - 11/10/2020 : 07:33:25 AM
p51 Posted - 11/09/2020 : 2:47:56 PM
I added a new gas pump at the Grindstaff store. It's a very small detail but I found a very good looking model of the right Texaco brand pump for normal leaded gas that would have bene in use in rural areas in the 40s.
It's 1/43 scale so it's a little bigger than it should be, but these pumps were very tall in real life, so I think it works well.
It only took about 20 minute of weathering (dry brushing and washes) to get it to look right for the location.
I got a second one, but ethyl gas pumps were yellow and I can't think of a way to paint the other to a authentic looking yellow without ripping off the excellent decals already on this pump...

p51 Posted - 11/06/2020 : 1:19:10 PM
Thanks, guys!
Hopefully my article will appear in RMC soon, I was told it'll likely be at the end of 2020 or start of 2021. Haven't heard confirmation yet.
Trainmasters is supposed to run a segment of video on my layout maybe next month.
Once dates are known for sure, I'll post them here...
Rick Posted - 11/05/2020 : 10:58:04 AM
Great modeling and photography.
Tyson Rayles Posted - 11/05/2020 : 10:02:58 AM
Michael Hohn Posted - 11/04/2020 : 2:03:49 PM
Youíve combined your interests really well. Excellent modeling. And it looks like a lot of fun.

p51 Posted - 11/04/2020 : 12:34:23 PM
Originally posted by friscomike

Very cool models and photos. I love the military unit models, too. Good stuff, persist!

I consider this layout an extension of my interest in WW2 as well as that for the ET&WNC.

I have two Army locomotives, a Baldwin class ten 'trench' 2-6-2T and a Whitcomb 50-tonner

Currently, I'm working with someone who says they can make my Railway Operating unit insignia as the type of pin insignia they made in WW2. If that comes to pass, I'll make them available to the public as I think I'm the only person in the hobby to ever go that far with something like that.

Each time I run trains, I consider it a WW2 re-enactment in O scale. The larger trucks are a Chevy 1 1/2 ton and a Studebaker and GMC 2 1/2 tons. All these are sold only on Europe and Russia, and none were easy (nor cheap) to find, as they're 1/43 scale. Nobody licenses early closed-cab US trucks like this in the US. The Jeeps and Weapons carriers/Command Cars are easy to get, though, in that scale. As for the Jeep, I made my own canvas windshield covers as would be seen in real life. It's a little detail I've never seen anyone else attempt.

I have a 1944 Willys MB Jeep in the garage, as well. Here it is in my back yard:

And me with some of my WW2 display at an airshow in 2016:

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