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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 - 07/09/2020 : 10:17:45 AM
Great looking builds. Your attention to detail adds a lot of realism to the scenes!
p51 Posted - 07/09/2020 : 12:38:38 AM
Originally posted by BigLars

Great looking gas station, any moon shine sales out back?

By 1943, there wasn't much moonshine to sell. Rationing and men devoted to the military and wartime indistries often kept the stills dry in the Appalachians...
BigLars Posted - 07/08/2020 : 5:50:05 PM
Great looking gas station, any moon shine sales out back?
p51 Posted - 07/08/2020 : 5:41:36 PM
Thanks, Rick!
The roof was Plastruct, brush-painted in aluminum paint. I then dabbled splotches of Testor's rust, looking a lot like the WW2 German SS 'dot pattern' camo, for lack of a better description. As the paint was wet, I then applied weathering powders, for dark rust. It not only had the right color, but gave a texture that clearly wasn't smooth. Once that was a little dry-ish, I streaked the rest of the powders everywhere else. Looking back, I should have left a single panel looking nice, to shot where one had to be replaced recently, but oh well.
A while later, I dabbled some white paint to show bird poop, streaking that down the sides as I've seen in real life.
the siding, I painted in grey/brown, dabbed rubber cement atop that, then sprayed two coats of white primer over that. Tape peeled back some of the white once it dried. It's an old technique but it works well (note the outhouse in the back, which I'd done the same with as the layout was first being built).
the funny part is that I only made a drawing for the front, to get the window/door arrangements right and the angles of the roof (30 degrees, if anyone is curious). The rest, I just eye-balled.
the flooring and wallpaper were pre-printed I bought somewhere I now can't recall. I scanned them to make enough for all four walls and glued them to the inside before the walls were glued together. It all worked out much better than I anticipated. I was going to brag about how little money I'd had in the build, as I had all the plastic on hand, but once I decided to do a full interior, I probably spent over $100 in castings and detail parts for the inside. I'm glad I went to the trouble, as you can look inside the windows and see it, when it's on the layout.
Rick Posted - 07/08/2020 : 12:53:54 PM
Very nice.
Great interior detailing and that rusty roof looks realistic.
p51 Posted - 07/08/2020 : 11:42:05 AM
Not long ago, I finished a scratch built structure, based on pre-WW2 photos of a store at Carter, TN. It has lighting and a full interior, and I like how it turned out. I'd been wanting to replace the Woodland Scenics pre-built structure I'd had on the same spot for a while now. So now, other than a resin Quonset hut and two Grandt Line small depot kits, all my structures are scratch built!

mabloodhound Posted - 04/08/2020 : 11:57:35 AM
You know that I like those hopper kits Lee.
I hope you read the PDF instruction sheet on the website with all the details.
You can add lead sheet for weight under the floors before assembly. Works great.
Good photos.
Tyson Rayles Posted - 04/06/2020 : 08:15:05 AM
Michael Hohn Posted - 04/06/2020 : 06:48:35 AM
Great job on some distinctive rolling stock.
Rick Posted - 04/06/2020 : 06:38:16 AM
Hoppers look very good.
p51 Posted - 04/06/2020 : 01:29:32 AM
Here are some more shots of the new hoppers. They were not easy builds but now they're here, I am glad I handled the expense and effort!

p51 Posted - 03/25/2020 : 12:47:44 PM
Ever since the pandemic forced us all indoors, I’ve been mostly either working from home, doing whatever house cleaning chores my wife comes up with, or working on these.

They’re laser kits made by On30IMA. They’re quite challenging to work on as a lot of it you just have to figure out on your own, so I built only one at first, to use as a guide to building the rest. I’m glad I did that. The remaining 4 I have (two more shorties and two ‘normal’ length) were done in an assembly line manner, all repetitive tasks for each type of part for each car. Now, the subassemblies are done and I need to put them all together into the shape of ET&WNC hopper cars. I’ll be happy when these are done, as I’ve always wanted some of the Tweetsie’s ubiquitous wood hoppers but before recently nobody made them in O scale. There are at least two people I know who’ll make them as 3D prints, but only in O scale. Heck, I’d have paid a premium price for these as one piece, but nobody wanted to take the money. The kits aren’t exactly cheap, but once they’re done, I think they’ll be worth it. Only one (the near on in this photo) will not be carrying a load. They need weights and there’s NO place to put them but inside without being seen. So I did the detailed interior bottoms of the one, and the rest will permanently carry coal loads.
Philip Posted - 03/15/2020 : 10:17:23 AM
Nicely detailed layout.

Tyson Rayles Posted - 03/15/2020 : 09:29:04 AM
Some how I have missed this thread. Very nice modeling!
Michael Hohn Posted - 03/14/2020 : 8:22:58 PM
Beautiful modeling and photos. That’s a terrific lineup of locomotives.

Congratulations on having your work published.


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