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nevadablue
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Posted - 05/25/2016 :  11:01:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, what IS that cute little loco?


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Arizona Dave
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Posted - 05/27/2016 :  8:19:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit Arizona Dave's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by nevadablue

Well, what IS that cute little loco?

That is engine #2, Walter Knott. The locomotive was built atop a Kato 103 chassis with a 3-D printed body from Shapeways.







The loco was built for a planned On18 mini-layout that would travel to shows and such when not "docked" with Thunder Mesa. That plan fell by the wayside but a good stretch of On18 tram remains in the new plan. More about how I built the Walter here: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=44538&whichpage=1


David Meek

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nevadablue
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Posted - 05/27/2016 :  9:56:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Dave! Love it!


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Arizona Dave
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Posted - 05/28/2016 :  7:09:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit Arizona Dave's Homepage  Reply with Quote
2 steps forward, 1 step back. After considering the options for a few weeks I finally decided to tweak the track layout at Calico to add about a car length to the passing siding. There's also a new spur to the ore transfer bins that are served by the On18 line. Here's a before and after.

Before: This layout at Calico lead smoothly into the reverse loop, but after running trains for awhile I decided that the passing siding was just too short.



After: A longer passing siding and more switching options. The siding is now aligned for the continuous run back to Thunder Mesa but the reverse loop is still an option. A better trade off I think.



David Meek

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Arizona Dave
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Posted - 05/29/2016 :  7:21:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Arizona Dave's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I awoke this morning with the itch to build some scenery so I've started in on Calico Mountain. Here's where trains will emerge from the mountain to the sounds of blasting deep in the mines, and the balancing rocks will move and sway as they pass. I drew the red line to help visualize the basic shape of the mountain to come.



David Meek

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railman28
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Posted - 05/29/2016 :  7:51:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking good.

It's only make-believe

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Bill Gill
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Posted - 05/29/2016 :  8:32:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's going to be a good mountain.


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BBLmber
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Posted - 05/29/2016 :  10:37:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dave, I look forward to your mountain building.

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Geezer
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Posted - 05/30/2016 :  10:25:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I see yer' still at it.....;-)
I will have to try that pink mountain stuff soon.....
Nice change up!



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MarkF
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Posted - 05/30/2016 :  12:04:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Your off to a great start Dave! I've been waiting to see you transform this area. Can't wait to see it progress.

Mark

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CieloVistaRy
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Posted - 05/30/2016 :  5:18:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking forward to this next step, Dave.

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Arizona Dave
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Posted - 05/30/2016 :  9:19:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit Arizona Dave's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks guys.

In conjunction with building the scenery at Calico, I also want to create mock-ups for all of the structures there. Here's the first of those, the Calico Mine Co., based on the load building for the Calico Mine Ride at Knott's.







David Meek

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nevadablue
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Posted - 05/30/2016 :  11:57:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice! I just caught the dark spray on the tracks, I like that. I tried red primer and like the dark color better.


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Arizona Dave
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Posted - 05/31/2016 :  11:11:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit Arizona Dave's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks. I spray all of my track with Krylon Camouflage Dark Brown. It has an extremely flat finish and makes an ideal base coat for detailing and weathering the track.

David Meek

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Arizona Dave
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Posted - 05/31/2016 :  6:48:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit Arizona Dave's Homepage  Reply with Quote
A couple more paper model mock-ups for Calico town today. These are well known structures from Knott's Ghost Town. On the left is the Boot Hill Undertaker (Rig R. Mortis Undertaker on the TMMC), and next door is the famous Bird Cage Theatre. These structures will be low-relief to fit the space in front of the backdrop. Next up will be the Calico Saloon.



David Meek

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