1st Attempt @ Mt. building

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  1. JKountz

    JKountz Member

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    Hey folks, this is my first attempt at making a mountain for my new layout. Any opinions or suggestions would be welcome. My son and I made this thing last night and it went pretty good all considered. Been out of this hobby for about 25 years but am getting back into it now and Im loving it all over again!

    Jim

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  2. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

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    The mountain looks good.
  3. Zman

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    That's going to look great once it's scenicked.

    What gauge are you working in? Looks like O...
  4. lester perry

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    Loookin gooood. How old is your son?
    Les
  5. TrainClown

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    Congratulations on your first mountain scaling attempt. :thumb: It dose look like it needs another coat of plaster to cover up the texture of the substrate. I would also point out that although this is fun, you should have laid your track first, before building the mountain. Now it will be a challenge to lay the track inside the cavity and even harder to trouble shoot any problems that could crop up with the track. :rolleyes:

    I don't want to discourage you, keep up the good work. I just think you need to get all your ducks in a row. ;) :D But then, I don't know how you plan to use this mountain.

    TrainClown :wave:
  6. lester perry

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    Looks to me as though the back of it is open. I sure hope it is. If that is the case track should be no problem. Also I understand doing plaster first if possible, hard to get off track if you get it on it.
  7. JKountz

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    Hey thanks for the comments everyone, it was fun doing this and Im looking forward to doing some more of it. The scale is HO. The openings are a bit bigger than needed but they will get a portal in front later on then I'll just blend them in I guess. Lester, my son is 9 and seems to be into this stuff. Were going to a big show this weekend in Timonium, MD so that should really ignite some interest. And yes you;re right the back of the mountain was left open for installing track. Actually I kinda just built this one to see how hard or easy it was but then it turned out good enough to use I think. We'll see!!

    Jim
  8. JKountz

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    Trainclown, tell me about that locomotive in your post there. Looks interesting....
  9. planeshavings42

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    The only thing I would suggest is that you should "SELL IT TO ME"

    announce1 :D
  10. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    It is looking good. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  11. TrainClown

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    Hi Jim,

    I bought this old engine a few years ago in a box of junk I got at the local RR club auction. It had missing parts and was in bad need of a complete cleaning.

    I rebuilt the motor, cleaned and lubed it. Made a new front for the boiler out of 2 buttons. Made the stack and the lamp. Installed a new cab off another engine shell that was in the junk box (the original was broke). Put on a new bell. Cobbled together the tender from junk parts. And painted it.

    Still not done yet.

    The stack needs rivets and a better fit to the boiler.
    Lamp needs a liner so the light doesn't escape, and the lens installed.
    Wood pile in the tender.
    Additional pick ups on the tender wheels.
    More and better rust.
    Grab irons and hand rails.

    But in the mean time, here's a better pic for you.
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    Before Paint.

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    It's current location in my fish tank display case.
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    I just love those wood-burners.

    TrainClown :wave:
  12. ding chavez

    ding chavez Member

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    very good, especially for your first time. you should post updated pics when you get it painted and have trees on it and all