Country flats almost finished!

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by rcline, Apr 17, 2005.

  1. rcline

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    Slowly getting there. Still a ways to go in the flat lands.

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  2. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Looking good Randy. The buildings and surroundings look just like the real thing. A neat looking layout but will you please post a photo with a train on the track.
  3. LIRR

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    Looking good.
  4. neilmunck

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    I really like the way it is all finised to the same standard. It looks much more realistic - even if there is more that you are going to do.

    I think a backdrop would add a huge amount to the scene. And brighter lights! :)
    Neil
  5. CN1

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    Very Nice :thumb:
  6. Will_annand

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    Very nice rcline, you have captured the effect of a prairie town quite nicely.
  7. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

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    Looking real good! :thumb: :D
  8. Livesteam

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    Nicee, it looks relistic
  9. rcline

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    Thank you all for your kind words, I have been playing around with painting my own backdrop at the shop, but so far, it's going to stay at the shop. I'm using a Sony Digital Mavica camera with MPEG movie thing. I have tried a hundred times to get all the lights to show up good and still be able to see every thing, but it's not working. When I took the photos (above in the first post) there were 16 lights turned on and still have several more to go (including several more street lights). I also have to get the power poles set and the live electric lines ran and then start making drops to all the buildings. For the live power lines, I'm running 26 gauge motor winding wire for my over head power lines. Making the power meter boxes with the risers and weather heads is turning out to be harder to do than I thought it would be with the live power running down to the meter cans and through the cans and into the buildings. And here is a couple of photos just for "Robin". (The wooden box car on the right is my first attempt on my first car, and yes, it's still not finished!)

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  10. rcline

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    My daddy said that I never could drive worth a darn!
  11. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    AHHHH! Cornfield meet!!! Gomez Addams would have been proud! :)
    Nice layout Randy! That tall water tower in the first picture is a beaut...kit? scratch?
    Ralph
  12. rcline

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    Ralph, -- it's scratch! I used a little tin cup that had a candel in it. I wrapped a couple of rubber bands around it, then started inserting balsa wood strips and glued them together as I went around. I used straight pins stuck into a peice of cardboard and made a jig for the leggs and frame work. Brenda has some stiff wire that she uses for wrapping and making fake flowers. I used that wire for the criss cross cables. If you look close you can see where I still have to finish the cables at the top and I still need to finish putting in the main cross beams in a couple of places. Also, I had painted the rubber bands black, but they dry rotted and popped off leaveing the two white stripes that need to be covered with brown paint to match the rest of the tower. For the roof, I used a peice of heavy paper stock, cut and wrapped to form the cone top. Now if I can get Brenda to finish the rest of the ground coverage, I can get started on the power poles and rest of the street lights. I have been doing a lot of thinking about how to make a really good long lasting smoker for the burning building over in CityVille, (a few miles around the track) that would not cost a lot. Brenda said thats easy, just use an incense burner with one of those little brass burners with a cone shapped lid and use cone shapped incense sticks or chunks whatever you want to call it. It will smoke a long time, be confined for fire safety and smell good, (I hope!).
  13. spitfire

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    Looking good Randy. That water tower is great!!!!

    Val
  14. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Neat Randy! Thanks for the story behind that water tower project.
    Ralph
  15. NYC-BKO

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    Very nice scenes there, Randy--:thumb: :thumb:
  16. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

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    Great little Scene!
  17. rcline

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    Thank you all for your kind words, I finally got Brenda to help me take some soldering photos on pretinning the tips and cleaning dirty tips and a few others, now I just have to sit down and go through the photos and put them in order with what I will be explaining. It takes me about 5 hours for every paragraph that I write. I know what I want to say, but putting it into words the way it really needs to be, has always been hard for me. You know how it is, write 10 words and delete 11 amd start over again! but I'm working on it! By the time I get finished, I will have worn out my MS Word program! (I wonder if Bill Gates could be sued for faultly programs causing major life threating train wrecks?)
  18. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Looking Real Good There Randy :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  19. spitfire

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    Gee Randy, maybe it's not your writing, but your math that's the problem! :rolleyes: :eek: By my reckoning, if you write 10 words and delete 9, you should make a lot faster progress!! :D :D :D :D :D

    hehehe

    Val
  20. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

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    do you mean catenary, as in electric locomotives, or just regular old high tension lines or telephone poles?:confused: