Golden Valley module

Discussion in 'Modular Layout Forum' started by ulf999, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. riverotter

    riverotter Midwest Alliance Rail Sys

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    I like those wheel stops, and the curved ones, too!

    (re) the transition problem you've identified ... when I get stuck on things like this (happens a lot!), I just go outdoors and wander around awhile until I see how the 1:1 world does it... sign1
  2. Colton_modeler

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    You could always paint over them, as per this example: "let's Get Drunk And Go Stripe Some Road!" - AMERICAN ROAD® FORUM—the ultimate road trip community. Copyright AMERICAN ROAD, LLC 2006-2007

    Actually, road lines need to be removed from time to time on full scale roads as well, for a variety of reasons; this is usually done with some type of blasting media, like soda blasting, or a grinding operation. Both leave a mark where the lines were originally, so if you mask either side of the lines and carefully sand away the paint, then restain or paint the road there and restripe, you'll have prototypical line spacing and another layer of detail.
  3. ulf999

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    *lol* good one. Mine didn't look that bad I think :)
    But here's a repainted road
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  4. ulf999

    ulf999 Member

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    and inspired by all you guys weathering your cars, I gave it a whack (a Trix car...):
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    Lesson learned? There is a reason why all tutorials state that one should begin with a coat of Testors Dull cote...
    Luckily I didn't start with my reefers...


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  5. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Actually, I think it looks good. And there's one very good reason NOT to start with DullCote. If you want to use an alcohol/India ink wash, it will turn the DullCote milky/cloudy. That's ok if that's what you're looking for, but it can be quite alarming if you're not expecting it! ;)

    Andrew
  6. jesso

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    Your cars look good, I like them. Your road looks very nice. Here they repaint the roads every single year (something to do with the quality of paint they have to use due to some lawsuit a while back) they rarely ever get the lines in the exact same place so there can be several sets of very faded lines on the road. Doesn't look anywhere as bad as that one link Colton_modeler sent, but it is still interesting to have several different lines.

    The module looks great!
  7. ScratchyAngel

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    I'd be happy if I could weather so well, especially if I was just starting out doing it.
  8. ulf999

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    thanks guys!
    @Andrew, I didn't know about the milky feature.
    Wouldn't the PS grimy black wash cover/stick better on a DullCote base?
    I found it a bit hard to make it cover the shiny plastic surface :)
    (pics of the car using a flash really makes the car look bad...:cry:)
  9. nkp174

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    I found that to be sooooo true with chalks and gloss surfaces! :mrgreen:
  10. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

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    Ulf, your modelling is PERFECT!

    I don't have the patience to handlay tracks.

    It really looks spectacular!
  11. ulf999

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    a revised section

    Since I made the inner track a bit too tight for most 2R vehicles on the previous section, I hade to make sure that at least the 'main spur' has a radius big enough to let all engines/cars pass through. Thus the plan to have 2 identical 'A' sections had to be dropped. The new revised version, 'AA' has been prepared: The short version' of golden Valley now has two 37deg and one 16deg sections that can be laid out as either a 90 degree or 16 degree curve. [​IMG]


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  12. jesso

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    Once again, great work! I love to see your great skills on display and I hope that someday I will have the skills (and the tools) to be able to do the good work that you do. I really like how you can plan your terrain right into the wood, makes for a very 3-D world. Great job!
  13. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Hi ulf,

    Sorry for the late reply. It's an alcohol wash that will cloud the DullCote. If you are using a thinned paint instead, you should be fine.

    Nice work, BTW! :thumb: :thumb: Do you have an updated track plan to show us the changes?

    Andrew
  14. ulf999

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    Thanks guys,
    Here's an updated track plan:
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  15. ulf999

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    And now there is some basic ground foam on the segments...

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  16. Colton_modeler

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    Very cool - great to see so much progress, and high quality to boot!
  17. ulf999

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    Tedious work...
    I'm currently working on the mid-section. I decided to try the Erbert-Herei studs again.
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    Here are the studs, soldered to a copper wire.
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    And a FastTrack #5 (Left), glued in place
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    slowly, slowly...
  18. Colton_modeler

    Colton_modeler Member

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    I've only seen pics of fully assembled FastTrack switches before, never the components - those laser-cut ties are a pretty smart idea.
  19. 2sk21

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    Some thoughts from a fomer Marklinist

    I found this thread to be very interesting. I used to be an enthusiastic Marklin modeler but with the passage of some years, I found it increasingly to be aesthetically unpleasant. In fact, the very things that turned me off were the ugly appearance of the tracks and the huge flanges on the wheels. However, I must admit that I really liked rolling stock.

    I have now completely switched over to two-rail. Visually, I simply find two-rail to be much more attractive. You seem to have found a nice way to get around one of the worst aspects of the Marklin system - the tracks! K-track (the one without the roadbed) is just plain ugly apart from being expensive and fragile. I don't think I have ever seen hand laid tracks in the Marklin world until now.
  20. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

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    2sk21, handlaid track, imho, always looks better.

    What do you model now?

    Welcome to the gauge! :)