HOn30 Mini-Layout

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Model Railroading' started by Drew1125, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

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    OutSTANDING work, Drew! Love it!
  2. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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    Thanks Matthew & Steve! :)


    The forest is starting to spring up around the trestle!

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  3. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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    I’ve been working on some scenery on the hillside behind where the sawmill will be…

    Here’s a “before shot…

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    …& here’s what it looks like now…

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    I’m still working on the sawmill itself…I should have an update on that soon…
  4. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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    I’ve begun construction on a saw mill…I originally was going to use another kit, but I ended up thinking this might work better…

    For building materials, I started with this IHC ‘Transfer Pier”…(the buildings shown here on the box cover are not included in the kit…just the pier itself…)

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    I cut some pieces from the kit decking, & cut some of the support posts to a height of 4’, & used the excess pieces of post, & some styrene strip to make a roof support…I also used strips from the decking to make the base for a log transfer track…

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    I lightly airbrushed the rntire structure with Floquil Engine Black, & then several light coats of Polly Scale Mud…

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  5. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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    I’ve been working a little more on the sawmill…

    I’ve attempted to build a log carriage…

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    This is all scrap box stuff…an HO ladder, a couple of I-beams, a couple of N scale automobiles, & some other bits & pieces …Alert to rivet-counters:This is certainly not meant to be a scale representation of anything prototypical…It’s just sort of my impressions based on photos that I’ve seen…

    Here’s another view…

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    I plan to take a stab at making a steam plant for power, & the saw itself…

    I realize that this is kind of a B-grade version of this, but I’m hoping that once I get the roof on, these interior details will be enough in the shadows that they might pass a glancing inspection…?
  6. CharlesH.

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    That's a swell little gem Drew!

    (and I'm a bit of a rivet counter myself)
  7. shaygetz

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    Most narrow gauge equipment was scratchbuilt...you'll likely find a near enough prototype for anything you build if you look hard enough. My climax came out a bit too wide for a 30"er but just right for a 3 footer, no problem when I found several prototype 30"ers that had been changed over from three footers. Great work :thumb:
  8. Dragon

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    Off topic:
    Shaygetz, have you ever listened to the Irish Rovers?
    They have a sea song that uses those lyrics in your sig
  9. Technocrates

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    I'm loving that thread. I ought to do a layout like that.
  10. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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    Thanks guys! :)


    I had this little brainstorm the other day, & I used the underframe from this old N scale tank car…

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    …to make this log car in Hon30…

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    Now I need to get the sawmill up & running, so I can start hauling logs!
  11. Drew1125

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    I’ve made some progress on the layout since the last update…mostly just scenery work…trees & bushes…

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    Drew1125 Active Member

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    I’ve made some progress on the layout since the last update…mostly just scenery work…trees & bushes…

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  13. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Looking Great. I really like the trestle.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  14. Canopus

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    I'm quite impressed with the quality of your trees, could you possibly tell us a bit about those?