Modeling style?

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  1. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member

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    There is no right / wrong way.

    Do you finish benchwork first, lay track, then do scenery?
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    Build some benchwork, lay some track, do scenery & super detailing, then add on new section?

    I do the second. Although it's no George Sellios, I like to do alot of scenery & detailing before working on the next part of a layout.
  2. OnTrack

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    Im yet to start on my layout, but i think I will most likely go more with the first option rather than the second. I wont know till I start i guess:)
  3. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    I usually finish the benchwork first, lay track, then do scenery.
    However with the N scale layout we are restoring we are doing it as sections.
    I find it nice to see trains running on it already and look forward to doing the next section.
  4. stripes

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    LOL! There is no ryhme nor reason to what I do! Started a section that will be mostly city,

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    Now I have switched to a 2' X 2' diorama of a lake scene that will double as an access panel on my layout, and a display model for when I am a vendor at train shows!

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    David
  5. EngineerKyle

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    Dear CSX,

    I was just thinking about this!

    I end up doing pieces at a time, although I like to see projects through step by step to the end. I my modelling, it seems I need to be able to take a break and actually run the trains on a layout, even it it isn't finished. This practice helps "debug" trackwork and other issues as you go, too.

    Here is a section that is in a stage. I can run trains on it, but I can also remove the structures and detail them. The magenta boxed area you see has had the luann removed (and some ties) so I can work on adding a pit for my hoppers to dump coal and limestone by those kilns.




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    Shall I take a few pics of my progress and post them here?
  6. santafewillie

    santafewillie Member

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    I do a section at a time. I can try newer techniques, my thought process and interest doesn't get stale, and I can run trains sooner. Although right now I have benchwork without track, benchwork with naked track, ballasted track without scenery or structures, etc. You get the picture.
  7. brakie

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    On my industrial switching layouts I prefer to place my industries and then lay track to the buildings..Thay way I know what will or will not work without having to take up and redo the track.
  8. Alan Bickley

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    I do it either way. Sometimes I would install the track first and then build around it if I have a good idea of where I want things to go. Right now, I am working on a diorama where I have started to make the buildings before I have even built the baseboard. This is because I can position the buildings when finished to get an idea of how big I need the baseboard to be as well as knowing how the buildings and scenery will look on the finished job.
  9. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

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    I have to disagree...

    ...with the premise of this post. There is a wrong way and a right way to model. I always try to model with style- as you suggest. To not, is well, unacceptable. I offer my comment as a means to create a sensation.

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    Other then that- I uh, well, I start out laying track, then I place a few buildings and after I realize I can't possibly do what I thought I could, I re-examine my layout plans and chastise myself for thinking I could cheat the scale of the buildings. Then, and only then, after I comitted quite a bit of time energy and money do I rip everything out and start again!

    Mark :) A question of style. I'm stumped!

    Edited to correct typos- I don't asdoifhyokj too good.