My first module

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  1. ulf999

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    My first module, build last fall, was a 72cm by 28cm straight section with a bridge. I used 9mm plywood for the frame and 22mm under the track.
    On this module I used Märklins c-track.

    The kit :)
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    The sides are defined in a specification (guidelines).
    12 mm holes spaced 5cm from bottom, 10 cm apart. in the center another hole 12 cm from bottom.
    The top 'cut out' is for the 22mm plywood carrying the rail (22mm * 60 mm). The bottom is for cables/wires. It is 30 * 60 mm.


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    Preparing room for an Atlas girder plate bridge
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    With the bridge in place
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    Since I had no abutments laying around. Me and Evergreen took care of it.
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    More work on the bridge abutments
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    It seems to fit [:)] time to add the good ole' Humbrol Filler
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    Some pink foam glued in place using latex.
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    (news)paper in place, We're ready for the plaster cloth.
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    plastercloth in place.

    some newspaper wads as base for the riverbed.
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    Slots cut out to fit the bridge abutments. Didn't turn out too bad...
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    Next step will be to add some rock faces/castings and paint all the wooden sides black.
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    Rockfaces attached using hydrocal
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    I use aluminum foil between rockfaces to make the oozing hydrocal look more like the rocks
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    Woodland scenics 'Earth Color Kit'
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    I've used burnt umber, raw umber, stone gray och slate gray.
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    Plastercloth painted with a brown latex paint
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    While the paint is still wet, I sprinkle some ground foam (WS, blended earth)
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    It's getting there [:)]
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    Next step will is to add more ground foam and soil + glue. some of the pictures here:
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    Also reveals some white spots that I have to fix. Oh and of course, soon it's time to glue the bridge abutments in place as well
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    Tallus added (WS fine brown and coarse buff)
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    The tallus etc is SOAKED with a mixture of white glue, water and rubbing alcohol.
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    Abutments glued in place using latex. Bridge test fitted (to be painted...)
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    The camera reveals quite a few spots where I will need to add a bunch of ground foam [:)]
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    The gaps around the bridge support has been fixed with putty
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    the putty then painted with the same brown latex paint and sprinkled with earth blend ground foam
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    The bridge has been prepared with for pre-ballast paiting:
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    Ballast in place. Glue to come (hopefully it will look about the same when I'm done...)
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    The UP ALCO was very eager to check out the new tracks [:D]
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    Some weathering of the tracks and the ballast.
    In order to make the main line look like it's busy, I've given the rails some dirt [:)].
    Using a brush I first added a wash of PS earth diluted with 5 parts water. Then some PS grimy black diluted with 10 part water and finally on the outside a wash of PS rust 1 to 5.

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    I've also begun adding some WS Fine-leaf Foliage
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    Basically done!
    Pines planted. The trunks/roots need some low vegetation...

    I think it took me some 20-30 hrs to build this (inlc. bridge etc)

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    That was it :)
    /Ulf
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    Hey! That turned out very well. Great to have you here at the Gauge, and thnaks for the "how-to" photos.

    Welcome aboard!
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    WOW!!!!! Awesome Module, Great work, and I loved the step-by-step pics too :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
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    That is really nice ! Thank you.

    Loren
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    Impressive.

    I'm curious, to most Swedish modelers of US trains use NEM style couplers on their models or do they use kadees?
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    I believe a lot of the European models have NEM style couplers.
    There are some kadees that can be used with the NEM pockets. I have a few, and I'm planning to replace to Kadees on the cars where it's possible
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    That's cool. Do you have any plans for your next module?
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    Thanks, so far I have 7 modules. More to come :) Not quite sure if it'll be a station (using walther Golden Valley structures) or one featuring Walthers New River Mining...
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    Wow! That is great!

    You have seven modules? All I can say is, please post pictures!!!
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    Thanks! They are all great!
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    Man that is awesome, love them pics!!!
  20. nachoman

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    Wow. That looks great. Do all your modules connect together?

    Kevin