My next project

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  1. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    Now that the river scene is pretty much done, it's time to connect the track on the trestle to the tracks that connect to the main on the Garfield branch. This requires about 8' of street running trackage. I've just finished laying the rail, going to start on the structures now. The blacktop for the streets will come later, after running for awhile to ensure no problems. Here is the bridge bringing the rails to the street intersection.

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    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    In this shot, the track off the bridge enters on the right. The loco is running down the middle of Monroe St. The intersection is the intersection of Monroe and River Sts. The red brick structure is one I started building for a previous layout. When I took it out of its box it had a few pcs broken off but won't be hard to finish. It will wrap around the backdrop.

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    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    This shot shows the space between the red brick industry (any suggestions as to name, type of business?) and some cement silos. I'm not sure how I'm handling this yet. My wife paints and I hope she'll be able to give me a suitable horizon. That would be my first choice! The entire area between the industries is paved. The end of the brick bldg. wil have truck docks. The silos perhaps an office. The cement trucks will use the other end of the silo area.
    This photo also shows the turnouts and crossing. These are working well, I need to install switch machines. Or manual throws. I added the cars to the photo to help you visualize the road.

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    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    And this is where the silos will be. They are just leaning against the backdrop here, they will come out 5". Perhaps someone can help me here. I'd like a Pirates head, profile or 3/4 view, in black and white. I need a decal of this to place on the left hand silo up top. The company logo. My printer ...ks so I couldn't print one even if I knew how. If anyone knows of a commercially available one would you please let me know?
    To the left of the switcher is a depot. the tracks then run another 8' then curve to meet the main. This section will be trees. I'd like to hear any thoughts about any of this.

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  5. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Wow - nice work, great plans!

    I have one suggestion for the open, paved space between the red brick factory and the silos that I saw in a MR Planning (2002, I think).

    Create a little drop between your pavement and the backdrop, so the the join between the two is not visible. The layout in the article had done this with a road, and it was extremely difficult to see where the modelled road left off, and the painted road on the backdrop began. To further hide the transition, maybe you'd add a chain link fence, or a berm or something at the back of the paved area. Just be sure that it will not cast a shadow on your backdrop.

    Good luck with your "next section". BTW - those Hudsons crossing the river (and the river/falls too!) are amazing!

    Andrew
  6. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    Hi Andrew, thanks. It's funny you mentioned the "rise" strategy, I hadn't even considered it. I've used it before (for a narrow road on a previous layout) and it worked well, I guess I never considered it for other applications. Your comment about a fence started me thinking about a fence again, but fences are so often used I hesitate to do so. But for whatever reason, your post made me think of using a fence, one of those that have a large rolling gate, sometimes with a small shark for a guard. Of course, out of water, the shark isn't to intimidating. I meant shack of course. If I kept it 1/2" in front of the backdrop, I should be able to use bldgs from commercial backdrops cut out and applied to the backdrop. Could be interesting. Thanks.

    Gary
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    That's looking really cool Gary!
  8. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Gary - I think a small shark would be much more interesting!! ;)

    I know fences may be over used, I guess it will depend on what the final use of the paved area is, and where you put the fence, berm, or other detail. What I mean is - will the shack be inside or outside the fence?

    Maybe if you move it forward, it will appear to be the fence and gate for the buildings on the backdrop... Perhaps some parked cars or something "inside"?

    Google images have a couple of pirate "clip art" pictures that might work well for you.

    Just some more ramblings...

    Andrew
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    Looking good, Gary.

    The land shark would be a cool idea. Remeber Chevy Chase and SNL?

    Door bell sounds- Mrs. Rmil, ramilar, ramilarghhhh?
    Women - Who is it?
    Shark - Plumber....
    Woman - Plumber? I don't need a stinking plumber.
    Shark - Trick or treat..
    Woman - It's not Halloween.
    Shark - Telegram

    Well you get the idea... LOL
    I quess I have too much time on my hands today.

    Marty
  10. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    Marty, I too had thought of Land Shark. It would be funny to have a little rubber shark I could stretch its mouth over a figures head just outside the guard house.

    Gary
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    Gary -

    Looks great! I think Andrew is on to something here; also see MRR Planning about modeling industries off-layout (I think this was the most recent MRR Planning?). Thst space could be a fence and a guard shark (er, I mean Shack, heh heh...) for an industry that is in the background. Make it multi-purpose and you could spot just about any type of car there. Gondola, Flat, Box, Tank, etc...

    Just a thought...

    Jim;)
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    Only problem with that thought Jim is that there is no siding for that industry. Could add some old abandoned track in the street in the area of the gate.
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    Maybe an unused switchback with the track half buried in the asphalt. Where I lived and worked in San Francisco, there was street trackage everywhere, and it was the neatest trackage. Unfortunately, I never photographed it. Perhaps we can start a street trackage thread, like the recent on of rights-of-way.

    :cool: Jim :cool:
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    Gary,
    I do not know about any available decals, but how 'bout a pirate from a Seton Hall sports program, Pittsburg Pirates MLB progam, or a mag ad for Captain Morgan's Rum? Cut out the image, sand the back of the paper to thin it, use white glue to stick it on the building. Just a idea.
    Marty
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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers...
    May still have some ol' pirate faces.
    Also... There was a Hotel/Motel called The Buccaneer...
    Got the Gaspirilla pirate invasion in Tampa...
    might find some stuff those places.

    Vote with the lil' hill idea, with the disappearing track.
    Best to ya'!
    :D
  16. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    Thanks Marty and Ken, finding one in print is probably my best bet. Andrew, yes I was thinking the shark shack would be on the outside of the fence. Keeping the fence even 1/2" from the backdrop should enable me to glue suitable building prints on the backdrop. Guess I 'll be looking for pirate heads and suitable bldgs in the mags for a little while.
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    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Nice to see your progress Gary. Good luck finding the pirates picture.
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    Well I figured I'd start with the structure which wraps around the end of the backdrop. I took some black foamcore and cut and bent it to the shape required, then cut out for the doors and windows. The windows are made from obsolete insulator material we use at work. I just scribed the panes in. The plan is to glue Holgate and Reynolds brick sheet on it and cut out the windows and doors then add some details. Hopefully the brick sheet will blend together well with the DPM sections it abuts with.

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    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    Another angle. When I looked at this photo, I thought it would be nice if the front of the building was polished black granite. The sides would still be red brick. What do you think?

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    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    Thought you'd like to see the building which inspired those windows.

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